Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management - 2018

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2018

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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This graduate certificate is more than just an occupational health and safety course. In addition to learning about hazard identification, risk assessment and applying control measures and monitoring their effectiveness, you will also study environmental assessment and modelling, environmental and safety law, managerial skills and business administration issues.

A postgraduate qualification in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management (OHSEM) is in high demand thanks to the recent introduction of national legislation and the increasing focus on ensuring OHSEM and Work Health and Safety (WHS) requirements are met in organisations.

On successful completion of the requirements for this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and skills that meet the competency standards required by professional accrediting bodies and certification organisations
  2. Apply established theories to knowledge and practice in the discipline of OHSE in an Australian and International business context
  3. Master and apply practice skills in the discipline of OHSE with reference to legislation and industry standards
  4. Apply professional and community ethical and legal standards to practice
  5. Apply twenty-first century communication skills and high-level, professional interpersonal skills.

OHSE professional practitioners are in demand because of the increasing focus on the management of occupational health, safety and environmental processes in accordance with the law and regulatory requirements. Graduates of this course are likely to have increased opportunities across a wide range of professions and industries.


To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • Bachelor degree in a different discipline and evidence of a minimum five years industry experience; or
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience

In special circumstances, applicants can submit a proposal alongside a formal application, demonstrating their knowledge, experience, and skills are such that they are likely to succeed in the program.

Work Experience:

Applicants without a degree who have appropriate professional work experience may be considered for entry at the Graduate Certificate level of the program.


IELTS minimum score is 6.5

All Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management students are advised to start the course with the introductory unit OHSE601 Principles of OHSE Management.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management students must complete four units.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Principles of OHSE Management
OHSE Management Systems
OHSE602 ACU - SP2 - SP4
Physical Hazards in Occupational Environments
OHSE603 ACU SP1 - SP3 -
OHSE Law in Practice
OHSE604 ACU - SP2 - SP4

RPL or Credit may be granted according to ACU policies and applicants are advised to contact the Course Administrator.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

For students who commenced the Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management prior to 2017, please take note of the following:

  • Do not enrol into MGMT621 Management of Change if you have successfully completed OHSE622 OHSE Epidemiology.
  • Do not enrol into MGMT627 Project Management if you have successfully completed OHSE621 Toxicology and Occupational Hygiene.

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