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Certificate IV in Disability Support Non-Traineeship

Free TAFE Code: CHC43121

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Overview

Campus
Duration

6 months part time

Next Intake

April

This is the non-traineeship version of the course. Learn more about the traineeship Certificate IV in Disability Support CHC43121 here.

An empowering career path

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout, people-focused, disability support workers are in high demand. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Disability Support CHC43121 teaches you the skills to pursue a rewarding career in a fast-growing sector. Disability support workers provide residential, recreation and respite services to people living with disabilities. Job opportunities in disability support are predicted to almost double over the next five years, with over 35,000 job openings forecast every year.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate IV in Disability Support - Non-Traineeship CHC43121 take me?

Graduates from our Melbourne disability course obtain the skills needed to work independently and coordinate a small team within the disability sector.

  • Day Support Disability Officer
  • Marketing Coordinator (Disability)
  • Disabilities Supervisor
  • Social Trainer
  • Project Officer
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Senior Disability Worker
  • Social Educator (Disability)
  • Disability Support Assistant (Schools)
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Support Facilitator (Disability)
  • Lifestyle Support Officer
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Community Development Officer

Study Pathways

Upon succesfully completing this course you can study the Diploma of Community Services CHC52021.

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I have gained new good friends, great knowledge and skills with which I can help others while also helping myself.
Vida Rafiedzadeh Kermani
Community Services Graduate & 2023 Outstanding Human Services and Education Vocational Education Student of the Year

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus / Virtual classroom

A blend of both face-to-face and virtual learning with scheduled classes taking place on-campus and in virtual classrooms. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Delivery is mostly at Preston with some practical classes at Greensborough campus.

Commencing April 15th 2024
Monday 9am - 3.30pm (On campus)
Tuesday and Thursday 6pm - 9pm (Remote)

Assessment Methods

Assessment includes Written Assessment, Observation, Oral Questioning and Project/Folio. The units Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach CHCDIS018 and Maintain work health and safety HLTWHS003 will be assessed in your workplace.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support Elective 100
CHCCCS033 Identify and report abuse Elective 70
CHCCCS035 Support people with autism spectrum disorder Elective 55
CHCCCS044 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports Core 60
CHCDIS017 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion Core 60
CHCDIS018 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach Core 50
CHCDIS019 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs Core 95
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance Core 80
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Core 80
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety Core 40

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $400 $2000 $9000
Materials fee $50 $50 $50 $50
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $300 $625 $2300 $9300
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

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Requirements

You must provide evidence that you have completed one of the following qualifications:

As well as the above, you must provide evidence that you are currently working with a Disability Service Provider for a minimum of 12 hours a month.

Disability Service Employers require people to:

  • Provide a clear Police Check or a NDIS Worker Screening Check. Where an organisation requires a NDIS Worker Screening Check, a Police check will not be required.This requirement is not negotiable. Industry will not accept learners without a clear record.
  • Vaccinations for employment may also be required as per Victorian Government Guidelines for healthcare workers requirements as outlined on the Victorian Government Department of Health website.

Language and Literacy

All potential learners will undertake a pre-training review and a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment to determine your suitability for the course.

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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