Overview

Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety

The Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety at the University of Newcastle has been designed for health and safety professionals to develop and update their knowledge of occupational health and safety principles and practice.

Keeping abreast of occupational health and safety principles and practice is essential for health and safety professionals, to ensure they meet complex and changing requirements and legislation introduced by State and Federal Governments.

This program will provide fundamental grounding in the key areas of workplace health and safety including occupational health, occupational hygiene and toxicology, occupational health and safety law and current practice in occupational health and safety.

Knowledge of legislation, organisational requirements and the work environment play a significant role for occupational health and safety officers, inspectors and consultants in developing, implementing and educating employees on key health and safety initiatives in the workplace.

At the successful completion of your studies you will work in roles such as an occupational health and safety officer, inspector or consultant.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Additional Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree; or by special entry possess relevant non-university qualifications and at least 3 years relevant professional work experience in a designated health and safety role.

If you are applying based on a qualification other than a completed Bachelors Degree (eg. Diploma) please submit a current copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), listing full qualifications and experience, directly to GradSchool. Your CV can be uploaded during the online application process.

Is it for you?

If you are working in the field of health and safety and are keen to update your professional knowledge to provide informed health and safety expertise, the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety may be the program for you.

Designed to leverage your existing knowledge, you will learn contemporary workplace health and safety concepts which you can then apply to the development of effective safety campaigns.

With the ability to complete the program over 12 months part-time, the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety will provide you with training in occupational health, hygiene and toxicology, legislation and current workplace practices.

At the successful completion of your studies, you will have the skills to prepare and implement effective occupational, health and safety programs that comply with legislative requirements. Your newly acquired knowledge will enable you to understand the issues and processes associated with occupational health and safety.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.

Career Pathways

At the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety you will be prepared to take on roles within the field of workplace health and safety including those of occupational health and safety officer, inspector and consultant.

As a graduate you will be qualified for career opportunities across a range of industries such as mining, manufacturing, government, rural safety and primary industry. You will likely work in roles where you will develop safety campaigns in response to the occupational, health and safety  needs of your affiliated organisation.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety read the ‘Details’ tab.

Specialisations

The Graduate Certificate will provide you with best practice health and safety skills and knowledge at an intermediate level, enhancing your ability to deliver contemporary practices.

The core courses focus on advancing your knowledge in the key areas of occupational health and safety, legislative requirements, occupational hygiene and toxicology and current health and safety practices. You will walk away with an advanced grasp on these fundamental areas of health and safety in the workplace, a broad view and a clear understanding of current State and Federal legislative requirements. You will learn to identify hazards in the workplace that can affect the body, examine occupational health and safety risk management, accident/incident causation and occupational health and safety systems.

To find out more about where the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

The table below outlines the required number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

 

Educational Qualification Number of years experience in a designated Health and Safety Position
Diploma or Advanced Diploma in WHS or OHS Three
3 year Bachelor degree Zero

 

For admission to the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety program, related areas of study are Health, Engineering, Science, Mining, Manufacturing, Government, Rural Safety, Primary Industry.

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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