Certificate IV in Disability

Certificate IV in Disability

Course Code
Study Area(s)
Free TAFE, Health and Nursing, Community Services, Disability
Course Length
Full-time(6 months)

Start Date(s): July 2020
End Date(s): December 2020
Days and Time: Monday and Thursday
between 9.30am - 4.30pm

Course Overview

If you want to make a genuine difference to the lives of people with a disability, then our Certificate IV in Disability course can set you on the right path.

With our nationally accredited qualification, you can develop your skills to assist people with a disability to achieve greater levels of independence and enjoy an increased quality of life. It’s a selfless career choice – and we want to support you in your chosen occupation as much as possible.

The course is delivered flexibly, suited to your particular needs. There is a work placement component of 120 hours embedded within the course.  We design some assessments to be completed in your workplace or completed online and plan for your attendance at Kangan Institute to be as work friendly as possible. We can also organise work placement opportunities that are interesting, suit your needs and give you an insight into future careers paths.

Here are just a few things that you will learn during this six month course:

  • Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • Provide individualised support
  • Develop and provide person-centred service responses

Rest assured, our teaching staff brings real life experience to the course to assist you to gain a realistic understanding of the disability field.

Once you’ve completed our qualification, you are able to consider any number of career choices, including working as a:

  • Disability Support Worker
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Day Support Disability Officer
  • Disabilities Supervisor
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Disability Support Assistant (Schools)
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Job coordinator
  • Lifestyle Support Officer
  • Local area coordinator
  • Marketing Coordinator (Disability)
  • Project Officer
  • Senior Disability Worker
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Social Educator (Disability)
  • Social trainer
  • Support Facilitator (Disability)

Our course experts will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about our disability courses.


You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.  It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.  To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CHCCCS015Provide individualised support30
CHCDIS002Follow established person-centred behaviour supports50
CHCDIS005Develop and provide person-centred service responses135
CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability100
CHCDIS008Facilitate community participation and social inclusion60
CHCDIS009Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach50
CHCDIS010Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs90
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance80
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems70
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care25


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CHCCCS011Meet personal support needs60
CHCCCS021Respond to suspected abuse60
CHCDIS004Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies60

How will I be assessed?

You are assessed through a mixture of practical tutorials and project work, as well as online and written assessments. Workplace assessments will also be conducted in either your workplace or during your placement. Assessment is a necessary part of the program to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge set out in the competency standards.

Additional comments

Please register your enquiry by applying online. You can also call us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) if you have any questions.

What will I study?

This qualification consists of 15 units. (Please refer to Course Modules).

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

Click here to find out more about our Online Service Standards.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
910 910 $1.90 $0.38 $8.54

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2020. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

The Certificate IV in Disability is a combined fee for service and government funded course. Government funding eligibility criteria applies. Please contact us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for further details.

Can I apply?

Please contact on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au


Where and how can I study?

The course is held at our Essendon Campus.

The course is a mixed delivery model with theory and practical based studies. There are components of flexible and online units. Classes are designed to be interactive and challenging. Teaching staff bring real life experience to the course to assist students in understanding the disability field. All teaching staff have current industry experience and are experts in their respective fields.

What employment opportunities will I have?

A Certificate IV in Disability qualification allows you to work as a:

  • Behavioural support officer
  • 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
  • Lifestyle support officer - special schools

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain knowledge and skills required by disability organisations to fulfil a career in this vocation.

What qualifications will I receive?

When you successfully complete this course, you will be awarded the Certificate IV in Disability. As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework, this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

You will be able to go further with our Diploma of Community Services Work. We also offer a guaranteed pathway into the Bachelor of Disability and Development Education at Flinders University with 18 credit points. Find out more at kangan.edu.au/pathways.

How do I apply?

You will need to apply for the course online and you will be contacted shortly afterwards regarding information and the next step. Please provide a current email address as correspondence is initially via email.


How will I be selected for this course?

You will be required to apply online.