Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (WHS)

Ensure safety in the workplace with this Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (WHS).

This course replaces the Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S).

It will teach you how to identify hazards, assess and control risk, and consult on Work Health and Safety issues. You'll be qualified to work as a Safety Officer, WHS Workplace Supervisor or WorkCover WHS Course Trainer.

This industry is expanding rapidly with the introduction of new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws, and there is is a wealth of job opportunities.

Delivered by the online TAFE provider OTEN, you can study this course when and where it suits you.

At a glance

At a glance
Qualification Certificate IV - TAFE

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards

Provider OTEN – Open Training and Education Network

Certificate III or industry work experience preferred

Study mode
  1. Online
  2. Distance
  1. Online (Study anywhere)
  2. Distance (Study anywhere)
Study load Self-paced (e.g. 6 hrs a week = finish in 1 year).
Assessment By assignments and a test
Start date Enrol anytime. Contact us about enrolling.
Payment options
  1. Flexible payment options
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What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Identifying hazards
  • assessing and controlling risk
  • contributing to WHS in the workplace
  • managing consultation on WHS issues
  • building business relationships
  • developing teams and individuals

356 WH&S jobs on SEEK in March 2014

Source: Seek.com.au

Course structure

Total Units: 10
  • Assist with Compliance with WHS Laws
  • Contribute to the Implementing and maintaining WHS Consultation and participation processes
  • Contribute to implementing emergency procedures
  • Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • Assist with responding to incidents
  • Assist with claims management, rehabilitation and return-to-work programs
  • Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
  • Analyse & Present Research Information
  • Make a presentation
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Course features

  • Study at home at your own pace
  • Support from OTEN teaching staff available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm AEST
  • Extra online study support through YourTutor 6 nights a week
  • Recognition of prior learning
  • OTEN will provide learning materials in this qualification which may be in the form of lesson notes, a study guide, online learning resources and support material
  • There is an option to complete this qualification early
  • You can apply to WorkCover to be recognised as a potential presenter of WorkCover WHS training courses if you satisfy the other WorkCover NSW requirements.
  • Access to SEEK Learning Online Library


Preferred pathways into this course are:

  • Certificate III in WHS or Certificate III from another industry
  • Work experience in the health and safety industry

Get started - we're ready when you are!

Send us an online enquiry and one of our expert consultants will get in touch.

We'll give you all the info you need about choosing the right course, payment options, enrolling and fitting study into your life.

Enquire online Free call 1800 673 959

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