BSB41419 - Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Duration 12 months part time. This course is typically delivered over a 12 month period. Students should allocate approximately 12-15 hours per week of study. However, as it is competency based, it may be possible for learners to complete their training sooner if they have reached the required skill level.
Next intakeFebruary, 2024
Study modeOnline, RPL/RCC/Credit
Total units10
Low-Fee course for eligible applicants.


By completing the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety it opens the door to a career in workplace health and safety and provides formal qualifications if you already work in the industry.

This qualification applies to individuals working in a work health and safety (WHS) role who provide a broad range of technical knowledge and skills, and have some limited responsibility for the output of others.

The qualification applies to those working as supervisors, WHS personnel, and workers in other WHS-related roles who manage risks effectively, apply relevant WHS laws, and contribute to WHS within the workplace in known or changing contexts with established parameters.

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

Career Opportunities

Students may work in the role of a Work Health and Safety Officer or Work Health and Safety Advisor.

Structure & Availability

Standard Course Structure


12 months part time.

This course is typically delivered over a 12 month period. Students should allocate approximately 12-15 hours per week of study. However, as it is competency based, it may be possible for learners to complete their training sooner if they have reached the required skill level.


Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBWHS412Assist with workplace compliance with WHS laws
BSBWHS414Contribute to WHS risk management
BSBWHS415Contribute to implementing WHS management systems
BSBWHS413Contribute to implementation and maintenance of WHS consultation and participation processes
BSBWHS416Contribute to workplace incident response


Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBWHS418Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractors
BSBWHS417Assist with managing WHS implications of return to work
BSBWHS431Develop processes and procedures for controlling hazardous chemicals in the workplace
BSBWHS520Manage implementation of emergency procedures
BSBWRT411Write complex documents

Standard Course Structure

February, 2023Online
March, 2023Online
April, 2023Online
May, 2023Online
June, 2023Online
July, 2023Online
August, 2023Online
September, 2023Online
October, 2023Online
February, 2024Online
March, 2024Online
April, 2024Online
May, 2024Online
June, 2024Online
July, 2024Online
August, 2024Online
September, 2024Online
October, 2024Online

This course has no residential schools.


Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment is a requirement before the enrolment process. However, a student will be exempt from this assessment if they hold an equivalent or higher qualification.  There are no other entry requirements specified.

Suggested prior experience in any of the following:

  • WHS Representative training and fulfilling that role
  • Undertaken short training courses (i.e. 1 day) – work specific WHS matters
  • Having undertaken practical WHS tasks in the workplace related to implementing and/or monitoring WHS systems

Students having completed BSB30719 - Certificate III in Work Health and Safety or similar studies may consider undertaking this qualification.


Applicants should have a sound level of computer literacy skills and be motivated and organised to complete the training and assessment in an on-line learning environment.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$2,930
Fee for service per unit$293
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$210

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$3,080
Fee for service per unit$308
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$5
RPL Fee for service per Unit$154

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

Step 1: Get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Visit to create a USI or find an existing one.

Step 2: Prepare your eligibility documentation

So that we can assess your application and eligibility for Government funding options, you’ll need to upload documentation as part of your application. You will need to provide confirmation of identity with the following documentation: 

  • Queensland Residency and Date of Birth. (e.g. Queensland Driver’s License photo must be of the back and front of the license)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (e.g. Medicare Card or Birth Certificate)

For further information on eligible documentation, visit Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

To fast-track your application, make sure you provide a clear photo showing all the information and upload it with your application.

Step 3: Apply Online

Our easy-to-use online application system will guide you through the process of applying for a TAFE course. If you need help along the way, call us on 13 27 86.

Click on the Apply button below to start your application.