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.


Where can the Cert IV in WHS (BSB41415) course take you?

The BSB41415 is a nationally accredited workplace safety training course. After you complete the course, you will be eligible to pursue roles in a wide range of industries for positions including:

  • ✔ Safety Officer
  • ✔ Workplace Safety Committee Member
  • ✔ OHS Representative
  • ✔ Supervisor/Manager with WHS responsibilities
  • Other roles with health and safety duties

Cert IV WHS Course Delivery Options

As a Nationally Recognised and Accredited course, the Cert IV in Work Health and Safety is designed to open up new possibilities for your career in the safety industry. We offer the Cert IV WHS as an online course so you can choose study following your own preferred schedule from any state or territory. As an online student, you’ll have support from industry expert trainers and enjoy access to a range of high quality training resources!

The most effective and popular method of delivery is through Online Learning, enabling students to complete their workplace training qualification as fast as they’d like. This enables busy professionals wishing to upskill the ability to become qualified in the Safety industry without having to attend lengthy classes or workshops.

What Will You Learn in Your Workplace Safety Course?

The Certificate IV in WHS is useful for anyone wishing to participate in the implementation of WHS systems within a workplace.

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 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 up-skilling for your existing workplace, or providing you a valuable qualification that could be utilised in a range of new employment opportunities.

Course Structure

Online Learning:

How is the course delivered?

Studying the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41415) through online or distance learning allows you to take advantage of a self-paced and flexible learning environment. Resources are hosted on the student portal and can be accessed 24/7. Live webinars are run weekly with pre-recorded copies available for your use anytime.

How long will I have to finish my course?

You can start WHS training any time throughout the year. You will have 12 months to complete the course from your enrolment date through online/distance learning.

How much time should I spend on my course?

The Cert IV in WHS is expected to take around 624 hours of study to complete. You will have up to 12 months to complete your course according to your own pace.

Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety 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 knowledge and skills required for working effectively in a safety team within any workplace context. It is a qualification for those seeking a practical approach to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace, including safety advisors, workplace safety coordinators and safety committee members.

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
BSBRES401 – 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

This course is assessed through written questions, reflection, case studies, and projects.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification, however it is preferred that students either hold a Certificate III in Work Health & Safety or have some experience in a health and safety role. Students are required to have basic computer skills, and a sound understanding of English (Year 10 English) and Math, including the ability to read and write simple documents. Students will also need to be able to access a workplace to complete the workplace-based assessments (can be a present workplace or a friend/colleagues — alternative arrangements can be made if this is not possible – please ask). Please read the student handbook here before enrolling.

Support & Resources Required

Throughout your workplace safety course, you’ll have access to outstanding resources and support, including:

  • ✔ Comprehensive learner guides
  • ✔ Online Course Materials and Resources
  • ✔ A Simulated Workplace Environment
  • ✔ Templates and access to relevant Acts and Regulations
  • ✔ Regular Informative Webinars and Q&A Sessions
  • ✔ Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System

To complete your studies, you will also need access to:

  • ✔ A computer with Internet connection (ADSL 2+ recommended)
  • ✔ Access to a Computer (PC or Mac) with Internet (ADSL 2+ and Google Chrome is recommended)
  • ✔ Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader (Essential for Mac Users)
  • ✔ Latest Microsoft Word and Powerpoint
  • ✔ Two or more people to participate in presentations and give feedback
  • ✔ Video recording equipment (eg mobile phone) OR access to a supervisor who can observe and provide feedback on your presentations
  • ✔ Office equipment, workplace documents, and personnel
  • ✔ Webcam and USB Headset to participate in webinars – Optional

Reach Community College is responsible for issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment. Any changes to the arrangements will be communicated to students.

Study Pathways

After completing the Cert IV WHS, you may enrol in the Diploma of Work Health and Safety. This will help you develop the skills you need to take on more advanced and senior roles in the safety industry.

Other courses to help you develop complementary skills and open up new opportunities to use your WHS qualifications in new ways include:

  • Certificate IV in Project Management Practice/Diploma of Project Management – ideal to develop your project planning and management skills.
  • Certificate IV in Human Resources – develop your skills managing human resources in the workplace.
  • Certificate IV in Business Administration – develop your broader business administration skills.
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment  - to become a vocational WHS trainer or provide more effective workplace based training (eg safety inductions).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning is available to anyone who can provide evidence of competency for any of the units offered in this qualification. This can include previous work experience, formal or informal training or other relevant life experiences you may have. To apply for RPL, simply fill out your enrolment form and indicate you’d like to apply for RPL. One of our friendly and experienced RPL experts will be in touch to talk you through the process and discuss your evidence. RPL can be granted for whole units or parts of a unit.

Student Handbook

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