Certificate III in Work Health and Safety

This qualification is suitable for people who take on work health and safety (WHS) responsibilities in addition to their main duties. They may provide technical advice and support to a team.

The qualification reflects the role of skilled operators who apply a broad range of competencies in varied work contexts.


Total number of units = 10

5 core unitsplus

5 elective units of which:

at least 3 units must be from the elective units below

up to 2 may be from 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 II and 1 elective unit from a Certificate IV.

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

Core units

add topic BSBWHS302A Apply knowledge of WHS legislation in the workplace

add topic BSBWHS303A Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control

add topic BSBWHS304A Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultation processes

add topic BSBWHS305A Contribute to WHS issue resolution

add topic PUAWER001B Identify, prevent and report potential workplace emergency situations

Elective units

add topic BSBCMM201A Communicate in the workplace

add topic BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity

add topic BSBINM301A Organise workplace information

add topic BSBINN201A Contribute to workplace innovation

add topic BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBWHS406A Assist with responding to incidents

add topic BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic BSBWOR401A Establish effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBWRT301A Write simple documents

add topic CPPWMT3044A Identify wastes and hazards

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA302C Provide first aid in remote situation

add topic PUAWER004B Respond to workplace emergencies


    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates entering this qualification include:

    BSB20112 Certificate II in Business or other relevant Certificate II qualifications


    vocational experience working in WHS roles without a formal qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    BSB41412 Certificate IV in 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:


identifying, recording and communicating to others the duties, rights and responsibilities of individuals and parties in the consultation process


raising relevant WHS issues in meetings and supporting others to do so


identifying and taking appropriate action on non-compliance with legislation

Initiative and enterprise

recognising limits of own expertise and legal duties, and accessing help and advice when required

Planning and organising

choosing appropriate methods for hazard identification and risk assessment


sequencing tasks and meeting timelines


using relevant sources to keep up-to-date with legislation


searching for, accessing and downloading electronic documents and software