8 weeks per cluster
||Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
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.
Study from any location
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.
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.