Work Health and Safety Courses

Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course Code: BSB41415

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Quick Facts

Course Code: BSB41415
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Course Name: Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
Course Duration: Up to 12 Months (Self-Paced)
Delivery Method: Online Learning via Inspire Education (RTO# 32067)
Career Pathways: Accredited WHS/OHS Assessor, Workplace Safety Team Member, OHS Safety Representative, Supervisor/Manager with WHS responsibilities


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 Heath and Safety

After completing this course, you will be eligible to enrol in the Diploma of Work Health and Safety. The Diploma will develop the skills you need to take on roles as a work safety supervisor, workplace health and safety manager, WHS advisor, safety practitioner or enhance your WHS management skills in any role.

Complementary Training

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

  • Certificate IV in Project Management Practice/Diploma of Project Management – ideal to develop your project planning and management skills.
  • Certificate IV in Human Resources – develop your skills managing human resources in the workplace.
  • Certificate IV in Business Administration – develop your broader business administration skills.
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment  - to become a vocational WHS trainer or provide more effective workplace based training (eg safety inductions).

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 and 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
BSBRES401 – 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

Unit Clustering

These course units have been “clustered” so competencies are assessed just once, instead of making you demonstrate them multiple times across different units. As a result, the 10 course units are combined into just 4 workbooks – Safety Culture, Safety Management Systems, Safety in Action, and a practical assessments workbook. This approach has been found to deliver a more ‘holistic’ learning experience and reduces your overall workload so you can complete the course faster with greater understanding.

Assessment Methods

This course is assessed using a combination of written questions, case studies, and projects to give you maximum opportunity to develop your knowledge in workplace health and safety.

Nominal Hours

It is expected to take about 613 hours to complete all the units for this course. If you study at a steady pace over 12 months, that equals around 12 hours of study per week.

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).
  • Have basic computer skills and be able to use applications like Word and Excel.

Preferably you will have some experience in a work health and safety role OR hold a Certificate III in Work Health and Safety qualification.

Support and Resources

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is delivered through Online Learning by Inspire Education (RTO #32067). Throughout your training, Inspire Education 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 Inspire will provide:

  • Online Course Materials and Resources
  • A Simulated Workplace Environment
  • Templates and access to relevant Acts and Regulations
  • Online Forums and Student Community
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System

You will need to make sure you have:

  • Access to a Computer (PC or Mac) with Internet (ADSL 2+ and Google Chrome is recommended)
  • Latest Adobe Flash Player
  • Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader (Essential for Mac Users)
  • Microsoft Word and Powerpoint 97 or later
  • Two or more people to participate in presentations and give feedback
  • Video recording equipment (eg mobile phone) OR access to a supervisor who can observe and provide feedback on your presentations
  • Office equipment, workplace documents, and personnel

Ambition Training Institute is responsible for the quality of training and assessment provided and for the 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.