What does this course involve?
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.
To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work placement excluding lunch breaks as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.
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The Australian Government is spending $42 billion on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which is rolling out in Queensland during 2016. For this reason, there is an extremely high demand for workers skilled in the area of disability care.
This course is for existing workers in the disability sector, people with a caring and patient nature, who are seeking a rewarding career in caring for disabled individuals.
Possible job titles relevant to this qualification are:
- Aged Care Activity Worker
- Care Service Team Leader
- Care Supervisor (Aged Care)
- Coordinator of Volunteers (Services to Older People)
- Disability Officer – Day Support
- Disability Support Worker
- Leisure and Therapy Assistant
Carers can work full time, part time, or on a casual basis, making this an ideal job for all lifestyles. Further study opportunities include study in community services, leisure and lifestyle, and home care.
Units of Competency
Prerequisite entry requirements
- Existing worker in Community Services and Health Industry
- It is recommended that students have completed Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) or similar Certificate III qualification.
The full qualification requires the completion of 14 units of competency – a combination of 11 compulsory core units and 3 pre-selected elective 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
- CHCCCS026 Transport individuals
- CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people
- CHCCCS027 Visit client residence
Students who have completed a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), or similar Certificate III qualification, may be eligible for credit transfer into units for the Certificate IV in Disability.
Certificate IV - Delivery Options
This course is delivered online and face-to-face. Please contact us for details specific to your preferred course dates and location.
Our online training can be done entirely online and in your own time. You will have access to a digital version of each course unit which you can work through at your own pace. Your Trainers will be available weekly for ongoing support online via webinars and personalised feedback and whilst undertaking your placement (see below).
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Face-to-Face Day Classes
Our face-to-face training is conducted in a classroom environment, where our Trainers will take you through each course unit, using practical tools and real-life scenarios.
This option is only available as an upgrade for the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support. You will receive paper-based books for each course unit that you will work through in class and a small amount of project work to complete at home. Your Trainers will be available for ongoing support during class and whilst undertaking your mandatory placement (see below).
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Certificate IV - Course Structure
You are required to work through 14 units online which contain all the information you need to answer questions and complete your projects. Your units will be released one unit at a time and once each one is completed and marked, you will receive your next one.
If you have previously completed a CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support and Medications Assistance with AustCare, you will not need to complete an additional 6 units.
You will be required to complete at least 120 hours of unpaid work placement excluding lunch breaks in local aged care facility or with a respite/community organisation. This is usually completed over a three to four week block, and work is limited from Monday to Friday. Shift work is common in aged care (Morning or Afternoon).
If you are already working in the industry and have equivalent experience, you will not be required to complete additional placement.
Mandatory in Class Days
Before going on placement, you will need to have completed more than 80% of their course content, as well as Manual Handling, First aid/CPR and Medications training in person at one of our training locations.
If you have already completed Manual Handling, First Aid or Medications training in the last 12 months, you will not have to attend these training days.
Please allow a minimum of 5 months to complete face-to-face training or 1 year to complete online training.
- The ability to read, write and communicate in English proficiently (year 10 level or equivalent)
- Successful completion of a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment
- Police Clearance with no criminal history in the last 10 years
- Physical ability to walk 8 kilometres on a daily basis
- Any Pre-existing Back injuries in the last five years must be disclosed.