CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support

This qualification is about making a genuine difference in the lives of people with disabilities. This qualification addresses work in residential group homes, training resource centres, day respite centres and human service delivery employment services, other community settings and clients’ homes. This qualification assists you to develop your skills so people with a disability can achieve greater levels of independence and enjoy an increased quality of life.


Course code CHC43121
Start date View Intake Dates
Delivery mode Blended delivery: Face to face training, Virtual Classroom ( Zoom)
Duration Domestic: 52 weeks
International: 52 weeks (All the courses for International students are run over 2.5 days for a minimum of 20 hours per week) 


** Please note: Duration in weeks may vary depending upon the amount of contact days per week. Duration may vary depending on the cohort and industry requirements

Nationally Recognised Training

RTO requirements

Training and assessments are conducted in English. Applicants must possess sound written and oral English skills. You will be required to complete a Pre-training and Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. For inquiries regarding additional requirements, international and domestic students are encouraged to reach out to us either by phone at 13 13 89 or +61 3 9450 0500, or by visiting contact page.

A current Police Check and Working with Children Check are required before the commencement of practical placements for those specific courses which include practical placement component.

Training Package

Completion of: CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)


Completion of: CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)


Completion of: CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability PLUS the CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set.

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Pathways from the qualification

While  ETEA may not offer all the qualifications indicated within the pathway, the organisation advises relevant progression that may be attained such as:

  • CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • CHC43415 – Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
  • CHC43515 – Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

or upskill by attaining:

  • CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health
  • CHC52021 – Diploma of Community Services
  • CHC53415 – Diploma of Leisure and Health


Employment or occupational pathway

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Common positions that may be suited with this qualification are:

  • Development Officer
  • Lifestyle Support Officer
  • Disability Officer – Day Support
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Social Trainer
  • Marketing Co-ordinator
  • Supervisor
  • Local area Co-ordinator
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Employment Co-ordinator (disability)
  • Disability Support Officer / worker
  • Social Educator
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Job Co-ordinator
  • Project officer (life enhancement team)

ETEA utilises a range of assessment methods to assess student skills and competencies. These are as outlined below:

  • Question and answer/written assessment tasks
  • Role play/practical demonstration and observation of skills (as applicable)
  • Practical demonstration and observation of skills in a simulated environment (as applicable)

Assessment will be either a Recognition of Prior Learning pathway or a Training and Assessment pathway. For a Training and Assessment pathway, participants are advised of the assessment requirements at the start of each training session. Students not achieving competency in any of the assessments will be required to undertake another assessment under the terms and conditions of ETEA’s reassessment policy.

You can apply for recognition of prior learning, academic credit and work experience towards this qualification. During the course of your life you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. Through work, volunteer roles, family commitments and various tasks undertaken in everyday life, you are building up a bank of knowledge. The evidence of these skills and knowledge accumulated can be used to help you gain a qualification.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Credit Transfer

Please note: dates are subject to change due to holidays and availability.

If the dates provided do not suit, please contact us at 13 13 89 or +61 3 9450 0500 via phone, or through our contact page, as we will accommodate dates to suit student’s needs.

Intake Dates For 2024
International Students 8th 15th 15th 7th
Domestic Students Please Call us on 131389 or +61 03 94500500 for the intake Dates

To be awarded this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 10 units,

consisting of 7 core and 3 elective units

(NB: Elective units may vary by state and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirements)


Unit Code Unit Name
CHCCCS044 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS017 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS018 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS019 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


** Please note: electives may vary by state and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirements.