BSB41415 – Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety




This qualification is suitable for people working in a work health and safety (WHS) role who may or may not work under supervision. They may provide leadership and guidance to others and have some limited responsibility for the output of others.

The qualification reflects the role of workers who apply a broad knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of contexts and may include coordinators, advisors and facilitators.

Course Objective:         

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (WHS) aims to give participants with the underpinning knowledge of the basic role of an Health and Safety specialist.

Participants will be provided with the skills to:

  • Understand not only WHS legislation but other related legislation specific to WHS ie. Injury  Management and Workers Compensation, industrial Relations, EEO;
  • To understand what are the principles of an WHS Management System and how it can be used within an organisation;
  • To understand the importance of effective consultation and communication mechanisms within the organisation to promote safety behavioural change;
  • To learn the concept of risk management and the tools that can be used to assess, control and evaluate risk; and
  • To identify situations within the organisation that requires emergency planning and assist in the development.

Target Audience:

  • Personnel who are within a Human Resource Management role wishing to gain a basic knowledge of the WHS function.
  • Personnel who have supervisory responsibilities within their organisation wishing to learn more about WHS functions.
  • Participants working within an WHS Consultancy role, wishing to formalise their work experience with a Nationally Accredited Qualification,
  • Participants that want to make a career change into a Health and Safety role.

Pathways Information:

Pathways into the qualification

Preferred pathways for candidates entering this qualification include:

  • BSB30715 Certificate III in Work Health and Safety or other relevant Certificate III qualifications  OR
  • vocational experience in work health and safety roles without a formal qualification.

Pathways from the qualification

  • BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety.

Professional Recognition:

Participants are eligible to apply for applicable membership of the Safety Institute of Australian (SIA)

Delivery Methods:

  • Distance Delivery (course undertaken remotely with tutorial support); and
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL/RCC documents available below)

Nominal Hours (Duration):

300 Hours

Course Outline:

Total number of units = 10

5 core units plus

5 elective units of which:

at least 3 units must be from Group A below

the remaining units may be from:

  • Group A or Group B below
  • any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level or, if not listed below, 1 elective unit may be selected from a Certificate III or a Diploma.

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet industry needs.

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

Group A

BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
BSBPMG510 Manage projects
BSBRES401 Analyse and present research information
BSBSUS301 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
BSBWHS407 Assist with claims management, rehabilitation and return-to-work programs
BSBWHS408 Assist with effective WHS management of contractors
BSBWHS409 Assist with workplace monitoring processes
BSBWHS410 Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives
PUAWER002B Ensure workplace emergency prevention procedures, systems and processes are implemented

Group B

BSBINN301 Promote innovation in a team environment
BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace
BSBMGT403 Implement continuous improvement
BSBWRT401 Write complex documents
TAEASS301B Contribute to assessment
TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction


Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41415)

Course Administration:

For information relating to:

  • Course resource material;
  • Assessment methods; and
  • Booking and refund process.

Please contact:

Health Services International

Ph:         02 4351 3322 or


Job Roles:

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • WHS/OHS Coordinator
  • WHS/OHS Officer.

Prerequisite requirements:

There are no prerequisite requirements for individual units of competency.

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory or Certification Considerations:

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.


The units of competency are nationally recognised and are registered on the National Training Database website


To enrol in this qualification please complete the enrolment form and return to Health Services International.

Recognition of Prior Learning / Current Competency (RPL/RCC):

If you wish to seek RPL/RCC for any or all UOC please download the RPL Documents, complete and return to Health Services International.