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Diploma of Work Health and Safety

BSB51315Diploma of Work Health and Safety

BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and SafetyCourse Code: BSB51315Diploma of Work Health and Safety

This qualification is suitable for people who coordinate and maintain the work health and safety (WHS) program in an organisation. It reflects the role of practitioners who apply a substantial knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts.

The BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety provides participants with an in-depth knowledge of WHS practices and assists in developing the skills needed to develop and manage an organisation’s WHS program:

  • Understand the consequences of exposure to health and safety hazards at work
  • Recognise, evaluate and manage hazards in the workplace
  • Administer various WHS functions, planning policy development and ethics
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge in areas of system design and development, risk management and incident investigation.

This course is appropriate for people:

  • Working in the industry who wish to become recognised/ qualified WHS Officers
  • Employees with responsibility for WHS coordination in the workplace
  • Studying Online
  • Payment Option
  • Nationally Recognised
  • Student Assistance Program
  • Funding Available
  • Learning Method

    Classroom / Workplace
  • Duration

    12 – 18 months.
  • RTO's

    This course is delivered by Kirana Colleges Registered Training Organisations Access Training Institute Pty Ltd RTO ID 91498, Insight Training Group Pty Ltd RTO ID 32142 and Learning Lab Pty Ltd RTO ID 91341.

Course Requirements

To achieve the BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety a total of 9 units of competency must be completed, five (5) core units and four (4) elective units.

Qualification Pathway

Upon successful completion of this qualification you may continue your studies and undertake the following:

BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Entry Requirements

Students must have been assessed as competent in the following units (or equivalent units) prior to enrolling in BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety:

  • BSBWHS402 Assist with compliance with WHS laws
  • BSBWHS403 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
  • BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • BSBWHS405 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
  • BSBWHS406 Assist with responding to incidents
  • Students must be currently employed in, or have access to, a suitable WHS management role encompassing the range of tasks and knowledge covered by the Units of Competency.

Students will need to be able to access and use a personal computer including internet connection, word processing and spreadsheet processing software, for example MS Word and Excel.

Student Selection Process

Kirana’s student selection process is designed to ensure that you are enrolled in the qualification that best meets your needs.

Kirana’s selection criteria will take into account various factors when deciding upon which students will be offered places in the program including;

  • The students’ needs and desired outcomes
  • The ability and commitment of the students to complete the course;
  • Eligibility requirements listed in the applicable National Training Package;
  • Students existing ability in the ACSF core skills, (learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy)

Students not meeting these requirements will be directed to more suitable qualifications or skill development programs.


After completing this course you can pursue a career as a:

  • Work Health and Safety Officer
  • Work Health and Safety Practitioner

Core Units

Unit CodeUnit Description
BSBWHS502Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes
BSBWHS506Contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
BSBWHS503Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk
BSBWHS504Manage WHS risks
BSBWHS505Investigate WHS incidents


Unit CodeUnit Description
BSBWHS508Manage WHS hazards associated with plant
BSBWHS410Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives
BSBWHS507Contribute to managing WHS information systems
BSBHRM509Manage rehabilitation or return to work programs

Work Placement 

To be assessed as competent in this qualification, individual workers are required to undertake 400 hours of supervised work placement in a relevant industry delivery setting. Evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate’s ability to work at this level.

NSW Smart and Skilled – for students residing in NSW

An important notice about Smart and Skilled

Access Training Institute, Insight Training Group Australia, Kirana Training, Learning Lab, Maxis Solutions, and Precision Training Australia (Kirana Colleges) are all contracted training providers under the New South Wales Smart and Skilled program. The following qualification and pricing information remains current for existing students under Smart and Skilled, who enrolled on or prior to 31 December 2016.

Studying at Kirana Colleges is a lot more affordable thanks to Smart and Skilled, a subsidised training program offered by the NSW Government. Kirana Colleges can offer this program through our Registered Training Organisation Access Training Institute Pty Ltd RTO ID 91498. Fee free scholarships and exemptions to tuition fees available. Eligibility criteria applies. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

NSW Smart & Skilled Targeted Priorities Funding Eligibility



Important Information for existing students with VET FEE-HELP loans

The Commonwealth Government’s VET FEE-HELP loan scheme still applies for any student that commenced study before 31 December 2016. For our existing students there are arrangements for you to continue with your course. If you’re an existing Kirana Colleges student with a VET FEE-HELP loan, you can expect to receive if you have not already, an email or letter from the commonwealth government. You should have also received information from Kirana Colleges confirming the steps you will need to take to continue studying. This correspondence will ask you to ‘opt-in’ to continue to study under the current VET FEE-HELP scheme. It’s important you respond by undertaking all actions mentioned, so there are no delays to your ongoing enrolment. If you’re an existing student, the VET FEE-HELP opt-in steps, allowing you to continue your studies, can be found here. Alternatively contact us through the Student Help Form.

This qualification can be offered to eligible students, all or in part, through VET FEE-HELP, a national Australian commonwealth loan scheme to help you get your studies started now and repayment of the loan once you earn to the compulsory repayment threshold. VET FEE-HELP can be offered for this course through Kirana Colleges Registered Training Organisation: Access Training Institute Pty Ltd RTO ID 91498.

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