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Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315)

Course summary

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.

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Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Fees www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Health
Skill Area
  • - Health
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Entry Requirements

For entry into this course, applicants need to have completed the below Core units from BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, or equivalent units from the former qualification BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. 

  • 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
Alternatively, the entry requirements can be met by completion of the Queensland Work Health and Safety Officer Course (2011) in conjunction with demonstrated currency such as working in the role of an OHS coordinator.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Work Health and Safety Coordinator, Work Health and Safety Advisor, Work Health and Safety Facilitator

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Approximately 1200 hours of study time will be involved (approximately 12 - 18 months), inclusive of coursework and completion of assessment. This can typically be completed over one calendar year. Students having completed BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety are eligible for some credit transfer (1-3 units) into this qualification. 

  • Distance
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
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 WHS risk management tools
BSBWHS510 Contribute to implementing emergency procedures
Study Sequence

1 BSBWHS504 Manage WHS hazards and risks  

2 BSBWHS505 Investigate WHS incidents  

3 BSBWHS506 Contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining WHS management systems 

4 BSBWHS503 Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk 

5 BSBWHS502 Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes 

6 BSBWHS410 Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives   (first elective unit) 

7 BSBWHS507 Contribute to managing WHS information systems 

8 BSBWHS508 Manage WHS hazards associated with plant 

9 BSBWHS509 Facilitate the development and use of risk management tools  OR 

10 BSBWHS510 Contribute to implementing emergency procedures 

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification
RPL

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Timing
Enrolment for this course will be consistent with CQUniversity census dates.

Duration and dates
12 months


Load
Nine (9) units must be successfully completed - five (5) core units and four (4) elective units. Students should enrol into core units prior to electives.

Notes

This course is available by Distance Education and course material will be available online. Distance Education students require self-motivation and must have 4-6 hours per week available for study for each unit. This is a self-paced course so students will need well developed technology and literacy skills to read and follow text books, basic numeracy skills are also required. Students will also require a computer with internet access and be able to access the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).


Enrolment Dates

VFH 1 (30 January - 23 June 2017) last date for enrolment is 28 February 2017

VFH 2 (6 March - 28 July 2017) last date for enrolment 4 April 2017

VFH 3 (10 April – 1 September 2017) last date for enrolment 9 May 2017

VFH 4 (15 May – 6 October 2017) last date for enrolment 13 June 2017

VFH 5 (10 July – 1 December 2017) last date for enrolment 8 August 2017

VFH 6 (14 August  2017– 5 January 2018) last date for enrolment 12 September 2017

VFH 7 (18 September 2017- 9 February 2018) last date for enrolment 17 October 2017

VFH 8 (6 November 2017 – 13 April 2018) last date for enrolment 5 December 2017


2018 Unit Availabilities

Unit availabilities have not yet been finalised for this course.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety No

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

What else might I find useful?

Financial assistance with fees may be available through concessions or via ‘Time to Pay’ payment plan. This and other information such as student support, study and library assistance can be found at www.cqu.edu.au/current-student

Can I go on to further training?

Pathways from this qualification include BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety. Students completing BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety are able to gain credits into the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety or Bachelor of Accident Forensics conducted through CQUniversity. Depending on your desired outcomes, CQ University has a wide range of training pathways in Occupational Health and Safety that may suit you.