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Associate Degree of Occupational Health and Safety - CG48

Tailor your studies and prepare yourself for a career in occupational health and safety with the Associate Degree of Occupational Health and Safety.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

Online

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:60 ATAR:60

UNITS/CREDITS

16/96

DURATION

2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Online

PREREQUISITES

English (Units 3 and 4, C)

RECOMMENDED STUDY

Senior English, Senior Maths, Senior Science or equivalent.

The Associate Degree of Occupational Health and Safety is designed to prepare you for occupational health and safety roles at paraprofessional level.

Benefit from the opportunity to undertake a study plan that can be applied to the discipline and career path that interests you.

Your education and training will equip you with knowledge and skills in ergonomics, science and occupational health and safety management.

You will also have the option to continue your studies and complete the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety, allowing you to further enhance your future career prospects.

The course has been developed to meet the ever-increasing needs of our communities both in Australia and internationally, and is constantly updated in consultation with industry, ensuring you graduate with up-to-date skills and work ready.

Choose to study full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by online study. Studying by online study allows you to balance work and study so you can gain practical experience and earn while you learn.

Core Units 16 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Course structure

You are required to complete 16 units.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Broad course options

Explore the range of OHS courses available at CQUniversity.

No matter your background, and level of experience, you will find an ideal OHS course to suit your learning needs and career aspirations. If you are interested in gaining vocational skills in OHS, the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or Diploma of Work Health Safety are ideal options for you.

The Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety covers safety science disciplines of ergonomics and human factors, accident forensics and OHS management.

The Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety is our most comprehensive OHS course covering a broad range of OHS areas including occupational health, occupational hygiene, ergonomics and human factors, accident forensics and occupational health and safety management.

The Graduate Certificate in Fatigue Risk Management is ideal if you are a practitioner in OHS with an interest in fatigue management.

Alternatively, if you are seeking an advanced understanding of OHS, then the Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety will be of interest.

Career focussed

You will complete project-based, authentic and industry-relevant assessment tasks giving you opportunities to practically apply your learning. Your assessments and the unit tasks ensure that you graduate with relevant skills and knowledge to be an effective and competent OHS professional.  

Professional accreditation

Our professionally accredited courses offer you relevant skills and knowledge that meet industry needs. The Safety Institute of Australia recognises the below courses as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Professional Membership when they are supported by the appropriate years of service.

  • Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
OCHS12002 OHS Practice

Rank Threshold

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0


Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.

When applying, you must demonstrate that you have met the listed Entry Requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements.

After you have applied and enrolled in this course, you will need to be able to meet the Security and Health Requirements as these generally relate to work-integrated learning activities that form part of your course. You will be provided with more information about security and health requirements after enrolling in the relevant units that these relate to. 

Entry Requirements

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

Domestic - While there are no course pre-requisites, Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended. Students without Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended to undertake one of the following access courses:

  • Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS)
  • Tertiary Entry Program (TEP)

The Associate Degree of Occupational Health and Safety is your gateway to a variety of management and consultancy positions in workplace health and safety. Upon completion you will be qualified to work in roles such as:

  • Industrial Safety Officer
  • Occupational Hygienist.

You may find also find employment opportunities in the areas of ergonomics and risk management and in industries such as:

  • primary
  • rural safety
  • manufacturing
  • mining
  • services
  • employer associations
  • the defence force
  • health
  • government authorities.

Graduates may be eligible to apply for Chartered Professional Membership with the Safety Institute of Australia once they have completed the appropriate years of service.

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,016.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. The Australian Government loan scheme HECS-HELP assists you in paying your student contributions. You can choose to defer part or all of your student contribution fees.  Learn more about paying for university

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Other study costs

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and 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. 

New South WalesONL: 160591
VictoriaONL: 1700110441
Western AustraliaONL: 150591
QueenslandONL: 850495


If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
Victoria; Tasmania

Apply via VTAC

Note: applications via VTAC are closed from Friday, 2 December 2022 and reopen Wednesday, 4 January 2023. While VTAC is closed, please submit your application via ApplyCQUni.

South Australia; Northern Territory; Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.


Option 2: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.

As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
Apply direct

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