Diploma of Work Health and Safety


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.

Employment outcomes

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.

Entrance Requirements

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.

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Modes of Delivery

Self-paced delivery, Workshops, Offsite



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. 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 annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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Assessment Methods

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways including practical exercises, case studies, observation, role plays or assignments/reports.


A 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 Requirements

All core units in the BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or equivalent competencies:
  • 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

Pathways to further study

After 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 Pathways

On 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

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
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
BSBWHS606 Conduct a WHS audit 40

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.