Disability Services

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability is part of the Community Services Training Package. It addresses work in residential group homes, training resource centres, Community access services, Respite centres and open employment services, other community settings and clients’ homes.   This course will equip you to provide a higher level of support and facilitation of services to people with disabilities to enhance their ability to achieve greater levels of independence and community participation.

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability provides significant choice and flexibility to suit a diverse audience with multiple competency development needs operating in a wide range of Disability Sector environments. For example,

Students may:

  • Currently be working as Support Workers and have some units of competency from a previous qualification
  • Wish to complete one or more units as professional development without gaining the full qualification
  • Have Certificate III in Disability Work and want to extend or develop further competence
  • Have another qualification (eg Community Services) and want to up-skill in Disability Work.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Disability Support Worker
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Residential Assistant

Locations, dates and times

Please Note:
This qualification is offered to employment based students (apprentices/trainees/commercial) as a flexible program. Students are able to enrol and start at any time.

Devonport Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

Subjects include both theoretical and practical components. The course is based on an adult learning model where students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning. There will be an expectation that students will undertake practical workplace based projects, and there are no exams.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include:

  • Testimonials from workplace supervisors
  • Direct observation by TasTAFE workplace supervisors
  • Oral or written questions
  • In class activities (e.g. group tasks, role plays, presentation of research, vales and ethics, practical activities) to assess underpinning/conceptual knowledge & skills.
  • Projects within the workplace
  • Each unit delivered has an assessment plan, task specifications and assessment tools

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Fees and Payments

For fee and payment information relating to TasTAFE qualifications, please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/


It is highly recommended that students successfully complete Certificate III in Disability pathway units or possess equivalent industry experience prior to commencing this qualification. Applicants will be assessed for suitability against the following criteria at selection:

  1. An interest and/or involvement in working with people with disabilities.
  2. Good communication skills and understanding of working in a support role.
  3. Effective language, literacy and numeracy skills.
  4. An understanding and acceptance of other s beliefs, cultures and backgrounds.
  5. Motivation, initiative and flexibility.
  6. A completed application form

Advice about the underlying level of English language and literacy required to meet the outcomes of the Certificate IV in Disability units will be made clear prior to commencement of the learning and/or assessment process, and students who may have difficulty meeting these requirements will be provided with advice and options such as appropriate language and literacy skills training.

Students will also be advised that competence will include assessment of the specified language and literacy performance criteria and the required skills of individual units. This includes effective language, communications and interpersonal skills and the ability to write a range of documentation. For example, Certificate IV in Disability students are expected to read and interpret, develop and document, present information, facilitate in a number of contexts using a range of skills, and prepare various records and documents.

Technology applications are also required as part of the competency specifications of some units. Further, complex cognitive skills in planning, research, interpretation, analysis and synthesis form part of the skills requirements of many units. In a learning and assessment pathway, some of these skills will be developed through the learning process – however, this will depend on the approach adopted in the learning strategy and learning program content and the level of resourcing available.

In some situations, implementation will be based on an assumption that students possess these skills. In these circumstances, and in an assessment only pathway, students will be made aware of the specific skills that underpin the outcomes and performance requirements of the Certificate IV in Disability units to ensure they are capable of demonstrating competence.

Where essential skills need to be acquired, options for meeting these skills gaps will be provided. Students should be working in or have access to an operating training and assessment environment.

Qualification Requirements

15 units must be successfully completed to gain this qualification comprising of:

  • 11 core units
  • 3 elective units – will be determined with your teacher/assessor, and may include a combination of credit and/or recognition for units where applicable.


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