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Program Code 12275
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
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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.

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 [email protected].

Admission Requirements

Level 6 applicant

  • Diploma in OHS + other studies such as a trade qualification or equivalent in a cognate area + a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a hands on safety role through the provision of a CV, PD and statement of service OR
  • Advanced Diploma in OHS + 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 OR
  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma

Cognate area include, but are NOT limited to: Health, Engineering, Science

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.   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.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

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

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

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
LEGL6004 Law for Workplace Health & Safety Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6010 Occupational Health Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6020 Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6050 Current Practice in Occupational Health and Safety Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
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