C4365 - Certificate IV in Disability

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Plan: C4365FSSI - Certificate IV in Disability
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate IV in Disability
Qualification national code: CHC43115
Nominal hours: 910
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year full-time
Location: City campus
Owning school: Social Care and Health (535T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
Partnered offering / Corporate client: In partnership with Future Social Services Institute (FSSI)
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

This program is designed as a vocational program for existing disability support workers employed in the community disability services sector, including: residential settings, further education, recreation and leisure, day respite and community access, supported and open employment, client’s homes and other community settings.  It is designed for existing disabilty services workers to gain the qualification needed to work in the disability industry.

The program will require you to reflect on your organisation's vision and values, which can guide your working style and strategies, and will help you to develop the skills and knowledge to assist clients with:

  • personal and attendant care,
  • individualised planning,
  • communication development,
  • daily living skills,
  • community access skills such as travel training,
  • personal development 
  • job search and job support
  • outreach and case coordination

The program is a Certificate IV level qualification for disability support staff who are currently volunteer or employed by disability service providers including: residential settings, recreation programs, day respite and community access, supported and open employment, and residential services.

The range of supports provided include individual disability support, individualised planning, communication development, daily living skills, community access skills such as travel training, personal development, job search and job support, outreach and case coordination. Increasingly, disability support staff work in 1-1 support roles based in diverse locations, at varying times and in activities chosen by the person with a disability. 

The program is offered as a scholarship program by the Future Social Services Institute(FSSI) with the intention of building the disability workforce and is supported by state government.

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Articulation and pathways

Upon successful completion of this program you may apply to continue your studies in the Diploma of Community Services Work which would further develop your knowledge and skills for work in individual support and case management/coordination across a range of community sector organisations. 

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Entrance requirements

You must be either employed or volunteer with an organisation that provides disability services.

You must include with your application a CV and a personal statement that details your experience.

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External accreditation and industry links

This nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification has been validated by the community services and health industry.This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing. Workers promote a person-centred approach, work without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

RMIT works closely with employing organisations to ensure that the program meets the needs of the workplace.  The program  can be delivered on site at a disabilty organisation for existing disabiltiy workers, or on campus at RMIT with stundents working in disabilty support roles but coming together from different organisations within the sector .  This program can also be offered as a traineeship to existing workers who are employed by disability organisations that enter a training agreement with RMIT University. 

Industry partners are active participants in the selection of electives, delivery and assessment tasks through membership of the Industry Advisory Committee.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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