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  • Learning MethodOnline + Work Placement
  • IntakesStart anytime
  • LocationsAustralia Wide
  • DurationSelf-paced
    Max 18 months
Nationally Recognised Training

Course Overview

Unlock a rewarding career in disability services with this nationally accredited qualification. The Certificate IV in Disability equips you with the skills to advocate for and empower vulnerable individuals. Whether you aspire to work as a support worker, enhance your existing role, or pursue further education, this course provides a solid foundation.

Key highlights:

    • Recognizing healthy body systems
    • Understanding person-centred support
    • Advocating for people with disabilities
    • Facilitating community participation and social inclusion
    • Ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach

Upon completion of this course, you will be issued a CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability by Open Colleges (RTO: 90197).

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Job Outcomes

  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Community-Based Support Officer
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Disability Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Disability Coordinator

Prerequisite & Entry Criteria

Students must be able to provide evidence of the following:

  • Completion of: CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), OR
  • Completion of: CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), OR
  • Completion of: CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability PLUS the CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set

It is also recommended that students:

  • Are 18 years old at the time of placement. 
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to

o work independently and initiate and use support from a range of established resources, 

o Identifies relevant information from a range of written texts, e.g. identifies specific information in an online course handbook or locates information on the internet 

o complete a range of formatted texts, e.g. completes an incident report form,

 o reads and discusses data from simple charts or tables provided

 o These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully achieve and ACSF Level 3 or have previously completed a Certificate III level qualification. 

  •  Access to a modern computer with high-speed internet.
  • Access to Microsoft office or equivalent 
  • Basic computing skills including the ability to make a short video

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

It is recommended that a student achieves the following ACSF levels to successfully complete this course and be able to learn effectively in a self-paced online environment:

  • Learning, Oral Communication – Level 4
  • Reading, Writing – Level 3
  • Numeracy – Level 2

If students are concerned about whether they have the skills to complete the course, they will be referred to admissions as part of the enrolment process to complete a formal LLN assessment through BKSB. If the student does not achieve the recommended ACSF levels their application will be sent to the Education Manager to determine if Open Colleges has the required level of support services available to support the needs of the student. In some cases, the student may be referred to an external provider such as their local TAFE to complete additional foundation skills training before being enrolled into the course.

Additionally, if a student does not indicate that they may need an LLN assessment, students will also be referred by Enrolment Consultants for an LLN assessment for any of the below identified triggers:

  • Does not meet the recommended entry requirements for study
  • Has not completed any study in the past
  • Puts another person on the line to talk on their behalf
  • Not able to answer questions without being prompted by a third party in the background
  • Having difficulty understanding questions asked of them
  • Responding to questions with answers that don’t match the question asked
  • That they need help with English or is unsure if they need help with English
  • Chooses “Not very well”, “Not at all”, or “Not provided” to the “English Proficiency” question
  • Student has concerns they may not understand the course content doing it online
  • Student found the training and/or assessment component of a course at the same AQF level or lower difficult to complete
  • They needed a lot of one-on-one time with their trainer during previous study
  • They needed their trainer to explain concepts to them before they were able to understand

Physical Requirements

Students must have a reasonable level of fitness as the role may involve a variety of physical tasks, such as providing personal care, CPR, assisting clients with mobility and transfers and considerable time spent standing and walking. They must also have the physical ability to kneel down on the floor and apply CPR.

Tools and Equipment

To successfully complete their studies, learners will need access to the following resources and equipment. 

  • computer with access to the internet 
  • digital recording device to record simulated role-play tasks for submission
  •  tripod to provide a stable and secure platform to mount the digital recording device 
  • a simulated home environment that reflects workplace conditions for role-play with facilities and equipment including: 

o wheelchair

o mobility aids and equipment 

o chair

o bed

o meal area

o kitchen 

o sink

o toilet 

o shower 

o storage equipment, including office storage equipment

  • up to 3 people to support you in the role-play. For some role-play scenarios, this may include:

o people from diverse backgrounds

o people with disabilities (or pretending to have some form of disabilities)

It is the responsibility of the learner to find suitable role-play participants.

  • PPE:

o gloves

o mask

o apron

o protective eyewear

o face shield

  • communication equipment
  •  cleaning equipment 
  • waste and waste disposal equipment 
  • hand hygiene facilities and equipment 
  • car 
  • information on local resources, programs, agencies, transport services, aids and equipment available to people with disability

Additional Work Placement Requirements

Students who are not currently employed at an appropriate workplace are required to find a host organisation to undertake work placement. Depending on the nature of the individual workplace, the student may need to undertake this at more than one workplace.

While undertaking their training and assessment in industry, the student must abide by the policies and procedures of the workplace. The workplace may require the student to meet workplace specific requirements. These will vary by state and by organisation. Some of the statutory checks and requirements the student may need to provide to commence work placement are:

  • Police Check 
  • NDIS Worker Screening 
  • Working with Children Check 
  • Occupational Assessment 
  • Screening and vaccination against infectious disease, including COVID-19 
  • Signing of Codes of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreements
  •  First Aid Certificate 
  • Psychological testing

Students are able to link their NDIS worker screening and blue card to Integrated Care and Management Training. Students are provided a link on how to do this in Open Space in the FAQs.

The cost of obtaining any of above is at the cost of the student and will vary based on the student’s location and their personal circumstances. The costs will range between $50 – $250 per requirement.


CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety 
CHCCCS036 Support relationships with carer and family
CHCCCS044 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS017 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS018 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS019 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
BSBLDR413 Lead effective workplace relationships
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice


PLEASE NOTE – Open Colleges is a privately-run Registered Training Organisation (RTO), not government-run like a TAFE. Therefore, Open Colleges cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

Fees for this course depend on the payment method and any existing promotions available with Open Colleges.

Always remember to enquire about any:

  • Discounts
  • Payment Plans

which may be available.


About the Institution

Open Colleges (RTO 90796) is an Australian education market leader with over 125 years of experience. Now an online learning market leader, Open Colleges focuses on supporting individuals to learn at their own pace.