Big Change for Our Most Popular WHS Qualifications

nationally recognised trainingThe very popular Certificate IV in OHS will not be available by the end of 2013. It has been replaced by a more up to date course developed in line with the new harmonised laws. However most new students are not even aware of the changes.

The Cert IV Work Health and Safety (BSB 41412) superseded the Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety (BSB41407) course in December 2012.

The old OH&S Course will be completely unavailable by the end of this year and anyone currently learning under the old OH&S Course will need to complete by June 2014.

Why is there a new safety course? Vocational Education and Training courses undergo reformation every few years. This ensures they incorporate the most up to date information and teaching techniques. Previously, Australia’s Certificate IV OHS course was current as of 2007. The new Certificate IV in WHS incorporates industry changes to information and practice and the new WHS laws and regulations.

The most prominent difference to the qualifications is the change in terminology to reflect the WHS Act, formed in 2011. Though not every state has implemented WHS laws, Australia is working towards harmonisation of the health and safety sector. In conjunction with the course name, the unit coding has changed from “OHS” to “WHS” to streamline language and terminology.

Changes have also taken place within the unit structure. The Cert IV OHS required a completion of nine units in total, six core units and three elective units. These electives were dependent on the student’s delivery mode and location of study.

The NEW WHS Course is comprised of 10 units in total, five core units and five elective units. All electives are applicable to each participant regardless of location or delivery mode. The new WHS Certificate IV aims to give students an understanding of workplace health and safety practices. It encourages knowledge development in the skills required to work within an organisations safety team.

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is now the minimum requirement for WH&S Management in many workplaces and is designed to enable you to participate in an WHS Management System.  The Certificate IV in WH&S will teach you how to comply with WH&S legislation, how to identify hazards and how to assess and control risks.  Additionally you will learn how to contribute to WHS in a workplace environment, including aiding in the implementation of WH&S strategies to control risks and emergency procedures.

This qualification is the most sought after for safety advisors in Australia. It is the minimum qualification for WorkCover inspectors to hold and covers all aspects of monitoring a Safety Management System based on AS/NZ4801 / 4904. All of the course activities give the participants real life exposure to handling OHS / WHS issues with reference to current legislation and best practice applications

If you are interested in this new qualification we offer an innovative e-learning option that means you can complete your own accredited qualification in WHS online. There are no classes to attend or semesters to wait for. Call us on 1300 773801 for more information or email


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