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Have a passion for working with people with disability?

In this qualification students will learn the skills and knowledge to successfully provide support to people with a disability in varying roles.  Students will also learn the underpinning skills and knowledge to promote self-directed support to an individual and negotiate services and support that meets the individuals identified needs. Course details

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Online: up to 12 months / 8 weeks per cluster

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  • Full Fee $4,200
  • Subsidised $1,169
  • Concession $519

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Key dates

External Any time 8 weeks per cluster Online
Any time Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Entry requirements

Previous experience in the disability sector would be an advantage. A sound achievement in Year 10 Math and English is desirable. Mature age applicants are welcome.

There are no formal entry requirements; however it is recommended that students have completed Year 10 or relevant skills and knowledge with basic computer skills and access to the Internet.  Students must be eligible to obtain a Blue and Yellow card.

Working with Children check (Blue Card): Volunteers and trainee students who work with children and young people must hold a blue card as this work falls into the category of regulated employment. Blue cards for volunteers and trainee students are valid for three years and there is no application fee, unless the trainee student is a paid employee. A volunteer or trainee student must not commence regulated child-related work until they hold a valid blue card.  Disability workers are required to hold a current First Aid certificate.Students undertaking compulsory placement in this program will be required to undergo a Working With Children Check and apply for a Blue Card. It is to your advantage to have a Blue Card before commencing study.

Under the Disability Services Act 2006, a current blue card holder who has an agreement (written or unwritten) with a Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services funded non-government service provider or an NDIS non-government service provider to work at a place where disability services are provided to adults must apply for a positive exemption notice (a yellow card exemption).

The student is recommended to have the following prior to undertaking Vocational Placement: Blue and Yellow Cards. A first aid certificate is also recommended.


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Resources required

Students must have basic computer skills and are required to have access to computer with Internet and Microsoft Office software.  Students are encouraged to "Bring Your Own Device" and connect to the TAFE wireless network - tablet, laptop, USB.

Students are required to have access to a reliable Internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player.


External (online): Students enrol in one cluster of two units, with an eight week duration. On successful completion, student enrols in the next cluster as per their training plan. Students receive their training plan on enrolment.  Please note that students will be expected to complete approximately 16 hours per week of self directed studies to successfully complete this qualification.


Students not currently working in the disability sector will be required to complete 120 hours of Vocational Placement. If students live in the Townsville region they will be given assistance to find placement. Students that do not live in the Townsville region will need to source a suitable placement. Assistance will be given to complete the relevant documentation.

Important Information

Students must have the following prior to enrolment: A Criminal History Check, Blue Card and Yellow Cards. A first aid certificate is required prior to Vocational Placement, and this can be obtained through studies with TAFE Queensland.


This course requires 14 units to be completed; 11 core and 3 elective units.

Cluster 1
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Core
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports Core
Cluster 2
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses Core
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability Core
Cluster 3
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion Core
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach Core
Cluster 4
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
Cluster 5
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance Core
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core
Cluster 6
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care Core
CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services Elective
Cluster 7
CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies Elective
CHCLLN001 Respond to client language, literacy and numeracy needs Elective
Vocational Placement
VPC120 Vocational placement Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

Higher Level Skills subsidised funding:  To access Higher Level Skills funding for this course, the prospective student must provide evidence that they are an existing PAID worker in the Community Services industry for the duration of the course. Existing worker means a current employee who has a one month or more employment relationship with their employer and has actively fulfilled work duties for this period. The one month working relationship could be full-time or on a part-time/casual employment equivalent basis. Existing workers have access to employee entitlements and therefore do not include volunteers. If you would like to enrol in the course using this funding, you will need to obtain a letter of employment or payslip which clearly shows both your name and your employer’s name, or some other proof of employment (e.g. a business card) which confirms you work in the industry, to provide to TAFE Queensland at time of enrolment.  If you are unable to access the subsidised funding, the Full Fee price will be payable and payment can be made upfront or through a payment plan.



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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

The Higher Level Skills Subsidy is a one-off subsidy that offsets the cost of an eligible Certificate IV or higher courses.

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • For some courses, you may also be required to hold a certificate 3 in a relevant industry field.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

Job prospects

  • Disability Worker
  • Disabilities Services Officer
  • Support Worker
  • Disability Services.

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  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
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  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 21 March 2018

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