This course is suitable for those who have some experience working in disability or a related field. If you are keen to take the next step in your career in the disability sector, this course will build on what you already know and prepare you to work in roles where you manage others. Working in the disability sector can be very rewarding and diverse, and this qualification will give you advanced skills to potentially move into a supervisory role.
The course is delivered by Open Colleges in partnership with ICM Training and is the next step for those who have some experience, or those who have completed the Certificate III in Disability CHC30408. It will equip you with the management qualities to supervise other employees, create frameworks for an effective workplace and assist you to empower your clients to participate in the community and seek an appropriate level of independence.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to pursue various roles in a range of professional disability services, including group homes and respite centres.
Partnership with ICM Training
Open Colleges, Australia’s leading distance education provider, has partnered with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (National Provider Number 90197) to promote and provide access to the Certificate IV in Disability CHC40312 , which is delivered through online education supported by work placement activity.
- Disability support officer
- Senior personal care assistant
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- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 18 months
- Certificate IV
- Delivery mode
- Online with Work Placement
- Nationally recognised
- Case Studies, Interviews, Logbook, Quizzes, Research Projects, Short-Answer Questions, Video, Workplace Portfolio
- National Code
- Awarded By
- Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd
- Associated With
Study Period 1: Introduction to disability
Module 1: Working with people with disability
- CHCDIS411A Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
- CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability
Module 2: Working in the community sector
- CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
- CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector
Study Period 2: Health and safety
Module 3: Workplace health and safety
- CHCWHS312A Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work
Study Period 3: Individual client support
Module 4: Individualised plans
- CHCICS402B Facilitate individualised plans
- CHCICS305B Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans
Module 5: Community participation
- CHCDIS405A Facilitate skills development and maintenance
- CHCDIS302A Maintain an environment to empower people with disabilities
- CHCDIS410A Facilitate community participation and inclusion
Study Period 4: Electives
Module 6: Electives
Choose five of the following electives:
- CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities
- CHCICS401B Facilitate support for personal care needs
- CHCDIS409B Provide services to people with disabilities with complex needs
- CHCAD401D Advocate for clients
- CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
- HLTHIR403B Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
- BSBWRT401A Write complex documents
- CHCORG406C Supervise work
- CHCCS305C Assist clients with medication
- Study Period 1: Introduction to disability
We recommend that you have some experience working in disability or a related field before enrolling in this course.
You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
- 2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
Minimum Age Requirements
You will need to be at least 18 years old.
English Language Requirements
Entry to this course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level, or equivalent (see Education Requirements for equivalency) or completion of an approved English language test (see below):
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)
Open Colleges will endeavour to provide additional assistance to students who experience difficulties with language, literacy and numeracy.
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
- Broadband Internet Connection
- 2GB of Ram
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Adobe Reader X or equivalent
Specific requirements for Windows users:
- Microsoft Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher is recommended)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
- Adobe Flash Player 10 or Higher
Specific requirements for Mac OS users:
- Mac OS X v 10.5 or higher (Mac OS X v 10.6 or higher is recommended)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
You will also need access to a printer and scanner.
You will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
As part of this course you are required to undertake 120 hours of Structured Workplace Learning in a registered disability care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will need to secure your own Work Placement, however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.
There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements.
To receive a comprehensive guide to undertaking work placement for this course, submit your details in the enquiry box on the top right of this page.
You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as pushing people in wheelchairs and walking as a form of exercise.
Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Study Period, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Study Period. Study Periods 1, 2 and 3 have been released and are available. Study Period 4 will be available in July 2013.
Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV in Disability CHC40312 meet the prerequisite entry requirements for the Diploma of Disability CHC50108.
Sarah holds a Bachelor in Youth Work, Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work, Certificate IV in Disability, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, amongst other qualifications. She has worked with adults and teenagers with intellectual disabilities and with young people who are at risk, at youth refuges, and in community and residential housing. Sarah has had hands-on experience and qualifications in aged care, disability and youth work and is passionate about the community services sector.
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