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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
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 (or equivalent) 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


Demonstrated currency such as working in the role of an OHS coordinator is also highly desirable.  

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

To successfully complete this course, students must complete 9 units consisting of:
5 core units and 4 elective units.
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
Online continuing students - enrol as per the following order:
  1. BSBWHS504
  2. BSBWHS506
  3. BSBWHS503
  4. BSBWHS502
  5. BSBWHS505
  6. BSBWHS410
  7. BSBWHS507
  8. BSBWHS508
  9. BSBWHS510
  10. BSBWHS509

Online new students - enrol as per the following order and into one cluster at a time. 

  1. Cluster 1 - BSBWHS504, BSBWHS506 and BSBWHS503
  2. Cluster 2 - BSBWHS502, BSBWHS505 and BSBWHS410
  3. Cluster 3 - BSBWHS507, BSBWHS508 and BSBWHS510 or BSBWHS509

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment

Course Intakes


There are two course intakes, available in February and July.

Duration and dates
12 months

This course is available online with teaching support available through Zoom tutorials, discussion forums, email and telephone. Online students require self-motivation and should allocate 15 hours per week of study for each unit.

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

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

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.