Certificate IV in Disability Support

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Certificate IV in Disability Support

Make a real difference to the lives of people with disabilities with a Certificate IV in Disability. Our hands-on training takes a person-centred approach for those who want to give back to their communities.

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: 90 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding 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, as work-place based or as a traineeship. Call us to discuss your options.

National code: CHC43121 (This program is the transitioning qualification from the superseded non-equivalent: CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability)

Units: 7 core + 3 elective

Location: MCIE City Campus, Levels 8 & 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000, VIC

Delivery mode: Blended training delivery

Work placement: 90 hours

Total duration: 36 weeks

Graduates of this program are likely to find work in the following roles:

  • Care Coordinator

  • Disability Coordinator

  • Disability Support Worker

  • Development Officer

  • Behavioural Support Officer

  • Lifestyle Support Officer

  • Senior Personal Care Assistant

  • Supervisor

  • Social Educator

  • Social Trainer


The Certificate IV in Disability Support provides crucial skills for working in the industry, for example:

  • Working with and empowering people with disabilities

  • Facilitating skills development

  • Community participation and programming.


According to LabourMarketInsights.gov.au:

  • There are currently 274,000 Aged and Disabled Carers working across Australia

  • This industry has very strong future growth of 28%

  • Workers in this role earn an average of $1,382 per week

  • 80% of workers are women, with an average age of 47.

Government funded: $200*

Government funded concession: $40*

Self-funded: $7,700

Textbooks: $100

*This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies.

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

Blended training delivery

This program is delivered both in real-time at MCIE’s campus and remotely with 5 hours classes and 2.5 hours tutorials per week. Assessments and resources available online via the Learning Management System.



Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, multiple choice quizzes, group tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, case studies, work placement journals, logbooks, and projects.


Work placement

Students must complete 90 mandatory placement hours for the work-based training component of this program. The MCIE Work Placement Coordinator will organise your placement with one of our host employers.


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.


Education and skills

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



You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age.

All candidates 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 administration staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Students with disabilities

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


Digital technology

Students must 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.


Industry requirements

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

  • National Police Check

  • NDIS Worker Screening

  • First Aid Certificate

  • Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations


Prior experience

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.

Core Units

HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCDIS018 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS019 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCCCS044 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS017 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

Elective Units

CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services
CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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The reviews

Great course structure and staff!

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

May 1, 2021

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

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