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CHC40312 Certificate IV in Disability will give you the essential grounding to provide valuable care for people with disabilities. Through this course you will be well equipped with the skills and knowledge to support people with disabilities to enhance their ability to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance and community participation.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply".

Course Overview

This course is designed for those who are interested in working with people with disabilities and pursuing a fulfilling career in the disability services industry.

You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent or mature age students. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

•  A qualification at Certificate III level or higher OR
•  2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Age 18 years old and above.

•  For mature age students who do not meet the academic qualifications above will be considered for admission and need to attend an interview.

Be able to use and respond to written language, including some unfamiliar material in a variety of contexts. Successfully complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN).

Obtain a satisfactory Police Clearance Certificate, Working with Children Check for Work Experience Placement, as applicable.

For blended delivery the student must have access to a computer with internet and basic computer skills.


Total duration: 780 hours, including work experience placement.

West Australia

Total duration: 630 hours, including work experience placement.


Total duration: 780 hours, including work experience placement.

This program is available in face to face (4 weeks workshop) delivery mode in Melbourne (Heidelberg) and Sydney campuses:

•  Class room learning at campus;
•  Self-directed learning at campus;
•  Simulation-based training and assessment at campus;
•  Work Experience Placement in an aged care setting - these can be arranged by either the student or we can find one for you.

* Conditions apply.

We are conducting workshops in Footscray (a suburb 5km west of Melbourne) every Tuesday and Friday evenings for this course. These workshops are designed to give extra support to those who are studying this course in online or blended mode.

This program is available in blended delivery mode:

•  Self-directed online theory
•  Simulation-based training and assessment at campus; and
•  Work Experience Placement in an aged care setting - these can be arranged by either the student or we can find one for you.

The online component can be completed in a maximum period of one year.


This course is also available as a traineeship for funded students. If you elect to undertake this course as a Traineeship, please provide details of your employer.

Traineeships are delivered as follows:

•  Online self-directed study.
•  Simulation based training and assessment at workplace.
•  Work experience.

All theory/ simulation training will occur in the workplace for 2 hours every fortnight over a period of 6-12 months.
For more information about Traineeships, please click here.

Workshops are held every Saturday at IHNA’s Heidelberg campus, every Wednesday in Werribee, every Tuesday and Friday in Footscray for this course.

Face to face Delivery


Feb 06, 2017


18 Jan 2016  -  22 Jan 2016
15 Feb 2016 - 19 Feb 2016
28 Mar 2016 - 01 Apr 2016
18 Apr 2016 - 22 Apr 2016
16 May 2016 - 20 May 2016
27 Jun 2016  - 01 Jul 2016
18 Jul 2016  -  22 Jul 2016
15 Aug 2016 - 19 Aug 2016
19 Sep 2016  - 23 Sep 2016
17 Oct 2016  - 21 Oct 2016
21 Nov 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
12 Dec 2016 - 16 Dec 2016

The application process involves: application, interview (including a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test), payment and confirmation of enrolment. Applicants must successfully complete each stage in order to enrol.

Applicants can submit their initial application by:


Applications can be completed online by clicking 'Apply Online' button.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us 1800 22 52 83

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Assessment strategies are implemented for collecting evidence and making judgments about whether competency has been achieved by the learner. The assessments confirm whether an individual can perform to the standards expected in the workplace, as expressed in the relevant endorsed unit of competency. Students will be assessed in both formative and summative way. These assessment methods and strategies are consistent with the Training Package Assessment Guidelines.

Assessment tools used include:
•  Portfolio of evidence
•  Knowledge based tests
•  Simulation based assessments
•  Workplace competency record
•  Third party report

CHC40312 Certificate IV in Disability is an appropriate qualification for people seeking work in disability and direct care work. Possible job outcomes are:

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

Students who successfully complete all of the required units of competency of this course will be issued a testamur with the record of results printed at the back.

A statement of attainment will be issued if a student successfully completes one or more units of competency of this course, but does not meet the requirements for a qualification (as specified in the Training Package). The statement of attainment will list all of the units of competency achieved.

It is the responsibility of our staff to ensure that your requirements of the Access and Equity Policy are met at all times.

A range of legislations are applicable to all IHNA staff and students. Information on relevant legislation is provided here.

We have three campuses, Melbourne (Heidelberg), Perth and Sydney:

Melbourne(Heidelberg) Campus Perth Campus Sydney Campus
Upper Heidelberg Road,
Heidelberg Heights,
Victoria 3081 Australia
Level 2
Carillon City Arcade,
680-692 Hay Street Mall,
Perth WA 6000 Australia
Level 7
33 Argyle Street,
NSW 2150 Australia

Please click here for our Delivery and Assessment Guidelines for this course.

The course comprises of 15 units (10 core and 5 elective). Successful completion of this course requires the fulfilment of all 15 units of competency.

Core units

CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector
CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability
CHCDIS302A Maintain an environment to empower people with disabilities
CHCDIS405A Facilitate skills development and maintenance
CHCDIS410A Facilitate community participation and inclusion
CHCICS402B Facilitate individualised plans
CHCICS404B Plan and provide advanced behaviour support
CHCWHS312A  Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work 
CHCDIS411A Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies              

Elective units

CHCICS401B Facilitate support for personal care needs
HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety practices
HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
CHCCS305C Assist clients with medication
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
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Course Pathways

Candidates may also like to progress to higher level qualifications within the disability sector.

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