Graduate Certificate of Occupational Hygiene
Start your journey into occupational health
Learn core occupational hygiene skills, so you can prevent health and safety incidents in your workplace. This certificate is ideal for those already working in high-risk environments, and can be used to gain entry into the related Masters Degree.
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What you'll learn
At the end of the program, students of the Graduate Certificate of Occupational Hygiene can:
- Apply communication and collaboration skills to demonstrate well-developed judgement in professional occupational hygiene contexts.
- Apply technical and creative skills to investigate and evaluate complex occupational hygiene ideas, concepts and theories in workplace situations.
- Reflect critically on advanced discipline knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate a high level of Occupational Hygiene professional practice or scholarship.
Occupational Hygienists work across a range of industries where occupational and environmental hazards are present, including mining, government departments and manufacturing.
Possible future job titles: Occupational Hygiene Technicians, Occupational Hygiene Advisors
Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of the following:
Bachelor degree; or
Work and Life
Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
English Proficiency Requirements
Students can satisfy English competency requirements by showing any of the following:
- An IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0).
- Completion of a Bachelor degree from a country specified by ECU.
- Completion of 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).
- Equivalent prior learning courses including at least five years relevant professional experience – as accepted by ECU.
- Completion of other tests, courses or programs as accepted by ECU
On campus requirements
Students are required to attend a 3 day workshop for each of the 3 practical units.
Credit for previous study or work
Reduce the time it takes to finish your degree. For eligible students, ECU offers credit and recognition of prior learning (CRPL). There are 2 CRPL options:
• Credit transfer to acknowledge students’ formal learning at uni or TAFE.
• Recognition of students’ informal learning gained outside of the education system (for example workplace experience or volunteer training.)
This program has been developed for practitioners to acquire skills in occupational hygiene. The course will assist you develop or enhance your skills in the practical aspects of identifying, evaluating, and controlling occupational hazards that could adversely affect the health of workers.
You’ll learn about occupational epidemiology, occupational toxicology and the chemical, physical and biological aspects of occupational hygiene. You will apply communication and collaboration skills to demonstrate judgement in professional occupational hygiene contexts.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, core subjects in this degree can include:
- Occupational Epidemiology
- Occupational Hygiene Science
- Occupational Hygiene 1: Chemical Aspects
- Occupational Hygiene 2: Physical and Biological Aspects
- Occupational Hygiene 3: Control
- Occupational Hygiene Sampling and Study Design
- Occupational Toxicology
As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
Students are required to complete 60 credit points.