Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

This qualification is suitable for people working in a work health and safety (WHS) role who may or may not work under supervision. They may provide leadership and guidance to others and have some limited responsibility for the output of others.

The qualification reflects the role of workers who apply a broad knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of contexts and may include coordinators, advisors and facilitators.


Total number of units = 10

5 core unitsplus

5 elective units of which:

at least 3 units must be from Group A below

the remaining units may be from:

Group A or Group B below

any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level or, if not listed below, 1 elective unit may be selected from a Certificate III or a Diploma.

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet industry needs.

Core units

add topic BSBWHS402A Assist with compliance with WHS laws

add topic BSBWHS403A Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes

add topic BSBWHS404A Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control

add topic BSBWHS405A Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems

add topic BSBWHS406A Assist with responding to incidents

Elective units

Group A

add topic BSBCMM401A Make a presentation

add topic BSBPMG522A Undertake project work

add topic BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information

add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBWHS407A Assist with claims management, rehabilitation and return-to-work programs

add topic BSBWHS408A Assist with effective WHS management of contractors

add topic BSBWHS409A Assist with workplace monitoring processes

add topic BSBWHS410A Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives

add topic PUAWER002B Ensure workplace emergency prevention procedures, systems and processes are implemented

Group B

add topic BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBMGT401A Show leadership in the workplace

add topic BSBMGT403A Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBWRT401A Write complex documents

add topic TAEASS301B Contribute to assessment

add topic TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction


    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates entering this qualification include:

    BSB30712 Certificate III in Work Health and Safety or other relevant Certificate III qualifications


    vocational experience in work health and safety roles without a formal qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    BSB51312 Diploma of Work 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

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:


communicating and explaining measurement and evaluation to others and facilitating their contributions

communicating and explaining the work health and safety management system (WHSMS) plan to others in relation to their roles and responsibilities, and facilitating their contribution to implementation of the plan


assisting investigators and providing relevant information during investigations

assisting with obtaining information from those involved regarding actions and events leading up to, or occurring during or after an incident


applying knowledge of risk assessment to contribute to the selection of risk-assessment techniques, tools and processes for common hazards

contributing to the identification and assessment of barriers to the implementation and effectiveness of work health and safety (WHS) consultation and participation processes

Initiative and enterprise

contacting responsible persons and relevant authorities when required

establishing and building relationships

Planning and organising

contributing to setting up and running WHS consultation and participation processes

sequencing tasks, meeting timelines and running efficient and effective meetings


applying WHS policy to own and others' work areas and job roles

contributing to the implementation of the WHS policy as it applies to own work area and job role


identifying training requirements necessary for effective WHS consultation and participation processes

providing training to meet legal and other requirements


contributing to measurement and evaluation as it applies to own work area and job role

using a range of software and communication media