The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (WHS) is a new course that supersedes the old Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety and provides a thorough familiarisation with the new Model Work Health and Safety Act 2011. This much sought after qualification is for both private and public sectors, as most employers require some level of formal studies in the area. The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety offers the formal qualification along with skills and knowledge of WHS legislation and Management Systems.


The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety qualification will provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to improve the overall safety in the workplace.

This course covers a broad range of health and safety functions and helps participants to understand the health and safety duties, rights and responsibilities in the workplace. As Safety Consultants, USSA recognises that the development and use of an effective WHS Management System is the key to providing a safe workplace, minimising the risk to people, property and the environment.

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This course is targeted towards those with supervisory responsibilities for implementing and monitoring the organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs in a work area. It applies to individuals with a broad knowledge of WHS policies who are currently required to contribute to that system.

Learning Outcomes

Participants in the course will be provided with the skills and knowledge required for field leadership in WHS which supports the development of organisational behavioural and cultural change in WHS.

The program aims to provide in class support across all Units of Competency. Participants are required to access the 7 days (7) day face-to-face delivery of these core and elective Units. The philosophy behind our proposed delivery structure mirrors the lifecycle of safety management in the workplace.

To further meet the needs of our clients USSA Training recognises the opportunity to use organisation specific case scenarios and documentation.

Participants will be expected to complete all assessment tasks. The time taken to complete this qualification will vary between units and individual participants with the volume of learning required for a Certificate IV being typically 0.5 – 2 years.

Topics Studied

  • Assisting with compliance with WHS laws
  • Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
  • Assisting with responding to incidents
  • Implementation and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
  • Assist with claims management, rehabilitation and return-to-work programs
  • Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives
  • Analyse and present research information
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

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Learning Pathway

Upon completion of USSA Training’s Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety WHS trainees will already hold three (3) units from the BSB40807 Certificate IV in Frontline Management qualification, leaving them with only seven (7) to do to achieve a dual qualification.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the process where USSA Training undertakes to recognise your existing skills, knowledge and experience regardless of how they were acquired. Recognising your current skills and knowledge in the area of Work Health and Safety may lead to a complete qualification or the issuing of a Statement of Attainment recognising those competencies.

Benefits of RPL

Previous experience and skills will be recognised

No need to repeat learning skills

Reduction of time spent on the qualification

Course costs

Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety – $1740

RPL costs- $ 650 for the complete course.

Where to book

Option 1- Book your course online here and download a course brochure. Following this our Client Services Coordinator will email you a copy of our Course Enrolment Form.

Option 2- If you have considerable experience in the area of Work Health and Safety and contributions to WHS Management Systems you should consider the RPL option.  Contact a USSA Training staff member to arrange a time to speak with a trainer and Assessor about you suitability for this option. Contact us to book an RPL interview now

Upon successful completion of either option participants will receive a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety BSB41412

For further enquiries please phone us on 1800256488 or send us an email at

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