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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
Mode of delivery



1 year part-time up to 4 years maximum.

Program code: 12275

Program handbook


The Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety is a 40-unit postgraduate coursework program that develops knowledge, skills and interest in four of the major areas in occupational health and safety principles and practice. The topics covered include: Occupational Health, Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology, Law for Occupational Health and Safety, and current practice in OHS.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Possess advanced knowledge of occupational health, safety and workplace injury management legislation and advisory and regulatory instruments governing rules, codes limits and standards.
  • Competently apply advanced knowledge and integrated understanding of occupational health, safety and workplace injury management and relevant systems and processes, to enhance the health, safety and well-being of workers.
  • Competently apply a specialised, evidence-based body of knowledge and high level skills in problem-solving and critical analysis to identify, formulate, define and resolve occupational health and safety and workplace injury management issues.
  • Demonstrate high level written, oral and/or graphic communication skills to facilitate effective, specialist and non-specialist communication with individuals, groups and populations regarding occupational health and safety and workplace injury management.


Information correct as at9 Aug 2020 3:21 am
Program code12275
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
  • Australian students - 1 year part-time.
Term typeSemesters
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Health and Medicine
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Law School
  2. School of Health Sciences
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
  • Graduate Certificate or other postgraduate qualification; OR
  • 5 years significant workplace experience in OHS 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.

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) is a 40-unit program.  The GCWHS is embedded within the 120-unit Master of Workplace Health and Safety program.

Admission to the Masters program following completion of the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety for special entry students will require a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

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 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6010Occupational Health
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6020Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6050Current Practice in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

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.