Certificate IV in Disability Support

Core unit components

  • (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 unit components

  • (CHCCCS035) Support individuals people with autism spectrum disorder
  • (CHCDIS014) Develop and use strategies for communication with augmentative and alternative communication systems
  • (CHCADV002) Provide advocacy and representation services

Course Overview

Are you seeking to elevate your career while finding fulfillment in positively impacting someone’s life, all while enjoying flexible work hours?

Get recognition for your existing skills or develop new skills in the disability industry. This is also a great introduction to higher level specialist training courses that will help you further progress your career.

You can learn how to provide personal support, assisting people living with disability in their daily activities. The CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support course is a step forward in opening the door to a challenging and rewarding career in conducting individual assessments and providing support services to people in:

  • Their own home
  • Residential group homes
  • Day support organisations
  • Community based programs

To be successful in this course, you will need to be a compassionate and caring person who communicates well and has a real desire to empower a person to achieve their desired levels of independence, self-confidence and community involvement.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course, you will learn:

  • The key principles of person centred support and promoting independence
  • The use of alternative strategies and techniques to communicate with people who have a disability
  • Safe manual handling techniques when providing support to people with a disability
  • How to facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
  • How to contribute to the ongoing skills development of the person with a disability using a strengths based approach
  • How to encourage community participation and social inclusion
  • How to work within legal and ethical guidelines
  • How to conduct assessments
  • How to develop and implement individual support plans

Course outcome

By the end of the course you will be able to confidently provide individualised support to people with a variety of support needs, while applying:

  • A person centred approach
  • Strategies that will maximise independence
  • Active support that facilitates the empowerment of service users
  • Knowledge of procedural practices within a disability support organisational context
  • Strategies to manage legal and ethical compliance in an organisational context

At the end of the course, you will be issued a Certificate in CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support where competency has been achieved.

What is involved

Time commitment

All students will undertake face-to-face or online Zoom training, home study and work placement. The amount of home study required is dependent on the experience of the student and is in addition to face-to-face or online Zoom training hours.


Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must:

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant training package or accredited course, and
  • Be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • Meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this course assessment will entail the following:

  • Assessment methods include written and oral tasks, practical tasks and observation by the assessor.

You will be informed when assessments are to take place.

Work placement

While there is no mandatory work placement for Certificate in CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support many of the units require competency to be assessed in a workplace. If you are employed in a workplace provides opportunities to demonstrate the required competencies and access to MCC assessors the assessment can be undertaken there.

If you are not working in a suitable environment Macquarie Community College will arrange a suitable placement for you.

Please note: Before commencing work placement, you will be required to obtain one or all of the following which will be confirmed during the enrolment process and at your course induction. If required Macquarie Community College will assist you with this application process.

  • A current NDIS Worker Check (NDISWC) – (free of charge for volunteers)
  • A Working with children check (WWCC) – (free of charge for volunteers)
  • An up-to-date NSW vaccination record showing proof of double COVID vaccination, COVID booster and yearly flu vaccination as required Disability centres.
  • Suitable work placement clothing is required. i.e., black pants, white polo shirt and leather (or leather like) fully enclosed shoes with non-slip soles.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

An appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills is required to enrol in this course. Macquarie Community College may conduct an LLN assessment as part of the pre enrolment process.

To gain entry into this course students need to have completed one of the following Certificate III qualifications.

CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)


CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)


CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability in addition to CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set.

What you need to provide

  • All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees
  • Notepad and pen

For remote learning online Zoom classes students will need a stable internet connection on computer or laptop to participate.

Fees and government subsidies

Smart and Skilled provides government-subsidised training and higher-level courses to help you get skills to find a job and advance your career.
If you're a prospective student, please visit: where you will find everything you need to know about the Smart and Skilled program before you enrol.
*Eligibility criteria apply. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government, and as a result your fee is determined through Training Services NSW formal eligibility criteria.
Students will need to supply the required evidence in accord with the requirements of Smart and Skilled eligibility.
Not eligible for Subsidised Training: $8,270
Contact us today or call on 1300 845 888 to check your eligibility.

What you can do next

Career pathway

Successful completion of CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support, can lead to a range of potential career opportunities that are both challenging and rewarding including:

  • Disability Support Worker
  • Accommodation and Respite Care Worker
  • Lifestyle Support Worker
  • Group Home Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Coordinator or Supervisor

Study pathway

Upon completion of CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support, you can go on to study:

  • Diploma in a nursing or community services related field

Class details

RTO 90033
Start Date30 April 2024
End Date12 November 2024
Time9.30 - 2.30pm
TutorJodi Crozier
Location Online Zoom Class

Fees & Government Subsidies

At Macquarie Community College, we create and provide affordable and inclusive learning opportunities that meet the needs of individuals, organisations and communities.

Given the broad range of accredited and non-accredited programs offered by the College the fees and subsidies will vary depending on the course.

Fee for Service Courses 

Courses available on a fee-for-service basis will have the price clearly indicated within the class details. Additional fee information may also be found in the ‘’what you need to provide’’ section of the course details.

Funded Courses

Macquarie Community College delivers NSW government subsidised training, including training under the Smart and Skilled and Adult and Community Education (ACE) programs.

To access government subsidised training, including fee exemptions or concessions, you must meet the following criteria:

  • aged 15 years or older
  • no longer be at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • Australian OR New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident OR a Humanitarian Visa Holder, OR a Partner Visa Holder whose sponsor is a current or past Humanitarian Visa Holder

When you enrol in a NSW government subsidised course you will be required to pay the Smart and Skilled student fee unless you qualify for a fee exemption.

For further information on NSW government subsidies visit the below funding pages.

Adult and Community Education 

Smart and Skilled 


NSW Fee Free Training 

Credit Transfer

Am I Eligible for Credit Transfers?

Credit Transfer (CT) is granted as a result of identifying learning outcomes already achieved through formal training. Credit outcomes may allow for entry into a qualification and/or provide credit towards the qualification. Credit Transfer given may reduce the time required for you to achieve the qualification.

To apply for Credit Transfer you will need to provide original or certified copies of certificates previously attained through formal training prior to completing the enrolment process.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is granted as a result of identifying and assessing previous and current informal education and training, work experience and/or life experience and knowledge. Previous learning and the evidence supplied is measured against pre-determined performance standards contained within the Units of Competency.

To apply for recognition of prior learning you should indicate your decision to apply for recognition as soon as possible after enrolment and the induction program.

We will be happy to provide you with an RPL kit after speaking directly with you to ensure you understand the requirements of this process.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Apply

Step 1 - Apply

  • Select your preferred course and class
  • Review course and fee subsidy requirements to check your eligibility
  • If you need help contact us via livechat or via contact us form
  • Click Apply now

Step 2 - Assessment / Enrolment

  • We will assess your application and make contact within 2 business days
  • You will be asked to complete a language, literacy & numeracy assessment
  • Complete enrolment form
  • Provide all required evidence and/or documents

Step 3 - Start Learning

Following submitting your enrolment form and documents you will receive:

  • An enrolment confirmation
  • Tax invoice / payment plan details (if relevant)
  • A course reminder prior to your classes starting
  • A Zoom link (Online Zoom classes only)
  • A student login to your learning portal if relevant