Certificate IV in Disability


From January 2019, this course will be offered free of tuition fees for eligible students under the Victorian government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers. If you're eligible, the State Government will cover the full cost of your tuition fees for this course, saving you thousands of dollars. Other fees, such as materials and amenities, may still apply. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.

The Certificate IV in Disability will prepare you to train and support people with disabilities. Empower people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and community participation.

A people-oriented career to empower

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout, people-focused, disability support workers are in high demand. In this highly-regarded, nationally-recognised course, you will learn how to train and support people with disabilities so they can live with more self-reliance, community participation, and wellbeing.

Build the skills you need to work to work independently and coordinate a small team within the disability sector.

Connect with industry professionals

Our friendly and approachable teachers are industry professionals with extensive experience within the disability sector. They will share the latest skills and industry knowledge with you so you can be job ready.

You will have a chance to connect directly with industry when you complete 120 hours of work placement as a disability worker. Many students find ongoing employment in the workplace where they completed their placements.

Students have previously completed placements in:

  • Day programs
  • Living skills programs
  • Schools
  • Community participation programs
  • Group homes
  • Supported employment settings
  • Respite services

Pathways to further study

At the end of this course, you can choose to further your skills by completing the Diploma of Community Services.

Employment outcomes

You will be qualified to work in a range of different roles in the disability sector such as:

  • Lifestyle Support Officer
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Day Support Disability Officer
  • Senior Disability Worker

Work Placement

All students are required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work placement in a relevant residential or community setting.

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Full-time: 3 days per week. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Part-time: 6 months

Modes of Delivery

Blended, Work placements, Classroom


From January 2019, this course is offered at $0 tuition for eligible students under the Victorian State Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program. Note you may still have to pay other fees, such as materials and amenities. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.


Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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.

Entrance Requirements

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.

Pathways to further study

Graduates from the Certificate IV in Disability can further their study with the Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)

Career Pathways

Employment options include: residential and respite work, recreation roles, advocacy support, employment placement roles, Home and Community Care and adult training.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

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
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs 60
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support 30
CHCCCS024 Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder 50
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
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care 25

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.