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This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.
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.
To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
In this disability course, the subjects you may study include:
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.
"It was very grounded in reality and it was practical as well as theoretical. I recommend doing the training before starting to write. I see people that will come to our writers group and say ‘I’ve got this lovely story, my kids love it, my grandchildren love it,’ and it would never get published because they haven’t done any training and they don’t know how to write."
"Because it’s so flexible, it was easy for me to do it. I’ll be in the middle of an assignment and I can just pause it if my son is asking for lunch. I’ll quickly make him lunch or get a drink and I can just open it back up and go straight back into it to continue. The trainers have been great. They really try to get back to you on time and make sure they give you the best possible answers. They always seem to come back with a quick response."
"It’s given me a different mindset. I used to think you’d go out and do a job, like mechanics, for years and that you’d just get the qualification after years on the job. But with this, you can study for a couple of months and then you can go out into the world fully qualified and ready for the job and just go for it."
"I think the Open Colleges model is particularly good because you’re not tied down to due dates, you just have as much time as you need. You have people to get in touch with if you’re having trouble. I’ve actually had emails back at 10pm at night from my teacher. I’ve been sitting here and I’ve shot one off and they’ve got right back to me within that hour. You don’t get that anywhere."
"I am a farmer and I run a family farm with my husband. I was given the opportunity to study any course I wanted that would help our business, and that may help me earn some money off the land, so I chose to learn bookkeeping. The course is so useful and beneficial for our farm. It’s great to learn how to set journals out so our accountant can do the BAS and income tax, without them being all over the place."
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:
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate IV in Disability from Open Colleges.
Graduates are prepared to pursue a range of roles in the professional disability services sector, including group homes and respite centres. Graduates have the advanced skills necessary to move into supervisory positions in these settings.
Wondering where a career in disability could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:
Open Colleges School of Health offers affordable payment options to help you start your studies sooner.
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