Free vs Paid Disability Courses: The Difference Explained
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.
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