Course outline

This qualification focuses on 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.

Course Overview

Who should do this course?

People pursuing a career in a facility such as a Nursing Home, Hostel, Residential Care Facility, Disability Facility, and Community Health Care Centre.

Graduates may seek employment in the following jobs:

  • Accommodation support worker
  • Care supervisor
  • Care team leader
  • Day Activity Worker
  • Hostel Supervisor
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Program coordinator – social programs
  • Support Worker
  • Residential Care Workers
Entry requirements

There are no academic prerequisites for the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability. But you need to have reasonable English language, literacy and numeracy to successfully complete the course (LLN). In addition a Police Clearance Certificate and Working with Children’s Check is mandatory prior to your work placement; you must undertake a Federal Police Check (AFP) or NSW Police check (it must be no less than 12 months old).

These checks must be completed prior to industry work placement. The students must be physically be able to do moderate amount of lifting using the appropriate equipment. The students should not have any mobility, hearing, and vision problems to carry out duties efficiently in the hospital or community care settings whilst at placement.


Students who have completed the Certificate III in Individual Support will have a number of units that they will receive credit Transfer. In addition those students who have completed the Certificate IV of Ageing Support will have considerable credits to units that make up this Certificate IV in Disability (these are indicated with an asterisk in the table of units that make up this qualification – see below).

Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Certificate IV in Mental Health, Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs, Diploma of Alcohol and Other drugs, Diploma of Community Services.

Course Duration

This course is 26 weeks. The structure is as follows:

  • Two days of workshops a week (8 hours each) over 22 weeks
  • Work placement of 120 hours in total (15 days) to be spread over 3-4 weeks

However, the course is considerably reduced (to 10 weeks) with credits for those students who have completed the Certificate IV in Ageing Support.

Course Location

  • All training is held in both of our premises.

Premises 1:Suite 106-108, 3 Railway parade. Burwood. NSW 2134 (Head office)

Premises 2: Suite 6 132 - 134 Burwood rd,Burwood. NSW 2134


As this is a nationally recognise qualification, you will be required to successfully complete all units to a standard to ensure that you are job ready. Each unit contains assessments which include:

  • Practical demonstrations where you will be observed by one of our assessors in a simulated environment and in your work Placement
  • Knowledge based tests which contain written short answer questions
  • Small projects which contain written tasks for you to investigate and complete in your own time.

Note: You must be deemed competent with each unit in order to receive your qualification.

Course Delivery

Delivery is a combination of methods to cover the theory and practice requirements:

  • Workshops for developing your theory
  • Demonstrations, instructions in a simulated environment to give you that valuable practice (maximum of 10 students) Self-paced study and support to embed your learning
  • Work placements to apply your skills

You will be trained in the use of Manual handling equipment and other equipment such as:

Work Placement at a Community Service facility/Disability Centre is arranged with you and you will receive the support of one of our mentors to ensure this opportunity is a rewarding experience. For work placement, students have to wear black trousers and black closed shoes, we will provide you with a T-shirt.

  • Lifting hoist, Stand up Lifter, Pelican Belt, Slide Sheet, Electric bed, & Wheelchair.
  • Blood sugar testing equipment, Blood Pressure, Pulse Oximeter etc.
  • Medication Trolley, Medications (Dummy), & Dressing Trolley.

Work Placement at a Community Service facility/Disability Centre is arranged with you and you will receive the support of one of our mentors to ensure this opportunity is a rewarding experience. For work placement, students have to wear black trousers and black closed shoes, we will provide you with a T-shirt.



Our course has been designed to meet the requirements for the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability.

It contains 14 Units; 11 Core units and 3 Elective units:

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*
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


HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication*
HLTAID003 Provide First aid*
CHCAGE005 Provide Support to People Living with Dementia*

Note: The RTO will decide the course fees based on the credit transfer and units of competency*these units were in the Certificate IV in Ageing Support so credit is available to those students

to achieve the qualification. Fees are payable by Cheque, Money order, Cash, Internet
or Bank Deposit (See Enrolment Form for details). Other arrangements may be made based
on individual needs.


Recognition of RPL and Credit Transfer

You may have developed a number of skills in community service or disability care, through previous employment opportunities, life experience or formal studies. If this is the case then you should ask about recognition of prior learning. This may shorten your course. If you hold a current First Aid Certificate from a recognised RTO you will be given credit for the first aid unit.


Work Placements

The Work placement is a mandatory component in Cert IV Disability, where ALL students should complete 120 hours of clinical work experience in different disability services and in community services centres. Work placements can be challenging, yet rewarding component of the course.

•     During the work placements students, can contextualise the clinical skills learnt in the simulation environment and integrate the knowledge obtained in the theory units to the practice setting.

•     Work placement is organised by NTA and happens at set times in the terms as per course time table.

•     We collaborate with many leading Disability services and community services that offer ongoing work placements for students, and in many instances, employ our students after completing their course requirements.

•     Detail description about work placement like duration, requirements, dress code and others can be given to you in your clinical portfolios before commencement of placements.

•     Work placements locations are spread throughout Sydney which are managed and supported by NTA. 

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