Free vs Paid Disability Courses: The Difference Explained
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If you’re hoping to build a career in disability services then it’s important to look at what the right pathway is for you. These days there are so many different free and paid courses available online, it can be hard to know what to choose. There are positives for both, but it’s important to know what they both offer so that you can ensure you’re getting the right education for your career path.
Free Disability Course
Free courses are a great way to gather a basic understanding of what being a disability care worker entails; they will give a general overview and allow you to learn about disability services at a surface level. If you’re unsure about whether you really want to work in disability services, then a free course will allow you to dip your toe in the water to see if you want to pursue it further and undertake the necessary certified training.
Benefits of a free course include:
Be aware that free courses are all self-led, as they don’t include an assessment component. They also tend to span across a longer period of time due to the lack of structure and deadlines, and are not accredited.
Paid Disability Course
Paid disability courses provide you with a guaranteed qualification, which will make you a stronger candidate when applying for jobs. The content and components of paid disability courses are significantly richer as time, money and resources have been put in to deliver high quality materials, in easy to follow and well-structured formats.
Undertaking tertiary study with a trusted education provider will not only give you the confidence to provide individualised support to patients with disabilities, but also give you industry-recognised certification that will allow you to become a high-value employee.
What you can expect from a paid course:
One of the leading benefits of paid courses is that you can expect to have access to experienced industry professionals within the disability sector, who will guide and mentor you through training in disability care. They will be there to support you, answer questions and give insight from their own experiences in the industry to help you become the best carer you can be.
Whether the course be online or in the classroom, nothing beats having an teacher who can curate the course content to meet your learning style.
Why a Disability Course?
Working in disability care can be an extremely rewarding career as you get to empower and help people with disabilities gain more confidence, independence and self-reliance. In some circumstances, more intensive support may be required but at the end of the day the aim is to promote community participation as well as overall better quality of life.
Free courses will kick start your journey to becoming a disability care worker by providing you with the basics. However, a paid course will provide you with an in-depth curriculum and the necessary skills and qualifications to turn your dream of helping others into a reality.
Both free and paid disability courses have their benefits and drawbacks. The most important thing is to understand how they differ, and how that relates to your future.
Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33015
Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing,...
- Personal Care Worker
- Community Care Worker or Assistant
- Residential Support Worker
- Home Respite Care Worker
Course in Plumbing – Drainage (VIC ONLY) CPC40912
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- Licensed plumber – drainage
Certificate IV in Ageing Support (VIC ONLY) CHC43015
Get the most sought after qualification in the caregiving industry. Aged care is a rapidly growing industry, thanks to an overall ageing population. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia has a larger proportion of the population b...
- Activities Officer
- Accommodation Support Worker
- Care Supervisor
- Community Leisure Officer
- Personal Care Worker
Certificate III in Individual Support (VIC Only) CHC33015
Are you compassionate and wanting to make a difference? Our CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support is a course designed for those wanting to help care for vulnerable people that need assistance. To be an individual support worker, you should po...
- Personal Care Assistant
- Home Carer
- Nursing Assistant
- Community Resident Support Worker
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (VIC ONLY) CHC30113
This qualification reflects the role of the workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementa...
- Early Childhood Educator
- Family Day Care Educator
- Childcare Worker
Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational)(VIC ONLY) 22261VIC
Are you looking to enter the electrical industry, or get a taste for the trade before undertaking an apprenticeship? This pre-apprenticeship course is designed to give you the core skills and knowledge for the industry, and increase your opportunities...
- Electrical apprentice
Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology (VIC ONLY) AUR20218
Are you a qualified automotive technician looking to register with ARCTIC for a Refrigerant Handling Licence (RHL)? Or perhaps you are starting out in the automotive service repair or collision repair industry? This course equips you with skills in dia...
- Registered RHL holder
- Automotive air conditioning specialist
Associate Degree of Sports Business
ACPE’s Associate Degree of Sports Business offers a concentrated focus on the commercial aspects of the sports industry. Key topics include sports management and leadership, sports marketing and communications, sport in a social context, finance, accou...
- Sports Managers
- Sports Marketers
- Sports Events Managers
- Athlete Managers
Certificate III in Patisserie (VIC ONLY) SIT31016
Mornings in the kitchen baking warm, flaky croissants, afternoons creating the perfect sweet and salty pastries, and evenings carefully decorating a wedding cake for the next day event. If the delectable aromas and breathtaking sights of specialty baki...
- Pastry Chef
Certificate III in Individual Support (VIC ONLY) CHC33015
Do you have a compassionate nature and good people skills? A career in aged care, disability, or home and community care could be for you. This is a new qualification that replaces the Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate III in Home and Communit...
- Personal care worker
- Disability worker
- Aged care worker
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