Certificate IV in Disability

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Certificate IV in Disability

Make a real difference to the lives of people with disabilities by choosing a career in disability support. Our hands-on training takes a person-centred approach for people who want to give back to their community by helping those living with disability.

Job prospects

+ • Care Coordinator

+ • Disability Coordinator

+ • Disability Support Worker

+ Development Officer

+ Behavioural Support Officer

+ Lifestyle Support Officer

+ Senior Personal Care Assistant

+ Social Educator


+ Duration: 36 weeks

+ Work placement: 120 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding (including JobTrainer) is available to eligible students. Please contact us to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This course is available to study on campus, in Melbourne CBD, Werribee or as a traineeship. Call us to discuss your options.

National code: CHC43115

Units: 11 core + 3 elective

Location: MCIE CBD Campus, Level 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Delivery modes: Class-based or traineeship

Duration: 36 weeks

Assessment: Written, simulated and workplace-based practical observations

Work placement: 120 hours

Students must have access to a computer or laptop to complete this qualification.

MCIE’s Certificate IV in Disability course can help you open up career opportunities you’ve always dreamed of – possibilities include:

  • Care Coordinator

  • Disability Coordinator

  • Disability Support Worker

  • Development Officer

  • Behavioural Support Officer

  • Senior Personal Care Assistant

Graduates of MCIE’s disability training courses learn crucial skills, such as how to work effectively with people with a disability, how to maintain an environment to empower people with disabilities, how to facilitate skills development, community participation, and provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans. These skills will help graduates to not only fulfil disability support worker duties, but improve their chances of employment in disability services.

If you would like to advance to higher roles of authority, such as disability coordinator, a Certificate IV in Disability qualification allows disability workers to go about their day to day job without direct supervision, reporting to service managers.

Government Funded: $200* (Concession $40)^

Traineeship: $200 (Concession $40)^

Full Fee: $7,700

Textbook: $100

* Eligibility criteria applies.
^ Eligibility criteria applies. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding.
Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges. For information about additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification.

Education/Core Skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate III level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course.

Age at Commencement

It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.

Special Needs

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this course is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all course requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustment where applicable.


All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.

Digital Technology

Students are required to have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal and the learning management system.

This training is delivered with Victorian & Commonwealth Government funding. *Eligibility criteria applies. To see if you qualify for Government funding, click here!

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer are available. Fees apply. Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or contact us for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

MCIE Work Placement Officers facilitate work placement for students to complete mandatory placement hours in an aged care or disability services environment.

Candidates may be required to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):

  • Working with Vulnerable People Check

  • Working with Children Check

  • National Police Check

  • Current First Aid Certificate

  • NDIS Worker Screening Check

  • Flu vaccination, COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 test

Core Units

CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion

CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach

VU22853 Apply human rights based approach to the identification reporting and prevention of disability abuse

CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support

CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance

HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems

CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports

CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs

Elective Units

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs

CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

The reviews

Great course structure and staff!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 13, 2021

Recently. I’ve completed Cert IV in Disability. As a mature aged student, I found the course very structured and easy to complete. With the guidance of my trainer, Sonia and the management staff, my time in completing the course was an easy journey.


Fantastic course - well run

Rated 5 out of 5
May 1, 2021

I enjoyed my time at MCIE, the trainers were very professional

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