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Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

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CRICOS Course Code: 087125A

VET National Code: BSB415

Course Description

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety  is designed for existing workers in a WHS or OHS role,  who wish to pursue a career in the safety field as a Work Health and Safety Coordinator, Facilitator or Advisor. After completing this qualification, individuals will be able to apply a broad knowledge base together with well developed skills in a wide range of contexts to provide practical workplace solutions to a variety of unpredictable problems. Student will learn the rights and obligations under occupational health and safety, worker’s compensation and injury management legislation.

Career outcomes:

  • Work Health and Safety Coordinator / Officer
  • Work Health and Safety Advisor
  • Work Health and Safety Facilitator
  • Work Health and Safety Inspector

The above positions are required to support an organisation’s management but also involved in setting up health and safety. They also promote healthy and safe ways of working, write annual EH&S reports, and inspect workplace equipment and machinery to make sure safety regulations are being met regularly.

Work Health and Safety Officers ensure the organisation is aware and in compliance with legislation related to its workplace activities. Supervision/investigation into workplace accidents and unsafe working conditions is also important to this particular role, and includes providing training sessions to staff and assisting with worker rehabilitation after accidents or injuries, upon returning to work.

Course Admission Requirements:

Please note that this course is available to domestic students only. All students must be over 18 years of age before they can commence this course at APSI.

Domestic Australian Students

  • For Certificate level courses, students must have completed a minimum of Year 10 schooling or equivalent or to be a mature age student (20 years of age and above).
  • Students need to demonstrate they have proficiency in English. If students cannot provide documented proof of their English language proficiency, they will be required to sit for a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN) before a place can be offered.
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Units of Competency:

This course consists of 10 units of competence with 1 core unit and 9 elective units as listed below:

Unit Code
Unit Name
Core Units
BSBWHS402A Assist with compliance with WHS laws
Elective Units
BSBWHS403A Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
BSBWHS404A Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
BSBWHS405A Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
BSBWHS406A Assist with responding to incidents
BSBCMM401A Make a presentation
BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
BSBWHS409A Assist with workplace monitoring processes
BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment
HLTFA311A Apply first Aid
Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course Details

Intake Dates

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Not applicable for E-learning courses. Students can enrol in the course at any time.

Mode of Delivery

Face-to-face training:
Students need to attend classes at APSI  for a minimum of 20 contact hours per week. Students will be given a timetable during orientation.

This course is also offered via E-learning (online) for Australian/domestic fee for service students.

Career Outcome

At the end of the course, students will be able to competently undertake various tasks in an office environment and take up positions such as

  •    Work Health and Safety Coordinator
  •    Work Health and Safety Advisor
  •    Work Health and Safety Facilitator
Course Duration
Total 26 weeks which consists of 20 weeks face-to-face classroom training  and 6 weeks of term break.
Entry Requirements
  • Minimum 17 years of age (domestic students only).
  • Completion of Year 11 or high school or equivalent

Each day of delivery follows the same structure. The first 2 hours involves trainer lead but student focussed explanation, demonstrations, presentations, questions and answers, student practice. The second 2 hours involves the trainer and student undertaking their assessment tasks on premises (as a learning tool) utilising the specialised training facilities under the required supervision of the trainer.

Classes are scheduled on Monday to Friday between 9:00am to 5:00pm. A timetable will be given to all new students during orientation.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on the principles of competency based training. Performance of learners is assessed on their ability to perform the task(s) to industry standards. In order to ensure the principles of validity are upheld are variety of learning styles and a range of assessment strategies are used.

Assessment for each unit of competence will be through a combination of classroom based and work placement tasks. Classroom based assessment includes but is not limited to:

  • Classroom exercises
  • Assignments
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Group Activities
  • Projects
  • Verbal and/or written questions

Students are advised well in advance of assessment activities and a student may put forward for consideration any special needs they may have. The assessment criterion is documented in all modules, and workbooks. Dates of assessment are provided on the first day of class along with a timetable. Students may be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and examinations. Continuous assessment may be based on competencies and marks, or a combination of both.

Uniform is not required for Work Health and Safety students. Students are expected to have appropriate dress code according to industry standard.
Recognition of Prior Learning
APS Institute gives students credits or recognition for skills and knowledge they already possess. An RPL application form can be obtained from APS Institute
This program is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) at Certificate IV level. As a registered training organisation, qualifications issued by APS Institute are nationally recognised. If all units of competency are not achieved a Statement of Attainment will be issued for the units that have been successfully completed.
Employment Skills

This qualification prepares a person to select, adapt and transfer skills to a new environment and to provide technical advice and some leadership in resolution of specific problems. This would be applied across a range of roles in a variety of contexts with some complexity in the extent and choice of options available.

(Source: AQF Implementation Handbook 2007)

Location of Delivery
Face to Face classroom learning –  Wellington Fair, 40 Lord Street, East Perth, WA 6004 Western Australia


The information contained on this website is current at the time of publishing. Australian Professional Skills Institute reserves the right to change the admission requirements, fees, location of delivery and units of competency whenever necessary. Please contact us for the most current information.

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