Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety BSB41415


Designed for

Those already in the workforce who have some responsibility for WHS or are seeking to gain competence in WHS, such as supervisors, managers or administrators.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification.  The core units of this qualification, however, are an entry requirement for those people wishing to undertake the Diploma of Work Health and Safety.


The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety comprises a total 10 units; 5 core units and 5 electives. Courses may be taken in any order.

Depending upon existing skills and knowledge of the individual participant, completion of this course may require a time commitment of up to 300 hours, including class attendance.


Learning occurs both off-the-job and on-the-job.  There are workplace based projects and assignments that participants complete in their own time.  Participants are expected to apply in the workplace what they learn in the course and to be able to demonstrate they meet the competency standards through assessment.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program participants should be able to:

  • Apply systematic approaches to WHS
  • Identify and mitigate hazards and risks
  • Contribute to the organisation’s compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Apply broad knowledge and skills across a range of contexts



The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety will be awarded to those persons who successfully complete 10 units: 5 core and 5 electives and also successfully assessment projects to meet the requirements at AQF Level 4.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Some training course participants may apply for recognition of competencies (skills and knowledge) that they already possess, for the whole course or any part.  Participants who receive RPL need not undertake the respective course.  Where RPL is granted, the participant is given full equivalent status as participants who successfully complete the course.

To apply for RPL participants must make a formal application.  Application forms and information, including RPL fee, are available on request.