Certificate III in Occupational Health and Safety

This qualification reflects the role of skilled operators who apply a broad range of competencies in varied work contexts, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. They may provide technical advice and support to a team. This qualification is for people whose main job is not dedicated to OHS but who take it on as a voluntary duty.

Job Roles

Health and Safety Assistant

Health and Safety Committee Member

Health and Safety Representative.


Total number of units = 12

7 core units plus

5 elective units

3elective units must be selected from the elective units listed below.

The remaining 2 elective units may be selected from the elective units listed below, or any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level. If not listed below, 1 unit may be selected from a Certificate II qualification and 1 unit from a Certificate IV qualification.

Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.

Core units

add topic BSBOHS301B Apply knowledge of OHS legislation in the workplace

add topic BSBOHS302B Participate effectively in OHS communication and consultative processes

add topic BSBOHS303B Contribute to OHS hazard identification and risk assessment

add topic BSBOHS304B Contribute to OHS hazard control

add topic BSBOHS305B Contribute to OHS issue resolution

add topic BSBOHS306B Contribute to implementing emergency prevention activities and response procedures

add topic BSBOHS307B Participate in OHS investigations

Elective units

Customer Service

add topic BSBCUS301B Deliver and monitor a service to customers


add topic BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity

Financial Administration

add topic BSBFIA301A Maintain financial records

General Administration

add topic BSBADM311A Maintain business resources

Information Management

add topic BSBINM301A Organise workplace information

add topic BSBINM302A Utilise a knowledge management system


add topic BSBINN201A Contribute to workplace innovation

Interpersonal Communication

add topic BSBCMM301B Process customer complaints

IT Use

add topic BSBITU306A Design and produce business documents

Product Skills and Advice

add topic BSBPRO301A Recommend products and services


add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Workplace Effectiveness

add topic BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic BSBWOR401A Establish effective workplace relationships


add topic BSBWRT301A Write simple documents

Imported Units

add topic HLTFA402B Apply advanced first aid

add topic HLTFA403A Manage first aid in the workplace


    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    BSB20107 Certificate II in Business or other relevant qualification/s


    with vocational experience working in occupational health and safety roles without a formal business qualification. This breadth of expertise would equate to the competencies required to undertake this qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake:

    BSB41407 Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Employability Skills

BSB30707 Certificate III in Occupational Health and Safety

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required by industry for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


contributing to communication processes with emergency management services and talking with the casualty, bystanders and medical staff in an emergency situation


working as part of a group to request occupational health and safety information and data


contributing to assessment of risks to first aiders and others, and determining an appropriate response

Initiative and enterprise

identifying possible improvements to occupational health and safety and contributing these to the decision making process

Planning and organising

contributing to plans such as occupational health and safety action plans


organising daily priorities


applying learning about occupational health and safety processes to future operations


using communication technology including media and equipment to talk to emergency management services