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Diploma of Work Health and Safety

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    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Self-paced; max 12 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    Foundation Education (RTO 22557)

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

What you'll learn

About this course

Workplace health and safety is an important component of any job, and qualifications in this area will translate to further opportunities in any organisation. For those aspiring to become managers, you may be aware that a thorough knowledge of WHS is often a prerequisite for promotion, but beyond the recognised career benefits, you will have learnt to contribute to the safety of your working environment.

This course will make you more risk aware so that you can avoid incidents and manage them when they do occur. It goes through the different areas of workplace health and safety from the induction of contractors through to the hazards associated with machinery, and will prepare you to take a leading role in safety management.

As well as dealing with incidents, you will learn to manage risk in a systematic way, allowing you to manage effective OH&S consultation and participation processes, information systems and risk-reduction policies. Take responsibility for the safety of your colleagues and you could not only avoid injury and incident, but demonstrate your management credentials.


In order to be eligible for this course, applicants must have completed the following units of competency from the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41415):

  • BSBWHS402 - Assist with compliance with WHS laws
  • BSBWHS403 - Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
  • BSBWHS404 - Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • BSBWHS406 - Assist with responding to incidents
  • BSBWHS405 - Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems

Areas of study

In this diploma course, the subjects you will study include:

Core units:

  • BSBWHS502 - Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes
  • BSBWHS503 - Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk
  • BSBWHS504 - Manage WHS risks
  • BSBWHS505 - Investigate WHS incidents
  • BSBWHS506 - Contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining WHS management systems

Elective units:

  • BSBWHS410 - Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives
  • BSBWHS408 - Assist with effective WHS management of contractors
  • BSBWHS507 - Contribute to managing WHS information systems
  • BSBWHS508 - Manage WHS hazards associated with plant


RTO 22557
Foundation Education is one of the few Registered Training Organisations (RTO) in Australia who endeavours to deliver flexible online training solutions designed to fit their students’ lifestyles. Since 1999, they’ve been focused on providing excellence in Vocational Education and Training and building partnership networks that drive quality graduates across each industry, alongside their partner RTO, the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (AIPT).

With more than 60 nationally recognised certificate and diploma level courses on offer, the Foundation Education difference means:

Flexible Online Study
Foundation Education’s courses are delivered online so you can study whenever and wherever suits you. This also gives you the flexibility to choose your course length – whether that be the full term of your course or as little as six months.

Dedicated Student Support
Foundation Education’s industry experienced Technical Advisors, Assessors and Support Officers will support you from enrolment through to graduation.

Industry Relevant Courses
Course material is developed in consultation with industry experts to equip you with the job-ready skills and up-to-date knowledge required to support your career goals.
Studying with Foundation Education, you will be supported by an experienced trainer currently working in the industry. You will receive ongoing and personalised support with your assignments and career goals, and have access to coaching and advice from industry professionals. With state-of-the-art technology, you will have access to your course materials 24/7, meaning you can truly study when and where you want.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) from Foundation Education.

A thorough knowledge of workplace health and safety will prepare you for roles that involve greater levels of responsibility. If you're looking to be a manager, supervisor or team leader, then getting qualified in WHS practices will not only prove your readiness to lead, it will allow you to do so with reduced risk.

Potential career pathways include:

  • Workplace health and safety manager
  • Work cover trainer/assessor
  • Safety/WHS officer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Foundation Education offers a range of payment options to suit any budget:

  • Upfront payment - deposit + remaining course fee to be paid within 30 days
  • Payment plan - deposit + remaining course fee to be paid in instalments within 10 months
  • Rapid payment plan - deposit + remaining course fee to be paid in instalments within 4 months

Course fees include course delivery and assessment, study materials and dedicated student support services.

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