Certificate IV in Disability (Work-Place Based)

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Certificate IV in Disability (Work-Place Based)

Want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities? Earn while you learn with a traineeship in Certificate IV in Disability with Melbourne City Institute of Education.

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 is available to eligible students. Please click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This qualification is delivered as Work Place Based. It is also available via blended training delivery.

National code: CHC43115

Units: 11 core + 3 elective

Location: Delivered primarily in the student’s workplace

Delivery mode: Work-place based

Work placement: 120 hours

Total duration: 12 months

Government funded traineeship: $200*

Government funded concession: $50*

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.


This program is delivered primarily in the workplace with up to 6 hours direct Trainer support each month.



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

You are required to undertake 120 placement hours in a disability care work-placement. MCIE is affiliated with many services for people with disability and will support you throughout your work-placement.

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

  • Disability Services Officer

  • Disability Support Worker

  • Disability Coordinator

  • Personal Care Assistant

  • Residential Care Officer


The Certificate IV in Disability 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.


There are no formal prerequisite qualifications or units for entry to this qualification. However, there are detailed entry requirements. (please insert the website page link here)

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Entry requirements
To be eligible for this program, all candidates must attend a course information session and complete a Pre-Training Review.
During the Pre-Training Review:

  • we ensure candidates are enrolled in a relevant qualification suited to their requirements and intended employment or education pathways
  • candidates are made aware of their funding entitlements and any impacts
  • enrolment paperwork is completed, including recording contact details and signatures
  • the candidate completes LLN assessment to determine ACSF levels and any required LLN support\
  • candidates can apply for Credit Transfer (CT) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where appropriate
  • we ensure students have the appropriate digital literacy skills and access to digital devices so they can access learning resources
  • candidates review the MCIE Domestic Student Handbook
  • candidates demonstrate that they are suitable for this program.

Candidates will not be offered a place in this course if:

  • they do not meet the prescribed ACSF levels for the qualification, having been interviewed and rejected by the LLN Specialist and Head of Department (HoD)
  • they do not meet the physical requirements for work in the role, and have been assessed as such by a qualified medical practitioner
  • the reasons for participation in the qualification do not match or are in conflict with the employment outcomes of the qualification.


Education and skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, have completed a year 11 level at school, and confirm that MCIE has ensured that the program is suited to their career aspirations and needs.



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 Background Check

  • Working with Children Check

  • NDIS Worker Screening Check

  • Flu or COVID-19 vaccinations

  • Other: The requirements of individual employers may vary from this list.


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

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.

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