Certificate IV in Disability

Course Code: CHC43115

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The Cert IV in Disability is Australia’s latest disability training course. It is ideal for individuals who want to develop and pursue career in caring for and supporting people with disabilities by gaining the latest nationally accredited qualification for disability care workers.

This course includes training that will prepare you to perform disability care work, including facilitating the empowerment of people with disability. It supersedes the CHC40312 Certificate IV in Disability.

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Where Can the Certificate IV in Disability Take Your Career?

The Certificate IV in Disability course is the latest nationally accredited and recognised qualification for those who wish to empower people living with disabilities. It is designed to prepare you for a career in the disability sector through the following job roles:

  • Behavioural support officer
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Development officer
  • Project officer (life enhancement team)
  • Disability officer (day support)
  • Residential care officer
  • Disability support officer/worker
  • Senior personal care assistant
  • Employee coordinator (disability)
  • Social educator
  • Job coordinator
  • Social trainer
  • Lifestyle support officer
  • Supervisor
  • Local area coordinator

CHC43115 Course Delivery

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers the Cert IV Disability (CHC43115) through Mixed Mode Delivery, which means it will be self-paced and completed via distance education using Inspire’s online student portal. Delivery includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research and online learning and assessment materials and activities.

This enables students to complete their Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115) course at their own pace with full trainer support to help you all throughout your study. Your course materials are accessed online and you are free to work on the course requirements on your own time from anywhere in Australia. This aged care online course is available Australia-wide including remote areas and major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth.

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Course Duration: This Certificate IV in Disability course has a duration of up to 12 months. Enrolments are open year-round.


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What Will You Learn in the Disability Course?

The Certificate IV in Disability online course will prepare you to work as a care worker or supervisor, supporting clients to reach their full potential, and providing support that empowers people living with disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance, and well-being. As part of this disability care course you will develop skills to help you assist people with disability to enjoy an increased quality of life.

You will learn how to work effectively with people living with disabilities and meet their particular needs. This disability training course will teach you how to offer individualised support to people with disabilities and will provide you with the tools to accurately respond to difficult or challenging situations in the health care industry, and to support and enhance the independence of people with disabilities.

Course Outline & Structure for Disability

Inspire Education has clustered the CHC43115 to create a more effective and easy to follow learning experience. By grouping together similar course units, we have minimised the amount of repetitive course work you have to do to gain your qualification.

This means that you only need to complete 7 workbooks to complete your course instead of studying and submitting requirements for each unit individually.

As part of your enrolment, you will be asked to complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation. You will then be provided with a training plan that identifies your Cohort, taking into account your existing level of relevant knowledge and skills. The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary on these 4 Cohorts:

  • Beginner (Full Study Model) – Limited relevant knowledge or skill in the competence contained in this qualification. No recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 990 hours
  • Intermediate (Partial Study Model) – Moderate relevant knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 790 hours
  • Advanced (Partial Recognition Pathway) – Extensive relevant knowledge and skill with recent related industry work experience of 1 year or more. Study hours is up to 610 hours
  • Expert (Assessment only) – Current industry experience of 2 or more years and extensive relevant knowledge and skill. These candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway. Study hours is up to 538 hours

Expected Study Hours: There are up to 990 study hours for this course (including Vocational Placement), depending on your industry experience and relevant knowledge

Assessment Methods: Assessment methods for this course include questioning, product-based methods, portfolio, direct observation, and third-party evidence

CHC43115 Course Units

The Certificate IV in Disability is made up of 14 total units. This covers 11 core units and 3 elective units, which have been carefully selected to ensure that the course meets the needs of a wide range of roles requiring disability care and support skills.

Core Units (11):

CHCCCS015 – Provide individualised support
Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
Develop and provide person-centred service responses
Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
Work with diverse people
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Recognise healthy body systems
Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Electives Units (3):

CHCCCS023 – Support independence and well being
CHCCCS025 – Support relationships with carers and families
CHCHCS001 – Provide home and community support services

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements or prerequisites for this course. However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • Have basic computer skills

Students are required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies
  • Obtain a positive National Criminal History Check
  • Obtain Eligibility for Relevant Working with Children or Working with People with a Disability Check (depending on state/territory requirements)

All students considering a self-paced online course should give consideration to the following prior to enrolment:

 Ability to access any required technologies
 Information technology skills in accessing and using online programs
 Experience and self-motivation to learn on their own
 Competing pressures, such as work and family commitments, that may impact self-paced study time

Take our “Online Study Readiness Survey” to do a self-assessment! Visit the Inspire FAQ page for more info.


To support you in your online disability care course Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the Learning Management System (LMS) for submission
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulation, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

To complete your online disability care course you will need to provide:

  • Where possible, access to a workplace where you can complete your assessments under a supervisor (Note: Inspire Education will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a workplace for their assessments – for units applicable under simulated pathway only.)
  • Computer with:
    • Internet access through Google Chrome
    • MS Word, PowerPoint, or equivalent applications
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • At least four (4) people for role-play tasks (friends, family members, colleagues, etc.)
  • Photo, audio, and video recording equipment (e.g. phone, camera, etc.)

Vocational Placement

All students are required to complete Vocational Placement as part of this course to help you develop your skills and knowledge in caring for persons with disability.

To gain your qualification, you will need to initiate contact with a registered and approved aged care, home and community, disability or community service facility and undertake a minimum of 120 hours and a maximum of 240 placement hours. This allows you to gain practical industry and workplace experience where you will be taught how to apply the lessons you learned during your training.

The Vocational Placement Coordinator must ensure that the Vocational Placement Provider will grant you access to:

  • A workplace in a Registered Support or Home Care Facility, or a similar Registered workplace/environment, which can provide you with:
    • Suitable facilities, equipment, and resources
    • Organisational guidelines
    • Relevant policies and procedures
  • Three (3) people with disability
  • Three (3) people to support in the workplace

To view what is required by your Vocational Placement Provider, click here >> Vocational Placement FAQs

Note: Students are required to complete a Police Check and additional manual handling training prior to commencing their vocational placement at their chosen facility. Any costs will be shouldered by the student. For students planning to do their vocational placement, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends immunisation for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Qualification Pathways

The Certificate IV in Disability is suitable for anyone looking to work with the disability sector, and seeking to gain employment at an entry level. Once enrolled in this course you may also consider additional training to complement your disability skills, such as:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The RPL pathway is offered to any Learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within this qualification. This can include any previous training (formal or informal) of previous life or work experience.

The RPL process is really straightforward, simply indicate on your enrolment form that you would like to apply for RPL and once your enrolment is confirmed, you will receive an RPL pack to help with evidence collection. Your trainer will also call to go through any potential RPL opportunities you may have.

See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

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