CHC43115 – Certificate IV in Disability


What is Certificate IV in Disability?

Certificate IV in Disability is best suited to experienced Disability Support workers looking to build on the skills acquired from the Certificate III course. The course provides the additional skills and knowledge you need to enter supervisory roles, and also to provide care to people with more complex requirements.

How much does it cost?

If you are eligible for Skilled Capital the cost is $220. If you are not eligible and you are a full fee paying student, then the cost is $3,200.
Course fee for trainee: $350 (Eligibility for traineeship must be applied)

What jobs can I get?

When you complete your Disability Certificate IV you can find work in many different places;
  • Behavioural support officer
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Development officer
  • Project officer (life enhancement team)
  • Disability officer – day support
  • Residential care officer
  • Disability support officer / worker
  • Senior personal care assistant
  • Employment coordinator (disability)
  • Social educator
  • Job coordinator
  • Social trainer
  • Lifestyle support officer
  • Supervisor
  • Local area coordinator

Do I need any previous training or experience?

No. You do not need any previous training, however, we will only accept experienced Disability Support workers who have been working for a minimum of one year in the disability care industry on this course.


Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Every student must do a LLN check before we enrol you on the course. Certificate IV courses are designed to prepare you for a supervisory role in the industry. You must be able to read documents such as relevant national legislations and pass on that information to your staff. You will also most likely have to write formal reports for management and research difficult topics.

How is the training delivered?

This course is delivered online only. You will receive a login and password and access to our online E-learning platform. You will be assigned a highly experienced trainer who you can contact via email to help you with any questions you may have. You can also come into Quest any time to have a chat with our trainers in person

Course Duration

How long it takes to complete all of the requirements to receive your certificate depends on many factors. On average, it takes about one year from enrolment to the final submission of your assessments. Some students with extensive previous work experience can complete in a minimum of 8 weeks, but this is very rare. Some students can take a maximum of 2 years to receive their certificate. It simply depends on your commitment and the time you have available to study.
All students can come into our classrooms at any time after their scheduled workshops for one on one tuition if they require extra support to complete the assessments.

What will I be learning?

To be successful in the course you must finish 14 subjects called Units of Competency (UOC). There are 11 core units and 3 elective units. Below is a description of the 11 core units;

CHCCCS015 – Provide individualised support

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to organise, provide and monitor support services within the limits established by an individualised plan. The individualised plan refers to the support or service provision plan developed for the individual accessing the service and may have many different names in different organisations.

CHCDIS002 – Follow established person-centred behaviour supports

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement behaviour support strategies outlined in an individualised behaviour support plan for a person with disability.

CHCDIS005 – Develop and provide person-centred service responses

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and monitor service responses with a person with disability. Work is undertaken within a legislative and ethical framework to ensure the provision of high quality, person-centred service delivery which supports the person’s aspirations, needs, rights and interests.

CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to facilitate the empowerment of people with disability to deliver rights based services using a person-centred approach. It should be carried out in conjunction with individualised plans.

CHCDIS008 – Facilitate community participation and social inclusion

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and facilitate person-centred strategies for participation in various community settings, functions and activities to enhance the psychosocial well being and lifestyle of a person with disability.

CHCDIS009 – Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and review formal and informal ongoing skills development, in collaboration with a person with disability and incorporate into the person’s individualised plan.

CHCDIS010 – Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex or special support needs under the supervision of a relevant professional.

CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

CHCLEG003 – Manage legal and ethical compliance

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research information about compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, and then develop and monitor policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities.

HLTAAP001 – Recognise healthy body systems

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about the human body and to recognise and promote ways to maintain healthy functioning of the body.

HLTWHS002 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care

  • This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.

The remaining three electives can be chosen from the list provided in the document found here


Every unit will require you to do some form of assessment. You do not get a grade like A+ or C- but you will be marked with either Competent or Not Yet Competent. You will get chances to repeat things if you get Not Yet Competent.
You may have to write answers to questions from the course books or you may have to take some tests. You will also have to actually demonstrate you can do certain things as well. For example you will have to correctly use a lifter and transfer a real person from a bed to a wheelchair in front of the trainer.
The study you will have to do is not very difficult BUT you must be able to do it well because after the course you will be caring for people and hopefully supervising staff who will rely on you to keep them and others safe and healthy.


Workplace observation

Apart from theory questions you are to answer online, each student is required to complete 120 hours of workplace observations to ensure that you are able to do the practical components of the course. You will receive the observation booklet via email after commencement of the online training.