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Certificate IV in Disability (WA Only)

  • Qualification:

    Certificate IV

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    19 weeks inclusive of 3 weeks work placement

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

  • Location:


  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Disability Support Worker | Behavioural Support Officer | Community-Based Support Officer | Disability Team Leader | View all

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This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Course Rundown

About this course

The Certificate IV in Disability, offered by Open Colleges, prepares students in WA to pursue a range of positions, including supervisory roles, within the disability sector.

The course is divided into six main sections: empowering diverse people with disability; supporting individuals and their health needs; working safely, legally and ethically; behaviour support and skills development; person-centred service responses and inclusion; and communication and leadership. Students will learn how to safely provide direct client care, facilitate community participation and social inclusion for clients, provide advocacy and representation services, and much more.

Study consists of one day per week attending campus for facilitated learning, plus one half-day practical skills session per week. Face-to-face attendance is supplemented through self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials. Students will also complete comprehensive practical work placement.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or visa with study rights; AND
  • You must reside in Western Australia; AND
  • You must complete the Core Skills Test; AND
  • 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.

Areas of study

In this disability course, the subjects you may study include:

  • CHCDIS007 - Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCCCS015 - Provide individualised support
  • HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • CHCDIS002 - Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
  • CHCDIS009 - Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
  • CHCDIS008 - Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS005 - Develop and provide person-centred service responses
  • CHCDIS010 - Provide person-centred services to people with a disability with complex needs
  • CHCDIS004 - Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
  • BSBLDR402 - Lead effective workplace relationships
  • CHCADV002 - Provide advocacy and representation services
Open Colleges Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • Western Australia: Perth

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate IV in Disability from Open Colleges.

Graduates are prepared to pursue a range of roles in the professional disability services sector, including group homes and respite centres. Graduates have the advanced skills necessary to move into supervisory positions in these settings.

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Open Colleges School of Health offers affordable payment options to help you start your studies sooner.

  • Upfront payment
  • Eligible students may be able to apply for the WorkReady SA Funding to cover part of their fees
  • Payment plans may be available for eligible Open Colleges School of Health students, depending on course selection and state funding availability

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