Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others. This qualification would suit an OHS officer in a full-time dedicated role who works under the supervision of an OHS Coordinator or OHS Manager.

Job Roles

Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator

Occupational Health and Safety Officer.


Total number of units = 9

9 elective units

6 elective units must be selected from the Group A units listed below including:

add topic BSBOHS408A Assist with compliance with OHS and other relevant laws


add topic BSBOHS405B Contribute to the implementation of emergency procedures


add topic BSBOHS406C Use equipment to conduct workplace monitoring

At least 1elective unit must be selected from the Group A or Group B units listed below.

The remaining 2 elective units may be selected from the Group A or Group B 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 III or Diploma qualification.

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

Elective units

Group A units

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 assess 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

add topic BSBOHS408A Assist with compliance with OHS and other relevant laws

Group B units

Creative Thinking

add topic BSBCRT501A Originate and develop concepts

Customer Service

add topic BSBCUS401B Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

add topic BSBCUS402B Address customer needs

Financial Administration

add topic BSBFIA402A Report on financial activity

General Administration

add topic BSBADM409A Coordinate business resources


add topic BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment

Interpersonal Communication

add topic BSBCMM401A Make a presentation

IT Support

add topic BSBITS401B Maintain business technology


add topic BSBMKG413A Promote products and services

add topic BSBMKG414B Undertake marketing activities

Occupational Health and Safety

add topic BSBOHS407A Monitor a safe workplace

Project Management

add topic BSBPMG510A Manage projects

Relationship Management

add topic BSBREL401A Establish networks


add topic BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information

Risk Management

add topic BSBRSK401A Identify risk and apply risk management processes


add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


add topic BSBWRT401A Write complex documents


    Qualification Pathways

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    Pathways into the qualification

    Candidates may enter the qualification through a number of entry points including:

    BSB30707 Certificate III in Occupational Health and Safety or other relevant Certificate III qualification


    with extensive vocational experience in occupational health and safety roles.

    Examples of indicative job roles for candidates seeking entry based upon their vocational experience include:

    Health and Safety Representative

    Health and Safety Committee Member

    Health and Safety Assistant.

    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:

    BSB51307 Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory or Certification Considerations

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:


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


establishing return to work programs with rehabilitation providers, relevant managers and the employee

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


assessing 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

planning documents such as occupational health and safety action plans based on the purpose, appropriate format, means of communication and logical presentation of data, information and knowledge


planning work priorities


applying learning about occupational health and safety processes to future operations

identifying training needs of people with occupational health and safety responsibilities and providing the training


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

using software systems to record and file documentation for hazard identification and risk assessment