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Program Code12275

Program handbook


The Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety is a 40-unit postgraduate coursework program that developed knowledge, skills and interest in Occupational Health, Occupational Hygiene, Law for Workplace Health and Safety, and Contemporary Workplace Health and Safety Practice. The program is embedded within the 80-unit Graduate Diploma of Workplace Health and Safety, and students completing the Graduate Certificate will receive credits for all four courses completed.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • advanced knowledge of key concepts, principles, methods and process in workplace health and safety.
  • developed personal skills and abilities to support an organisation's health and safety function.
  • engaged in evidence-based workplace health and safety by accessing and critically evaluating peer-reviewed resources.
  • developed high levels of written and oral skills to engage in effective communication with individuals and groups on workplace health and safety issues.


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Program code12275
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
  • Australian students - 1 year part-time.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Relevant University rules and policies

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Entry to the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety is available to applicants who have:

  • Diploma in OHS of 1 year duration or equivalent, plus 2 years relevant work experience; OR
  • Advanced Diploma in OHS or equivalent qualification, plus 1 year relevant work experience; OR
  • Bachelor or Bachelor Honours Degree; OR
  • 3 years significant work experience in WHS as evidenced by CV and references. Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

1 year part-time up to 4 years maximum.

Program requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety (GradCertWHlthS) consists of 40 units of core postgraduate coursework courses.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LEGL6004Law for Workplace Health and Safety
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
OHSE6010Occupational Health
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
OHSE6020Occupational Hygiene Fundamentals
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
OHSE6050Contemporary Work Health and Safety
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

International students can only study this program online offshore. The program is structured to provide opportunities for international students. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. Strategies for program-specific online student support will be developed in consultation with participating students. Additionally, they will be encouraged to avail themselves of existing University support networks and services.

Additional support

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes "reasonable accommodations" under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

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