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Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety

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Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety BSB60615

Overview of the course

This qualification is suitable for people who apply advanced practical knowledge to coordinate, facilitate and maintain the Work Health and Safety (WHS) program in one or more fields of work in an organisation, such as a WHS practitioner or HR practitioner. They may work under the guidance of an occupational health and safety professional.

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Perth BSB60615  Advanced Diploma of Work Health & Safety

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Entry Requirements

All core units from BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety or equivalent competencies. Equivalent competencies are predecessors to the following units which have been mapped as equivalent:

  • BSBWHS502 Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes
  • BSBWHS503 Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk
  • BSBWHS504 Manage WHS risks
  • BSBWHS505 Investigate WHS incidents
  • BSBWHS506 Contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining WHS management systems

    Entry into the Advanced Diploma requires students to have sufficient numeracy and literacy skills to read and comprehend instruction for referencing legislation, preparing reports, completing assessments and essay writing. The Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety contains eight units of competencies and are all completed at the pace of the student. Each unit has specific learning outcomes and is structured for self paced learning.

To support your studies you will be provided with qualified trainers, all learning materials, flexible delivery options, telephone and email support. This program requires a significant amount of reading and writing. You will need:
1. Language and literacy skills at a level that enables you to access, interpret, understand and use WHS information and data (including legislation, regulations and      other guidance materials) and to write succinct policies, procedures, plans and reports
2. Numeracy skills at a level that enables you to read and understand managerial performance indicators and related statistics and measurements, and to allocate timeframes, and financial and other resources required to implement plans
3. Technology skills to conduct online research using a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox) and to use a variety of software applications to read PDF files (e.g. Adobe), produce documents (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint), and analyse information and data (e.g. Excel)
4. The ability to research information and data: from a variety of sources such as legislation, codes of practice, Australian standards and policy and procedures.


The terms ‘Occupational Health and Safety’ (OHS) and ‘Work Health and Safety’ (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTO’s are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

This course aims to give students:

  • A description of the consequences of exposure to health hazards at work
  • An understanding of the skills required to recognise, evaluate and manage health and safety hazards in the workplace
  • An understanding of the skills required to administer various occupational health and safety functions, planning policy development and ethics.

This course will provide participants with a professional qualification enabling the graduate to fulfil the role of WHS Supervisor or Manager in an organisation.

Packaging rules which comprise of 9 units

5 core units plus 4 elective units of which: at least 3 units must be Group A below the remaining elective unit may be from: Group A or Group B below any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level or, if not listed below, from a Certificate IV or an Advanced Diploma. The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet industry needs.

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 8 

5 core units  plus

3 elective units,  of which:

  • 1 elective unit must be from the listed electives
  • up to 2 electives may selected from the listed electives, or from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at Advanced Diploma level
  • if not listed, 1 elective unit may be selected from a Diploma of any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core Units 

BSBWHS601 Apply legislative frameworks for WHS

BSBWHS602 Facilitate WHS activities

BSBWHS603 Implement WHS risk management

BSBWHS604 Evaluate the WHS performance of organisations

BSBWHS605 Develop, implement and maintain WHS management systems

Elective Units 

BSBINN601 Lead and manage organisational change

BSBMGT616 Develop and implement strategic plans

BSBPMG522 Undertake project work

BSBWHS606 Conduct a WHS audit

BSBWHS607 Apply ergonomics to manage WHS risks

BSBWHS608 Assist with applying occupational hygiene to manage WHS risks

BSBWHS609 Advise on the application of safe design principles to control WHS risks 

BSBMGT608 Manage innovation and continuous improvement OR  CHCORG501B Facilitate workplace change and innovation

Imported Unit

BSBWHS507 Contribute to managing WHS information systems

Characteristics of learning outcomes

Breadth, depth and complexity covering planning and initiation of alternative approaches to skills or knowledge applications across a broad range of technical and/or management requirements, evaluation and coordination. The self directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques for self and others. Applications involve participation in development of strategic initiatives as well as personal responsibility and autonomy in performing completechnical operations or organising others. It may include participation in teams including teams concerned with planning and evaluation functions. Group or team co-ordination may be involved. The degree of emphasis on breadth as against depth of knowledge and skills may vary between qualifications granted at this level.

Recognition of prior learning

Australian Institute of Accredited Training offers Recognition of Prior Learning as an assessment method to all students. RPL recognises the skills, knowledge and experience acquired training, work or life experience