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Certificate IV In Disability Work

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  • Objectives
    This course provides students with nationally recognised skills to gain employment in a range of disability services and programs as direct care workers and as supervisors responsible for planning and implementing appropriate programs for their clients.
  • Entry requirements
    Year 12 (VCE) or Mature Age Entry
  • Academic Title
    Certificate IV In Disability Work
  • Course description
    Course Outline
    This course provides students with nationally recognised skills to gain employment in a range of disability services and programs as direct care workers and as supervisors responsible for planning and implementing appropriate programs for their clients.

    Campuses
    Berwick and Frankston (part time and full time).

    Study Mode
    Full time: Day time study from Monday to Wednesday inclusive
    Part time: Night time study over two nights per week OR a mutually selected combination of modules from the day time timetable.
    NB: There will be opportunity to complete some subjects by self-paced multi-modal delivery.

    Duration
    Full time: 1 year Part time: 2 years

    Commencement Date
    February

    Entrance Requirements
    Year 12 (VCE) or mature age entry.

    Special Requirements
    Successful applicants will be required to obtain a police check before work placement commences.

    Application Procedure
    Apply direct to Chisholm Institute.

    Selection Criteria
    Full time: Compulsory attendance at an Information Session and participation in a group interview. It is a requirement of the elements of competency that applicants have a reasonable standard of literacy. Computer/word processing skills are an advantage. No previous experience in the disability field is expected but would be an advantage.
    Part time: Compulsory attendance at an Information Session and participation in a group interview. It is a requirement of the elements of competency that applicants have a reasonable standard of literacy. Computer/word processing skills are an advantage. Preference is given to those currently working, or who have experience in the disability field, for inclusion into the night time classes.
    NB: People who are currently employed in the sector or are mature aged applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Information Sessions
    Held in November and January of each year. Contact Chisholm Institute for relevant dates, times and locations. Applicants will be required to attend an Information Night and an interview.

    Group Interview
    Appointments are made at the conclusion of each Information Session.

    Study Areas
    CHCCOM3C Utilise Specialist Communication Skills to Build Strong Relationships – 65 hours
    To enable workers to apply specialist workplace communication techniques to build and maintain relationships with colleagues and clients based on respect and trust.

    CHCCS301A Work Within a Legal and Ethical Framework – 40 hours
    To enable workers to work within a legal and ethical framework that supports duty of care requirements.

    CHCDIS1C Orientation to Disability Work – 60 hours
    To enable workers an introduction to working with people with a disability.

    CHCDIS2C Maintain an Environment Designed to Empower People with a Disability – 90 hours
    To enable workers the knowledge and skills required to facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability.

    CHCDIS3C Provide Services to People with a Disability – 50 hours
    To enable workers to support and/or assist the person with the disability with their personal care needs within their services delivery/individual development plan.

    CHCDIS4B Design Procedures for Support – 90 hours
    To enable workers to design models for support including assessing requirements and designing and implementing procedures.

    CHCDIS6C Plan and Implement Community Integration – 90 hours
    To enable workers the knowledge and skills required to maximise the participation of a person with a disability into various community settings to enhance their psychosocial well-being and lifestyle.

    CHCDIS13A Support Older Person with Disabilities – 50 hours
    To enable workers to support a person with a disability who is ageing.

    CHCORG5B Maintain an Effective Work Environment – 50 hours
    To enable workers to meet individual responsibilities within a work group.

    CHCOHS302A Participate in Safety Procedures for Direct Care Workers – 50 hours
    To enable workers who deliver disability services to accurately identify the major occupational health and safety hazards, manual handling, together with other hazards that may include dealing with aggressive behaviours, stress, etc. The worker will also be able to assess related risk as well as follow instructions and procedures with minimal supervision and support. The worker will also be capable of participating in and contributing to OHS management issues.

    CHCCS405A Work Effectively with Culturally Diverse Clients and Co-workers – 25 hours
    To enable workers to deal with the cultural awareness required for effective communication and co-operation with persons of diverse cultures.

    CHCCS303A Provide Physical Assistance with Medication – 30 hours
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by care or support workers to distribute and administer prescribed medications within a residential care facility under supervision.

    CHCCS409A Meet the Dietary and Nutritional Needs of Clients in a Culturally Appropriate Manner – 30 hours
    To enable workers to develop skills to plan and evaluate appropriate meals and menus based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines, in consultation with a dietician, to meet the nutritional needs of client groups. This involves the selection and planning of balanced meals, general menu planning principles and the development and evaluation of menus, which identify and appropriately meet the cultural and religious needs of clients. The Unit also requires the ability, under the direction of a dietician, to develop meals and menus to meet the nutrition requirements of specific client groups.

    CHCDIS15B/CHCDIS16B Provide Behaviour Support/Provide Advanced Behaviour Support – 120 hours
    This unit addresses the competencies required to support and engage people with disabilities in their daily routines, reduce inappropriate behaviour and respond and manage challenging behaviour. This unit addresses the competencies required to understand the influence and purpose of behaviour, assess problem behaviour, develop multi-element support plans and utilise appropriate strategies to reduce inappropriate behaviour.
    Behaviour support in practice 1 is a pre-requisite for this unit of competence.

    HLTFA2A Apply Advanced First Aid – 30 hours

    Work Placement
    You will be required to complete 200 hours of work placement during the course. A manual outlining all workplace assessment tasks will be discussed with you prior to the commencement of your work placement. You may choose to complete your work placement at your workplace. This will be discussed with your Placement Supervisor prior to the commencement of your work placement. If you choose to complete placement in a children’s facility (e.g. School), you will need a successful Working With Children Check before you start the placement. A successful police check will be required before you commence your work placement. In all cases a pre-placement interview will be conducted between you, your Placement Supervisor and the Workplace Supervisor before you commence your work placement. You will be expected to sign a Chisholm Institute Workplace Contract before work placement commences.

    Assessment
    Workplace attendance and assessment, written assignments, research activities, oral presentations, classroom participation. All modules are graded.

    Features
    Forums – inter campus opportunities to share guest speakers on a range of topics.
    Work Placement – take the opportunity to learn about the field and the work involved.
    Facility Visits – explore the range of facilities available for people with disabilities.

    Career Opportunities
    Adult training services, advocacy services, community services, disability work, home care services, recreational services, residential work, respite services, supported employment services, integration aid, school support.

    Further Study
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability)
    Advanced Diploma in Disability

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/RCC
    There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
    • Previous study
    • Knowledge
    • And/or skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course
    Contact the department for further details

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