CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to work effectively with people with disabilities. Learn how to respond to challenging situations, and to support the independence of those with disabilities across a range of settings.

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to work effectively with people with disabilities in a range of services. You will be provided with the tools to appropriately respond to difficult or challenging situations and support the independence of people with disabilities across a range of settings such as respite care, other community settings and in clients’ homes.

You will learn to

  • Provide training and support to empower people
  • Assess needs
  • Use facilities, equipment and resources
  • Follow safe work practices
  • Hands on-skills through your placement
  • Manage legal and ethical compliance

Career Opportunities

The Community Services industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Australia with an estimated 50,000+ new jobs to be created within the industry by 2023 (Source: joboutlook.gov.au).

For information on roles such as those listed below, please read our articles “Want to Start a Career in Community Services?” and “Working in the Community Services sector- the diversity of roles

Job Roles include:

  • Disability Support Officer/Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Supervisor
  • Integration Aid
  • Respite Worker
  • Behavioural Support Officer


You have access to the course for 18 months but you can complete faster than this if you wish.

Delivery & Support

The course is delivered via Blended learning, combining online study with practical ‘work experience’ placement.

Content is delivered primarily online and includes live chat sessions and ‘virtual’ classrooms which provide you with direct access to industry experts. Attendance at the live sessions is optional but strongly recommended.


There are 14 subjects in the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability.


There are no exams when completing the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability.

You test your learning by completing quiz questions, open-book self-paced assessment activities throughout each subject and in some cases either work placement activities and / or role-plays. All subjects include a free re-submission if you are not successful on your first attempt.

If you already have the skills and knowledge required to attain any (or all) of these subjects, you might like to enrol as ‘Assessment Only’. This Recognition of Prior Learning means you don’t have to study those subjects again, instead just doing the assessments for a reduced course price. For more details please speak with the Course Consultants.

Entry Requirements

There are no general entry requirements to enrol in the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability.

To work in Community Services you will typically require a police check, and possibly a Working with Children or Blue Card. While not required to enrol in the course, these may be required for placement (depending on where you locate your placement) and eventual employment so we recommend you confirm your status prior to enrolment if you have any concerns.

You will also need access to an internet-connected computer for the duration of the course.

Practical Placement

To be assessed as competent in the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability you will be required to undertake 120 hours of supervised relevant work placement in the community services industry. It is your responsibility to source your placement but the College will assist where possible.

Depending on where you undertake your placement you may need to undergo a police check and hold a Working with Children or Blue Card.


Option 1: Payment Plan

Interest-free payment plans from as little as $41 per week. Discounts apply for upfront payments and/or group enrolments. For more details, click here.

Option 2: Study Loan

Study Loans (a private lender), will progressively loan you the tuition fee. The loan, plus interest, is repaid over a maximum 4-year term, from as little as $30 per week. For more details, click here.

Or for something completely different…Subscription

Australis is the only place you can access Subscription, the lowest risk and most flexible way there is to get qualified or stay current. For more details, click here.

How do I Enrol?

You can enrol and start studying anytime. To enrol:

You may be required to provide completed documentation and Identification to complete your enrolment or complete a Core Skills assessment to help ensure the course is suitable for you.

Reasons to study the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability with Australis College include:

Course Content

We wrote the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability course ourselves, authored by practitioners who are not just qualified trainers but who have worked in various disability services roles for many years.

Always check out the course content (and learning platform) BEFORE you enrol. Is it current, contextualised and engaging, or generic off the shelf content? Content quality will make or break your learning experience.

Trainer Experience

Our trainers work in the industry. They do what you want to do, and they will show you how it really works. (Check out the trainers and assessors of other providers, make sure they are not just academics or former students but have actually worked in the industry and been everything from Support Officers through to Supervisors).

Having a great trainer is critical to graduating with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Placement Hours

We love placement – it is the best way to get real-world experience, improve your skills and increase your employability. For this reason, we recommend new entrants do as much placement as possible…but only up until they are ready to start paid employment.

There is a minimum of 120 hours of placement hours for the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability, and you only need sufficient hours to complete the workplace-based assessments and any potential role-plays. This differs from some providers who require 200+ hours, which is not a bad thing…unless you already have the knowledge and could instead be out there working as a paid professional.

But wait….there’s more!

Your time and your career are too important to risk with the wrong training provider. For more details on choosing a training provider, please also take a look at Why Australis?