Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Course Code: BSB51315

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The Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) is a nationally recognised and accredited Australian work health and safety qualification, ideal to help you take on more senior health and safety roles.

What Will You Learn in this Course?

The Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) is designed to build on your existing experience and training in work health and safety and the next step in your safety management career. This latest work health and safety (WHS) Diploma will expand on your existing knowledge of workplace health and safety laws, regulations and processes to teach you the necessary skills to provide leadership and guidance on safety management issues in a variety of work environments.

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. Whether you are currently working as a WHS professional and want to formalise your experience or wishing to move into safety management, the Diploma of Work Health and Safety can help you achieve your professional goals.

The BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety is Australia’s latest safety management course, superseding the previous BSB51312 diploma course and the older Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety (BSB51307). The qualification is perfect for individuals who wish to engage in job roles such as:

  • ✔ Work Health and Safety Officer
  • ✔ Work Health and Safety Coordinator
  • ✔ Safety Manager
  • ✔ Safety Supervisor
  • ✔ Work Health and Safety Advisor

Course Units

The BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safetyis comprised of 9 units–5 core plus 4 elective units. The elective units were selected to ensure that the course meets the needs of a wide range of safety professionals.

Core Units:

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

Elective Units:

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

Course Delivery

How is the course delivered?

The Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) is delivered through Mixed Mode Delivery, which includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, online learning, assessment materials and activities. This very popular and highly effective method of delivery is ideal if you are a busy professional trying to balance study with a busy personal and professional schedule.

The Diploma WHS online course is also suitable if you are currently between employment opportunities and need to get qualified to rejoin the workforce as soon as possible.

How long will I have to finish my course?

You will have up to 12 months to complete your course from your start date. There are no set timetables so you can enrol and begin training as soon as possible.

How much time should I spend on my course?

This course has an expected study time of approximately 905 hours. Upon enrolment, you will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation to determine your existing skill and knowledge level that is relevant to this qualification. Once the evaluation is completed, 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 candidates holding superseded versions, skills sets, or units from BSB07 or BSB Training Package.  Study hours is up to 465 hours.
  • Expert – consists of individuals with current industry experience of 5 or more years and extensive knowledge and skill. These candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway. This includes candidates holding BSB51312 Diploma of Work Health and Safety. Study hours is up to 368 hours.

How will I be assessed?

Your Diploma of Work Health and Safety course will be assessed through Knowledge Assessment, Case Study (including, but not limited to, portfolio and/or work samples, reports or displays, role plays, and presentations), and Practical Assessment.

Entry Requirements

Students must have completed ALL core units in Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, or equivalent competencies, which include predecessors to the following 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

It is recommended that students:

  • ✔ Are 18 years or older
  • ✔ Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)

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
For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Reach Community College Student Handbook.

Support & Resources

To support you in your studies, Reach Community College 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:

  • ✔ 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

Study and Qualification Pathways

You can complement your BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety training with additional qualifications 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

After completing the BSB51315, learners can continue their studies with BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Recognition of Prior Learning/Current Competence (RPL/RCC)

If you have existing work experience in safety and wish to formalise this knowledge, Reach Community College offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as part of this course. The RPL process begins after enrolment and is available to any students who can present evidence of competency for any units included in this qualification.

For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Reach Community College Student Handbook.