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 Australian 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 an Australian Year 10 level, or equivalent (see Education Requirements for equivalency) or completion of an approved English language test (see below):
IELTSOverall score of 5.5TOEFL530 (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.
Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.
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.