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Do you want to learn how to assist others to maintain the quality of their apply now buttonlives?  Do you hold a Certificate III qualification, work in an aged care or disability support role and want to have your existing competency recognised, gain formal credentials or up-skill?  Expand your knowledge and skills with the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability.

With Phillips Institute, you can take control of your study and start anytime :

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  • Attend optional facilitated workshops one day per week or one evening per fortnight (Carnegie only)
  • Enjoy learning and sharing your experience with other disability and health care professionals
  • Be guided by our highly experienced and qualified facilitators who will develop your individual learning plan, and provide guidance to you with regular contact
  • Continue to work your usual hours while you complete the course through blended-online or printed activities and assessments plus placement 120 hours

Fees and Funding

Victorian residents may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding – see our Fees and Funding page for more information.

About this qualification

This qualification addresses work in residential group homes, training resource centres, day respite centres and open employment services, other community settings and clients’ homes.  Typically these workers:

  • Carry out activities related to maintaining an individual’s well being through personal care and/or other activities of living
  • May provide support or services to individuals with complex needs, and/or work with groups of people
  • Work may include training and support to promote independence and community participation, which may be provided as part of activities and programs in a variety of settings including residential and centre-based programs
  • Report to service managers and liaise with professionals and other service providers
  • May be required to supervise and/or coordinate a limited number of other workers.

You may also be interested in: Certificate IV in Leisure and Health, Certificate III in Individual Support, Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Diploma of Leisure and Health


While the full duration of this program is 6 months, some individuals may require up to 12 months to complete all course requirements, while others may be able to complete in a shorter time frame where relevant prior skills, knowledge and experience are demonstrated.  Industry placement of at least 120 hours is also required – we will source and organise this placement at a location as close to your home as possible (Melbourne only).  If your current workplace is suitable for placement, you may complete a logbook of 120 hours to meet this requirement.

Entry requirements

To gain entry into this course, you must have adequate language, literacy and numeracy skills in order to study at Certificate IV level.  A Certificate III level vocational qualification and intention to specialise in disability sector is also strongly recommended for those with no prior industry experience.  If you have no prior industry experience, we recommend you study the Certificate III in Individual Support prior to undertaking this program.

Applicants who intend to study online will need intermediate level computer skills, access to a computer, an email account and a reliable internet connection.


This course is primarily intended for those who already hold a relevant Certificate III in either: Disability, Aged Care, Home and Community Care, Health Services Assistance or Allied Health Assistance or similar and/or who have worked in disability, aged care, home and community care, or allied health service areas and who wish to move into a supervisory or co-ordination role in disability.  For those with no experience in a support or caring role, we recommend completion of the Certificate III in Individual Support followed by at least 12 months employment experience in the sector before undertaking this course.

Units of competency in the program

CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCDIS006 Develop and promote positive person-centred behaviour supports*
CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies*
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues*

*Elective units may be subject to change