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Certificate of Workplace Health and Safety


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

The Certificate of Workplace Health and Safety is an online professional development program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to understand work health and safety (WHS) Acts, regulations and codes of practice, and to contribute to actions to achieve compliance with WHS legislation in the workplace.  You will learn to assist with providing advice about the legislative duties, rights and obligations of individuals and parties prescribed in work health and safety (WHS) laws.  It includes identification of WHS legislation, duties, rights and obligations and the necessary actions to ensure compliance in the workplace.

The Certificate of Workplace Health and Safety will also take you through the implementation and maintenance of work health and safety (WHS) consultation and participation processes in the workplace as part of a systematic approach to managing WHS. It includes determining relevant legislation and contributing to any actions to ensure compliance with occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation, codes and standards.  You will learn to identify work health and safety (WHS) hazards; assessing WHS risks; and developing, implementing and evaluating risk controls appropriate to own job role and work area.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Apply knowledge of WHS legislation in the workplace

  • Legal framework
  • Currant WHS Legislation
  • Regulations
  • Employer’s and Employees’ duties
  • Safe Work Australia
  • Health and safety information
  • Identify WHS requirements
  • Identify duty holders
  • Health and safety committee
  • External consultation
  • Training and competency
  • Issue Resolution
  • Industrial issues
  • Monitoring and compliance
  • Communicate information
  • Policies and procedures
  • Effective communication

Unit 2 - Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes

  • Consultation and participation processes
  • WHS Acts
  • Regulations
  • Codes of practice
  • Policies and procedures
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • 3 step consultation process
  • Compliance indicators
  • Worker participation
  • Sharing WHS information
  • WHS training requirements
  • Effective H & S consultation

Unit 3 - Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control

  • Identify hazards
  • Assess and control risks
  • Safe Work Australia
  • Compliance
  • Workplace requirements
  • Workplace procedures
  • WHS acts, regulation
  • Codes of practice
  • Duty holders
  • Workplace hazard identification
  • Inspection checklist
  • Provide information in writing
  • Hazard control log
  • Document hazard identification
  • WHS Risk assessment
  • Development of risk control
  • Implementing risk controls
  • Risk control plan
  • Failure of risk controls

Unit 4 - Assist with compliance with WHS laws

  • Legal framework for WHS
  • Current WHS legislation
  • Obtaining WHS information
  • Advice on WHS compliance
  • Legal duties
  • Functions of WHS regulators
  • Training Needs Analysis (TNA)
  • Developing/implementing changes
  • Workplace procedures

Unit 5 - Contribute to implementing emergency procedures

  • Identify emergencies
  • WHS hazards
  • Legislation
  • Emergency agencies
  • Risk register
  • Types of emergencies
  • Limit potential emergencies
  • Liaison with emergency services
  • Emergency warnings
  • Emergency response procedures
  • Emergency equipment
  • Training needs
  • Document initial response
  • Planning principles
  • Core elements of emergency plans
  • Critical incident recovery planning (CIRP)
  • Second response phase
  • Debriefing processes
  • Health and safety
  • Identify areas for improvement


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

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  • Workplace Health and Saftey Advisor
  • Workplace Health and Saftey Officer
  • Best value option
  • Includes 12 months access


  • $150 deposit
  • $30/week
  • No credit checks required