Certificate IV in Disability by Open Colleges

Certificate IV in Disability by Open Colleges

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Self paced
Maximum 18 months
Delivery method
Online with Work Placement
Flexible payments options available
(25% off)
Awarded by
Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd

Certificate IV in Disability by Open Colleges

Boost your job prospects with this nationally recognised disability care course online that will give you advanced skills to move into a supervisory role.
Self paced
Maximum 18 months
Delivery method
Online with Work Placement
Flexible payments options available
(25% off)
Awarded by
Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd
Self paced
Maximum 18 months
Delivery method
Online with Work Placement
Flexible payments options available
(25% off)
Awarded by
Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd
Download course guide
Enquire now

Course Description

Become a valued

Formalise your skillset with a nationally recognised professional qualification that will give you advanced care skills and leadership training.

This course will equip you with the professional skills you need to work across a number of roles in the disability sector, including supervisory and management positions.

What you’ll learn

You will learn to empower people with a disability, provide individualised care and support to clients with varying disabilities, foster community participation and social inclusion, and lead a team of support workers.

Why study this course?

  • This course includes a structured work placement in a workplace of your choosing, where you can put your learning to work and gain practical experience in the industry. 

  • The course will take you from the foundations of disability care, through to more advanced practices and leadership skills.

  • This online CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability course is perfect if you are already working in the industry, but need more advanced skills and a formal qualification to advance your career.

  • You will gain a nationally recognised qualification, that you can use to gain work Australia-wide.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note – limitations do apply.

Potential career outcomes

  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Community-Based Support Officer
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Disability Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
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There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven’t successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.


You will require access to office equipment and resources including telephone, photocopier, scanner and printer.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents.
  • Accessing and searching the internet.
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites.
  • Uploading documents through websites.
  • Participating in online discussions.
  • Compressing image files.
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.

Physical requirements

You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as providing direct personal care including showering, domestic assistance, transferring and assisting clients with mobility.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.



Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Empowering diverse people with disability


Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

  • Demonstrate commitment to empowerment for people with disability
  • Foster human rights
  • Facilitate choice and self-determination


Work with diverse people

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups

Supporting individuals and their health needs


Provide individualised support

  • Determine support needs
  • Provide support services
  • Monitor support activities
  • Complete reporting and documentation


Recognise healthy body systems

  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body

Working safely, legally and ethically


Manage legal and ethical compliance

  • Research information required for legal compliance
  • Determine ethical responsibilities 
  • Develop and communicate policies and procedures 
  • Monitor compliance
  • Maintain knowledge of compliance requirements


Follow safe work practices for direct client care

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Behaviour support and skills development


Follow established person-centred behaviour supports

  • Apply a person-centred approach to minimise behaviours of concern
  • Review context of behaviours of concern
  • Provide positive behaviour support according to individualised behaviour support plan
  • Complete documentation


Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach

  • Identify individual skill development needs
  • Plan person-centred, ongoing skill development
  • Implement person-centred, ongoing skills development strategies
  • Evaluate skills development and review plan
  • Identify and implement incidental learning opportunities to enhance skills development

Person-centred service responses and inclusion


Facilitate community participation and social inclusion

  • Support person to identify and engage in social networks within the broad community
  • Assist person and relevant others to develop and implement a community support plan as part of the individualised plan
  • Develop strategies to minimise isolation for person with disability
  • Determine risks associated with supporting community participation and inclusion


Develop and provide person-centred service responses

  • Work with the person to develop and implement person-centred responses
  • Review and monitor person-centred responses
  • Provide service delivery within a quality framework


Provide person-centred services to people with a disability with complex needs

  • Evaluate and prioritise the needs of a person with complex support issues
  • Develop an individualised plan to achieve maximum quality of life
  • Coordinate the delivery of the individualised plan
  • Coordinate the monitoring, evaluation and review of the individualised plan

Communication and leadership


Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies

  • Identify the current communication capacity and needs of the person
  • Develop effective AAC strategies
  • Implement AAC strategy
  • Monitor, report and review communication strategies


Lead effective workplace relationships

  • Collect, analyse and communicate information and ideas
  • Develop trust and confidence as leader
  • Develop and maintain networks and relationships
  • Manage difficulties into positive outcomes


Provide advocacy and representation services

  • Establish the representative role and process
  • Represent the interests of client or client group
  • Negotiate outcomes and liaise with key people
  • Evaluate effectiveness of strategies

Payment Options

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Zip Money Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising Zip Money to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to Zip Money over an agreed period of time. Zip Money provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.


With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from – whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.


Patricia Jamieson

Patricia has 8 years’ experience as a Counsellor and Disability Support worker. She has worked with clients who have complex support needs in residential and community-based settings with intellectual disability and mental health issues as well as clients with an acquired brain injury, hearing impediment and learning difficulties. She has worked with Anglicare’s Living Beyond Suicide program supporting families who have been bereaved through suicide and as an after-hours telephone support person.

Patricia holds a Diploma of Counselling, Cert III in Home & Community Care, Cert III Individual Support (Disability) and Cert IV Disability. Patricia gained her Cert IV TAE in 2015 as a way of passing on her knowledge to those who are passionate about the Community Services industry. She has been teaching the Diploma of Counselling, Cert III Individual Support and Cert IV Disability in both face to face and online distance learning settings.

Patricia is passionate about training and assisting students to achieve their goals to build opportunities for their future.

Work Placement

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia within a professional disability service, such as a group home or respite centre.

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or OC), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation and uniforms are the responsibility of the student.


Each individual host organisation may have different requirements regarding vaccinations. Please discuss these with your Work Placement provider before beginning your placement. Please note – there are mandatory vaccination requirements within each state, and it is up to the student to ensure they are complying with their own state, territory legislation and workplace organisation policies and procedures.