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Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

BSB41419 (RTOID 22609)

Want to make working in the health or aged care sector healthier and safer?

Healthcare is a high-risk sector that requires leadership and guidance in managing health and safety within the workplace.

The workforce regularly faces occupational health and safety issues and yet those who work in healthcare are frequently unfamiliar with OHS* processes. This includes the understanding of exposure to hazards such as occupational violence, bullying, work-related fatigue, patient or client handling, needlestick injuries, cytotoxic drugs or other hazardous chemicals and other everyday risks faced by those who work in the healthcare industry.

The Certificate in IV in Health Work and Safety BSB41419 is a key qualification for healthcare leaders and managers to understand and address the hazards healthcare workers face. It can lead to employment as an occupational health and safety officer, OHS technician, WorkCover inspector, or a return-to-work co-ordinator.

The ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre (RTO ID 22609) is delivering this bespoke course in conjunction with WorkSafe Victoria. This purpose-built course has been contextualised to reflect the healthcare working environment, preparing graduates for the demands of the sector.

This qualification will provide the underpinning knowledge and skills required to manage and monitor safe work practices across healthcare settings.

You’ll gain an understanding of the relevant legislation and you will be able to implement workplace strategies to meet and comply with legislative requirements within the workplace.

On completion of this course you will have the knowledge and skills to identify hazards and perform risk assessment and risk control through workplace monitoring, this includes ongoing review and evaluation of control measures.

The course embeds the concepts of consultation, cooperation and coordination alongside implementation and monitoring of work health safety (WHS) policies and procedures in the management of all WHS systems.

You will also be provided with the opportunity to enhance your ability to assist others with fulfilling their own roles and responsibilities to ensure health and safety in the workplace for everyone.

Experienced, well-qualified teaching and support staff, materials ensure a quality course designed specifically for those who work in the healthcare sector.

Please note: for the purpose of discussing current Victorian workplaces the term Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) will be used instead of Work Health and Safety (WHS), or interchangeably. Participants will be introduced to the WHS laws and the state specific OHS laws.

Next intake: Tuesday 20 October 2020.

This course will commence via virtual classes (Zoom) until social distancing restrictions are lifted. At that point, some classes may move to our traditional face-to-face delivery of classes. We offer modern facilities and clinical simulation, well-equipped classrooms, computer laboratories and an extensive library ensure a quality course designed specifically for the healthcare sector. 

Limited places available.


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This course is recommended for healthcare workers who currently work or plan to work in an occupational work health and safety OHS/WHS role as it applies in the healthcare industry; in any healthcare setting ranging from hospitals, healthcare services, aged care facilities and community healthcare.

It is also recommended for healthcare workers who wish to increase their OHS knowledge to improve their workplaces particularly those in management roles where OHS is a component of their responsibilities.

This course would also assist Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) carry out their important role.

It should also be considered by nurses, midwives and personal care workers, with applicability to other allied health professionals, and those outside the health industry who have a desire to understand and learn about OHS and its specific applicability and relevance within the healthcare sector.

  • Occupational health & safety (OHS) officer
  • OHS technician
  • WorkCover inspector
  • Return-to-work coordinator
BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Course duration: training occurs across 30 weeks and involves 450 hours of learning and assessment activities

Delivery mode: Blended delivery. The course commencing on Tuesday 20 October will do so via virtual classes (Zoom) until such time as social distancing restrictions are lifted. At that point, some classes may move to our traditional face-to-face delivery of classes.

Location: 535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (classroom and clinical simulation centre). This course will commence via virtual classes (Zoom) until such time as social distancing restrictions are lifted. At that point, some classes may move to our traditional face-to-face delivery of classes.

Entry requirements: there are no formal entry requirements and while there are opportunities to complete some assessments in the workplace, a simulated environment is provided for all assessment requirements. As classes will be held virtually, students will require a computer with a strong internet connection and headphones, headset or speakers. A device with a camera and microphone to interact with the facilitator is highly desirable.

Selection criteria: applicants are required to complete a pre-training review (PTR) prior to enrolment of training, which involves:

  1. Completion of PTR questionnaire to identify individual learning needs, applicants must demonstrate the aptitude and adequate and digital literacy to meet course requirements

  2. Completion of LLND assessment and participation in an interview to identify levels of core foundation skills, applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient language, literacy numeracy and digital (LLND) skills.

Assessment methods: written tasks, portfolio of evidence and practical assessments.


Core Units
BSBWHS412 Assist with workplace compliance with WHS laws
BSBWHS413 Contribute to implementation and maintenance WHS consultation and participation processes
BSBWHS414 Contribute to WHS risk assessment
BSBWHS415 Contribute to implementing WHS management systems
BSBWHS416 Contribute to workplace incident responses


Elective units
BSBWHS417 Assist with managing WHS implications of return-to-work
BSBWHS431 Develop processes and procedures for controlling hazardous chemicals in the workplace 
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
BSBWHS512 Contribute to managing work-related psychological health and safety
BSBRES411 Analyse and present research information


Member $3000

Non-member $3,300

Funding support may be available on inquiry via

Scholarship support may be available on inquiry via

*You may be eligible for the Victorian Skills First government subsidy of fees. Eligibility criteria applies - please check Skills first government funding

For consideration of Recognition of Prior Learning contact the Education Centre via 

All times are 9am – 5pm, with five exceptions as stated below:
20 October 2020 
10 November 2020
17 November 2020
1 December 2020 (9am – 1pm)
8 December 2020
5 January 2021
19 January 2021
2 February 2021 (9am – 1pm)
9 February 2021 
16 February 2021
23 February 2021 (9am – 1pm)
9 March 2021
16 March 2021
30 March 2021
13 April 2021
27 April 2021
4 May 2021 (9am – 1pm)
11 May 2021
18 May 2021
25 May 2021 (9am -1pm)

Please note, these workshops are subject to sufficient numbers of enrolments and date changes.

Once you have submitted your application for enrolment along with the associated documents, you will receive instructions to complete a pre-training review questionnaire and LLN assessment. Before we make you an offer to enrol in your course, we are required to conduct a review of your current competencies, including your language, literacy, numeracy and digital (LLND) skills. The purpose of this review is so we can ensure you are enrolled in the most appropriate course to achieve your intended outcomes. Results from the review will also assist us to assess your suitability to undertake the course. Please ensure you provide open and honest answers during your review, as this will ensure we identify necessary support you may need to successfully complete your study.

If your application leads to enrolment, you will receive a letter of offer to your nominated email address. You will receive important course details including your tuition fee schedule.


The Skills First program makes vocational training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher-level qualification than they already hold.

Generally, applicants are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if they are an Australian citizen, permanent resident (holder of a permanent visa) or a New Zealand citizen.

Eligibility criteria for applicants 20 years and older require them to enrol into a course at a higher level than their existing highest qualification. Applicants are eligible to commence a maximum of two subsidised courses in any calendar year, study a maximum of two subsidised courses at any one time and commence a maximum of two subsidised courses at the same qualification AQF level in their lifetime. Check if you can get government-subsidised training at Skills Victoria.

Concessions: If you meet the eligibility criteria and hold an eligible concession card (e.g. Health Care card) you will pay 20 per cent of what non-concession students are charged for study. Under the Indigenous Completions Initiative, Indigenous students pay 20 per cent of what non-concession students are charged for study too. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for government funding, you will be enrolled as a full-fee paying student.

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to access government subsidised training (reasonable adjustments or adaptive strategies are made available to suit the needs of individuals).

If you would like further information, or wish to speak with one of the staff in the ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre please contact us.

The ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre is located at 535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000