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Disability

Certificate IV in

Free TAFE Code: CHC43115
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Greensborough

Duration

7 months full time

Duration

7 months full time

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

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 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.

Learn people-oriented skills

Melbourne Polytechnic has a significant history in delivering accredited education for the disability sector, working with industry bodies to ensure that all courses are current and representative. 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. You will learn under friendly and supportive industry professionals with extensive experience within the disability sector. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Disability offers the chance to develop industry connections and experience when you complete 120 hours of work placement as a disability worker. You’ll learn the latest skills and industry knowledge and graduate job-ready.

Walk into a rewarding job

You’ll graduate from this course with the skills needed to work independently and coordinate a small team within the disability sector. 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 and senior disability worker. You can also choose to further your skills by completing the Diploma of Community Services.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

You’ll graduate from this course with the skills needed to work independently and coordinate a small team within the disability sector.
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Day Support Disability Officer
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Senior Disability Worker
  • Lifestyle Support Officer

Pathways

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

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

The July 2020 course will be via Blended delivery (a combination of remote and on-campus delivery) at Greensborough campus.

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

  • Blended
  • Simulation
  • Work placements
  • Online components
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

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

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
CHCCCS015 PROVIDE INDIVIDUALISED SUPPORT Core 30
CHCCCS024 SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER Core 50
CHCDIS002 FOLLOW ESTABLISHED PERSON-CENTRED BEHAVIOUR SUPPORTS Core 50
CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative strategies Core 60
CHCDIS005 DEVELOP AND PROVIDE PERSON-CENTRED SERVICE RESPONSES Core 135
CHCDIS007 FACILITATE THE EMPOWERMENT OF PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY Core 100
CHCDIS008 FACILITATE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND SOCIAL INCLUSION Core 60
CHCDIS009 FACILITATE ONGOING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT USING A PERSON-CENTRED APPROACH Core 50
CHCDIS010 PROVIDE PERSON-CENTRED SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY WITH COMPLEX NEEDS Core 90
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
CHCLEG003 MANAGE LEGAL AND ETHICAL COMPLIANCE Core 80
HLTAAP001 RECOGNISE HEALTHY BODY SYSTEMS Core 70
HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID Core 18
HLTWHS002 FOLLOW SAFE WORK PRACTICES FOR DIRECT CLIENT CARE Core 25

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $880 $4400 $11500
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $1055 $4650 $11750
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 1 November 2019. 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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

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 for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 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. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% 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

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.
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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.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

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

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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