Start anytime * eligibility criteria apply, material fees may apply


Start anytime * eligibility criteria apply, material fees may apply


Certificate IV in Disability Support Courses Melbourne


General: This qualification reflects the role of individuals in a range of community settings and peoples’ homes, who provide support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation, and wellbeing. Workers promote a person-centered approach, work according to and may contribute to an individualized plan, and work without direct supervision. They may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team. Discover how ITHEA’s nationally accredited education can prepare you for a fulfilling career in disability support.

Employment Growth: Employment in Health Care and Social Assistance is projected to grow by 301,000 (or 15.8%) over the five years to November 2026.

Entry requirements: Completion of: CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) OR Completion of: CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) OR Completion of: CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability PLUS the CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set.


Prospective students are required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and a Pre-Training Interview, administered by and to the satisfaction of ITHEA and be at least 18 years of age. You must have good word processing and email skills as well as the ability to download and upload documents and information. Please see our Online Service Standards.

Vocational outcomes: Students can go into a range of employment options. Occupations may include Social Educator (Disability), Day Support Disability Officer, Marketing Coordinator (Disability), Local area coordinator, Social trainer, Disability Team Leader, Disabilities Supervisor, Project Officer, Disability Support Assistant (Schools), Job coordinator, Disability Service Officer, Senior Disability Worker, Lifestyle Support Officer, Senior Personal Care Assistant, Community Development Officer, Support Facilitator (Disability), Behavioural Support Officer.

Delivery and assessment: We offer students the flexibility of choosing between online learning or classroom delivery. All students will be enrolled into our Learning Management System and all assessments must be completed online. As a result, all students will require a personal computer, with access to the Internet, to successfully complete their studies. Assessment methods allow for the gathering of sufficient quality evidence about the student’s performance. Methods used include question and answer, observation and demonstration, case study and projects.

Practical placement requirements: To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Students are required to undertake supervised practical placement in relevant disability services settings. Evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate’s ability to work at this level. Students are required to find their own practical placement, however ITHEA will provide assistance and support where needed. Students must have a valid National Police Check and a Working with Children Check prior to attending placement.

Core Unit

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNom Hrs
CHCCCS044Follow established person-centred behaviour supports60
CHCDIS017Facilitate community participation and social inclusion60
CHCDIS018Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach50
CHCDIS019Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance80
CHCMHS001Work with people with mental health issues80
HLTWHS003Maintain work health and safety40

Elective Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNom Hrs
CHCADV002Provide advocacy and representation services80
CHCCOM002Use communication to build relationships55
CHCCCS019Recognise and respond to crisis situations45

This Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. Eligibility criteria apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.


1. You must attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Skills First Program Funding).

2. To complete the application process, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.

3. ITHEA will assess your application and make sure all entry requirements are met. An ITHEA representative will contact you if your application is unsuccessful.


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.


  • Skills First Funding


  • Non Apprentice/Trainee
  • Trainee


1 year




Melbourne CBD 3000 – Mon Tue


Traineeship, in class or online


120 hrs


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.