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 team leader
  • Hostel supervisor
  • Care supervisor
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Residential care worker
Entry requirements
  • School education at least at Australian high school leaving level Year 12 (HSC in NSW); or other relevant qualification/s;
  • Or experience in an aged care, disability service or nursing environment;
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 overall, no less than 5.0 in each band, or upper intermediate, or EAP from approved ELICOS/ESL centre or
  • Evidence of completing a VET course at Certificate IV or above level in Australia.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or above
Requirements for the work placement
  • A Police Clearance Certificate 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). This can be done through a website.
  • Working with Children check
  • Relevant immunization check

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.

Course Duration

This course is 52 weeks. The structure is based on 20 hours per week as follows:

  • You attend College two days a week for classroom learning, practice and assessment (8 hours each)
  • You also study a structured study program by unit in the online learning platform for 4 hours per week
  • To get the most out of your course you need to do some self- study in your own time.
  • When you are ready there is a work placement of 120 hours spread over 4th and 6th terms.
  • Commencement dates are the start of every term. See the website for our intake dates or ring the office for details.

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 recognised qualification, you will be required to successfully complete all units to a standard so 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 knowledge such as anatomy and medications and care plans
  • Supplementary learning online for each unit in theory and skills and case studies
  • Demonstrations then practice to give you that valuable practice time before you go to the work place
  • Self-paced study and support to embed your learning and practical skills
  • Work placements to apply your skills

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

  • 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.


Pathways – this is only the start of your academic journey

After achieving the Certificate IV in Disability Support you have a number of pathway options. You can complete further study and gain the Certificate IV in Ageing or go on to the Diploma Community Services with NTA or apply for Nursing study at university.

Study 14 units to gain your qualification

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
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
HLTHPS007 Administer and monitor medications
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

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 recognized 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. 

Course Fees

Course fee Aus $9,900 + 500 Materials + Enrolment fee $200

This course is 52 weeks. The structure is based on 20 hours per week as follows:

  •  You attend College two days a week for classroom learning, practice and assessment (8 hours each)
  •  You also study a structured study program by unit in the online learning platform (eZone) for 4 hours per week
  •  To get the most out of your course you need to do some self- study in your own time.

When you are ready there is a work placement of 120 hours spread over 3-4 weeks

Current Offer

Course fee Aus $7,500 + Materials fee $500 + Enrolment fee $200


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