CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

Working in Disabilities is never boring. Working in care challenges you every day emotionally, physically and mentally. At times you may wonder if you are getting anywhere and then you get a smile, a pat on the back, or someone is able to do something they couldn’t do the day before. You can make a difference to someone’s day and someone’s life.

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.

The community services and health industries is the fastest growing workforce sector, experiencing the greatest need for employees, with 24% of workforce growth in 2012, increasing at a rate of 3% each year or 170,000 jobs (Industry Skills Council, 2008). There is a recognised skills shortage for disability workers. With the ongoing demands of disability organisations, this shortage will continue in years to come.

This qualification includes:

  • Facilitating an environment to empower people with disabilities
  • Providing care and support to those with a wide range of disabilities
  • Working with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

Employment opportunities with this qualification are:

  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Development Officer
  • Disability Worker
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Social Trainer

What will you achieve from completing this course?

  • A nationally recognised CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
  • Skills and knowledge required to provide care for disability clients and administer related tasks
  • Skills to apply and follow legislative requirements in the industry

What you need to know about this course:

  • New students are expected to attend a mandatory college orientation before course commencement. Orientation times and dates will be advised after enrolment.
  • Classes run during school terms. There is no training during school holidays
  • Students will be accepted into the class throughout the term
  • You will need to plan for approximately 5-8 hours a week at home to complete assessment tasks
  • Private Facebook groups are used to share resources and learning
  • Resources are provided by SGSCC
  • Student lounge available
  • WiFi is available

What resources do you need to study from home?

  • A computer with internet access
  • Email access
  • Facebook account

Course entry requirements:

  • There are no formal educational requirements for entry into this course
  • You are not required to have a Certificate II or Certificate III level qualification to enter the Certificate IV course
  • Recognition for units of competency may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences
  • Students must be working in the industry to enrol in this course as it requires workplace assessment to be conducted
  • Current National Police Check (arranged through SGSCC)
  • Complete an SGSCC English language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine that the student has sufficient skills to successfully complete the course
  • Access to computer/internet
  • Facebook account for private class communication and access to learning resources (assistance creating an account can be arranged through SGSCC)
  • Note taking materials
  • Attend work placement and be workplace assessed (minimum 120 hours)
  • Unique Student Identifier (can be arranged through SGSCC)

Do you need to complete any work placement hours?

  • Yes, you need to complete 120 hours (15 days) in a care service facility
  • SGSCC also offers a simulated learning environment
  • Before commencing work placement you will be required to obtain a current national criminal record check to allow you to work in a care service facility. SGSCC will assist you with this application process.

Will you need to sit for any exams?

  • No. This is a competency-based course
  • Tell us then show us you understand and are able to implement the learning you have received
  • You will be required to competently complete assessment tasks for all 14 units of learning

Assessments are made up by a range of:

  • Case studies
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Presentation
  • Questions & answers
  • Research report

To be deemed competent:

  • You will receive clear assessment instructions
  • You must complete all assessments to a satisfactory standard as set by your assessor
  • These are assessed by your facilitator
  • Opportunities will be provided for trainers to support students and to resubmit their assessments if required

When you have completed and been deemed competent you can:

  • Progress with SGSCC to the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services or CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.

Your course fees & payment options:

  • $2,320 (maximum Smart and Skilled student fee)
  • $4,000 (fee for those who are ineligible for Smart and Skilled)
  • Pay in full or interest-free monthly payment plan available
  • By Cash, EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard

Delivery Overview:

  • Duration: 4 term course
  • Days: Mondays & Tuesdays 9am-4.30pm
  • Units of Learning: 14
  • Requirements: 15 days of work placement at the end of the course
  • Monthly Intake: Yes

Time for you to enrol:

  • The WorkSkills team are available to take your enquiry or enrolment on 02 8543 7412 in business hours
  • At the Jannali Office reception (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

Eligibility for Subsided Training under the Smart & Skilled Training Program:

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under the Smart & Skilled Training Program. To be eligible you must be

  • an Australian Citizen/Perm Resident/NZ citizen/humanitarian visa holder
  • aged 15 years or older, and
  • live or work in New South Wales, and
  • no longer be at school or equivalent

See Smart & Skilled page for further information.

Eligibility for “Skilling for Recovery” - Fee-Free nationally accredited training:

Skilling for Recovery is a NSW Government initiative to deliver JobTrainer funding in NSW. It provides free certificate, diploma and short course training to eligible applicants. If you meet the Smart & Skilled Program eligibility above and one of the following you could complete this course fee free:

  • Unemployed (with or without a benefit); or
  • At risk of unemployment; or
  • 17-24 years old (employed or not)

See Skilling for Recovery page for further information.

Time for you to enrol:

  • The WorkSkills team are available to take your enquiry or enrolment on 02 8543 7412 during business hours
  • At the Jannali Office Reception (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

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Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115.
  • Recognise healthy body systems (HLTAAP001)
  • Provide individualised support (CHCCCS015)
  • Manage legal and ethical compliance (CHCLEG003)
  • Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach (CHCDIS009)
  • Facilitate community participation and social inclusion (CHCDIS008)
  • Follow established person-centred behaviour supports (CHCDIS002)
  • Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
  • Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies (CHCDIS004)
  • Develop and provide person-centred service responses (CHCDIS005)
  • Facilitate individual service planning and delivery (CHCCCS006)
  • Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability (CHCDIS007)
  • Assist clients with medication (HLTHPS006)
  • Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs (CHCDIS010)
  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care (HLTWHS002)