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 learn from experienced trainers on how to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of people with disabilities and take part in extensive industry work placement.

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 roll out of the NDIS in Victoria.

Are you currently employed in the Disability Sector? If so - ask us about our off campus model.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Full time: February & August (including 2 days of orientation)

Traineeship: enrolments are taken each term

Off Campus: enrolments can be done at anytime


The Certificate IV in Disability has a practical placement component. Prior to placement, we will work with you to apply for an NDIS Worker Screening Check. You are not expected to apply for this prior to course commencement because some elements will require our input. When we assist you with the application for this check, you will be required to pay for it – at a cost of approximately $120.

Full time: 9 months

Traineeship / Off Campus: approx 12 months, with 1-2 units generally undertaken each term

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

This is an online course which will include a combination of online and remote delivery. Remote learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Remote delivery involves scheduled classes where you will log in with other classmates to complete tutorials and assessments.  

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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
  • have a current Working with Children Check (required prior to commencement for work placement and future employment)
  • have a National Police Check (required prior to commencement for work placement and future employment)
  • have a NDIS Worker Screening Check (required where placements are done with Disability Providers and services)
  • evidence of current immunisation status / vaccinations for Category A Health Care Worker
  • hold a certificate in First Aid (HLTAID003) 
  • attend a Pre Training Review (PTR) interview 
  • achieve the required scores in a supervised Core Skills Diagnostic test

It is strongly advised that students attend a BHI Information Session before starting the enrolment process.

In order to book your pre training review interview, you must have completed the following steps:

  1. completed and submitted your entire application
  2. completed your Core Skills Diagnostic Profile and met minimum requirements in literacy, numeracy, and writing

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.

You are  required to have access to a computer with a microphone and working camera to undertake this course.


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.


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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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation

There is a new pathway into this course which is a non accredited course called Work in the Disability Industry delivered with CAE (our partner Institute).  Work in the Disability Industry will give you an overview in supporting People with a Disability. Attractive concession fees are available.

This program will be delivered in term 4, and on completion you can look towards commencing the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability Specialisation) or the Certificate IV in Disability and Care with the Term 1 intake.

Successful completion of these qualifications may allow you to consider further pathways into Youth Work, Mental Health or 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

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$396$1,978$8,418
Service Fee$166$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83$83
Material Fee$140$140$140$140
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$389$785$2,367$8,807
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$389$785$2,367$8,807

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. 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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