Take your Work Health and Safety (WHS) career to the next level by moving up into management roles. Learn how to develop strategies and increase your understanding of risk management, hazard control and audits with our Diploma of Work Health and Safety.
Work in a management role
Build on your existing WHS skills and knowledge to manage, coordinate and maintain work health and safety programs within your workplace. Increase your understanding of WHS, risk management and hazard control. You’ll also gain hands-on skills to implement and manage WHS systems and conduct WHS investigations and audits.
Get the qualification the industry wants
Many organisations recognise the need to comply with WHS legislation and value the formal qualification for those in dedicated WHS roles.
Our Diploma of Work Health and Safety covers the following areas:
- Work health and safety risk management and hazard control
- Hazard management tools
- Consultation and participation processes
- Systematic management of work health and safety systems
- WHS audits
- Incident investigation
- Rehabilitation and return to work programs
Industry connections and resources
Our qualified teachers (who currently work in WHS roles within the industry) will be your educators, guides and mentors, offering career pathways and networking opportunities.
You will be qualified to work across industries and sectors in management and supervisory roles, senior OHS officers and consultants.
Assessment consists of practical exercises, case studies, observation, role-playing and assignments.
If you hold the Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety, you may undertake a skills recognition process to attain these prerequisite units (please contact the department for more information). You are also advised that this course is delivered with a blended learning approach, i.e. by a combination of face-to-face workshops, self-paced, out-of-class activities and assessments designed to be applied to the workplace.
It is highly recommended that participants are currently employed or have access to a workplace and understand that some independent out-of-class research and study will be required. A good command of both written and spoken English, effective communications, documentation and research skills, and intermediate computer skills such as web use, word processing, presentation software and email are also required.
Recognition of Prior Learning
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
For further information on the Diploma of Work Health and Safety, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.
DepartmentBusiness Management and Finance
6-9 months. Includes additional self-paced, out of class activities. See above for latest course dates and session times
Class Schedule: *
Tue - PM
Thu - PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliverySelf-paced delivery, Workshops, Offsite
The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsModules are assessed in a variety of ways including practical exercises, case studies, observation, role plays or assignments/reports.
MaterialsA materials and ancillaries fee applies. Students will be provided with all materials upon enrolment. Please contact the department for the latest materials fees information.
Entrance RequirementsAll core units in the BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or equivalent competencies:
- BSBWHS402A Assist with compliance with WHS laws
- BSBWHS403A Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
- BSBWHS404A Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
- BSBWHS405A Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
- BSBWHS406A Assist with responding to incidents
Pathways to further studyAfter achieving the Diploma of Work Health and Safety you may undertake the Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety, a qualification designed for WHS or human resources practitioners who apply advanced practical knowledge to coordinate, facilitate and maintain the work health and safety program in one or more fields of work in an organisation
Career PathwaysOn completion, you may gain employment as an enterprise based WHS manager, coordinator and/or advisor. 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
Units Of Study
The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|BSBHRM509||Manage rehabilitation or return to work programs||50|
|BSBWHS502||Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes||40|
|BSBWHS503||Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk||40|
|BSBWHS504||Manage WHS risks||50|
|BSBWHS505||Investigate WHS incidents||50|
|BSBWHS506||Contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining WHS management systems||50|
|BSBWHS507||Contribute to managing WHS information systems||50|
|BSBWHS509||Facilitate the development and use of WHS risk management tools||40|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.