Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

BSB41419 – Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

This course provides the ideal qualification for those currently working as supervisors, WHS/OHS personnel, and workers in other WHS/OHS-related roles who wish to gain more specialised knowledge for their position.

In this course, you will learn how to identify hazards in the workplace, assist with responding to incidents, assess and control risk and consult on work health and safety issues.

This is a nationally accredited qualification that is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete this qualification will gain the skills and knowledge to: 


  • Understand and maintain compliance with WHS/OHS legislation, codes, and standards  
  • Identify workplace hazards 
  • Develop risk assessment processes and select appropriate risk controls 
  • Develop processes and procedures for controlling hazardous chemicals in the workplace 
  • Effectively communicate the importance of WHS/OHS safety management systems 
  • Review, investigate and evaluate the effectiveness of organisational and workplace-specific safety management systems and use this information for reporting and continuous improvement activities 
  • Provide technical advice and support to resolve WHS/OHS incidents 
  • Implement emergency prevention and response procedures 

Participants are required to: 

  • Complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) questionnaire prior to commencing the course, to a minimum Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 4 or higher. See here for more information about the LLN questionnaire and accessing support (link to student information section on the website) 
  •  Have access to a computer and internet connection as a minimum (tablets/iPads not recommended) 
  • Have access to relevant workplace WHS documentation  
  • Complete homework and assignments outside of set class hours 

Prerequisites and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Please contact us directly about RPL or Credit Transfer for this course.

Course structure

The course contains ten units of competency. Training will be multi-faceted incorporating case studies, group work, research, presentations, and guest speakers. Course is delivered via virtual classrooms for distance learning, or face to face at a PICAC campus.

Course duration

The course is delivered over 12 months which is made up of one virtual session or face to face session per month. It is expected learners will allow 8-12 hours per week on average outside class time to complete training and assessment tasks to attain this qualification.

$1500 – Full fee

$825 – Industry Association Member (NFIA, Master Plumbers, AMCA)

$0 – PPTEU Member

Cancellation fees may apply, please see Learner Information page for terms and conditions.

All or a selection of the following will be used to assess the required knowledge and skills: 

  • Learner assessment workbook 
  • Analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios 
  • Written assessment – theory questions 
  • Written assessment – completion of required and appropriate paperwork/documentation 
  • Practical assessment – demonstration of practical skills 
  • Supplementary oral questions if required 
  • Observation of workplace practical activities 

National units of competency covered

BSBWHS412 – Assist with compliance with WHS laws

BSBWHS413 – Contribute to implementation and maintenance of WHS consultation and participation processes

BSBWHS414 – Contribute to WHS risk management

BSBWHS415 – Contribute to implementing WHS management systems

BSBWHS416 – Contribute to workplace incident response

BSBWHS419 – Contribute to implementing WHS monitoring processes

BSBINS401 – Analyse and present research information

BSBINN301 – Promote innovation in a team environment

BSBCMM411 – Make presentations

BSBWHS418 – Assist with managing compliance of contractors


Students who satisfactorily complete all course requirements will be eligible to receive a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety issued by CEPUTEC (RTO 4612), which is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework.


Email enquiries@ceputec.edu.au or call 1300 222 727 to register your interest in this course.

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What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

If you study any Nationally Recognised Training in Australia, you are required to have a USI. Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcripts) that you have completed since 2015.

When applying for a job or enrolling in further study, you will often need to provide your training records and results (transcript). The benefit of the USI is the ability to provide learners with easy access to their training records at any time.

You can access your USI account online from your computer, tablet or smart phone.

If you do not already have a USI, go to www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi/ on a computer or mobile device.

Note: A USI must be supplied to CEPUTEC during enrolment so that a Nationally Recognised Qualification or Statement of Attainment can be issued to you.

For further information, please see the video under Learner Resources.