Certificate IV in Disability

Southern Cross Education Institute

Program Description

Certificate IV in Disability

Southern Cross Education Institute

This qualification addresses work in residential group homes, training resource centres, day respite centres and open employment services, other community settings and clients' homes.

These workers:

  • Apply knowledge and skills gained through qualifications and/or previous experience to provide training and support to people with disabilities to enhance their ability to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance and community participation
  • Report to service managers and may liaise with health professionals and other service agencies
  • May work without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a limited number of lower classified workers.


49 Weeks

Entry Requirements:

To ensure an appropriate learning opportunity, participants would need to demonstrate a capacity to undertake study at Certificate IV level, this can be demonstrated via the following:

  • Successful completion of Year 11 or the equivalent level of study or mature aged entry. For further information, see PP02 ASSESSING STUDENT'S QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND ENGLISH PROFICIENCY.
  • Minimum English level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. Learners originating from student visa assessment levels 1 and 2 without the required IELTS score can undertake SCEI’s English Proficiency Test. For information on student visa assessment levels, refer to Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or above.

Additional Requirements:

Candidates must undertake National Police check and make a Commonwealth of Australia Statutory Declaration before commencing work placement.


There are no pre-requisites for this qualification.

Pathways for participants

Pathways into the qualification:

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability


  • Having sufficient relevant Community Services industry experience working in a support role without any formal qualifications

Pathways from the qualification:

After achieving CHC40312 Certificate IV in Disability, participants may undertake:

  • CHC50108 Diploma of Disability

Participants may also seek employment opportunities as detailed below in Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

  • 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

Teaching Methods/Mode of Study

Classroom and self-directed learning as well as work placement.


Students will be assessed through Written Assessment, Scenario, Case Study, Workplace, Project, Activities, Role Play and Presentation throughout the course.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer is a term used to identify a process of gaining recognition gained through a previous course or a unit of study. To be eligible for credit transfer the unit code of the unit already held needs to be exactly the same as the unit for which credit is being requested. A certified copy of an Academic Transcript would need to be supplied by the student.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning provides students with an opportunity to have their current skills and knowledge recognised.These skills and knowledge may relate to units they are intending to study and as a result may exempt them from studying these units. However there is a cost related to RPL.The process requires students to gather evidence confirming their skills and knowledge and submitting to an assessor for assessment.

If a student is granted RPL or credit transfer, it may impact on student visa conditions through a shortening of the student’s course.


  • CHCCS400C: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  • CHCCS411C: Work effectively in the community sector
  • CHCDIS301C: Work effectively with people with a disability
  • CHCDIS302A: Maintain an environment to empower people with disabilities
  • CHCDIS405A: Facilitate skills development and maintenance
  • CHCDIS410A: Facilitate community participation and inclusion
  • CHCDIS411A: Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
  • CHCICS402B: Facilitate individualised plans
  • CHCICS305B: Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans
  • CHCWHS312A: Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

Elective Units

  • CHCAC318B: Work effectively with older people
  • CHCAC417A: Implement interventions with older people at risk of falls
  • CHCAD401D: Advocate for clients
  • HLTAP301B: Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
  • HLTHIR403C: Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

Delivery Modes

Delivery modes include classroom/facilitator lead training sessions, self paced learning activities, written assessments, simulated workplace practice activities and a component of work placement.


  • Course Price: AUD$8,000
  • Promotional Course Price: AUD$6,500
  • Material Fee: AUD$300**


This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 7, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 2017
49 weeks
Full time
8,000 AUD
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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Australia Adelaide, South Australia
Application deadline Request Info
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Duration 49 weeks
Price 8,000 AUD
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