brite plants logo
brite plants logo

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

National Code CHC43115


What does this course involve?

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.

Certificate IV in Disability contains 14 units of competency.  Eleven units are core, three units are elective.  To obtain this qualification you must successfully complete all 14 units and a 120 hour industry placement.

What are the entry requirements for this course?
This course has no pre-requisites, however to undertake this course at Brite institute you will need to successfully complete a pre‑training review and be prepared to undertake a 120 hours practical placement.
Police record checks will be required for students undertaking practical placements.

If undertaking this course as a trainee you will need to be working a minimum of 13 hours per week.

What employment opportunities will I have once I have my certificate?
Certificate IV in Disability graduates may gain employment as:

  • Accommodation Support Officers
  • Disability officers (day support)
  • Disability support workers

Is this a nationally recognised course?
Yes, this course is Nationally Recognised

How is the training funded?
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding (eligibility criteria apply) or through Fee-for-Service arrangements.

What further study options will I have?
Once you have finished your course you may wish to consider Certificate IV in Leisure and Health, Certificate IV in Aging Support or a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Disability.

How long is the course?
Certificate IV in Disability takes from 12 months to complete and is delivered via a fortnightly off-the-job training timetable. On average an additional 5 hours of work per week is required to complete assessments.

How will I be assessed?
Assessments can include:

  • Question/answers
  • Case studies
  • Workplace documents
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Third Party Report from your workplace supervisor

 Will my previous experience or study count?
Yes, Brite Institute mutually recognises qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by other RTOs.  This means you will be granted Credit Transfer (CT) for units that can be included in the Certificate IV in Disability that you have already successfully achieved.  You will also have the opportunity to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  This takes into account the knowledge and skills you have gained through previous education, formal or informal training, paid or unpaid work.

Certificate IV in Disability - Sample Training Plan

Unit Code

Unit Title

Scheduled Hours


Core (11 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


Electives (3 units)


Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies



Support independence and wellbeing



Use communication to build relationships


What will the course cost?
You will pay fees for tuition, amenities and resources.
Each student's fees are calculated separately and based on the nominal hours of units you have chosen, and whether or not government subsidies apply. Please refer to the' fees and refunds' section on Brite's website for further details.

Contact Details for Brite Institute (TOID: 3834)

Address: 463– 467 High Street, Northcote, VIC, 3070   Business Hours: M - F   8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Telephone: (03) 9481 6422   Facsimile: (03) 9486 1073
Email:   Web:

Access and Inclusion

Brite Institute is committed to delivering services in a non-discriminatory manner with respect to age, gender, culture, religion and disability and encourages fair access to services for people of underrepresented groups.  A full copy of the Brite Institute Access and Equity Policy is available upon request and is displayed at the Northcote site.  Full disability access is available at both training sites and people with a disability are encouraged to participate in both accredited and pre-accredited training programs.