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BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

National ID: BSB41419 State ID: BER2
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When you complete the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety you can expect to be a valued addition to any organisation as a work health and safety officer, or WHS coordinator.


  • assisting with legal compliance
  • hazard identification 
  • risk assessment
  • claims management
  • implementing management systems
  • emergency procedures
  • return-to-work programs


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.

  • good team work skills and the ability to work independently 
  • good problem solving skills and ability to analyse information
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • good attention to detail
  • a passion for safe work practices and procedures
Free in 2023

This course is FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government for WA residents.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.


Online study is available for this course. Be sure to check the study requirements tab for information about studying this course using eCampus including study assistance and our helpful online study guide, then use the apply now link where you see the online study option. 

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.

Online study

For non-trainees, this course is mostly delivered online. Students completing the online study option will enrol into and complete 1-2 units at a time, with progress monitored by their lecturer. This can be done at a pace suitable to you but for each unit you have 3 months to complete, so we recommend you use our schedule provided to you at enrolment to assist you in avoiding having to re-enrol in the unit.

The nature of online study can involve a significant investment of time and the ability to be a focused, self-motivated learner. You should consider your personal circumstances and past study history before committing to study online. Find out more in our online study info pack below.

Online study info pack (334 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)

Demonstration of practical skills
Students must be able to demonstrate oral communication and group interaction skills to achieve this qualification. You will be required to organise team scenarios and participate in group simulated activities. You may choose to perform these activities with work colleagues, or with family, neighbours or friends, depending on your personal circumstances.

Software and equipment
Your study will use online software including Blackboard, Excel and Word, with access provided to you after enrolment. 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. You will also need to use MS Teams (or YouTube) for recording role play assessments.

Using Blackboard for assignments
Your study for each unit in Blackboard will involve a series of learning quizzes which you will need to complete accurately, with unlimited attempts allowed. When you have been successful in all quizzes, you can download the Integrated Project word document from Blackboard, answer all tasks and then submit your completed project file into Blackboard. You will have another attempt possible to resubmit your corrected project file, and further attempts can be arranged at the discretion of your lecturer.

On campus attendance

For those non-trainee students that are unable to use online technologies to record their oral communication assessment tasks, weekly classes are run at Thornlie campus to allow students to complete tasks face-to-face.

There is no need to attend every class, and you can attend as much or as little of the class time to enable you to complete your practical assessment, to have access to your lecturer to ask questions or access face-to-face tutorials. Your lecturer will advise when and where on-campus opportunities will be after your enrolment.

You can also get access to your lecturer by email, or by phone, in person by appointment. Contact details for your lecturer will be available in Blackboard after your enrolment.

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

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.

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

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