Course Description

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is designed to give you practical knowledge and skills to enable the provision of valid and timely WHS advice and to assist with improving safety in the workplace.

What is Work Health and Safety?

National Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws have been developed to replace the existing state-based Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws. In Australia, the workplace is governed by national regulations which provide protection and consistency to workers.

The changing nature of Australian workplaces

The nature of work has changed over the years and job roles and places where work is done have become much more diverse. Working from home is now more common, as is the employment of freelancers, contractors and volunteers. The national WHS laws and the BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety have been developed to reflect these changes.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Safety Training.

Potential career outcomes

  • Line Management Roles - WHS responsibilities
  • Work Health and Safety Advisor
  • Work Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Work Health and Safety Facilitator
Course number E1132
Qualification name BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
Course duration Maximum 12 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Multiple choice questions, Portfolio of evidence, Written reports
Awarded by
  • Integrated Safety Training (Provider number: 21897)


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course requires you to read learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you have not successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency with one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; OR
  • 2 years’ relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. To help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills required to study this course, you can undertake the online Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool available on the Open Colleges website. This assessment tool can also help you determine your learning level and plan your future studies.


Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Access to a telephone, printer and scanner.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 or higher recommended
  • 2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor 
  • Adobe Flash Player 11 or higher.

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.6 or higher recommended
  • 2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor 

You’ll also need access to Adobe Flash player, as well as access to Skype and enough internet bandwidth to view online videos, like those available on YouTube.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1: Establishing fundamentals of compliance

  • Assist with determining the legal framework for WHS in the workplace
  • Assist with providing advice on WHS compliance
  • Assist with WHS legislation compliance measures
  • Contribute to developing and promoting WHS policy
  • Contribute to WHSMS planning
  • Contribute to implementing the WHSMS plan
  • Contribute to evaluating WHS performance
  • Contribute to reviewing and improving the WHSMS

Module 2: Consultation and risk management processes

  • Identify individuals and parties involved in WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Contribute to WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Contribute to processes for communicating and sharing WHS information and data
  • Contribute to identifying and meeting training requirements for effective WHS consultation and participation
  • Contribute to improving WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Access information to identify hazards and assess and control risks
  • Contribute to compliance and workplace requirements
  • Contribute to workplace hazard identification
  • Contribute to WHS risk assessment
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of risk control
  • Assist with identifying legislative and other requirements
  • Assist with implementing initial incident response procedures
  • Assist with collecting WHS information and data relevant to an investigation
  • Assist incident investigations
  • Assist in implementing recommended measures and actions arising from investigations

Module 3: Emergency prevention and procedures, contractor engagement

  • Assist with identifying existing contractor WHS arrangements
  • Assist with evaluating contractor WHS arrangements and making improvements as required
  • Ensure workplace emergency prevention processes are implemented 
  • Ensure appropriate hazard analysis is undertaken and results are implemented 
  • Ensure workplace emergency protection systems, emergency control equipment and evacuation systems remain effective 
  • Identify potential emergencies
  • Identify options for initial response
  • Plan initial response procedures
  • Implement initial response procedures
  • Contribute to post-event activities
  • Monitor emergency response and address deficiencies

Module 4: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainability

  • Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage
  • Set targets for improvements
  • Implement performance improvement strategies
  • Monitor performance
  • Prepare a presentation
  • Deliver a presentation
  • Review the presentation



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Find out more

Lindsay Mitchell

Lindsay has over 30 years of experience covering the food industry, petroleum industry and education and training. He has trained in various areas of business, management and WHS in Australia and overseas. In the area of safety, Lindsay has trained and consulted for the mining and manufacturing industries. He holds a Degree in App Science, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, an Advanced Diploma in WHS, as well as Diplomas in Marketing and Change Management, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Safety Training (Provider number: 21897). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Safety Training.

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