Enquire Now Refer a student

CHC43121 – Certificate IV in Disability Support

  • I am a Domestic Student

    IHNA considers you as a ‘domestic’ student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen, or a holder of a permanent humanitarian visa.

  • I am an International Student

    IHNA considers you an ‘International’ student if you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of Australia; not a citizen of New Zealand; or not a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

  • Enrol Now

Interested in partnering with us?

CHC43121 - Certificate IV in Disability Support


This course reflects the role of individuals in the community settings and peoples’ homes, who provide 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 according to and may contribute to an individualised plan, and work without direct supervision. They may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

These individuals take responsibility for their own outputs within the scope of their job role and delegation. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

The skills in this course must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

To achieve this course, the student must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

Course Fees for Full Fee-Paying Students


Course Start Dates


Course Details

skills-badgeCHC43121 - Certificate IV in Disability Support
Amount of Training:  860 Hours
Course Duration : 26 weeks (6 months)
AQF Level : 4
Course Delivery :  Blended
Campuses :  Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane
Organisation delivering the program : Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
Organisation issuing certification : Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)

The RTO doesn’t guarantee the successful completion of training by the learner. Job placement is not guaranteed after completion, but job assistance will be provided.

IHNA Policies, Procedures & Forms
Check this course currency on the National Register of VET
HLT33115 – Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care)
Victorian Funding

“This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding”

  • Amount of Training is 860 Hours
  • Blended delivery
  • Available to domestic students
1. Clinical Placement:

As part of the course, students are required to complete a certain number of hours of clinical placement to gain hands-on experience in working with people with disabilities. IHNA provides assistance in finding a suitable placement, which is a valuable opportunity for students to gain practical experience and apply what they have learned in the course.

2. Job Placement Guarantee:

IHNA’s Certificate IV in Disability Support course also offers a job placement guarantee for eligible students. This is a unique feature in Australia and can provide peace of mind to students who are looking to transition into the disability sector.

3. Credit Transfer:

Students who have completed a Certificate III in Individual Support course may be eligible for Credit Transfer for some units in the Certificate IV in Disability course. This can help reduce the overall cost and duration of the course for these students. Credit Transfer recognizes the equivalence of previously completed units and allows students to progress more efficiently through their studies by exempting them from repeating similar content.

4. Duration of the Course:

The duration of the course is typically 6 months, but students have the flexibility to complete it as part time mode within a maximum period of 12 months. This allows students to balance their study with other commitments, and complete the course in a timeframe that suits their individual needs.

5. Industry-Relevant Curriculum:

IHNA’s Certificate IV in Disability Support course is designed in consultation with industry experts, ensuring that the curriculum is up-to-date and relevant to the current disability sector. This helps students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work effectively in the industry and make a meaningful difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

10 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 7 core units
  • 3 elective units


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


CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
CHCCCS036 Support relationships with carer and family

Pathways from this qualification: Students may progress to higher level courses within and/or across the community/healthsector such as:

  • CHC43015 – Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • HLT47321 – Certificate IV in Health Administration
  • HLT54121 – Diploma of Nursing
  • HLT57715 – Diploma of Practice Management
  • CHC52021 – Diploma of Community Services
  • Bachelor of Social Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Nursing

With Certificate IV in Disability Support qualification in hand, graduates of the course will be able to work as a/an:

  • Disability Worker
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Care Assistant
  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Community Access Coordinator
  • Community House Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Care Worker
  • Client Assistant
  • School Support Officer (Disability)
  • Field Officer (Community Services)
If the student is eligible for Government funding, student pays: $0 This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here

Currently no funding available, please contact us for current fee options.

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here

Currently no funding available, please contact us for current fee options.

To know more about your eligibility Click here

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here

Attention Students!

We would like to inform you about a recent surge in cyber scams. Your security is of utmost importance to us, and we want to ensure that you stay safe from potential threats.

Scammers have been employing sophisticated tactics to deceive individuals and steal sensitive information. It’s essential to be vigilant and cautious when dealing with online communications and transactions.

For IHNA’s students, it’s good to know that IHNA’s bank account details are not shared through email. Instead, the information is accessible through the secure Student Hub under Student Invoice & Payment. This method ensures that only authorised users with secure login credentials can access and view the information.

Additionally, making payments through the IHNA website provides another secure option for transactions, ensuring that personal and financial details are handled in a safe and protected environment.

For any questions or concerns related to payments or account details, students should reach out to IHNA directly through official contact channels (accounts@ihna.edu.au) to ensure the highest level of security and privacy.



(Blended: online real time theory tutorials with on campus skills training in a simulation environment)

The course is provided through Blended mode of delivery. It will be delivered over 860 hours including theory, self-paced structured e-learning, simulation training and 120 hours of work-based training/ professional experience placement (PEP).

20 contact hours per week will be delivered through synchronised online learning which includes on-campus simulation based training / assessment.

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 15 hours per week of unstructured learning.

The simulation training is for review of the learning activities, practicing communication, work-based skills, management skills and to undertake other assessments e.g.: group presentation/individual presentation.

It is mandatory to have completed one of below qualification to enter this program

  • Completion of: CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), OR
  • Completion of: CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), OR
  • Completion of: CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability plus the CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set.

IHNA Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age and above at the time of commencement of the course*#
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 11 course or equivalent

*Mature age students (22+) may also be considered without the minimum education requirements. Each case will be reviewed individually to ascertain the capacity of the applicant to meet course requirements.

# Students below 18 years of age should have consent from their parents prior to getting enrolment in any courses.

Additional Requirement

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) requirement

All students are required to undergo the LLN test proffered by IHNA for their suitability to be determined for undertaking the course successfully.

Digital Literacy
  1. Basic computer skills covering the most common usages of a computer, including managing computer files, word processing, using spreadsheets and databases; creating presentations; finding information and communicating using computers; and being aware of social and ethical implications of Internet use. 
  2. Having own computer (desktop or laptop) to facilitate the training and assessment.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

  1. A satisfactory National Police Clearance (NCC) or Australian Federal Police (AFP) Clearance certificate
  2. Required immunisation
  3. Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  4. A valid NDIS Worker Screening Check
  5. Physical requirements that are necessary to pass the course objectives are:
    • Strength: To assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
    • Mobility: To bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined spaces
    • Hearing: To hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages
    • Vision: To make physical assessments of client and equipment
    • Communication: To communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors
  6. Students must declare a disability or disorder (if any), or if they are on any medication which may require reasonable adjustments.

Our approach is to collect evidence on whether the student can perform to the standards of the workplace. This is based on the relevant unit of competency, and you’ll find these tools being used:

  • Knowledge Based Assessments (KBA)
  • Simulation Based Assessments (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

With RPL we assess your competency based on formal, non-formal, informal learning or direct work experience based on the required skills of the course.

Credit Transfer(CT)

We use CT where you’ve completed units of study at another TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation that meet the requirements of another course. We grant credit according to the Certification, Issuing, and Recognition of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment. Assessing a CT is free.

If you’re eligible for RPL or CT you may be able to complete the course in a shorter duration with reduction to total course fees. Check your eligibility with us.

  1. Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Enrol Now” on the top right corner of the course page.
  2. Interview: Once you’ve met IHNA’s eligibility criteria you will be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant
  3. Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you will be offered a place for the course as per the availability of each intake.
  4. Enrolment Fee: After signing the offer acceptance an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  5. Confirmation of Admission: We will issue a conformation of admission once the enrolment fee has been received.

Call us on 1800 22 52 83 for any questions regarding your application.

Campus Tour Video

Awards Received by IHNA



IHNA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.