CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

Get the skills you need to provide individualised care

If you want a rewarding career in the field of disability services, this course is for you.

When you complete our Certificate IV in Disability, you’ll have a nationally recognised qualification that is highly regarded by the industry.

Did you know that over 77,400 aged and disabled carers are needed to work in the industry by May 2022. That’s a 47.3% projected employment growth.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017 Occupation Projections.

ITHEA is committed to address this skills shortage and to provide the highest quality Disability Certificate IV graduates to the industry.

We strive to deliver the highest quality programs focussing on the development of students’ skills within a supportive, vibrant and exciting learning environment. ITHEA trainers are chosen for their knowledge, commitment and dedication to their students. We challenge our students to become career professionals within the disability services sector and leaders in their field.

The Certificate IV in Disability will open doors for anyone wanting to work in a range of community settings such as residential facilities, day services and clients’ homes. It involves supporting and empowering people with disabilities to achieve a greater level of independence, community participation and wellbeing. You will be required to provide personal care such as showering, meal assisting, community inclusion and other day to day activities of the organisation. Students are required to promote a person-centred approach and be able to adapt quickly to issues as they arise.

We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic students to complete their studies and be leaders in the disability sector. We will provide you with the necessary knowledge of the National Disability Standards, current legislation in Victoria, how to assist clients with individual support plans and what the NDIS rollout will mean to all clients and staff in disability.

On completion of this course, you will be able to work as a disability support worker, team leader and/or coordinate a small team.

If this sounds like you, then apply now.

Our classes are conducted during the day. Study at our Melbourne city campus, with views overlooking the city skyline.

There are 14 units of competency to complete, with electives chosen to improve your employability skills in the sector.

You will also need to complete at least 120 hours of practical placement during the course.

We have regular intakes so you can call the office on 03 9650 3900
to discuss the best option for you.

Entry requirements: 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.

Vocational outcomes: Students can go into a range of employment options. Occupations may include Disability Officer, Day Support, Disability Support Worker, Drug and Alcohol Worker.

Job outlook: Please refer to the Australian Government Job Outlook site for job prospects for a Disabilities Services Officer. 60,900 persons were employed as Welfare Support Workers in 2015. Job openings over the next 5 years are expected to be between 25,001 and 50,000.

Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Welfare Support Workers visit Job Outlook

Delivery and assessment: We offer students the flexibility of choosing between online learning or classroom delivery. 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 Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
CHCCCS015Provide individualised support30
CHCDIS002Follow established person-centred behaviour supports50
CHCDIS005Develop and provide person-centred service responses135
CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability100
CHCDIS008Facilitate community participation and social inclusion60
CHCDIS009Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach50
CHCDIS010Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs90
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance80
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems70
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care25

Elective Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
CHCADV002Provide advocacy and representation services80
CHCMHS001Work with people with mental health conditions80
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.


1 year


Term 1 – Tue 29 Jan
Term 2 – Tue 23 Apr
Term 3 – Mon 15 Jul
Term 4 – Mon 7 Oct

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