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Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115)

Course summary

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing. Workers promote a person-centred approach, work without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Health
  • - Psychology, Social Work and Community Services
Skill Area
  • - Community Services
  • - Health
AQF Level Level 4: Certificate IV

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course however, there are mandatory clinical placement requirements which need to be met. 

Mandatory Clinical Placement Requirements

As per the CQU Immunisation Policy and for patient and student safety, the previously recommended checks are now mandatory for any placement commencing 1 January 2018 and onwards. Refer to the Clinical Placement Guidelines and Mandatory Checks Requirements for Clinical Placement for more details.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to: Disability Support Worker, Employment Coordinator (Disability), Disability Support Coordinator, Lifestyle Support Officer, Personal Care Assistance, Social Educator.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

To successfully complete this course, students must complete a total of 14 units, consisting of:
11 core units and 3 elective units.
Core Units
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective Units
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
Study Sequence
Students wanting to complete the course within 18 months should enrol into one group of units at a time, as per the following order.  However, students may enrol into one or more units at a time according to their study capacity, as per the following order:

  1. HLTAAP001 and CHCDIV001
  2. HLTWHS002 and CHCCOM002
  3. CHCLEG003 and CHCCCS015
  4. HLTWHS006 and CHCDIS002
  5. CHCDIS005 and CHCDIS007
  6. CHCDIS008 and CHCDIS009
  7. CHCCCS004 and CHCDIS010

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification

Course Intakes


There are eight course intakes, available in February, March, April, May, June, August, September and October.

Duration and dates
18 months full-time


This course is delivered online and students must have approximately 22 hours per week available for study. Students will be supported through the VET Moodle platform, Zoom sessions, phone and email.

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services No
CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support No

Online timetable

Please refer to the online Timetable for the most up to date details for optional workshops. Please note that dates and locations are subject to change.

Work Placement Requirements

    Students are required to complete:

    • mandatory work placement of at least 120 hours of direct support work, and
    • the assessment conditions per unit of competency, which includes work placement and/or simulations and/or scenario assessments.

    This requires that a supervisor from the workplace is able to sign off confirmation that you have completed assessment tasks to the level required to ensure that students are work ready and competent in the field they are training for.

    IMPORTANT: Changes to Mandatory Check Requirements 
    • In compliance with CQU Immunisation Policy and for patient and student safety, there has been a number of changes for your mandatory check requirements. These changes take effect and are now mandatory for any placement commencing 1 January 2018 and onwards.   
    • Please click here for full details of your requirements or access these requirements via the Moodle Site.   
    • Please see Mandatory Cut-Off dates for submission dates of your mandatory checks. You will not be eligible to proceed to placement if you fail to meet the deadline; there are no extensions or exceptions.
    Depending upon the capacity of the health care providers/facilities in the student’s geographical area, students will be expected to travel to an alternative location in order to complete their prescribed clinical placement. Students will only be offered one placement per student, per course, per term.

    Any enquiries should be directed to the WIL (Work Integrated Learning) Team via email to or call (07) 4930 9124.

    Resource and Computing Requirements

    It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that you have access to the CQUniversity website. You will be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the internet. 

    It is strongly recommended that you have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online resources that would include but are not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission. 

    All submissions of assessment must be uploaded electronically to the VET Moodle platform.

    Contact Us

    To apply, or to find out more about this course, contact the Student Advice Team on 13 27 86.

    Is what I already know taken into account?

    Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

    What else might I find useful?

    Financial assistance with fees may be available through concessions or via ‘Time to Pay’ payment plan. This and other information such as student support, study and library assistance can be found at