Certificate IV in Disability

Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Building
Course Location
Warragul; Leongatha
Course Duration
Full Time: 1 year
Warragul: one day per week
Leongatha: flexible
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of GippsTAFE. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges.
2014 Application Form (pdf)
Study Modes
On Campus; Full time; Part Time (Day); Flexible
Starting Date
Part Time:
  • July 2014
  • 2014

Warragul - February 2014


Leongatha Campus
Lisa Kuhne

Phone: (03) 5662 6800
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: lisak@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Warragul Campus
Brooke Donaldson

Phone: (03) 5622 85 32
Fax: 1300 094 661

Email:  brooked@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Course Overview

Disability workers make a real difference in people's lives, whether they are working in a residential care facility, group home or a private residence. Workers support people with disabilities, helping them to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance and community participation.

This course is for those who are new to the field or are already working in the industry and who want to gain or enhance their qualifications and future employment prospects.

By maintaining a focus on developing practical skills, the Health and Community Studies department has a long history of assisting graduates to achieve a successful employment outcome in this rewarding career choice.

Qualifications And Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Disability.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many GippsTAFE courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Employment Prospects

  • Support Worker
  • Developmental Officer
  • Disability Officer - Day Support
  • Disability Support Officer/Worker
  • Employment Coordinator (Disability)
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Social Educator

Online Requirements

Access to a computer and broadband internet service.
Basic computer skills.

Entry Requirements

  • Interview
  • Students are required to undertake a literacy assessment
  • Successful applicants will be required to undergo a Police Check and Working With Children Check
  • Applicants must be computer literate and have access to a computer with an internet connection

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


Practical experiences, practical demonstrations, problem solving, documents/folio, reflective journals, oral presentations, interviews, case studies, projects, group projects, group discussions, online research tasks, online quizzes, practical placement and work based assessments for eligible students in the workforce.

Opportunities For Further Study

Specialist Course Information

  • This course includes a 120 hour practical placement (Warragul Campus)

Can prospective students enrol in individual units?


Course Structure

Unit Code
Unit Name
Core Units (10)
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 argumentative and alternative communication strategies.
CHCICS402B Facilitate individualised plans.
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
And one of each of the following pairs of units:
CHCICS305A Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans (Leongatha).
CHCCS404B Plan and provide advanced behaviour support (Warragul).

Plus 5 elective units that may be taken from the following categories:

  • Client Support
  • Medication and health professional support
  • Working with older people
  • Working with people with mental health issues
  • Working with people with alcohol and other drug issues
  • Leisure and health
  • Team coordination and supervision
  • Outreach work