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Empower individuals within the disability sector

With the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there are even greater opportunities to develop your rewarding career working in the disability sector.
If you're passionate about empowerment, advocacy and inclusion, and want to extend your skills and knowledge of disability, this course is for you.

You will learn to:
• Develop and provide individualised support
• Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
• Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
• Manage legal and ethical compliance and follow safe work practices

There are 14 units of competency to complete, with electives chosen by local disability services as being relevant to the needs of disability support workers.

You will extend your skills with classes on social inclusion, diverse and complex needs, non-verbal communication techniques, autism and person-centred practices.
On successfully completing this course, you will support people with disabilities in a person-centred and individualised manner, ensuring they are empowered to take maximum control of their own lives.
You will also need to complete 120 hours of work placement at the end of your course. Our placement officer can assist you in finding a suitable work placement. If you currently work or volunteer in the disability sector, you may count this work towards your work placement hours.

You can study this course on campus, or online. Find out more about studying the Certificate IV in Disability with Chisholm Online.

Please note: Victorian Safety Screening Policy

    Under this policy, the prospective worker has to undergo proof of identity check and a Disability Worker Exclusion List check before they can start their placement with participants who have additional needs or the disability industry. Under the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), applicants must now provide a minimum of four pieces of identification:
  • One commencement of identity document (such as a full Australian birth certificate or current Australian passport)
  • One primary use in the community document (such as a current Australian driver’s licence or marriage certificate)
  • Two secondary use in the community documents (such as a Medicare card or a credit card).

  • Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

    Participants will be required to engage with learning material online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes. Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available. While it is expected that the course duration will remain unchanged, it may be necessary to extend the completion date if circumstances change. Chisholm will be monitoring the situation closely and inform of any changes if the duration of a course is extended.

    If you have any queries on a course delivery please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or enquiries@chisholm.edu.au.


    Course code
    CHC43115
    On campus
    Frankston, Berwick, Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula
    Online
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    International
    Not available for International students
    Length
    Full Time, 1 year.
    Start dates
    Jan, April