Work Health and Safety Courses

Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course Code: BSB41415


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Quick Facts

  • Course Code: BSB41415 (for Course Units click here)
  • Course Name: Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
  • Course Duration: Up to 12 Months (Self-Paced)
  • Delivery Method: Mixed Mode Learning
  • Career Pathways: WHS Officer / Coordinator, Safety Representative, Health and Safety Officer, and Safety Advisor


Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety Course Outcomes

Health and safety training is a vital element in maintaining a safe working environment. The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety teaches you the skills and knowledge to identify and assess hazards, WH&S risks and apply risk management processes so that your workplace complies with the relevant current WHS laws and safety legislation. You will also learn how to monitor a safe workplace and contribute to the implementation of risk control strategies and emergency procedures. If you want to be responsible for workplace safety and be equipped to contribute to managing WH&S regulations then the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is the course for you.

Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety Course Pathways

Before Studying the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

This course is an ideal way to develop your health and safety career if you have already completed a Certificate III in Work Health and Safety course (or equivalent) OR have developed workplace experience in work health and safety roles without a formal qualification.

After Studying the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

After completing this course, you can continue your studies with:

  • BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety
  • BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Complementary Training

Once you have completed your BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, you might find these courses develop complementary skills and open up new opportunities to use your WHS qualifications in new ways.

  • BSB41015 Certificate IV in Human Resources
  • BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration
  • BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice
  • BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management
  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety Training Structure

The BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is a nationally recognised and accredited Australian work health and safety course, made up of 5 core units and 5 elective units(10 units total).

Core Units

  • BSBWHS402 – Assist with compliance with WHS laws
  • BSBWHS403 – Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
  • BSBWHS404 – Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • BSBWHS405 – Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
  • BSBWHS406– Assist with responding to incidents

Elective Units

  • BSBCMM401 – Make a presentation
  • BSBRES411 – Analyse and present research information
  • BSBWHS408 – Assist with effective WHS management of contractors
  • BSBWRT401 – Write complex documents
  • BSBRSK401– Identify risk and apply risk management processes

Assessment Methods

This course is assessed through Knowledge Assessment, Case Study (including, but not limited to, portfolio and/or work samples, reports or displays, role plays, and presentations), Practical Assessment, and Self-Reflection.

Nominal Hours

It is expected to take about 735 hours to complete all the units for this course. Since this course is self-paced, you can study at your own speed and complete the course in a timeframe that suits you.

When you enrol in this course, you will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation to determine your existing skill and knowledge level that is relevant to this qualification. Upon completion of the evaluation, you will be given a training plan where you will be assigned one of the following cohorts:

  • Beginner - limited knowledge or skill and no recent related industry experience; study hours is up to 735 hours
  • Intermediate - moderate prior knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience; study hours is up to 575 hours
  • Advanced - extensive knowledge and skill with recent related industry work experience of one year or more; this includes those who have previously completed superseded versions of this qualification or skill sets or units of competency from the BSB07 or the BSB Training Package; study hours is up to 385 hours
  • Expert - consists of individuals with current and relevant industry experience of 5 or more years and with extensive knowledge and skill; these candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway; this includes candidates holding the BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety who are currently working in the industry; study hours is up to 368 hours

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to study the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. You will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a reasonable level of literacy (at least year 10 English)

Students are also required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a  valid ID with picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies

Support and Resources

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is delivered through Mixed Mode Learning, which includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, online learning, assessment materials and activities. Throughout your training, we will provide you with the support of experienced WHS trainers, a range of excellent resources, and learning materials to help you gain your WHS qualification. To support you in your studies we will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the LMS for submission
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations, where applicable, including access to:
    • Organisational policies and procedures
    • WHS templates (risk management resources)
    • Examples of documents relating to hazards in the workplace
    • Examples of documents relating to workplace safety, hazard identification and risk management
    • Access to relevant acts, regulations and standards
    • Reports from individuals and parties consulted in ensuring WHS compliance
    • Licensing requirements
    • Standard operating procedures and plan
    • Relevant internal and external data files
    • Examples of research tasks and resources
    • Risk management documentation, tools and frameworks
    • Example documents and style guides
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

You will need to make sure you have:

  • Where possible, access to a workplace where they can complete their assessments under a supervisor (Note: Ambition Training Institute will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a workplace for their assessments—for units applicable under simulated pathway only)
  • A computer with Internet access through Google Chrome
  • MS Word, MS PowerPoint or equivalent applications
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Video-recording equipment (e.g. mobile phone) to record presentations or access to a supervisor to observe and provide feedback
  • At least two (2) people to provide written feedback on the student’s presentations
  • Office equipment and resources
  • Workplace personnel
  • Relevant policies, procedures and documents used in the workplace (Note: Ambition Training will provide the simulated environment documentation as mentioned above, where applicable)
Ambition Training Institute is responsible for issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment. Any changes to the arrangements will be communicated to students.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have relevant work experience or have completed relevant training in the past, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). The RPL process begins after enrolment – simply indicate you’d like to apply for RPL on your enrolment form and a trainer will send you an RPL kit and discuss your RPL opportunities. To receive RPL, you will need to provide up to date evidence of the competencies required for this qualification. For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Ambition Training Institute Student Handbook.