Certificate IV in Disability (Traineeship)

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Certificate IV in Disability (Traineeship)

Our CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability is ideal for individuals who want to work in the community services industry, delivering support and care for disabled individuals.

Job prospects

+ Disability Services Officer

+ Disability Support Worker

+ Disability Coordinator

+ Personal Care Assistant

+ Residential Care Officer


+ Duration: 52 weeks

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

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

How can I study?

This qualification is delivered as a Traineeship. It is also available as classroom delivery.

If you’re looking to work in the community sector, disability support worker qualifications can greatly increase your chances of employment.

With MCIE’s nationally accredited qualification, you can make a real difference in the lives of the disabled. All training has been developed in consultation with industry leaders in the community services industry to ensure graduates have the skills to build strong careers.

Our training is incredibly hands-on: we will help you learn how to deliver vital support and care for clients in residential group homes with a practical work placement in Victoria.


Join our successful graduates who are now employed within the Australian disabled and community services industry as project officers, residential care officers, disability coordinators, senior personal care assistants and social educators.

  • National Code: CHC43115

  • Units: 11 core + 3 electives

  • Location: Training and assessment are conducted primarily at the trainee’s workplace

  • Delivery Mode: blended delivery – online virtual classes and 6 face to face practical workshops and work placement

  • Duration: 52 weeks

  • Assessment: Assessments include case studies, roleplays, short answer questions, practical demonstrations and a work-based training logbook and portfolios. Practice-based training activities and tasks are conducted in a simulated environment only where they cannot be achieved within the employer’s workplace.

  • Prior experience: RPL & Credit Transfer is available

  • Resource: The Disability Support Worker by Geoff Arnott (ebook provided with enrolment)


Students must have access to a computer or laptop to complete the course.

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

  • Disability Services Officer

  • Disability Support Worker

  • Disability Coordinator

  • Personal Care Assistant

  • Residential Care Officer


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 $50)^

Traineeship: $200 (Concession $50)^

Full Fee: $7,700

Textbook: $100

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges.  For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding, to eligible candidates.
* Eligibility criteria applies.
^Eligibility criteria apply. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding.

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.

Education/Core Skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate IV 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 people with disabilities to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.


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 information technology skills to access the online learning content, enter answers to the questions in the written assessment and communicate with their trainer via email, the student portal and/or through 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 (CT) are available. Fees apply. Please see our website for more information on fees and terms and conditions.

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

  • National Police Check

  • Current First Aid Certificate

  • Statutory Declaration

  • Flu Vaccination and COVID-19 Test

Core Units

CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective Units

CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families
VU22853 Apply a human rights-based approach to the identification, prevention and reporting of disability abuse

Nationally Recognised Training

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

The reviews

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Rated 5 out of 5
March 23, 2022

I loved studying this course with MCIE. I am now employed in an Aged Care Home thanks to the support at MCIE!

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