Work Health and Safety Courses

Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Course Code: BSB51315


Let The LATEST Diploma Of WHS (BSB51315) Take Your Safety Career To The Next Level!

Quick Facts

Course Code: BSB51315
Course Name: Diploma of Work Health and Safety
Course Duration: Up to 12 Months (Self-Paced)
Delivery Method: Mixed Mode Delivery
Career Pathways: WHS Officer/Coordinator/Advisor, Safety Manager/Supervisor

Diploma of Work Health and Safety Course Outcomes

This diploma course in safety has been specifically designed to develop the knowledge and skills required for working as a Workplace Health and Safety professional within any work context. It is a qualification suitable for anyone looking to engage in careers such as a WHS officer, WHS coordinator, Safety Manager, Safety Supervisor, WHS Advisor, and anyone seeking a practical approach to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

Diploma of Work Health and Safety Course Pathways

Before Studying the Diploma of Work Health and Safety

The course covers core health and safety competencies such as investigating WHS issues; developing, implementing and maintaining WHS systems; managing risks and hazards; WHS consultation and participation processes; implementing emergency procedures and more!

After Studying the Diploma of Work Health and Safety

After completing your BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety, you can continue your WHS studies with the BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety.

Complementary Training

You may also consider additional training to complement your health and safety skills with courses such as:

  • 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

Diploma of Work Health and Safety Training Structure

The Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) is comprised of 9 units – 5 core units plus 4 elective units. This WHS Diploma is now considered the minimum training requirement for safety management in many workplaces. It is specifically designed to develop the knowledge and skills required for working as a workplace health and safety professional within any work context. Inspire Education has carefully chosen a set of elective units to ensure the qualification meets the needs of a wide range of workplaces and jobs that require WHS skills.

Core Units:

  • BSBWHS502 - Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes
  • BSBWHS503 - Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk
  • BSBWHS504 - Manage WHS hazards and risk
  • BSBWHS505 - Investigate WHS incidents
  • BSBWHS506 - Contribute to developing, implementing, and maintaining WHS management systems


  • BSBWHS507 - Contribute to managing WHS information systems
  • BSBWHS509 - Facilitate the development and use of risk-management tools
  • BSBWHS510 - Contribute to implementing emergency procedures
  • BSBWRT401  - Write complex documents

Assessment Methods

This Diploma qualification is assessed through knowledge assessment, case study, and practical assessment.

Nominal Hours

It is expected to take about 905 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 905 hours
  • Intermediate - moderate prior knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience; study hours is up to 710 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, including the BSB41412 and the BSB41415; study hours is up to 465 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 BSB51312 Diploma of Work Health and Safety who are currently working in the industry; study hours is up to 368 hours

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the 5 core units from the BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety to enrol in the BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety.

It is also preferred that you:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies

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 Diploma of Work Health and Safety is delivered through Online Learning. 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, only where allowed within the qualification, including access to:
    • Organisational policies and procedures
    • Relevant acts, regulations and standards
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

You will need to make sure you have:

  • Access to a workplace where they can complete their assessments as a Safety Supervisor under a supervisor
  • Computer with Internet access through Google Chrome
  • MS Word, MS PowerPoint or equivalent applications
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Ambition Training Institute is responsible for issuing all qualifications and statements of attainment. Any changes to the arrangements will be communicated to students.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have work experience in the training industry 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.