National code: CHC43121

Certificate IV in Disability Support

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Overview About this course

Build the skills to empower people with disability to achieve their goals, gain more independence and to lead better lives. Whether you’re working in client homes or in the community, this is the ideal pathway to a rewarding community services career.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Develop and provide individualised, person-centred support to people with disability

  • Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

  • Work with people with mental health issues

  • Facilitate community participation and social inclusion

  • Manage legal and ethical compliance and follow safe work practices

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level

  • Experience working with people who have a variety of disabilities

  • Experience building relationships with individuals and their families

  • Experience facilitating community and social inclusion

  • The ability to engage in critical analysis and reflection of your own practice

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Successful completion of the CHC33021 or CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate OR

  • Successful completion of the CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability PLUS the CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)

  • A National Police Check

  • NDIS Worker Screening Check

  • Vaccination and health screenings

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires


  • These may vary depending on your place of work or where you choose to complete your work experience.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Relevant employment or access to appropriate simulated workplace environments to prove your skills

  • An interest in working with diverse people and the ability to relate easily to others

  • The ability to work independently within a multidisciplinary team

Important information

  • This qualification contains content, concepts and scenarios that may be distressing. Please consider your personal resilience and any potential emotional triggers when participating in this qualification and in any future employment in this field.

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: disability support worker, community based support officer, disability team leader and senior personal care assistant.

Study pathways

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The Certificate IV in Disability Support does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Disability Support qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 10 units of competency, including 7 core and 3 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Follow established person-centred behaviour supports CHCCCS044

  • Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs CHCDIS019

  • Facilitate community participation and social inclusion CHCDIS017

  • Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach CHCDIS018

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

Info sessions Want to know more?

There are a total of 2 information sessions planned for this course. They'll take place at different locations across the state.

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