CHC43121 – Certificate IV in Disability – for Domestic Students

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CHC43121 - Certificate IV in Disability


By undertaking the Certificate IV in Disability qualification you will develop the knowledge and skills to provide training and support to people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing. You will be providing quality care and person centred support to individuals in their homes or in community settings.

Core Skills: You will gain core skills in areas of individualised support, person-centred behaviour supports and service responses, empowerment of people with disability, community participation and social inclusion, ongoing skill development, people with disability with complex needs, cultural diversity, legal and ethical requirements, safe work practices and knowledge of healthy body systems.

Specialisations: You will specialise in areas such as communication including augmentative and alternative communication and autism spectrum disorder, through the elective units included in the course.

Online training is available for this course.
Duration and Delivery

This qualification is delivered over a period of 895 nominal hours comprising of classroom sessions* , supervised directed learning, skills training, self-paced learning, practical placement, assessment and assessment assistance. Students undertake a practical placement of 120 hours.

With the current pandemic situation, a number of classroom sessions will be delivered online to enhance safety of students and trainers.

Please note: The course duration may vary for individual students based on their current academic and work experience. All students will be assessed on an individual basis for their ability to meet the course requirements within an extended or reduced time frame.


Classroom based training (face to face/ online) and supervised practical experience in a community and/or residential setting.


Level 1/169 Plenty Road, Preston, VIC 3072. Practical placement locations as negotiated by ALACC with individual Providers.

Career Pathway

Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to progress to higher qualifications within the context of the work role or undertake specialised qualifications.

Qualification Description

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.

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Who May Attend

This qualification is beneficial for any person who may

  • Be actively seeking employment in community and/or residential setting to support people with disabilities
  • Have no formal qualifications in individualised support or disability support
  • Wish to review/update knowledge and practical experience
  • Be seeking a new career

ALACC entry requirements require that applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years’ old
  • Have satisfactorily completed Year 11 or equivalent

The following are not an entry requirement, but may need to be considered prior to undertaking this course:

  • Basic foundation skills and computer literacy skills may be required for learning activities related to the course. Where relevant, adequate student support is available.
  • Fitness to undertake manual handling tasks and meet the requisites of the job role and other relevant industry standards is preferable.
  • Students will also be required to provide a current Police check and evidence of flu shot prior to undertaking placements.

Please note: Proficiency in English is required to meet Industry standards.

Students will be undertaking Pre-Training Review and LLN test prior to enrolment. The LLN test is not an entry requirement, students are asked to undertake the same so appropriate academic support can be ensured throughout the course of study.


Students may be able to shorten the length of their studies through the recognition of experience and/ or qualifications gained elsewhere. Applications can be made for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer.

These will be assessed according to the college’s policy & procedures to determine if/how much advanced standing will be granted.

This qualification holds National Recognition.


Assessments will be conducted to determine the achievement of competency-based learning outcomes. Assessments may include student questions, case study/ scenarios, practical skills observation and assessment (simulated environment/ practical placement).

Job Opportunities

On completion of this qualification, students may be able to gain employment within a range of settings including residential services, where people live and are supported in houses in the community; larger residential facilities, including secure settings; and outreach services that support people to live in their own homes.

Occupational titles may include but are not limited to:

Disability Support Workers, Disability Development Support Officers

Work placements

Students will be required to undertake work placements to apply knowledge and develop their skills as part of the course requirements. Placements may occur in aged care, disability, or other aged care and community settings in Melbourne or Regional areas as organised by ALACC and according to the course requirements.

While ALACC takes responsibility to provide work placements, students have the choice to find a work placement close to their place of residence. All placement arrangements have to be approved prior to commencing placement. ALACC will negotiate and have an Agreement with the Placement Provider before the student attends work placement.

Please note: The cost for the practical placement is included in the fee. However, if a student does not attend the allocated placement then the student will have to pay for the costs set by the practical placement providers for cancelling their placements.

Placements dates will be provided by the placement provider and can be subject to change depending on the appropriate Placement Provider’s ability to take students at a specific given period. Students may need to be flexible with these dates and ensure they can attend the placements as soon as it is available.

Students will be required to attend pre-placement and post-placement sessions for assessment.

Course Units

Please ask us about credit transfers.

Core Units

Provide individualised support
Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
Develop and provide person-centred service responses
Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
Work with diverse people
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Recognise healthy body systems
Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units 3

Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Use communication to build relationships

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Full Fee
AUD 2,700.00
Fees: AUD 2,100.00
Registration Fee: AUD 300.00
Materials: AUD 300.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

Government Funding Subsidised Fee (Non-Concession)
AUD 260.00
Fees: AUD 110.00
Registration Fee: AUD 100.00
Materials: AUD 50.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

Government Funding Subsidised Fee (Concession)
AUD 120.00
Fees: AUD 20.00
Registration Fee: AUD 50.00
Materials: AUD 50.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

Government Funding Eligibility

To assess your eligibility for government funding please speak to one of our friendly staff or use below link:

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*Eligible students must: –

  • Present a Green Medicare card
  • Be a Permanent resident in Australia
  • Not have a qualification higher or equal to qualification being applied

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