The Certificate IV in Disability Support aims to build upon existing skills and knowledge you hold and further develop practical, technical and procedural knowledge to follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people living with a disability. 

Your training will focus on: 

  • Maintaining work health and safety
  • How to understand and manage legal and ethical practices
  • Providing person-centred support
  • Understanding and supporting individuals with mental health barriers
  • How to identify and appropriately respond to abuse

The course includes a 120-hour work placement element where you will work at a registered facility to gain real-time work experience skills.

Graduates of the CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support can move into roles where they provide individualised support to people with immediate needs. At this level, graduates can take on increased responsibilities and supervisory-level activities.

  • Blended (face-to-face and online offered)
  • Part-time (1-2 days a week) for 10 months
  • Can also be undertaken as a Traineeship

Occupational titles may include:

  • Disability Support Worker
  • Disability Support Supervisor/Team Leader
  • Community Care Worker

Assessment may consist of

  • written answers to questions via the Catapult online assessment portal
  • role plays
  • holistic assessment
  • vocational placement

Evidence may be 

  • written 
  • audio recordings
  • video recordings
  • observation
  • Zoom recording
  • interview
  • documents

All students will engage in a language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) activity to evaluate potential support requirements.

Any of the following courses are prerequisites for Certificate IV in Disability Support:

  • 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

The Certificate IV in Disability Support consists of 10 units:

  • 7 core units
  • 3 elective units

Elective units will vary depending on consultation with industry.

Core units include:

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


Fees vary due to government funding options available for some courses. Please contact us to confirm course fees.

Part-time (1-2 days a week) for 10 months

I would highly recommend AST and if I decide to do more study I will definitely be using AST.

Course Participant Heidi

Thoroughly enjoyed completing my cert 3 and 4 in disability with AST, and am now working in a very rewarding career.

Course Participant Joanne

I wanted a change of careers and AST went above and beyond to find a course that suited my needs, the enrolment process was a breeze and I was supported through the process. Starting a course as an adult was very nerve racking, but the trainer I had ensured every single students needs were met and catered his teaching style to suit their needs, a very inclusive organisation and a very safe environment to be in.

Course participant Angie

Completed Cert IV in Disability with AST online, trainers were extremely helpful and the online portal was easy to navigate. Would highly recommend AST.

Course Participant Emma