Certificate IV in Disability Support

Build on your existing industry experience and expertise to support those with a disability to reach their full potential.

CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support will take you beyond the foundations of disability care, through to more advanced practices and leadership skills. This qualification reflects the role of individuals in a range of community settings and peoples’ homes, who provide 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, and work according to, and may contribute to, an individualised plan. This course is suited to those looking to gain the advanced skills necessary to apply for more senior roles in the disability sector. It prepares  individuals to work without direct supervision and to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.


Benefits Of Studying This Course

  • gain a nationally accredited qualification that is industry recognised
  • develop advanced practitioner skills for more complex disability support requirements
  • develop supervision skills for working as team leader/coordinator
  • gain a learning pathway to Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications
  • access an employment growth area that offers a diversity of roles and working conditions – including flexible hours and geographic locations
  • gain portable skills sets such as communication and relationship management

Employment Opportunities

  • Senior Disability Support Worker
  • Disability Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Residential Care Supervisor
  • Development Officer
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Social Educator (Disability)
  • Day Support Disability Officer
  • Support Facilitator (Disability)
  • Disabilities Supervisor
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Community Development Officer

Disability work is focused on providing person-centred, individualised support to people with a disability who often require life-long support to meet their needs and goals. Workers, therefore, build strong professional connections and relationships with those they actively support. Work across the sector is varied and can involve working in people’s homes, residential, and community-based settings, assisting people to undertake personal care and access communities and activities of their choice.

Key tasks include:

  • supervising and coordinating small teams of support workers
  • contributing to the development, implementation and monitoring of individualised support plans
  • managing legal and ethical compliance
  • providing person-centred care and support
  • facilitating community participation and social inclusion
  • working with clients with complex needs
  • providing positive behaviour supports
  • applying safe workplace practices

This work is often undertaken through employment in disability sector organisations, government services and broader community service agencies. Workers will:

  • work without direct supervision
  • implement and promote a person-centred approach to all work
  • provide advanced level supports for individuals
  • undertake supervision and on the job training for other workers
  • responsible for implementing policies and procedures of the organisation and contributing to continuous improvement processes
  • undertake appropriate reporting to meet the organisations legal and ethical requirements


10 units of study – 7 core and three elective units of competency.



Core Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
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
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Work with people with mental health issues
Maintain work health and safety
Elective Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Develop and provide person-centred service responses
Recognise Healthy Body Systems
Follow safe work practices for direct client care

The Australian Qualifications Framework determines that the duration of this qualification is 6 months – 2 years, however with both face-to-face training, and flexible online learning, learners are typically completing within the first 6 – 12 months. How quickly an individual is able to complete the course will depend on how fast they work through the content, their commitment to learning and their level of competence.

To achieve this qualification, 100-hours of work placement in a relevant community or disability services setting is recommended to enable students to fulfil workplace assessment requirements.

As most people undertaking this course will already be employed in the disability services sector, placement can be undertaken in most workplaces. However, for those not working in the sector, you will need to find your own work placement with an organisation approved by Skills Generation. It is important you commence this process at the beginning of the course.

Skills Generation staff and your trainer will be available to assist you in identifying relevant organisations. You will be covered by Skills Generation insurance when undertaking work placement as an enrolled learner and as part of the course requirements. If you are employed, you are covered by your workplace Workers Compensation policy. You will be responsible for the cost of any travel and accommodation associated with work placement.

For those learners already working in the disability sector please work with your trainer to confirm if your employment can be used to demonstrate the required competencies of the unit.

Please refer to the relevant Government website/s for the most up to date information regarding any restrictions and vaccination requirements that may be in place, please also be aware that work placement employers may have certain requirements in relation to vaccinations or other restrictions in addition to any mandated by government. If you have any questions regarding requirements for work placement, please contact Student Services [email protected]


  • Digital content with assessments accessed online
  • Access to Skills Generation Learning Management System (LMS) 24 hours a day 7 days a week, including Library resources
  • Zoom/other for one-on-one training sessions, group discussions and virtual classrooms
  • Inclusive Learning Strategies are also available for learners with disabilities enabling them to participate on the same basis as other learners
  • Professional discussions/mentoring with your trainer
  • Individual tasks, assignments and case studies
  • Workplace-based reflective tasks
  • Demonstration of practical skills through workplace experience
  • Third-party reporting from your workplace supervisor
  • Demonstration of practical skills through digital recording as applicable

On successful completion of this course you will receive the nationally recognised qualification:

CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support

The qualification is awarded by Skills Generation RTO 41008, with training and assessment delivered by Skills Generation or an approved Third Party training provider on behalf of Skills Generation.

Certificate IV in Disability Support


To be eligible for admission to this course students must meet the following requirements:

Completion of CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)


Completion of CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)


Completion of CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability PLUS  the CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set.

  • Access to a computer with word processing, email, Zoom/other, PDF reader capabilities and a reliable internet connection
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) levels that indicate you have a high probability of being able to successfully complete the course. Skills Generation can help you assess your current LLN levels as required to ensure we are able to effectively support you
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week
  • Most employers expect you to hold a current First Aid Certificate, have an up-to-date influenza vaccination, and have a police check
  • If working with people with a disability you will need a Disability Worker Screening Card. Your employer or work placement provider will assist with your application
  • If working with children you will need a Blue Card, Skills Generation will assist you with your Blue Card application

The Commonwealth Government requires all learners undertaking nationally recognised, accredited training courses to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  Learners are unable to enrol without their USI.

If you are currently working, or have previously worked in a relevant industry, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL applies where you have workplace experience/competency that can be formally assessed against the units of competency in this course. If you wish to undertake an RPL process, please discuss with our Student Services enrolments team [email protected].

Funding and Fees

This course currently attracts government funding for eligible students. Students who access funded training pay a co-contribution fee that represents a small fraction of the total course fee!

Eligibility criteria for funding can be found on our Funding and Fees page or contact us to discuss your circumstances and determine your eligibility.

Students who are not eligible for subsidised training pay the full course fee.

Payment Plans are available through the PaySmart payment platform making it easy for students to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment instalments.

Why Skills Generation

Support from industry experienced trainers committed to helping you succeed
Skills Generation provides a facilitative and collaborative environment to support the underpinnings of effective community services practice
Engaging, user friendly online learning resources available to you 24/7 via our easy to navigate online Learning Management System

On completion of this course you may want to further enhance your skills and knowledge and your job promotion prospects by going on to study:

CHC52021 Diploma of Community Services

Skills Generation proudly partners with select Australian Universities to provide pathway options for university study. University pathways include guaranteed entry and credit for Skills Generation graduates of Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications.

Course Summary


CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support
Number of Units: 10

Study Mode:

Blended - Online and Work Experience
Typically Completed In: 6-12 months
Hours per Week: 10-15 hours (approx.)+ 100 hours work placement over duration of course
Funding: Available To Eligible Students

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