BSB51315 – Diploma of Work Health and Safety




This qualification is suitable for people who coordinate and maintain the work health and safety (WHS) program in an organisation. It reflects the role of practitioners who apply a substantial knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts.This qualification reflects the role of individuals who coordinate and maintain the WHS program within an organisation.  Individuals would possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate their own work and the work of others with safety responsibilities.  Distance learning and Recognition of Prior Learning is offered with this course.

Job Roles:

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

  • WHS/OHS Manager
  • WHS/OHS Practitioner
  • Senior WHS/OHS Officer.

Pathways into the qualification:

Preferred pathways for candidates entering this qualification include:

  •  BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or other relevant qualifications OR
  • extensive vocational experience in work health and safety roles without a formal qualification.

Note:  This qualification or specific units of competency may satisfy some requirements for WHS skilled and practising advisors. Persons seeking certification should check the requirements with certifying bodies.

Pathways from the qualification

  •  BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety.

Qualification Requirements:

Total number of units = 9

5 core units plus

4 elective units of which:

at least 3 units must be Group A below

  • the remaining elective unit 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, from a Certificate IV or an Advanced Diploma.

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

Core units

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

Elective units

Group A

BSBHRM509 Manage rehabilitation or return to work programs
BSBWHS410 Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives
BSBWHS507 Contribute to managing WHS information systems
BSBWHS508 Manage WHS hazards associated with plant
BSBWHS509 Facilitate the development and use of hazard-management tools
CHCFAM504C Respond to and contain critical incidents
PUAWER003B Manage and monitor workplace emergency procedures, equipment and other resources OR
BSBWHS510 Contribute to implementing emergency procedures

Group B

BSBINN601 Manage organisational change
BSBMGT502 Manage people performance
BSBMGT516 Facilitate continuous improvement
BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
BSBWHS408 Assist with effective WHS management of contractors
BSBWHS409 Assist with workplace monitoring processes
TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

Nominal Hours (Duration):

360 Hours

Employability Skills:

Employability Skills Summary

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory or Certification Considerations:

While no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply holistically to this qualification at the time of publication, relevant national, state and territory legislation, regulations and codes of practice impact upon this qualification. Refer to unit Performance Criteria and Range Statement for details.


The units of competency are nationally recognised and are registered on the National Training Data Base 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.