The Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety reflects the roles of individuals who coordinate and maintain the OHS program within an organisation. Individuals would possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate their own work and the work of others with safety responsibilities.
The pathway to the Diploma of OHS requires successful completion of the Certificate IV of Occupational Health and Safety.
Students must be approved by Polytechnic West before they can enrol in Diploma or Advanced Diploma level units. Please contact an OUA Student Advisor on 1300 36 36 52 for more information.
Following successful completion of the Diploma of OHS, the pathway is to the Advanced 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 Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety.
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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.
Applicants for the Diploma of Occupational Health & Safety must have completed the Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety.
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Polytechnic West before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Please complete the application form below.
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PDF applications should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to: +61 3 8628 2989.
All seven units listed in the Diploma must be completed as well as an additional 8th unit from any nationally endorsed training package at the Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, must be completed to obtain the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
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.
Eight units must be completed to obtain the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. Once all eight 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 OH & S units 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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