Overview

A safe workplace is a necessity. The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety course teaches you the essentials: incident response, managing claims, and hazard identification. This is a practical program with projects and assignments you can integrate into your existing role or organisation. Upon completion you can assist with workers’ compensation claims, rehab and return-to-work programs. 

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training

Skills you’ll learn

  • Managing workers compensation claims
  • Plan and produce documents
  • Manage external WHS contractors
  • Understand how to comply with WHS laws

Learning outcomes

  • Assist with determining the legal framework for WHS in your workplace
  • Assist with establishing and maintaining WHS legislative compliance
  • Contribute to WHS risk assessment and create, implement, and evaluate risk control processes and policies
  • Assist with monitoring contractor WHS compliance requirements and addressing contractor WHS noncompliance
  • Contribute to implementing, assessing, and improving of WHS consultation and participation feedback processes
  • Develop, implement, maintain, and review a WHS management system
  • Contribute to a wide range of WHS compliance requirements and workplace hazard identification
  • Assist with implementing response procedures during incidents
  • Contribute to developing and implementing recommended measures and actions arising from incident investigation
  • Assist with preparing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating return to work for injured workers
  • Plan and produce documents; and draft and prepare final text

Your career opportunities

  • Work health and safety consultant
  • Work health and safety contractor

Location options

Why Swinburne?

Delivered by facilitators who are industry experts

Participant course training manual

Live Online delivery allows you to do the course from anywhere

Access to our team of Customer Development Advisors

Live Online Delivery

Our Live Online delivery

Our Live Online delivery is a dynamic, engaging and interactive way to learn remotely. It’s just like face-to-face but with the added benefits of digital technology. Your facilitator will present in real-time, and you will be able to participate in group discussions and collaborate on exercises and group activities using our interactive platforms.

Admissions

Students are required to have access to a suitable workplace, including relevant WHS policies, procedures and processes, to meet performance evidence requirements and complete the assessment tasks for the embedded units of competency.

Students must also have access to working professionals in the WHS industry to collaborate with in order to complete assessment activities.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Assess your eligibility for entry to Swinburne

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Learn more about credit

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Learn more about RPL

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is made up of 10 units delivered in four clusters.

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Clusters
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Course outline
Download this document as a quick outline of the course that can be printed and presented to your employer.

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Assist with workplace compliance with WHS laws
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
BSBWHS412
Contribute to WHS risk management
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
BSBWHS414
Units of study Unit code
Elective units
Demonstrate leadership in the workplace
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
BSBLDR411
Make presentations
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
BSBCMM411
Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractors
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
BSBWHS418
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Contribute to implementation and maintenance of WHS consultation and participation processes
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
BSBWHS413
Contribute to implementing WHS management systems
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
BSBWHS415
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Contribute to workplace incident response
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
BSBWHS416
Elective units
Assist with managing WHS implications of return to work
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
BSBWHS417
Write complex documents
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
BSBWRT411

Course delivery

Blended delivery

The blended delivery mode contains a series of Live Online workshops to cover theory and coaching sessions addressing industry contexts. Participants complete a webinar induction, e-Learning units and will submit assessments online via Swinburne’s e-Learning system, Canvas.

Live Online

Live online delivery is just like face-to-face but with the added benefits of digital technology. Your facilitator will present in real time, and you will be able to participate in group discussions and collaborate on exercises and group activities using our interactive platforms.

Assessment

Students will be given six weeks to complete their assessment(s) and submit assessments online via Swinburne’s e-Learning system, Canvas.

Assessor Guidance Session

Each unit of the program embeds a personalised guidance session tailored to the learner’s needs. This key checkpoint in the blended framework provides the opportunity to clarify understanding, ask questions, and ensures learners are on track for successful course completion.

Workplace delivery

This course (or units from it) can be tailored to industry delivery within the workplace for groups of eight or more students. Students may enrol in the course at any stage during the year. Students have the chance to select from a range of dates for elective units to determine the duration of their course.

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$4,388

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$1,188

Concession rate* ($AUD)

$237.60

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

Learn more about Skills first government subsidies

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

Find out more about fees

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.
Learn more about paying your fees

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

Learn more about concession rates
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    Study this course for free in 2023

    You could have your tuition fees covered in 2023 thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. 

    Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available to any Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

    There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply!

Employer sponsored training

Many organisations are more than willing to help employees build on their skills and knowledge through professional development opportunities. In some circumstances, employers may be able to assist you in your professional development by sponsoring all or part of your fees.


Register your interest

To register your interest and request an application form you can submit our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call us on 1800 633 560, or email us at edge@swinburne.edu.au with the relevant information.

Course code
BSB41419
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Start dates

The dates shown indicate when the WHS compliance and risk cluster commences. Students are eligible to commence this course during one of the other clusters if desired. Please see timetables further down for more information on all cluster dates. 

Start dates
Location
Start dates
March intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
26-February-2024
April intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
01-April-2024
May intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-April-2024
June intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
27-May-2024
July intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
01-July-2024
August intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-July-2024
September intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
02-September-2024
October intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
30-September-2024
November intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
28-October-2024
December intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
02-December-2024
Start dates
Location
Last date to apply
Start dates
March intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
21-February-2024
Start dates
26-February-2024
April intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
27-March-2024
Start dates
01-April-2024
May intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-April-2024
Start dates
29-April-2024
June intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
22-May-2024
Start dates
27-May-2024
July intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
26-June-2024
Start dates
01-July-2024
August intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
Start dates
29-July-2024
September intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
28-August-2024
Start dates
02-September-2024
October intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
25-September-2024
Start dates
30-September-2024
November intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
23-October-2024
Start dates
28-October-2024
December intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
27-November-2024
Start dates
02-December-2024

Course timetables

2024 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
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2023 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
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Upcoming events
Welcome Back Week
26-February-2024
Orientation: UniLink Courses
29-February-2024
Swinburne Innovation Challenge
26-June-2024
  • “Honestly, the entire experience with Swinburne has just been an utter delight from the minute I made the first phone call to enquire about doing this Certificate IV. In all my years of post-secondary study I have never found an educational institution so warm and inviting yet so professional and competent, along with simple and user friendly at the same time. The facilitator has been a great presenter using relevant examples, a confident approach to his presentations, a warm and inclusive manner. Overall, very positive.”

    Andrew , Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety