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Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: BSB41419

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Overview

Campus

Preston

Duration

18 weeks part time

Requirements

No formal entry requirements.

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Become an asset to any industry

Work Health and Safety (WHS) is a valuable skill set applicable to all workplaces in Australia. Work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities cost Australian businesses over $60 billion a year, and WHS specialists are in high demand. A Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety from Melbourne Polytechnic can open doors to a wide choice of workplaces. Health and safety specialists are assets to their industries and a portable range of skills can help you make a meaningful contribution to many workplaces, from construction sites through to large corporations.

Practical learning opportunities

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety covers all key WHS areas, including compliance with WHS law, hazard identification, incident response and management. You will learn practical skills with qualified teachers currently working in WHS, who can pass on industry insights and guide you through our unique practical education. Your teachers can help you with building career paths, assist with networking opportunities and mentor you throughout the course.

Graduate ready to make a difference

Melbourne Polytechnic WHS graduates are industry-ready, prepared to make a meaningful impact on their workplaces. You will be qualified to work as an enterprise based WHS officer, coordinator or advisor, specialising in fields such as legislation, hazard identification and risk control, emergency and incident response, systemic WHS management, claims management, rehabilitation and return to work programs. You may choose to build on this qualification and develop your career in WHS, moving in the design and management of WHS programs, and becoming a leader in the field.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

You may build on this qualification and subsequent work experience to develop your career in work health and safety, taking on greater responsibility and moving from the implementation of WHS programs to their design and management.
  • WHS Coordinator
  • WHS Officer

Pathways

Successful completion will enable you to enrol in a BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended delivery with scheduled virtual classes

Class Schedule

Monday and Wednesday, 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Assessment Methods

A variety of engaging and practical assessment methods are used to enable you to demonstrate competency. These may include reports, presentations, audits, tests, case studies, demonstration and observation and practical activities.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBWHS412 Assist with workplace compliance with WHS laws Core 40
BSBWHS413 Contribute to implementation and maintenance of WHS consultation and participation processes Core 40
BSBWHS414 Contribute to WHS risk management Core 60
BSBWHS415 Contribute to implementing WHS management systems Core 50
BSBWHS416 Contribute to workplace incident response Elective 40
BSBWHS417 Assist with managing WHS implications of return to work Elective 50
BSBWHS418 Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractors Elective 30
BSBWHS419 Contribute to implementing WHS monitoring processes Elective 60
BSBWHS431 Develop processes and procedures for controlling hazardous chemicals in the workplace Elective 50
BSBWRT401 WRITE COMPLEX DOCUMENTS Elective 50

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $140 $700 $3050
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $315 $950 $3300
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

We will provide all materials in the classroom, and advise you of any prescribed textbooks at the time of enrolment.

Scholarships on offer

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Requirements

There are no prerequisites or entry requirements for this qualification. Participants are required to have a good command of both written and spoken English as well as effective communication skills. Basic computer skills such as web use, word processing, presentation software and e-mail are preferred.

As a general guide to entry, learners will be best equipped to achieve the course outcome if they have a minimum level of literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level

  • Reading - ACSF Working Level 4, Numeracy - ACSF Working Level 3

All potential learners will undertake a pre-training review and an LLN assessment to determine:

  • The learner’s ACSF level and any additional support requirements to enable the learner to undertake the course and achieve the course outcomes
  • The learner's interest and/or relevant experience
  • The learner's previous educational achievements and experience
  • The learner's level of Digital literacy

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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