About the course

About the course

Would you like to help people with a disability make positive changes to their lives? In our disability course you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to advocate for and empower people with a disability, enhancing their ability to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance and community participation.

In our disability course you’ll study how to:

  • support practices for direct client care
  • provide person-centred services
  • implement strategies for people with complex needs
  • increase community participation
  • enhance communication
  • apply legal and ethical guidelines
  • effectively network

Our Certificate IV in Disability is a nationally recognised qualification, with graduates highly sought out by employers. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) promotes a wide range of opportunities for assisting people with disability and there is an increased demand for trained disability support workers following the 2017 rollout of the NDIS in Victoria.

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Intake Dates & Course Length


Full time: week commencing 3 February 2020

Part time: week commencing 10 February 2020

Off campus/Traineeship: enrolments are taken by the term

Full time: 5 months (Tuesday - Friday from 9am - 4pm). You'll need to complete a minimum of 120 hours work placement within the semester

Part time: 10 months (Tuesday & Thursday 6pm - 9pm & Saturdays 9am - 4pm)

Off campus/Traineeship: approx 12 months, with 3 - 4 units generally undertaken each term

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Career Outcomes


After successful completion of our disability course you can apply for employment opportunities in residential or community settings working with people who have disabilities.

Job roles are available in the areas of:

  • residential services
  • employment services (training and supporting people with disabilities to work in open employment, or services that act as an employer, such as supported employment services)
  • recreational services
  • adult day training services
  • advocacy services
  • respite services
  • peer support programs
  • educational facilities
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Entry Requirements


You must be at least 18 years of age.

You should also attend an Information Session.

Working with Children Checks and Police Record Checks are required for industry work placement and future employment in this field.

Off campus or traineeship students - you must be employed within the disability sector for a minimum of 2 days (15 hours) per week to be eligible for off campus study.

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

TRAINEESHIP ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

To apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for a traineeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.

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Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation


Successful completion will enable you to apply for the Diploma of Community Services

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

Fees & Finance Options


This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Free TAFE^ $0.00
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $1,794.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $359.00
Full Tuition Fee $8,234.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$140.00
Retain Course Items***$165.00
^ This course is on the 2019 Free TAFE list - find out more.
* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure


Completion of 14 units (including 11 core and 3 electives)

To be assessed as competent in this qualification you are to satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks and undertake a minimum 120 hours supervised work placement in a relevant residential or community setting. This could include:

  • day programs
  • living skills programs
  • schools programs
  • community participation programs
  • supported accommodation settings or group homes
  • supported employment settings
  • transition to work programs
  • centre-based or community-based respite services

For off campus or traineeships, work placement will be completed within your workplace over the duration of your studies.

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