Upgrade Pathways for WHSO or OHS

Certificate IV in OHS to Certificate IV in WHS

Do you have a Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety? This qualification has now been superseded by the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. The Certificate IV in OHS is an equivalent qualification to the Certificate IV in WHS, so there is no requirement for you to upgrade to the new qualification.

If you do wish to upgrade however, due to a personal desire to have the latest qualification, to meet an industry requirement or gain a promotion or new career you can do so by undertaking some self-paced study.

We provide bridging assessments to gain the core units of the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, and then workbooks and assessment tasks to complete the electives.


WHSO to Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety

Do you hold a Certificate of Authority as a Workplace Health & Safety Officer? Have you been working in a safety role in the last few years. If you hold a WHSO card and have been actively working in a safety role, you are able to upgrade to the Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety via self-paced study.

Upon enrolment you will be provided with bridging assessments and course notes. You read the notes and then undertake the assessment tasks and email back to us for marking. On successful completion of these assessments, you will have gained the five core units of the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. Further workbooks and assessment tasks will be provide to enable you to complete the five elective units.


Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the link between WHS structures and issues in the workplace
  • Familiarise themselves with WHS laws, rights and duties
  • Understand hazard identification and the effective control of hazards
  • Critically examine the concept of risk assessment and management systems
  • Respond to incidents and assist with implementing emergency procedures


How will participants be assessed and what will they receive?

Your competencies will be assessed through evidence of existing work in a safety role, as well as completion of workbook questions and workplace projects. The time required to undertake the assessments will depend on your experience, literacy, skills and workplace resources, so cannot be estimated.

Upon successful completion of the assessment tasks you will receive the BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety qualification.

Please note if you only want the core units of the Certificate IV in WHS to enable you to enrol in the Diploma of WHS, please state this on your enrolment and pay $250. A short assessment will be emailed to you for completion. This is for active WHSO’s or those who already hold a Certificate IV in OHS.


Recognition of Prior Learning

If you wish to RPL the qualification, you will still need to undertake the bridging assessment, as this will guide your RPL attempt. You may then RPL the electives. Your history of study, skills and experience can be taken into account but it must support the criteria included in the units of competency, and your skills and experience must be current.  Documentary evidence will be required.  If you wish to undertake this upgrade via the recognition of prior learning pathway, please contact us, and we will provide you with our RPL kit.  The price to RPL the electives of the qualification costs $200 per unit.


Course Venue and Equipment

Courses are generally conducted in our training rooms in Cairns. Where dedicated courses are conducted on-site then a suitable venue is to be provided by the client company with sufficient space for the participants to be seated comfortably for the duration of training. Any catering costs shall be borne by the client company. Please contact us to discuss alternate arrangements if there is any difficulty in providing these facilities and equipment.


Additional Costs and Expenses

On-site training for groups is available. Where dedicated courses are conducted outside the immediate Cairns area then additional costs will be applicable. Any air fares, travel, accommodation, meals and materials freight incurred in the provision of this training will be on-charged. Mileage will be charged at 80¢ (plus GST) per kilometre and traveling time will be charged at our standard rates. Please contact us for a formal quotation for dedicated courses.


How to Enrol

If you wish to enrol in the upgrade pathway to Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety, fill in and fax, email or post a completed enrolment form back to Total Management and Training along with full payment. If you are a WHSO upgrading to Certificate IV in WHS or already hold a Certificate IV in OHS, the investment is $590.

Please ensure you send a copy of your WHSO card or a copy of your qualification, including the units studied, as well as evidence of currently working in a safety role. If you only require the five core units to enable you to move onto the Diploma of Work Health and Safety, the price is $250. Please also note whether you have a WHSO or a Certificate IV in OHS qualification.



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