Work Health and Safety Courses

Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course Code: BSB41415

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Becoming properly qualified with the latest Work Health and Safety (WHS) qualification is a great way to develop new skills and enhance your resume. WHS (previously OHS) training will build your knowledge of health and safety within the workplace,a llowing you to be involved in the improvement of  working conditions for your colleagues.

The Certificate IV in WHS safety training course is designed for those wanting to be directly involved in workplace safety, and/or those who wish to enhance their managerial skills through WHS responsibilities.

What Will You Learn in this Course?

The BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is the latest nationally-accredited Australian safety qualification, offering students opportunities across many industries. This is useful for anyone wishing to participate in the implementation of WHS systems within a workplace.

In this course, you will learn you how to comply with the latest Work Health & Safety legislation and to contribute to WHS consultation processes. Additionally, you will learn how to identify hazards, assess and control risks, and assist in the response to accidents.

The Certificate IV in WHS is accredited across all of Australia and will help you to take that next step in your career, whether it be upskilling for your existing workplace, or providing you valuable qualification that could be utilised in a range of new employment opportunities.

It supersedes the older BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and is perfect for the following roles:

  • ✔ Work Health and Safety Officer
  • ✔ Work Health and Safety Coordinator
  • ✔ Safety Representative
  • ✔ Health and Safety Officer
  • ✔ Safety Advisor

Course Structure

How is the course delivered?

This course is delivered through Mixed Mode Delivery, which includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, online learning, assessment materials and activities. This is especially suitable for anyone wishing to upskill and expand their opportunities while still keeping up with work or personal commitments. We used a range of specially developed online resources and support services to help you successfully gain your qualification. Online learning is an extremely popular and effective method of learning which will allow you to study from anywhere in Australia.

How long will I have to finish my course?

You will have up to 12 months to complete the Certificate IV Work Health and Safety qualification.

How much time should I spend on my course?

You will spend approximately 735 study hours in this course, depending on your existing knowledge and experience. 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 735 hours.
  • Intermediate – moderate prior knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 575 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 385  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 BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety who are currently working in the safety industry. Study hours is up to 368 hours.

How will I be assessed?

Your Certificate IV in 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), Practical Assessment, and Self-Reflection.

Course  Units

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41415) is comprised of 10 units – 5 core units plus 5 elective units. This is designed to enable participants to gain an understanding of workplace health and safety practices. It is meant to develop the knowledge and skills required for working effectively in a safety team within any workplace context.

Core 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

Elective Units:

BSBCMM401 – Make a presentation
BSBRES411 – 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

Entry Requirements

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

Learners will be provided with a training plan depending on their existing relevant skills and knowledge after completing the Amount of Training evaluation.

Please read the student handbook before enrolling by going to this link.

Support & Resources Required

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, where applicable, including access to:
    • ✔ Organisational policies and procedures
    • ✔ WHS templates (risk management resources)
    • ✔ Examples of documents relating to hazards in the workplace
    • ✔ Examples of documents relating to workplace safety, hazard identification and risk management
    • ✔ Access to relevant acts, regulations and standards
    • ✔ Reports from individuals and parties consulted in ensuring WHS compliance
    • ✔ Licensing requirements
    • ✔ Standard operating procedures and plan
    • ✔ Relevant internal and external data files
    • ✔ Examples of research tasks and resources
    • ✔ Risk management documentation, tools and frameworks
    • ✔ Example documents and style guides
  • ✔ Templates for completing Project Documents

You will need to make sure you have access to:

  • ✔ Where possible, access to a workplace where they can complete their assessments under a supervisor (Note: Reach Community College will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a ✔ workplace for their assessments—for units applicable under simulated pathway only)
  • ✔ A computer with Internet access through Google Chrome
  • ✔ MS Word, MS PowerPoint or equivalent applications
  • ✔ Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • ✔ Video-recording equipment (e.g. mobile phone) to record presentations or access to a supervisor to observe and provide feedback
  • ✔ At least two (2) people to provide written feedback on the student’s presentations
  • ✔ Office equipment and resources
  • ✔ Workplace personnel
  • ✔ Relevant policies, procedures and documents used in the workplace (Note: Reach Community Colege will provide the simulated environment documentation as mentioned above, where applicable)

Study Pathways

You can complement your BSB41415 Certificate IV in 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 BSB41415, learners can continue their studies with:

  • • BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety
  • • BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.