Certificate IV in Disability 

A career in supporting people with disability

Certificate IV in Disability reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing. Workers promote a person-centred approach, work without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.


AQF Level

Certificate IV

Course Duration

8 - 24 months depending on mode of delivery & prior experience

Delivery Method

Classroom or Online

Total Number of Units


Work Placement

120 hours (mandatory requirement)


Units of competency


Provide individualised support


Follow established person-centred behaviour supports


Develop and provide person-centred service responses


Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability


Facilitate community participation and social inclusion


Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach

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



Work with diverse people

Manage legal and ethical compliance



Recognise healthy body systems

Follow safe work practices for direct client care



Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

Support relationships with carers and families



Provide home and community support services


Entry requirements

Students must have standard Language, Literacy and numeracy skills and will be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment at Certificate III level. A current Police Check is a requirement before the commencement of practical placement. 



Classroom delivery 2-3 days a week, plus 120 hours of work placement.
Online study options available.


Funding eligibility

In New South Wales you may be eligible under this qualification for Smart & Skilled funding.

​In Queensland, you may be eligible under this qualification for Higher Level Skills funding.


Course Locations

 Locations are available upon request. Please speak to our friendly training team for more information

Career opportunities

  • Aged Care Activity Worker

  • Care Service Team Leader

  • Care Supervisor (Aged Care)

  • Coordinator of Volunteers (Services to Older People)

  • Disability Officer - Day Support

  • Disability Support Worker

  • Leisure and Therapy Assistant


Graduate stories

Jacky  |  Skilling Queenslanders for Work participant - Brisbane

I completed my training with breakthru in January 2018. The course was a Certificate III in Individual Support. The trainer was the best I have ever had, as she made the course so interesting and hands on. The trainer's visits and feedback while on practical work placement was super supportive and by the end of the course, I was employed!.

What may be surprising to people reading this is I am in my 60’s!! and have found my dream job!

The three R’s - The Right course, the Right Trainer and the Right Company!! Thankyou breakthru! Life can begin in your sixty’s!

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