Diploma of Work Health and Safety

  • Australian Accredited Qualification
  • 100% online | Equivalent to on-campus qualifications
  • Overseas students eligible, no visa required

Online Course Information

The  Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) is nationally recognised and has been developed against the Australian Quality Framework for public health.

You will learn the core skills and knowledge required to manage and oversee all aspects of work health and safety (WHS) policies, processes, systems and programs within an organisation. You will learn how to manage and contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives, the management of WHS risks, emergency procedures, WHS consultation and participation processes, and WHS management systems; manage and investigate WHS risks and incidents; and manage rehabilitation or return to work programs.

The course is designed to be completed within 12-months, but you have up to 24-months to complete your course. You will learn the knowledge and skills required to oversee all aspects of work and safety (WHS) systems, programs, policies and procedures. You will learn how to manage and contribute towards WHS safety measures and initiatives, WHS consultation and participation processes, and manage WHS risks and emergency procedures. The course will also cover WHS management systems and rehabilitation or return to work programs.

This course is delivered by Dolph Business School and you can find out more about this WHS course here.


Unit Code Unit Name Unit Type
BSBWHS502 Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes Core
BSBWHS503 Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk Core
BSBWHS504 Manage WHS risks Core
BSBWHS505 Investigate WHS incidents Core
BSBWHS506 Contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining WHS management systems Core
BSBHRM509 Manage rehabilitation or return to work programs Elective
BSBWHS510 Contribute to implementing emergency procedures Elective
BSBMGT403 Implement continuous improvement Elective
BSBWHS410 Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives Elective


University Pathways

Our Certificate and Diploma courses are nationally recognised qualifications. This means that they are recognised by all Australian Universities for determining your entry eligibility and course credit.

The course credit you are granted will vary depending on the undergraduate degree you choose to undertake, and the grades you attain for your Certificate or Diploma. Most prestigious universities expect you to maintain a 75-80% average to be eligible for course credit towards your bachelor degree and the time and money saved through a transfer of credits can be substantial!

Upon completion of your Certificate or Diploma program at Dolph Business School, should you wish to continue your studies and apply for an undergraduate degree course, our Student & Administration Support team will assist you with your enrolment application, as well as your advanced standing (course credit) application.

We have credit agreements in place with several universities across Australia which guarantees students entry and credit transfer upon completion of our certificate and diploma courses, and could take up to a year off your bachelor’s degree! These credit agreements are of great importance as outside of these, there is no guarantee of the amount of credit transfer you will receive. Refer below for more information. Diploma of Work Health and Safety

University Degree Course Credit Approximate Time Saved
Bachelor of Business 2 units 3-months
Bachelor of Business 2 units 3-months


Online: You have up to 24-months to complete your course. This is a self-paced, Trainer-supported method of learning. We recommend you spend approximately 22-hours a week reading the course material and completing the assessment tasks given to ensure you complete the course within 12-months.

Please note. The above recommended study hours are indicative only. This time would be reduced if you have pre-existing knowledge and experience in accounting and bookkeeping. Dolph Business School is also able to support students who may require additional time.

Entry Requirements

The specified entry requirements for this qualification detailed within the Business Services Training Package is for persons to have:

  • Completed the core units of a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. Find out more here.

Dolph Business School also requires persons who undertake this course to:

  • Be aged 18 years or over.
  • Have suitable language, literacy and numeracy skills to be able to carry out tasks such as to:
    • Interpret and analyse complex WHS legislative and organisational texts
    • Draft, document, maintain and update policies, procedures, processes and reports according to legislative and organisational requirements and vocabulary suitable for the audience
    • Use a combination of formal, logical planning and intuitive understanding of context
    • Use active listening and questioning methods to clarify information and to confirm understanding

Please note. Dolph Business School will engage with persons expressing interest in enrolment to discuss their language, literacy and numeracy skills. Dolph Business School can provide additional learning support to students who require basic assistance. For students who have more fundamental support needs, Dolph Business School can refer these students to a specialist language, literacy and numeracy development provider who can assist students to improve their language, literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to suitably commence the course.

Recognition Of Prior Learning

In accordance with the requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations and the National Code, Dolph Business School provides the opportunity for students to apply to have their prior learning and experience recognised towards an accredited qualification or units of competence for which they are enrolled in.

Local students

You may have obtained relevant skills and knowledge through prior formal training, workplace training or experience and may reduce the number of units or assessments required to be completed during the program. We will gather information about your prior experience and training history to determine the best pathway for you to achieve competency.

If you are interested in this course and believe you may qualify for course credit, come speak to one of our team members today to find out how we can help you!

International students

You may be awarded a unit of competency based on successful completion of the unit which has been previously awarded either by Dolph Business School or by another Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Please note. For on-campus international students, where course credit is granted before the issue of a student visa, the course duration will be indicated on the Confirmation of Enrolment. Where credit transfer is granted after the issue of a student visa, a new Confirmation of Enrolment will be issued.


We do not believe in our students just learning for the sake of passing their exams. This is why the assessment for this course is conducted using a combination of realistic workplace simulated tasks, projects, knowledge tests, and response to case studies – NO EXAMS! The following provides a brief explanation of the assessment methods that are to be applied:

Written Reports / Case Studies.
The student is required to produce a range of written records or reports based on real workplace scenarios or based on a case study that is provided by the assessor. This will usually require the student to consider carefully the situation presented, undertake some research to inform their response and then to propose their recommended actions. There may be a practical portion for the student to demonstrate a range of skills relevant to the workplace. This could be by way of presentations or role-play activities.

Project Work.
The student is required to undertake a range of projects in the context of his or her own workplace or on a case study that is provided by the assessor. A project will require the creation of various workplace documents (reports, memos, etc.). Projects may have a practical presentation component where the student may be asked to present or role-play the outcomes of their project or research.

Knowledge Tests.
The student is required to participate in knowledge tests over the course of his or her study. The student will be required to individually complete the test. The student may research their answers from the course training materials and notes as well as relevant workplace references.

Payment Options

* Fees for this course is billed prior to the commencement of the course. If you wish to pay for your fees through a payment plan, you will need to make a payment of $375 to confirm your enrolment with the balance to be paid in 10 equal payments of $212.25 over a period of 10-months totalling $2,497.50.

Dolph Business School accepts payment for fees using:

  • Bank transfer
  • Credit / debit card
  • Payment plan via credit / debit card

Please note. There is a 2.5% surcharge if paying via an Australian Visa or Mastercard; and a 3.5% surcharge if paying via an international Visa or Mastercard.