This qualification reflects the role of OHS practitioners who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. This qualification would suit an OHS officer in a full-time dedicated role who works under the supervision of an OHS Coordinator or OHS Manager.
Following successful completion of the Certificate IV of OHS the pathway is to the Diploma of OHS.
Please note: Many of the assessment requirements are based on previous or current work experiences. Students (particularly school leavers and/or those under 18) are strongly advised to gain a minimum of 2 years work experience prior to enrolling in to the Certificate IV of Occupational Health and Safety.
Job titles include:
- Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator
- Occupational Health and Safety Officer.
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TAFE courses can be credited towards your OUA degree
Many OUA courses provide pathways through the qualifications needed to develop your career from TAFE Diplomas through to undergraduate Bachelors degrees and then on to the postgraduate qualifications: Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Your TAFE qualification may provide you with the eligibility to apply for a higher level course or can provide you with unit exemptions and credit towards your university degree.
There are no Eligibility requirements for the entry level Certificate IV of OH & S course. Students can enrol immediately in these open enrolment units.
Students must complete the Certificate IV in OH&S to be eligible to apply to continue their studies in the Diploma of OH & S.
Units in this course are available all year round. You can start studying at any time.
Each unit in this course has two pieces of assessment, consisting of activities (short answer questions) and a typed assignment (essay style). More information will be provided in your study materials.
Nine units must be completed to obtain the Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety. Once all nine units are completed an "Application for Award" is required to be submitted.
Registering in this Course
Enrolments are ongoing throughout the academic year.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are recommended to study the Certificate IV of Occupational Health and Safetyunits in the order specified in the Course Structure. Students must only enrol into one unit at a time.
The course is self paced - so you can complete the units as fast as you want and as soon as you complete one unit, you can enrol into the next unit. However, once you have enrolled into a unit, you have a maximum of 6 months to complete that unit.
Students wanting to enrol into more than one unit at a time must contact lecturing staff from the Australian Centre for Work Safety to discuss their options before enrolling, Ph: +61 8 9267 7353.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available to all students. You need to check the learning outcomes for each unit to determine your eligibility and then apply for a formal assessment.
You will need to provide documentation as evidence of your competency and there are costs associated with applying for RPL.
All applications for RPL will be assessed by a suitably qualified lecturer. You will be informed in writing of the result of your application.
The Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit section on each of the university course pages on the OUA website has information about credit or unit exemptions for your previous study at TAFE. The Eligibility section of some courses lists TAFE qualifications required before you can apply to be admitted to the course.
Further information is available from Credit for previous study
This course sits within a group of courses, giving you the flexibility to study towards different levels of qualification. The courses are listed from the highest to the lowest qualification.
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