Certificate IV In Disability

( Community Services )
Course code: AWJ3
National ID: CHC43115

About this Course

Study Mode Full-time
International No
University Pathway No
This qualification will further develop your practical skills and knowledge to develop services and programs to meet the emotional, physical and social needs of people with disabilities. You will learn skills in advanced communication, empowerment techniques and how to design processes to support daily living activities. You will also learn how to design and deliver programs that are accessible and enhance community integration. You will develop an understanding of the legal and ethical requirements for working in disability services. As part of this qualification you will undertake a supervised work placement where you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned.

Please note that this course is currently only available to students who are working in the industry.

Before you apply for entry to this course please read the essential information:

  • This is a 'flexible delivery' course, with one support class once per week for two hours.
  • This course is for students with a Certificate III in Disability or Certificate IIII in Individual Support, or equivalent, who are already working in a relevant disability-based workplace.
  • Full-time students who are not in suitable employment will need to complete an equivalent work placement.
  • Overall, the course will require you to be in your workplace for at least 18 hours per week in addition to the time in class and time you spend at home or the library completing assignments.
  • As a student you will also have additional costs associated with your study eg: you will need to obtain a National Police Clearance, and you will need to pay for stationery, printing and other materials required for your assignments.
  • You will also need to use a computer and the internet for assignment preparation. Computers are available for student use at the college library.
  • This qualification has compulsory units that must be assessed in a relevant workplace. To complete this qualification, you will be required to provide evidence from your workplace that you provide individual support and planning for people with a disability. You should be able to provide this evidence from most relevant workplaces but South Metropolitan TAFE cannot guarantee that all students will have the opportunity to meet all of the requirements for this qualification in every workplace.

You might not be able to complete this qualification if:

  • If you are under 18.
  • If you have a criminal conviction that will appear on your National Police Clearance.
  • If you are likely to have difficulty in communicating with either workers or clients. (i.e. difficulty with written or spoken English)
  • If you might have difficulty with the manual tasks involved in personal care work, including lifting (eg 'bad back').
  • If you are likely to find it difficult or distressing to provide personal care such as toileting and bathing for male and female clients or residents.
  • If you are not able to set aside sufficient time for attendance at class, workplace requirements and study.
  • If, for any reason, you aren't likely to be able to attend your workplace regularly and reliably.
Study Plan

1 Core

Unit Code Title
AVB19 Recognise Healthy Body Systems
AVB80 Manage Legal And Ethical Compliance
AVC09 Work With Diverse People
AVC10 Provide Person-Centred Services To People With Disability With Complex Needs
AVC11 Facilitate Ongoing Skills Development Using A Person-Centred Approach
AVC12 Facilitate Community Participation And Social Inclusion
AVC13 Facilitate The Empowerment Of People With Disability
AVC15 Develop And Provide Person-Centred Service Responses
AVC18 Follow Established Person-Centred Behaviour Supports
AVC63 Provide Individualised Support
WG739 Follow Safe Work Practices For Direct Client Care

Elective Units

Unit Code Title
AVC14 Develop And Promote Positive Person-Centred Behaviour Supports
AVC16 Communicate Using Augmentative And Alternative Communication Strategies
AVC96 Facilitate The Interests And Rights Of Clients

These fees are estimates only for students enrolling in government funded courses in 2016 on a full time basis.

The indicative fees for a course may differ between training providers due to the units they have included in the course outline. These differences generally result from adapting courses to meet local industry needs. The actual cost of a course will also vary if different electives are chosen by the student.

Nominal hours are not hours of training or instruction. They are used to determine course fees and subsidy levels to reflect the cost to deliver quality training.

Fees have been quoted on the basis of 2016 fee rates only. These are expected to change in 2017.​ Other charges may apply.

Indicative Tuition Fees in 2016​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.​​​​​​​​

Location and Availability
Campus Availability
Rockingham Campus S2
Y: All Year
S1: Semester 1
S2: Semester 2
Entrance Requirements

For entry into for some courses you may need an existing lower-level qualification. For other courses, you may need to demonstrate that you meet a certain level of communication and maths skills.

To discover the most up-to-date entrance requirements for this course before you apply, visit State Training Admissions.

Alternatively contact us directly.

International students:
For information about entrance requirements and how to apply for a South Metropolitan TAFE course, please visit our international section or contact us at international.students@smatfe.wa.edu.au ​​

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Domestic full time students:

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in. Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.

Tuition fees:

these fees apply to all qualifications - including apprenticeships and traineeships - except access and bridging courses. Please note that you may be eligible for a concession on tuition fees. Please contact the Institute for concession categories. 

Resource fees:

this fee covers the cost of materials and consumables provided by South Metropolitan TAFE. Resource fees vary depending on the content of the course. Some courses such as marine studies, fishing operations, horticulture and outdoor recreation, incur high resource fees.​​

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