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Diploma of Work Health and Safety

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  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    12 months part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    The Gordon (RTO 3044)

  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

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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

Recipient of the Princeps Shield for Most Outstanding Diploma Student, Gavin, talks about studying WHS at The Gordon.

About this course

At the completion of this Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) from The Gordon, you will be equipped to apply WHS practices in a wide variety of situations.

Suitable for anyone currently employed in a work health and safety role, the TAFE course aims to extend and develop your skills in WHS coordination.

It focuses on compliance with WHS laws, implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes, WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and control, implementing and maintaining WHS management systems, and responding to incidents.

You will also learn strategies to control WHS risks by utilising workplace procedures and explore WHS information and data systems.


In order to apply for admission into this course, you must:

  • Have successfully completed the following core units 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
    • BSBWHS405 - Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
    • BSBWHS406 - Assist with responding to incidents
  • Undertake an assessment to determine sufficient skills, knowledge and prior experience in WHS within a workplace environment
  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Provide evidence of completion of Year 12
  • Possess adequate computer skills
  • Attend an interview

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be available for skills and knowledge obtained through previous study or other relevant experience.

Areas of study

In this WHS course, the units of competency you may study include: Core:

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


  • BSBWHS408 - Assist with effective WHS management of contractors
  • BSBWHS409 - Assist with workplace monitoring processes
  • BSBWHS510 - Contribute to implementing emergency procedures
  • BSBWHS507 - Contribute to managing WHS information systems
  • BSBWHS410 - Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives
  • BSBSUS501 - Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
  • BSBMGT516 - Facilitate continuous improvement
  • BSBWHS509 - Facilitate the development and use of risk management tools
  • BSBINN601 - Lead and manage organisational change
  • PUAWER003B - Manage and monitor workplace emergency procedures equipment and other resources
  • BSBMGT502 - Manage people performance
  • BSBHRM509 - Manage rehabilitation or return to work programs
  • BSBWHS508 - Manage WHS hazards associated with plant
  • TAEDEL401A - Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • CHCFAM504C - Respond to and contain critical incidents
The Gordon is an award-winning TAFE that has been providing high-quality education and training for over 125 years. As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, it services more than 19,000 students each year. Thanks to two purpose-built campuses – in Geelong City and East Geelong – students are provided with a hands-on learning experience in settings modelled on real-world industry environments. The Gordon also boasts one of the most comprehensive and diverse course ranges in all of Western Victoria, with over 230 accredited qualifications to choose from. Students receive the added benefit of access to The Gordon’s pathway program, which provides articulation and credit transfer opportunities at Deakin University.
The Gordon offers its students access to an array of support services, including academic resources and on-site facilities to help make your time on campus happy, healthy and supportive.

The Gordon Library and study support team is on hand to provide personalised assistance with everything from essay writing to note-taking, and also includes an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for non-native English speakers. Tailored services are also available via the Aboriginal Education Unit and Disability Support Services offices. Career guidance can be sought from the Careers team at any time, and for anyone struggling with personal hardship, a free and confidential counselling service is available at both the Geelong City campus and East campus.

Career outcomes

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

You will be qualified to apply for roles such as OHS/WHS officer and OHS/WHS manager.

By partnering closely with Deakin University, The Gordon also offers students access to unique pathway opportunities, credit transfers and dual-delivered qualifications - your learning journey doesn't end here! Further learning pathways may include:

  • Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB60615)

Curious about where a career in WHS could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • WHS Officer
  • Safety Manager
  • Safety Inspector
  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Officer
  • Safety Advisor

Payment options & support

Finance options

All course fees at The Gordon are comprised of tuition, student amenities, and materials costs. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may fall into one of the following fee categories:

  • Standard - you meet the eligibility criteria for access to the government subsidised Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG).
  • Concession - you meet the VTG eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card.
  • Full-fee paying/Fee for Service (FFS) - you do not meet the VTG eligibility criteria

You will pay the following additional fees for this course:

Student amenities (per year)




Course fees are payable within 14 days of enrolment. Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for a payment plan.

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