Certificate IV in Disability


This nationally recognised qualification is suitable for Disability Support Workers, AINs and personal carers, and Lifestyle staff, in a residential and/or community care setting.
The training focuses on providing carers with the necessary skills and knowledge to empower people living with disability.
Workers may be in a Group Home residential setting, day program, and in-home community care, helping clients achieve a greater level of independence.
On completion of the course students will be able to promote a person-centred approach for their participants and work without direct supervision.

Employment Opportunities and Job Roles with this qualification include:

  • Disability Support Worker
  • Group Home Carer
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Respite Care Worker
  • Lifestyle Officer
  • Team Leader

Why Wentworth College:

Social learning:

  • Social learning represents an excellent opportunity to network, share knowledge and experience
  • Train and learn with classmates who are working in the same or similar job role

Flexible Course Delivery: (see more below)

  • Our mixed mode training and assessment, gives students flexibility to balance studies, work routine and home life
  • Part time format, convenient scheduling minimises impact on work rosters and travel time
  • Training and assessment includes timetabled class attendance, self-directed learning, workplace hours and completion of assessment tasks
  • Students may use work hours as an alternative to undertaking a 120 hour work placement (suitability conditions apply)

Key Information:

  • This course is designed for students who are also working and require flexibility
  • Class attendance and participation is mandatory and all training requirements must be complete prior to commencing assessment tasks
  • Our assessment tools are developed in-house, easy to follow and contextualised to the Disability Support job role
  • Credit transfer from Certificate III in Individual Support and any other relevant qualification reduce attendance requirements, study load and the enrolment fee
  • Max duration 18 months

For Students:

  • Our students are: typically working in Disability Support Services and Community Care;
  • Employed in Group Home’s or Day Programs;
  • AINs aiming to transition to the Disability Support Worker job role
  • Leisure and Lifestyle Officers;
  • People aspiring to start a new career in Disability Support Services

Student Support:

  • One on one support available where required
  • Our Trainers are industry professionals with extensive teaching experience
  • Support staff are readily available to respond to your queries
  • Catch up classes may be offered in the unlikely event that a class is missed

Training and Assessment:


  • Interactive and high engagement live Zoom classes
  • Face to Face sessions at your workplace or in a fully equipped simulated training environment
  • Self-directed learning (at home)
  • Workplace training hours/ Work Placement
  • Written Assessment Tasks – Question and Answer and Small Projects
  • Practical/Simulated Assessment Tasks
  • Workplace visits, to conduct assessments, observations and provide face to face support (one on one or small groups)

About Work Placement:

  • A minimum of 120 hours to fulfil the requirements of the qualification
  • Students may utilise work hours as an alternative to undertaking a 120 hour work placement (suitability conditions apply)
  • We can assist students to find a host for placement if required via our established network of Disability Support service providers and Community Care industry partners
  • We visit you at work, to conduct assessments and workplace observations, to finalise workplace evidence requirements

Core Units (10):


Follow safe work practices for direct client care


Manage legal and ethical compliance


Work with diverse people


Recognise healthy body systems


Provide individualised support


Follow established person-centred behaviour supports


Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach


Facilitate community participation and social inclusion


Develop and provide person-centred service responses


Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs


Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

Elective Units (7):


Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


Work effectively in the leisure and health industries


Work with people with mental health issues

For further information about this qualification, click here.

Course Entry Requirements:

Prior to the commencement of training a Pre-Training Review will be conducted

This starts with a telephone or personal meeting with our Training Manager who will provide comprehensive course information and answer your questions to ensure this is the right course for you before you enrol

Learners must be assessed as meeting the following criteria:

LLN Robot levels – entry at ACSF Level 3 (core skills, reading, writing, listening, speaking, numeracy, digital literacy)
Be of at least 18 years of age
Have completed Year 12 or equivalent
Must be an Existing Worker in Disability Support Services and/or Community Care, Health Care, Aged Care, Leisure and Health OR
Be available to commence Work Placement early into the course
Must not have a criminal conviction that will appear on the National Police Check
An Immunisation certificate or Vaccination card may be requested
Must have basic computing skills and access to a standard computer or laptop
Driver Licence or Photo ID
Green Medicare card or evidence of residency
Unique Student Identifier

Course Fees:

Course Fees:

Wentworth College is an approved Training Provider for NSW Smart and Skilled funding, this training is subsidised by the NSW Government

The NSW Department of Education and Communities sets out Enrolment fees for Smart and Skilled funded training

The fee/ student contribution is calculated based on your individual circumstances and ranges from $0 – $2,320.00

For example if you are in recipient of an eligible Commonwealth benefit or allowance, the fee is waived or the concession rate may be applicable

For more information about your eligibility for funding and the enrolment fee please contact us on 1300 138 792 or email info@wentworth-college.com

Alternately please express your interest by completing an online Candidate Eligibility Form, below

Eligibility Questionnaire

Study at Wentworth College

For a positive learning experience with like-minded students Enrol at Wentworth College. Call 1300 138 792