In a nutshell
The Certificate IV in Disability, offered by Open Colleges, prepares students in WA to pursue a range of positions, including supervisory roles, within the disability sector.
The course is divided into six main sections: empowering diverse people with disability; supporting individuals and their health needs; working safely, legally and ethically; behaviour support and skills development; person-centred service responses and inclusion; and communication and leadership. Students will learn how to safely provide direct client care, facilitate community participation and social inclusion for clients, provide advocacy and representation services, and much more.
Study consists of one day per week attending campus for facilitated learning, plus one half-day practical skills session per week. Face-to-face attendance is supplemented through self-directed learning packages, workbooks and assessment materials. Students will also complete comprehensive practical work placement.
What you’ll need
To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- You must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa or visa with study rights; AND
- You must reside in Western Australia; AND
- You must complete the Core Skills Test; AND
- You will also need to:
- Have successfully completed Year 12 or its equivalent in Australia, OR
- Apply based on your work and/or life experience.
In this disability course, the subjects you may study include:
- CHCDIS007 - Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
- CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
- CHCCCS015 - Provide individualised support
- HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
- CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
- HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care
- CHCDIS002 - Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
- CHCDIS009 - Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
- CHCDIS008 - Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
- CHCDIS005 - Develop and provide person-centred service responses
- CHCDIS010 - Provide person-centred services to people with a disability with complex needs
- CHCDIS004 - Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
- BSBLDR402 - Lead effective workplace relationships
- CHCADV002 - Provide advocacy and representation services
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. All courses are delivered by correspondence, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: