National code: BSB51319

Diploma of Work Health and Safety

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Overview About this course

Promote safe practices in your workplace and take the lead in creating a trusted work environment. Advance your existing capabilities and learn how to motivate your team to make organisational change and achieve mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes

  • Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of WHS management systems

  • Manage risks and investigate incidents

  • Develop and use WHS risk management tools

  • Lead and manage organisational change

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Work on real-world projects in simulated work environments

  • Conduct a risk assessment of a real workplace

  • Plan, conduct and report on WHS investigations

  • Develop strategies to resolve WHS issues and risks

  • Research, analyse and interpret workplace WHS policies, state and federal legislation

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Academic transcript showing successful completion of all core units (or equivalent competencies) in the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Already worked in a work health and safety (WHS) role and want to upskill

  • Strong computer literacy skills

  • The ability to research, evaluate and present a range of complex tasks

  • Efficient organisational and time management skills

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Safety Inspector

Safety Inspectors inspect machines, equipment, working conditions and public places to ensure compliance with government and industry standards and regulations, in relation to occupational health and safety.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    90%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    1,700 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    48 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $2,090

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    43 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    High

  • Gender share

    20% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Stable

Other jobs include: occupational health and safety officer or manager, work health and safety advisor or manager, human resources manager and health and safety practitioner/consultant.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 1 Course

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Work Health and Safety qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 10 Units of competency, including 5 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Lead the development and use of WHS risk management tools BSBWHS519

  • Manage WHS consultation and participation processes BSBWHS522

  • Lead initial response to and investigate WHS incidents BSBWHS515

  • Lead WHS risk management BSBWHS513

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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