Certificate IV In Disability Support


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Start – Term 3 2024


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Course Details

This qualification is delivered over 720 hours, including 120 hours of practical placement. Participants enrolled in this course will have up to 45 weeks (excluding School holidays).], 1 evening per week and 1 Saturday per month. Participants will be required to undertake 5-6 hrs/per week self-study to complete the course requirements.

The course duration may vary for individual students based on their current academic and work experience. All students will be assessed on an individual basis for their ability to meet the course requirements within an extended or reduced time frame.

This qualification will be delivered using a combination of theoretical delivery and other student participation methods. This will include classroom sessions, directed self-study, skills training, self-paced learning, in class assessments which includes role plays and supervised practical placement experience in a disability residential or day centre to build on participant’s knowledge and skills on-the-job.

The Training and Assessment ensure that students have adequate time to learn the topics and opportunities for reinforcement to complete and submit tasks required for assessment purposes.

A variety of presentation types may include eLearning resources and classroom-style delivery for those students’ requiring assistance. Such methods are well suited to present fundamental and theoretical knowledge.

The effectiveness of the training sessions involving student participation is encouraged, including class sizes from 6 to 12 students. These restrictions will maximise trainer/student interaction during training.

1/520 Blackburn Road, Doncaster East, Victoria and Practical Placement location as negotiated.

Occupational titles may include

  • Disability Support Workers, Disability Development Support Officers

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into such courses as:

  • CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing.
  • CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health

This qualification reflects the role of individuals in a range of community settings and peoples’ homes, who provide support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and well being. Workers promote a person-centred approach, work according to and may contribute to an individualised plan, and work without direct supervision. They may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

These individuals take responsibility for their own outputs within the scope of their job role and delegation. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support.

This course is targeted towards students holding one of the required pre requisites and are seeking employment as a disability support worker in community, home or residential care setting

  • Existing aged care workers who want to specialise in disability
  • Seeking a leadership role to supervise and/or coordinate a small team in a range of community settings and peoples’ home.
  • Retrenched workers seeking a career change.
  • Existing disability carers holding skills set and seeking a formal qualification

Completion of: CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Completion of: CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Completion of: CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability PLUS the CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set.

Pines Learning requires that students:

  • Complete a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment to demonstrate that they have the required level of LLN skills required by the course.
  • Able to demonstrate confident interpersonal and communication skills, as determined during pre-enrolment conversations and/or reviews.
  • Applicants must also have an interest in working in this field, to be determined during a pre-training review with the RTO.
  • Are willing and physically able to complete a work placement for 120 hours at a regulated disability care service

General Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both oral and written English is required.

Physical requirement

  • As personal support worker, the student is required to undertake tasks that involve bending, lifting and manual handling. The student is required to have the physical fitness to safely carry out these tasks.

Vaccination requirements

  • Flu, and COVID vaccinations

Security Checks

  • NDIS screening check
  • Police Clearance
  • Working with Childrens check

Technology Requirements

Students are required to have access to a computer with internet access. Students are required to have basic computer skills such as email management and electronic documentation management. It is necessary that students are able to work with learning portal (Moodle). A digital literacy questionnaire is required to be completed to assess the technology requirement

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available and all students are offered the opportunity to participate in RPL upon enrolment. RPL is generally recommended where individuals have been working in a relevant job role for at least 2 years, however any student can also self-elect to undertake RPL.
The RPL model used by Pines Learning is a guided and supported process that relies on the candidate’s ability to demonstrate their competence by answering verbal questions from an assessor, providing referees and, where possible, having their practical skills assessed in the workplace.
Applications can be made for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). These will be assessed according to the Pines Learning policy to determine if and how much advanced standing will be granted.

Pines Learning recognises AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisation in Australia. Students may request total credit for a whole unit or qualification based on study in an identical unit or qualification at another institution. Suitable documentation such as a Statement of Attainment/ Transcript of results must be provided when applying for Credit Transfer. Applications can be made for Credit Transfer (CT) prior to enrolment.

Assessments will be conducted to determine the student learning outcomes and to finalise the achievement of the competency-based learning outcomes. Assessments may include written tasks, case study/scenarios, projects, role plays, practical skills observation and on the job role environment / practical placement tasks.

All assessments will be undertaken in accordance with the Pines learning Assessment policy. Students will be advised of the assessment requirements at the beginning of each unit. Individual Unit outlines also contain assessment information. As this is a competency-based qualification, assessment continues throughout until the participant either achieves competency in the assessment tasks or a further training need is identified and addressed.

To achieve this qualification, the learner must have completed at least 120 hours of work placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the Units of Competency.

Practical placements can occur at the student’s workplace or at any other regulated aged care or disability facility. For security reasons, students cannot undertake their practical work placements without a valid agreement between Pines Learning and the Placement Providers.

Students who wish to use their current place of work if relevant to the course, must discuss with the Pines learning course coordinator and provide evidence of current work as per our placement process. An Agreement will be sent to the facility after negotiating with the Placement Provider.

This qualification requires successful completion of 10 units comprised of seven (7) core units and three (3) Elective Units as specified in the CHC Community Services and BSB Business Training Packages

Core units

  • CHCCCS044 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
  • CHCDIS017 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS018 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
  • CHCDIS019 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
  • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

Elective units

  • CHCCCS036 Support relationships with carer and family
  • CHCCCS037 Visit client residence
  • CHCDIS015 Develop and provide person-centred service responses

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Pines Learning welcomes people with a disability and those facing barriers to participation. Please share during enrolment if there is anything which would impact on your participation so that we can put in place support.