Certificate IV in Disability

Certificate IV in Disability

Campus: Wollongong
Duration: 8 months (2 Sessions) 
Course Code: CHC43115
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Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and 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, work without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

Career Prospects

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible career prospects for students with this qualification include:

  • Team leader
  • Residential care worker
  • Accommodation support worker
  • Home Care assistant
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Community Program coordinator

Entry Requirements

  • Aged 16 and over, AND
  • Complete a UOW College basic literacy and numeracy test with results of level 2 or higher.

Units of Study

The UOW College Certificate IV in Disability consists of 14 units of competency. They are as follows:

Code Subject Name
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
CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

*Electives subject to change at UOW College discretion in accordance with training package rules and industry requirements.


Students are required to attend classes at the University of Wollongong, Main Campus three days per week. The course is delivered full-time for 8 months (2 sessions) and includes self-paced activities and a minimum of 120 hours of work placement.

Traineeships are also available for this course.

Work Placement

Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement. Work placements will be coordinated by UOW College.

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement throughout the duration of their course. During this time, students will be required to attend 5 days per week.
  • Attend work placement each session to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge within a workplace setting.
  • Organise their own transport to and from the placement facilities.
  • Organise leave with their employer (if applicable) to attend work placement.
  • Plan financially for their unpaid work placement period.

For VET courses with work placement components:
Please Note: Course fees do not include additional uniform requirements for work placement (eg, shoes) and any other associated costs (eg, travel or parking costs). Additional costs may also be incurred to attend excursions.


UOW College is committed to providing a quality learning environment through a range of programs designed to advance students’ learning. To achieve this, we maintain a learning culture based on quality and equity by providing high quality trainers/facilitators, staff, courses, services, facilities and resources. UOW College ensures its assessment policies, rules and procedures are fair for all students.

Assessment includes both formative and summative. A range of assessment methods are used to determine competence including:

  • Short answer/multiple choice questions
  • Assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Role play
  • Visual presentation
  • Simulations
  • Workbooks

Included Course Material

  • Learning resources/texts
  • Class power point presentations, notes and handouts
  • UOW College uniform - shirt and name badge

Payment Options

  1. Upfront payment by session
  2. Pay by instalment plan

Progression to UOW

On successful completion of a Certificate IV level qualification, you may be eligible to apply for entry to a number of UOW bachelor degrees.

See Progressing to UOW for more information or visit the UOW Course Finder for information on eligible Bachelor programs.

Last reviewed: 9 February, 2018