Certificate IV in Preventive Health

Not applicable.


18 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

1 core unit

17 elective units

Choose a minimum of 12 elective units from the Group A (Specialisation) list below.

Choose a minimum of 3 elective units from the Group B (Work Health and Safety) list below.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the elective lists below, or elsewhere within this training package, or another endorsed training package, or accredited course.

Where a pre-requisite unit is attached to an elective unit it is identified by this symbol .

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the elective units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of elective units required for the qualification.

The elective units should be selected from the units that most closely align to an individuals occupational outcomes. Electives selected must not duplicate outcomes of other units.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.


Core Units

add topic DEFPH008A

Coordinate environmental health operations


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)

add topic DEFPH007A

Conduct chlorine dosing of water at the point of supply

add topic DEFPH009A

Conduct a quick assessment of disease outbreak

add topic DEFPH010A

Conduct a field hygiene survey

add topic FDFFS2001A

Implement the food safety program and procedures

add topic FDFTEC3001A

Participate in a HACCP team

add topic FDFFS2001A Implement the food safety program and procedures

add topic HLTDEFHC406B

Participate in deployed health capability

add topic HLTHIR402D

Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry

add topic HLTPOP216C

Monitor and maintain septic or on-site systems

add topic NWP240B

Inspect and report catchment and surrounding areas

add topic NWP264B

Monitor, operate and report wastewater pre-treatment processes

add topic NWP260A

Monitor and report water treatment processes

add topic NWP261A

Operate and maintain water treatment plant and equipment

add topic NWP262A

Monitor and report wastewater treatment processes

add topic NWP268B

Monitor, operate and report chlorine disinfection systems

add topic NWP364B

Perform laboratory testing

add topic CPPPMT3019A

Organise and monitor pest management operations

add topic CPPWMT4007A

Implement waste management plan

add topic CPPWMT4030A

Determine waste management services

add topic CPPWMT4032A

Inform and educate clients on waste management issues

add topic CPPWMT5036A

Develop a waste management plan

add topic AHCVPT306A

Apply animal trapping techniques

add topic AHCVPT203A

Use firearms to humanely destroy animals


Group B Elective Units (Work Health and Safety)

add topic BSBOHS401B

Contribute to the implementation of a systematic approach to managing OHS

add topic BSBOHS402B

Contribute to the implementation of the OHS consultation process

add topic BSBOHS403B

Identify hazards and asses OHS risks

add topic BSBOHS404B

Contribute to the implementation of strategies to control OHS risk

add topic BSBOHS405B

Contribute to the implementation of emergency procedures

add topic BSBOHS406C

Use equipment to conduct workplace monitoring


Group C Elective Units (General)

add topic DEFCM008B

Provide technical advice

add topic BSBADM409A

Coordinate business resources

add topic BSBAUD402B

Participate in a quality audit

add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBWOR402A

Promote team effectiveness

add topic BSBWOR404B

Develop work priorities


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF42312 Certificate IV in Preventive Health have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Defence qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement


communicate effectively with people at all levels of the organisation

communicate technical advice relating to environmental health to personnel within the dependent organisation

prepare reports for a range of target groups


implement team leadership management principles

obtain, interpret and where necessary, clarify with team supervisor, instructions for environmental health support

undertake liaison with relevant persons at the dependent organisation to inform about and gain consent to, the occurrence of tasking

Problem solving

address small disputes relating to OHS implementation issues

manage workplace issues and problems

modify tasking to meet unforeseen requirements, reallocate resources and communicate the extent of change to team supervisor

Initiative and enterprise

determine best use of available resources

implement time management strategies to set priorities

evaluate relevant workplace OHS data trends and recognise limitations of data collected

investigate the interactions between people, their activities, environment and systems

Planning and organising

allocate resources within tasking allocation to ensure tasks are achievable and to make efficient use of resources

coordinate environmental health operations

plan environmental health tasking for individuals within a team

prioritise tasking

revise tasking allocation as required, to meet planned objectives

sequence tasks and meet timelines


build relationships with stakeholders (internal and external to the organisation)

complete tasks in appropriate order and minimise duplication of effort


learn about duty of care arrangements

learn about food storage and distribution standards including the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) approach to food control

learn about legal framework of OHS in the workplace

learn about principles relating to hazard identification, hierarchy of control, risk management, systematic approaches to OHS


establish and maintain administrative systems

use a range of communication media

use relevant office equipment