The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery



0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

UON program code: 12275

Study Workplace Health and Safety

The University of Newcastle's Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety will provide you with best practice health and safety skills and knowledge at an intermediate level, enhancing your ability to deliver contemporary practices.

At the successful completion of your studies, you will have the skills to prepare and implement effective occupational, health and safety programs that comply with legislative requirements.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from research leaders - the University of Newcastle is a global leader in medical and health science research, keeping you on the forefront of breaking research discoveries.
  • Hands-on experience - gain significant real-world experience with environmental field visits and integrated learning at industrial sites, preparing you for a successful career.
  • Flexible study options - you can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anytime.

Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety

What you will study

The Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety primarily focuses on advancing your knowledge in the key areas of occupational health and safety, legislative requirements, occupational hygiene and toxicology and current health and safety practices.

You will gain a clear understanding of current State and Federal legislative requirements and have the ability to identify hazards in the workplace that can affect the body, examine occupational health and safety risk management, accident/incident causation and occupational health and safety systems.

Key areas of study include:

  • Law for Workplace Health and Safety
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology
  • Current Practice in Occupational Health and Safety

Career opportunities

At the successful completion of the program, you will be qualified for career opportunities across a range of industries such as mining, manufacturing, government, rural safety and primary industry. You will be equipped with the skills to develop safety campaigns in response to the occupational, health and safety needs of your affiliated organisation.

Possible career paths may include:

  • WHS manager
  • WHS inspector
  • WHS consultant
  • Government agencies (WorkSafe, WorkCover)