Certificate IV in Disability

Want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities? With our Certificate IV in Disability you will gain foundational skills and knowledge to work in a valuable and empowering way with people with disabilities.


Maximise your opportunities in a rewarding career

The Certificate IV in Disability offers a comprehensive, entry-level qualification in the field of disability support. Many of our students obtain work through their placements and gain significant hands-on experience in our training rooms.

Graduates are qualified to work in the following areas:

  • training, support and advocacy
  • employment services
  • recreation programs
  • community services
  • accommodation and respite services
  • outreach services

Quality teaching with a focus on human development and empowerment

Undertaking Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Disability is a life-changing experience for many students, establishing them in a career where empathy, a commitment to empowerment and the ability to connect with clients really matter.

Our teaching is delivered by qualified staff who have many years’ experience in the disability sector, in settings ranging from residential support to education.

Students benefit from a fully equipped practical room and supervised practical placements.

Melbourne Polytechnic also has a wide range of student services. Find out more.

VET FEE-HELP is now available to eligible students

Study Environment and support

We have a wide range of student services to make studying with us a little easier.


For additional information on the Certificate IV in Disability, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

You can also book online.

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Full-time: 6 months
Traineeships available for employer/industry groups only.

Part-time: 1 year

Class Schedule: *

Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery



Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Assessment may include on-the-job demonstrations of skills and knowledge, written pieces, and classroom activities.


All materials will be supplied to students. Cost to be advised at information sessions.

Entrance Requirements

Prospective students are expected to have the literacy skills appropriate for both the demands of the training and the workplace. Applicants should be 18 years of age at the commencement of the course. A satisfactory Police check is required for placement. Some organisations may also requires a Working with Children check. To apply for this program: Download and read the course information booklet, then download and complete the application form. Selection criteria includes: a positive attitude towards people with a disability and their carers, commitment to principles of social justice, an interest in the disability field, good communication skills and a commitment to study.

Pathways to further study

Participants successfully completing this training may apply for entry into the Diploma of Community Services. Successful applicants may also apply for the Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Disability Work at other vocational education and training providers.

Career Pathways

Graduates may work with people with a range of disabilities, including physical, sensory, intellectual and neurological disabilities.
  • Disability support worker
  • Residential care officer
  • Senior personal care assistant
  • Behavioural support officer

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • March
  • July
  • Midyear

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 100
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support 30
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports 50
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses 135
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability 100
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion 60
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach 50
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs 90
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance 80
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems 70
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication 80
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.