How long will a Certificate IV in Disability course take?

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If you’re considering enrolling on a Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115) course, you may wonder how long you should expect to spend training.

In short, every applicant is different. At Sage, many of our clients complete the Certificate IV in Disability course in as little as 4-6 months. Some require longer because of pre-existing commitments. Whatever your situation, we’re committed to helping you find a course structure that works for you.

In this blog, we’ll look at how long you can expect to spend on a Certificate IV in Disability course, what you’ll learn, the job opportunities you’ll create, and why you should choose Sage when searching for your next study opportunity.

What is a Certificate IV in Disability course?

The Certificate IV in Disability course is an accredited qualification for those seeking to work in the disability sector. The course builds on the knowledge taught in previous courses, such as the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing or Disability) course.

During the course, you’ll learn to provide person-centred services, foster skills development, and encourage community engagement for clients with a diverse range of disabilities.

The course also provides a pathway into supervisory and management positions, making it ideal for those already working in the industry who would like to develop the skills and knowledge to advance their career by moving into a more senior role.

Are there any requirements to join a Certificate IV in Disability course?

There are no formal requirements to join the course. However, we require evidence of prior learning proving you have the necessary experience to work through the course content successfully. This could be in the form of work experience or previous courses completed.

To get the most out of your time on our course, we also recommend having the following:

  • A computer with access to the internet
  • Access to software such as Microsoft Office

In addition, it’s recommended that you possess the following skills.

  • Basic computer literacy.
  • An understanding of literacy and numeracy.
  • A desire to work in the disability sector.
  • The confidence to work both in a team and independently.

How long will the course take with Sage?

We offer a fast-paced, flexible version of the Certificate IV in Disability program. Our applicants typically complete their course in 4-6 months and go on to secure relevant, advanced roles in the disability sector shortly after finishing their training.

That said, we always work with our applicants to find a course schedule that meets their needs. Whether you’re looking to dive headfirst into your studies or need to structure your time around a busy schedule, we’ll help you find a balance that aligns with your unique situation.

We teach our content in a flexible blended learning setting, with a mixture of classroom, workplace and online delivery. This helps us cover a broad range of topics in an engaging and varied way and ensures you can work in an environment that suits you best.

In total, you’ll have 12 months to complete the course from your start date.

What will I learn during my Certificate IV in Disability course?

Your Certificate IV in Disability course will teach you everything you need to know to provide care, training and support services to people with disabilities in residential and community settings.

During your studies, you’ll learn how to design and implement individualised support plans, taking a person-centred approach to empower people with disabilities to achieve their goals.

In the process, you’ll promote community participation and social inclusion, learn about the complex needs of diverse people, and build an understanding of non-verbal communication strategies.

You’ll also gain the practical skills and knowledge required to confidently lead a team of support workers, including the expertise to review, evaluate and adapt organisational procedures and policies to ensure best practices.

How is the course structured?

Our accredited Certificate IV in Disability course has a broad range of essential modules that must be completed to finish the qualification.

You’ll also have the option of enrolling on three elective units designed to give you niche skills for specialised roles in the disability sector.

Core units

There are eleven core units in the Certificate IV in Disability course
CHCCCS015 – Provide individualised support

This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to plan, deliver and manage support services within the limits of an established individualised plan.

CHCDIS002 – Follow established person-centred behaviour supports

This unit offers the necessary expertise to effectively implement the strategies outlined in an individualised support plan.

CHCDIS005 – Develop and provide person-centred service responses

This unit teaches the knowledge required to build, implement and manage service responses within a legislative and ethical framework.

CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

This unit will provide you with the practical skills and awareness needed to empower people with disabilities.

CHCDIS008 – Facilitate community participation and social inclusion

This unit offers the expertise needed to develop and implement strategies for community participation in various settings to improve the mental and physical well-being of a person with disability.

CHCDIS009 – Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach

This unit will teach you the essential skills needed to plan and nurture formal and informal ongoing skills development in cooperation with a person with disability.

CHCDIS010 – Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs

This unit will provide the knowledge required to provide comprehensive support to individuals with complex, diverse needs.

CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

This unit offers the essential expertise needed to work with people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.

CHCLEG003 – Manage legal and ethical compliance

This unit describes the core skills needed to understand, research and comply with legislative and ethical responsibilities.

HLTAAP001 – Recognise healthy body systems

This unit teaches a fundamental understanding of the human anatomy and how to maintain healthy functioning of the body.

HLTWHS002 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care

This unit offers the skills and knowledge needed to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others.

Elective units

There are three elective units in the Certificate IV in Disability course

CHCCCS011 – Meet personal support needs

This unit will provide you with the core skills and practical knowledge required to support daily activities in response to an individual’s physical and mental personal support requirements.

CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

This unit offers the skills needed to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace and develop the necessary strategies to mitigate those issues.

CHCADV001 – Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

This unit teaches the knowledge required to help clients understand their rights. You’ll also learn how to help clients voice their concerns and realise their best interests.

What job outcomes can I expect from this course?

The Certificate IV course will open many doors upon successful completion. Here are some jobs you could expect to secure once you’ve finished your training.

  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Disability Support Assistant (Schools)
  • Senior Disability Worker
  • Social Educator (Disability)
  • Support Facilitator (Disability)
  • Disability Employment Officer
  • Integration Aide
  • Day Support Disability Officer

Why should I enroll with Sage?

Sage is a customer-first provider of accredited Certificate IV in Disability courses. 

Since 1998, we’ve been one of Australia’s top course providers for the childcare, aged and disability sectors. We’ve helped over 3000 applicants graduate with valuable qualifications, build lifelong skills, and start rewarding roles in relevant careers.

Sage is more than just a course provider. We’re proud to say that we also help all of our candidates to secure jobs in rewarding industries once they’ve completed their training.

Top employers in the disability sector handpick graduates from our courses because they understand that Sage’s training programs provide the core skills and practical expertise needed to succeed in care-based roles. Our graduate scheme is so powerful that we secure almost all of our clients well-paid roles within 10 weeks of finishing their training.

Click here to learn more about our outstanding Certificate IV in Disability course. If you’d like to find out more about our offers, get in touch. One of our friendly advisors is always on hand to answer any questions you may have. No matter your goals, Sage is committed to helping you find the education path that’s right for you.

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