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Need a recognised qualification?
A Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is the minimum qualification required for health and safety roles.
Stepping up to safety and risk management?
Enrol in a Diploma WHS course that will give you the skills and knowledge you need to take on a supervisor or manager position.
Looking to specialise?
Consider a qualification in Human Resources or look at a specific industry with a course such as Introduction to Underground Mining.
After steady, well-paid employment in almost any industry? Get your work health and safety qualification (formerly known as occupational health and safety) and step into a workplace safety role when you graduate. WHS is a discipline in steady demand across industries as diverse as human resources, manufacturing, construction, hospitality and public administration with some lucrative positions in sectors such as mining, oil and gas, why not start a WHS course today?
- You need a Certificate IV to comply with Australian regulations as an WHS practitioner and at least a Diploma for management positions.
- Entry-level roles include workplace health and safety (WHS) officers, which then progress to supervisory and management positions.
- Call a CoursesNow consultant on 1300 192 927 to find out if you're eligible to enrol.
Start as a WHS safety officer, assessing sites and ensuring workplaces are compliant, then take your skills and experience into a management role to develop emergency and risk management procedures. Practitioners can choose to specialise in areas such as safety inspection, mining, manufacturing and oil and gas.
Graduates of a Courses Now WHS course will learn to identify and assess risk, deal with hazards and acquire an understanding of what comprises a good emergency procedure. They will also be able to communicate the importance of workplace health and safety. It is a role ideal for a people person who loves process or a process person who loves working with people.
Although the demand for WHS practitioners in different industries will fluctuate with the fortunes of those individual sectors, the discipline is set to grow strongly over the next five years as regulation and compliance steps up. The salary is often lucrative and employment stable.
Practitioners may choose to become a member of professional bodies such as the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA), the Risk Management Institution of Australasia and the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA), which are all dedicated to best practices and professional development.