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BSB41419 – Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course Description

Work health and safety (WHS) legislation in Australia aims to prevent injury and disease to persons in the workplace. State, Territory or Commonwealth legislation applies.

Importantly, several Australian jurisdictions have ‘harmonised’ their legislation from 2012. Harmonised legislation means that each jurisdiction enacts its own legislation, but the legislation is as much alike as possible in its provisions.

Common to all WHS legislation in Australia are the following features:

  • support for WHS in the workplace
  • provision of systems of work that are safe and without risk to health
  • prevention of injury and disease through the elimination or minimisation of risks
  • protection of the general public’s safety and health
  • workplace representation, consultation, co-operation and issue resolution
  • inspectors
  • regulations

Trainers and assessors may refer to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science for a listing of the various WHS legislation and codes of practice by State and Territory.

This qualification is designed for individuals who work within a wide variety of WHS contexts as a Work Health and Safety Practitioner.


Target Audience

Target audience

The target audience is strictly limited to existing workers who are employed by a specific industry client who is in turn providing a general level of supervision. These employees are probably engaged in implementing or maintaining safe work practices for a work group or are a member of a safety committee. They may be seeking to develop their skills or become WHS practitioners.  They also be responding to an employer initiative to enhance the overall commitment to WHS.

The units have been chosen to maximize the WHS learning experience and assist with the implementation and maintenance of the WHSMS.

The preferred pathway to this qualification may include

  1. candidates presenting with BSB30715 or BSB30719 Certificate III in Work Health and Safety or other relevant qualification or
  2. Having vocational experience but limited formal qualification (e.g. WHSO)


Course Overview

Entry requirement

The training package does not specify any entry requirements.

However, ASA staff must inform the prospective learner that this course does require an amount of reading, writing (including calculations) and the ability to access and interpret information. A good command of the English language is important and access to and familiarity with the use of computer technology and the internet is an advantage. Learners will be expected to read and interpret regulatory instruments, standards and manuals.

Learners will be offered the opportunity to declare their learning needs and will be informed that the RTO will provide reasonable support and resources to help their continued participation in learning.

At the same time the RTO will remind learners of the opportunity for RPL and what it entails.

Pathway From the Qualification

After achieving this qualification, Candidates may progress to higher level qualifications within and/or across the Health and Safety  - Diploma of Work Health and Safety  or a range of other Advanced Diploma qualifications.

Credit/Advance Standing/RPL

Our college recognises the skills and knowledge that students may have gained through previous studies, workplace and life experience. They may be entitled to gain recognition of prior learning before or after commencing the course that may exempt them from attending one or more units. Students who believe they already have the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency can request a copy of the RPL application form. Students are provided with information regarding the evidence required for each qualification and must provide valid, sufficient, current and authentic evidence to demonstrate competency. RPL is based on a portfolio and interview approach, where students accept the main responsibility for identifying, gathering and submitting evidence about their achievement of the competencies. The RPL process may involve a practical demonstration assessment too.

Work placement and Industry Membership

No work placement and industry membership providers for this course at this time.
Additional supports and services
Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.

Possible Career Outcome
  • Work Cover Inspector
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technician
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer

Mode of Delivery

The RTO provides 20 x 6 hours of class-room learning (over 32 weeks) using a combination of face to face learning blended with workplace learning.

Subject reference materials, learner guide, training record book, training plan and assessment activities are provided directly to the candidate by the trainer and they are also available via internet.

Candidates will be guided by the trainer through regular scheduled personal contact either at work or at an acceptable external location. The candidate’s progress is monitored by the trainer utilising a training record book and (if applicable) coordinated with the work place supervisor.

Progress is measured by the completion of learning activities and assessment within agreed time frames.

Course Structure

Course Outline

Total number of units = 10

5 core units plus

5 elective units,

  • The core units for this qualification are mandatory.Industry consultation suggests that workers may seek to have a limited range of elective options to reflect different WHS requirements such as return to work co-ordinator and this is reflected in the following table.   Learners are to select 5 from any of the 7 electives listed below.Finally, there are no pre-requisites or co requisites associated with the units listed in the following: –

Unit of Competency

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
BSBWHS412Assist with compliance with WHS lawsCore
BSBWHS413Contribute to implementation and maintenance of WHS consultation and participation processesCore
BSBWHS414Contribute to WHS risk managementCore
BSBWHS415Contribute to implementing WHS management systemsCore
BSBWHS416Contribute to workplace incident responseCore
Group AElectives
BSBRES411Analyse and present research informationElective
BSBWHS417Assist with managing WHS implications of return to workElective
BSBWHS418Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractorsElective
BSBWHS419Contribute to implementing WHS monitoring processesElective
Group BElectives
BSBCMM401Make a presentationElective
BSBMGT403Implement continuous improvementElective

Duration and Timing of Training

Duration and Timing of Training

The AQF specify that the volume of learning for a non-indentured Certificate IV qualification is 1 -2 years.

This course is being delivered flexible delivery and candidates will have 12 months in which to complete their studies (but this may be extended by a further 6 months’ subject to the circumstances described in ASA policies and procedures

During the 12-month period, candidates should expect to allocate up to 530 hours to their studies.  This includes workplace training and supervision, regular meetings with the trainer, guidance sessions (i.e. Skype), completing structured learning activities, undertaking personal research, reading and assessments.

The expected amount of training to be provided by the RTO, is approximately 366  hours depending on the experience and aptitude of the individual learner. (refer to the delivery mode for further details)

ASA will apply the general direction specified by ASQA in relation to learner transition where a training product is no longer current.

Payment Options
We have a number of options to allow you to select a payment method best suitable to your financial situation. Please refer to course fee section get the current fee structure for this course.
Method of Payment: Online, Bank Transfer, CC over the Phone.
Please mention your preferred method of payment in your application form and our staff will confirm your payment and any associated cost for your course.


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