Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety

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Program Code 12275
Graduate Level Postgraduate
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The Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety is a 40-unit postgraduate coursework program that develops knowledge, skills and interest in four of the major areas in occupational health and safety principles and practice. The topics covered include: Occupational Health, Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology, Law for Occupational Health and Safety, and current practice in OHS.

Why study with us?

The program is delivered entirely on-line and may be undertaken from within or outside Australia.  The Graduate Certificate is an embedded program in the Masters of Workplace Health and Safety and students with a relevant bachelor degree or those who attain a Grade Point average of at least 5.0 can gain entry into the Masters program with 40 units of credit.

A Special Entry option applies for those seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate program on the basis of relevant non-university qualifications and at least 3 years relevant professional experience in an approved designated health and safety role as approved for this purpose by the Pro Vice-Chancellor.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of roles within the field of workplace health and safety.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

Level 6 applicant

  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma in OHS
  • Other Studies such as trade qualifications/ hospital trained nurses Cert 4/ Cert 3 in cognate area
  • must demonstrate a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a hands on safety role through the provision of a CV, PD and statement of service

Level 7 applicant

  • Bachelor degree

Level 8 applicant

  • Bachelor Honours degree
  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma

Cognate areas include, but are NOT limited to:

Health Engineering Science Mining Manufacturing Government Rural safety Primary industry

English Language Proficiency Requirements Applicants for whom English is not the first language must provide evidence that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirements of 6.5 no subtest less than 6.0 and have attained the relevant IELTS standard.

International students must submit transcripts from previous education qualifications in English or with an authorised English translation.

Practical Experience

The program does not require completion of any practice placements. However students can ‘tailor’ the courses to their own development or workplace needs by relating assessment items to their current work situations or professional experience.

Professional Accreditation

While Graduate Certificates are not accredited with the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board, students with an appropriate bachelor degree or graduates who attain a grade point average of at least 5.0 may complete the Masters level program (and receive 40 units of credit). The Masters program will be accredited by both the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board and the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the UK.

International Students

The program is open to International students. The program is structured to provide opportunities for international students. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. Strategies for program-specific online student support will be developed in consultation with participating students. Additionally, they will be encouraged to avail themselves of existing University support networks and services.

Special Needs

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Requirements and Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety (GradCertWHlthS) is a 40-unit, AQF Level 8-compliant program.  The GCWHS is embedded within the 120-unit Master of Workplace Health and Safety program.

Entry requirements for the Graduate Certificate qualification is a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution.

Special entry into the Graduate Certificate will be offered to those with relevant non-university qualifications and at least 3 years relevant professional experience in a designated health and safety role, approved for this purpose by the Pro Vice-Chancellor. Admission to the Masters program following completion of the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety for special entry students will require a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
LEGL6004 Law for Workplace Health & Safety Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6010 Occupational Health Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6020 Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6050 Current Practice in Occupational Health and Safety Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units