Please note: Students of this course are regularly required to attend classes at our Western Australia campus.

Course Description

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 CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability | WA campus-based learning is delivered by Open Colleges School of Health using a flexible methodology, combining online learning and face to face on-campus delivery. 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 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.

We recommend that you have some experience working in disability or a related field before enrolling in this course.

Why study this course?

  • Open Colleges School of Health offers you the flexibility of a blended learning model.
  • On-the-job experience through 120-hour practical work placement organised by us.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded within the disability, community and residential aged care industry.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

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 CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability | WA campus-based learning is delivered by Open Colleges School of Health using a flexible methodology, combining online learning and face to face on-campus delivery. 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 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.

We recommend that you have some experience working in disability or a related field before enrolling in this course.

Why study this course?

  • Open Colleges School of Health offers you the flexibility of a blended learning model.
  • On-the-job experience through 120-hour practical work placement organised by us.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded within the disability, community and residential aged care industry.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Community-Based Support Officer
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Disability Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
Course number E1280
Qualification name CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability | WA campus-based learning
Course duration 19 weeks inclusive of 3 weeks work placement
Delivery Method

The delivery mode of this course is blended. The schedule consists of 1 full day or 2 evenings of attendance per week for facilitated learning with your educator and practical skills sessions. You will be required to supplement face-to-face attendance through completion of self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials. This will require, on average, a commitment of at least 20 hours per week study time to be completed by you in your own time.

Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Matching answers , Multiple choice questions, Practical assessments, Presentations, Scenario-based questions, Short-answer questions, True/False questions , Workplace portfolio, Written assessments
Awarded by
  • YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health (Provider number: 40049)

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 CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability | WA campus-based learning is delivered by Open Colleges School of Health using a flexible methodology, combining online learning and face to face on-campus delivery. 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 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.

We recommend that you have some experience working in disability or a related field before enrolling in this course.

Why study this course?

  • Open Colleges School of Health offers you the flexibility of a blended learning model.
  • On-the-job experience through 120-hour practical work placement organised by us.
  • Our graduates are highly regarded within the disability, community and residential aged care industry.

Find out more about Open Colleges School of Health here.

For further information about our policies and procedures, click here 

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Empowering diverse people with disability

  • Demonstrate commitment to empowerment for people with disability
  • Foster human rights
  • Facilitate choice and self-determination
  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups

Supporting individuals and their health needs

  • Determine support needs
  • Provide support services
  • Monitor support activities
  • Complete reporting and documentation
  • Work with information about the human body
  • Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body

Working safely, legally and ethically

  • Research information required for legal compliance
  • Determine ethical responsibilities 
  • Develop and communicate policies and procedures 
  • Monitor compliance
  • Maintain knowledge of compliance requirements
  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Behaviour support and skills development

  • Apply a person-centred approach to minimise behaviours of concern
  • Review context of behaviours of concern
  • Provide positive behaviour support according to individualised behaviour support plan
  • Complete documentation
  • Identify individual skill development needs
  • Plan person-centred, ongoing skill development
  • Implement person-centred, ongoing skills development strategies
  • Evaluate skills development and review plan
  • Identify and implement incidental learning opportunities to enhance skills development

Person-centred service responses and inclusion

  • Support person to identify and engage in social networks within the broad community
  • Assist person and relevant others to develop and implement a community support plan as part of the individualised plan
  • Develop strategies to minimise isolation for person with disability
  • Determine risks associated with supporting community participation and inclusion
  • Work with the person to develop and implement person-centred responses
  • Review and monitor person-centred responses
  • Provide service delivery within a quality framework
  • Evaluate and prioritise the needs of a person with complex support issues
  • Develop an individualised plan to achieve maximum quality of life
  • Coordinate the delivery of the individualised plan
  • Coordinate the monitoring, evaluation and review of the individualised plan

Communication and leadership

  • Identify the current communication capacity and needs of the person
  • Develop effective AAC strategies
  • Implement AAC strategy
  • Monitor, report and review communication strategies
  • Collect, analyse and communicate information and ideas
  • Develop trust and confidence as leader
  • Develop and maintain networks and relationships
  • Manage difficulties into positive outcomes
  • Establish the representative role and process
  • Represent the interests of client or client group
  • Negotiate outcomes and liaise with key people
  • Evaluate effectiveness of strategies

Core Skills Test

The Core Skills Test is compulsory to complete prior to acceptance into our course. It is an online test that assesses your language, literacy and numeracy skills.

  • There is no cost for up to 2 attempts at the test
  • It takes approximately 45 mins to complete.

Call us on 1300 886 204 to find out more about the Core Skills Test.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  1. You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or visa with study rights, and
  2. You must reside in Western Australia; and
  3. You will also need to: 
    •   Have successfully completed Year 12 or its equivalent in Australia, or
    • Apply based on your work and/or life experience.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

Physical requirements

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 providing direct personal care including showering, domestic assistance, transferring and assisting clients with mobility.

This qualification is delivered and assessed by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health (Provider number: 40049). 

The testamur will be issued by YourLife Health & Learning Inc t/a Open Colleges School of Health.

Indicative fees for the  course are as follows:

  • Full course tuition fee - $3,995

The tuition fees above are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.  Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees.  You can apply for a flexible payment plan or pay your course fees in full upfront. 

Contact us on 1300 886 204 to find out more.

More information about Fees and Payments.