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Certificate IV in Disability

Make a Difference as a Disabled Care Worker in Australia!

The Certificate IV in Disability gives you a thorough grounding in important health, technical, interpersonal and clinical skills, as well as the knowledge and skills that are required to support and care for the disabled within the Australian healthcare system. You will be able to help your clients in living with a greater sense of self-reliance and independence. This course is delivered over a total duration of 52 weeks.

There is increasing demand for disabled care workers in Australia and other countries, and hence this is a sector where many new job opportunities will be opening up.

  • Course Name :
    CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
  • Course Delivery : Classroom/ on-campus
  • AQF Level : 4
  • Provided By :
    Institute of Health and Nursing Australia
  • Accreditations/
    Funding :
    IHNA Nationally Recognized Training IHNA Course IHNA Future Skills WA
  • University
    Credit Transfer :
    La Trobe University

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

Face to Face Mode

The course is provided through teacher led classroom mode delivery, simulated training and professional experience placement of at least 120 hours with a variety of assessments. This course will be delivered over 940 hours, including theory (20 hours per week at an IHNA campus), simulation training and at least 120 hours of work based training / professional experience placement (PEP). The simulation training is for review of the learning activities, practicing communication and management skills and undertaking other assessments e.g.: group presentation/individual presentation, mandatory to be undertaken prior to attending Professional Experience Placement.

The Certificate IV in Disability at IHNA is offered on-campus mode, students will learn the theory and practice what they learn in our Simulation labs to help them enrich their learning experience. In addition to a Professional Experience Placement (PEP) that will be organised by your campus.

Notice: Please note that students who are studying in our Melbourne Campus will have to attend mandatory weekly one day class on every Saturday starting from 8th July 2017. Class timing will be 9 am to 5 pm.

14 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 11 core units
  • 3 elective units


CHCCCS015Provide individualised support
CHCDIS002Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS005Develop and provide person-centred service responses
CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCDIS008Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS009Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS010Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care


CHCCCS011Meet personal support needs
CHCCCS023Support independence and wellbeing
CHCCCS025Support relationships with carers and families

After successful completion of the program, the candidates may gain employment in residential group homes, training resource centre, day respite centre and open employment services, other community settings and clients' homes.

Occupational titles may include Behavioural support officer, Marketing coordinator, Development officer, Project officer (life enhancement team), Disability officer - day support, Residential care officer, among others.

International students are required to have:

  • A satisfactory English Proficiency: A minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5 (Academic) with no band less than 5. IHNA accepts equivalent scores in OET, TOEFL iBT and PTE.
  • Completed a minimum of year 12 or equivalent
  • A minimum age of 18+ at the time of course commencement

Additionally, applicants must have successfully completed IHNA's ACSF test and should be able to demonstrate competence as working at Level 3 for all indicators to enrol for this qualification (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).

Additional Requirement for Professional Experience Placement:

  • Must hold a current satisfactory Australian National Police clearance / AFP/ NCC
  • IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunization process before the professional experience placement start date as some facilities will not provide placement to student without immunisation.
  • Students must possess basic computer skills.

Physical requirements

While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are work place practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA's control. The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the healthcare facility and/or community setting. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations otherwise you will not be enrolled. Skills and abilities that are needed to perform client care to pass the course objectives and requirements are:

Strength: Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
Mobility: Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.
Hearing: Sufficient to hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages.
Vision: Sufficient to make physical assessments of client and equipment.
Communication: Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.

If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfill these requirements then please declare in your course application.

The total tuition cost for the Certificate IV in Disability is:
International Students: AUD $10,500

For more information about the tuition fees, please contact us on: enquiry@ihna.edu.au

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

is about the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. It acknowledges your previous achievement of competencies or learning outcomes that may count towards your qualification. RPL acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through:

  • formal learning - which takes place within an institution, such as in a school system, college or at TAFE, and is formally recognised with grades, diplomas or certificates;
  • informal learning - occurs in a variety of places, such as at home, work, and through daily interactions and relationships with members of society;
  • non-formal learning - you had a formal learning environment, but is not formally recognised within a curriculum or syllabus framework (e.g. from workshops, short courses, seminars, community or interest based courses, conferences);
  • A mix of the above.
This recognition process is evidenced in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and could provide you with a full or part

qualification and avoid duplication of training. You may be able to complete your course faster through recognition of your previous study, work skills and past experience as credits towards completion of your course. Some of our courses also have recognised study pathways, making learning more accessible. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

How are my skills assessed?

Your skills will be assessed against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:

  • Perform tasks or jobs
  • Talk about and explain how you do those jobs (through a structured interview process)
  • Provide evidence of your work.

A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or documented evidence of performance appraisals.
The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.

Overseas qualifications

If your qualifications, training or skills were gained outside Australia, you might be able to get recognition for your skills or qualifications to determine your eligibility to gain credit for the intended course of study. We can initiate this process on the available courses for which RPL is applicable.

Applications for RPL

If you intend on applying for RPL:

  • Carefully read the information contained within the RPL Student Guide.
  • Send your RPL application to our Admissions Officer using the RPL Student Information Form (fully complete all sections).
  • Collate copies of all required documents to be used as evidence of your prior learning/experience
  • Attach these documents with your application.
  • Submit the Application Form and documented evidences via email to enquiry@ihna.edu.au
  • There is a Evaluation Fee of AUD$200.00 to conduct the RPL assessment and evaluation.

Face to face Delivery

Campus : Melbourne(Heidelberg) | Perth
Feb 05, 2018
Jul 02, 2018

To apply for this course, just scroll down and submit an enquiry. Our representative will get back to you and provide guidance.


Note: Information provided as a guide only. The units taken into account may vary depending on the course provider. Please contact us for specific information on units and credit transfers.


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