Study CHC43121 Certificate IV

Disability Support

Take on a rewarding journey in the caring profession with Apex Training Institute's CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support. If you have a compassionate nature and a desire to make a positive impact in the lives of others, this program is ideal for you.

Our trusted institute ensures a comprehensive curriculum, preparing you for a fulfilling career in one of Australia's rapidly growing industries.

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Why Study CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support?

Studying CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support opens doors to a diverse and fulfilling career in the caring profession. This qualification equips you to work in various community settings and clients' homes, empowering individuals with disabilities to lead more independent and self-reliant lives. The person-centred approach you'll learn promotes overall well-being and community participation.

What sets this course apart is its ability to prepare you for a wide array of roles, including but not limited to:

  • Lifestyle Support Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Disability Support Assistant (Schools)
  • Project Officer
  • Marketing Coordinator (Disability)
  • Day Support Disability Officer
  • Senior Disability Worker
  • Social Educator (Disability) 
  • Support Facilitator (Disability)
  • Job Coordinator
  • Disabilities Supervisor
  • Social Trainer
  • Local Area Coordinator
  • Disability Service Officer

The demand for skilled disability workers continues to rise, making this qualification a valuable asset in one of Australia's fastest-growing industries. Whether you wish to support individuals in schools, coordinate projects, or take on supervisory roles, this certificate paves the way for a meaningful and impactful career in the disability sector. 

Qualification Pathway

This qualification has pathways for further study in:

CHC52021 Diploma of Community Services 

CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health 

HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing 

Bachelor of Social Science (Ageing and Disability) 

Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education

No matter where you choose to steer
your career in the future,

the possibilities are
wide open for you.

Enrollment Process

Submit an application

Fill out the online application form.

Wait for your application form to be assessed for viability

If your application is approved, you proceed to the next step; if not, you do not meet the requirements to proceed with your enrolment at Apex Training Institute.

Additionally, there might be some cases where you need to fulfill some requirements before your application can be approved; an Apex team member will advise if this is the case.

Enroll and choose your payment method

Once you have enrolled, you can pay via one of the payment methods available.

Once we have received payments, we will send you your enrollment information and student onboarding information within one business week.


Course overview

The course consists of 10 units of competency:

  • 7 core units
  • 3 elective units
Core Units (7)
Unit Description
Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
Provide person-centred services to people with disabilities with complex needs
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Work with people with mental health issues
Maintain work health and safety
Specialisation (3)
Unit Description
Work effectively in disability support
Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
Identify and report abuse
  • Students pursuing study via the Queensland government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee program can only pursue one specialisation and up to thirteen units of competency.
  • Self-funded students can elect to pursue more than one specialisation.

Study CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support Online

Studying CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support online at Apex Training Institute offers a flexible and comprehensive learning experience. The course is delivered through various methods to cater to diverse learning preferences.

Communicate effectively

You must be able to communicate effectively in an English-speaking workplace.

Get a Working with Children Check

Should you work in an organisation involving children in Queensland, you will
require a Blue Card.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Apex requires your Unique Student Identifier (USI) within 14 days of enrolment with
us. And at any stage during your studies, we may also request access to your USI
transcript (per our privacy policies and procedures).

See Student Handbook

To take part in the course, you will need to have access to these resources:

A reliable internet connection

A computer with a functional webcam

Microsoft Office (or Open Office, the free, open-source equivalent)

Zoom webinar software

PDF reading software

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Why Study CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support with Apex Training Institute?

There are several reasons to study CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support with Apex Training Institute. One of the key advantages is access to NDIS employment opportunities.

By obtaining this qualification, individuals become eligible for jobs with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers, opening doors to a rewarding career in the disability sector.

For those already working in the disability field with a minimum of two years of experience, Apex Training Institute acknowledges and values your current employment. We recognise and credit your expertise, reducing both the time and cost required to qualify for the certificate. 

We also stand out for our flexible blended learning approach, allowing students to tailor their study journey. With options for face-to-face, online, one-on-one, and workplace study components, you can complete the qualification at your preferred pace, accommodating various personal and professional commitments.

Learning environments:

Our course enables you to study for your CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support in
a variety of learning environments:

In-person on campus

Where you can interact with our qualified, industry-experienced trainers.

Online live classes & Online study

Study in the comfort of your own home without the need to travel to campus each time.

Simulated work environment

A great hands-on way to get a feel for what the working environment is really like. Available on-campus at Apex

Actual work environment

This includes 120 hours of vocational placement at an actual disability sector.

Supplementary study materials

Powerpoints and other written supplementary study materials are available to you as part of this course.

And importantly, we  take pride in our graduates' high employability rate, with a significant majority securing paid work within two months of completing the course. This speaks to our commitment to producing job-ready professionals and fostering successful career transitions.

What’s more, we offer affordability and support to self-funded students. With generous discounts, payment plans, and direct debit options, the CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support becomes accessible to a broader range of people seeking to make a positive impact in the disability sector.

Another reason to choose Apex Training Institute is that we have established strong partnerships with over 20 reputable organisations throughout Australia. These industry connections enhance networking opportunities and increase the chances of securing job placements and career growth.

In addition to comprehensive support and assistance in work placements, we go the extra mile by including essential training in Infection Control and Manual Handling at no extra charge, saving you $297. 


Is CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support Government Funded?

If you are considering taking the CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support, you may be eligible for government funding.

The Criteria for government funding for this course include being:


At least 15 years of age and no longer attending school

A Queensland resident

An Australian Citizen or Permanent Australian Resident

If you meet these requirements, you may take advantage of the government funding for this qualification. For more information on government funding and fees, check out our student handbook


Our Staff At Apex Training Institute: CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support

Our team comprises seasoned professionals with extensive experience in the field. They bring wealth of knowledge and hands-on expertise to your learning journey.

The course is carefully crafted to encompass all vital facets of disability support, ensuring that you are thoroughly equipped to excel in your career.

Adaeze Aniefuna


My name is Adaeze Aniefuna, a trainer and assessor in Apex Training Institute. I have 15 years of experience teaching students both young and old with the ability to edit, develop and design curriculums. In 2016, I moved to Australia and have worked in the aged care and disability sector while completing my Masters. I worked part-time as a disability support worker for CareChoice Agency, Cerebral Palsy Support Network (CPSN), Healthcare Australia (HCA), Mable and for private clients.

CHC43121 Certificate IV in

Disability Support

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Ready to take on a fulfilling career in the disability sector? Contact us today to enquire about studying the CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support at Apex Training Institute.

Discover the diverse career opportunities, flexible learning options. Take advantage of this chance to make a positive impact on the lives of others!

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Why students love us


I was able to do this course online, and staff of apex used to respond my emails and queries whenever I encountered within short span of time which I found helpful, and they also helped me in finding my placement in my nearby locations, which was a great help.

Maitri Manishbhai Gelani
CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

“Apex Institute taught me detailed knowledge and skills needed for this great career of Disability and Age care. Infact, their great intelligent and skillful tutors, good teaching environment, availability of teaching/ training equipment, and even self explanatory course contents are all superb.I am confident that the knowledge and skills instilled in me by Apex institute and practical skills acquired during my placement would be essential and useful for me in this great career.”

Ismail Olarewaju Adedoyin
CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Due to the flexibility of the course program its highly encouraging

Ifeoma Eche
CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there assessments or exams in the course? 

When you fill out the application form, you will find the Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test. You may access the application forms any time by going to the Courses page.

What are the requirements needed to qualify for the government funding program?

You must meet or have the following requirements:

  • Proof of DOB
  • Proof of QLD residency (driver's license, house rental contract)
  • A permanent resident visa and medicare
  • should not be previously enrolled in Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma courses
  • Concession card (optional)
Will I be assigned a facility for placement?

We have partnered with several facilities to provide the best placement experiences to our students. Students are required to fill out an application form and the facilities then confirm if they are able to accept the student. Apex does not assign a facility to a student but supports and helps them with their application to the facility they want to join. Students are allowed to find placement facilities outside of the ones that Apex has partnered with if there is a specific preference.

What career support do you provide?

Please refer to the course fact sheets on the Resources page.

When can I get my certificate?

Certificates are given out to all students that complete their course work. This includes in class assignments as well as placements. Upon completion, the trainers review all of the assigned work and placement workbooks and if they are satisfactory, a certificate is then issued within 3 weeks of completion.

I have qualifications, training and/or experience in this field. Can I get my previous training or experience credited?

You most certainly can. There are a number of things that can be done to reduce the amount of time and units you need to study, including:

  • Recognition of prior learning - this process recognises previous work experience, previous formal and informal education among other things;
  • Recognition of statements of attainments issued by other RTOs - known as credit transfers; and,
  • Recognition of qualifications issued by other RTOs - also known as credit transfers.

For more information on all these programs, please check out the Student Handbook found on the Resources page.

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