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BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resource Management

National ID: BSB40420 State ID: BFS2
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Do you have a passion for working with people or a drive to make a difference? This course will give you job ready skills to work across a range of Human Resources roles. 
At the heart of any organisation, the Human Resources department is responsible for managing, supporting and developing the company’s most important and valuable asset; its people.

The Certificate IV in Human Resources Management will teach you how to run successful recruitment programs, induction and training programs and how to support the HR team with performance management and industrial relations procedures.

You will learn to communicate professionally with warmth and empathy with people from a wide range of backgrounds, have active listening for employee comments and concerns, as well as team building and administrative skills. 

Being qualified in Human Resources opens the door to working in almost every industry imaginable such as building and construction, education, mining and resources, media, finance or hospitality and tourism. With the credentials in this course, you can work in roles such as Human Resources Officer, Recruitment Assistance or in Human Resources development. 


  • staff recruitment 
  • develop staff potential
  • staff inductions and training 
  • make presentations to groups
  • lead effective teams
  • performance management
  • industrial relations procedures
  • workplace health and safety


In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • excellent negotiating skills and ability to analyse information
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • ability to handle confidential information
  • empathy and the ability to deal with sensitive situations

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III

This course is available as a traineeship.

Entrance requirements for traineeships

You must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study an apprenticeship or traineeship. 

In a traineeship you also gain hands-on skills and work experience, and improve your employment prospects, while earning a wage. On successful completion you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which can lead to rewarding career options. The difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that a traineeship can be either a full time or part time employment based training arrangement, usually for a nominal duration of 12 months or more, generally in a non-trade related area. 

To find out how to arrange a traineeship and study at South Metropolitan TAFE, please contact the Jobs and Skills Centre closest to you.

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week when studied full time across one semester.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10-15 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

Work placement is not a requirement for this course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, exercise book, file and a USB storage device).

Your lecturers will advise you at orientation of any additional resource requirements such as textbooks and software applications, as well as providing information on how to access or purchase student copies/licences. 

Dress requirements - smart casual dress at all times.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Select your preferred campus and apply

Click on your preferred campus and study mode below to get started with your application. 

Semester 1, 2024

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Bentley
How On Campus
Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Rockingham
How On Campus

All year round

When All year round
How Traineeship

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you're a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in to complete this course. Please view the full list of fee disclaimers. 

Semester 2, 2023

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Bentley
How On Campus
Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Rockingham
How On Campus

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