Work Health and Safety (WHS) is a valuable skill set applicable to all workplaces in Australia. Work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities cost Australian businesses over $60 billion a year, and WHS specialists are in high demand. A Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety from Melbourne Polytechnic can open doors to a wide choice of workplaces. Health and safety specialists are assets to their industries and a portable range of skills can help you make a meaningful contribution to many workplaces, from construction sites through to large corporations.Practical learning opportunities
The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety covers all key WHS areas, including compliance with WHS law, hazard identification, incident response and management. You will learn practical skills with qualified teachers currently working in WHS, who can pass on industry insights and guide you through our unique practical education. Your teachers can help you with building career paths, assist with networking opportunities and mentor you throughout the course.Graduate ready to make a difference
Melbourne Polytechnic WHS graduates are industry-ready, prepared to make a meaningful impact on their workplaces. You will be qualified to work as an enterprise based WHS officer, coordinator or advisor, specialising in fields such as legislation, hazard identification and risk control, emergency and incident response, systemic WHS management, claims management, rehabilitation and return to work programs. You may choose to build on this qualification and develop your career in WHS, moving in the design and management of WHS programs, and becoming a leader in the field.
You may build on this qualification and subsequent work experience to develop your career in work health and safety, taking on greater responsibility and moving from the implementation of WHS programs to their design and management.
You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.