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Work Health and Safety

Certificate IV Of

Code: BSB41415





full time / 18 weeks part time


full time / 18 weeks part time


No formal entry requirements.

Next Intake


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


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

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Assessment Methods

Workshops and self-paced, out-of-class activities and assessments. These may include reports, presentations, audits, 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.

Units of Study
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
BSBWHS415 Contribute to implementing WHS management systems Core 50
BSBWHS414 Contribute to WHS risk management Core 60
BSBWHS416 Contribute to workplace incident response Core 40
BSBWHS417 Assist with managing WHS implications of return to work Core 50
BSBWHS418 Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractors Core 30
BSBWHS419 Contribute to implementing WHS monitoring processes Core 60
BSBWHS431 Develop processes and procedures for controlling hazardous chemicals in the workplace Core 50

Fees & Costs

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 1 November 2019. 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.

Tuition Fees
$650.00 - $2900.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

We will provide all materials in the classroom, and advise you of any prescribed textbooks at the time of enrolment.
Materials Costs
Material Costs are only estimated.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course

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. 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 of our Skills and Job Centres, 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.

Application procedure