Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Course Code: BSB51312

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The BSB51312 Diploma of Work Health and Safety is a nationally recognised and accredited Australian work health and safety qualification, ideal to help you take on more senior health and safety roles.

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Where Can the Diploma of Work Health and Safety Take Your Career?

This course has been specifically designed to develop knowledge and skills required for working as a Workplace Health and Safety professional within any work context. It is a qualification suitable for anyone looking to engage in careers such as:

  • Work Safety Supervisor
  • Workplace Health & Safety Manager
  • Safety Practitioner
  • WHS Advisor
  • WHS Co-ordinators
  • Anyone seeking a practical approach to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace

Course Delivery

The Diploma of Work Health and Safety is delivered through Online Learning. This very popular and highly effective method of delivery is ideal if you are a busy professional trying to balance study with a busy personal and professional schedule, and is also very suitable if you are currently between employment opportunities and need to get qualified to rejoin the workforce as soon as possible.

Online learning also allows you to study from anywhere in Australia – major cities like Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide and from regional centres or remote locations.

Course Duration: You will have up to 12 months to complete you course from your start date. There are no set timetables so you can enrol and begin training as soon as possible. Online learning also allows you to work at your own pace, so you can complete the course in less than 12 months if you are able!

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What Will You Learn In Our Diploma of WHS Course?

The Diploma of Work Health and Safety is designed for you to build on your existing experience and training in work health and safety and the next step in your safety management career. This latest work health and safety (WHS) Diploma will expand on your existing knowledge of workplace health and safety laws, regulations and processes to teach you the necessary skills to provide leadership and guidance on safety management issues in a variety of work environments.

The course covers core health and safety competencies such as investigating WHS issues; developing, implementing and maintaining WHS systems; managing risks and hazards; WHS consultation and participation processes; implementing emergency procedures and more!

Whether you are currently working as a WHS professional and want to formalise your experience or wishing to move into safety management, the Diploma of Work Health and Safety can help you achieve your professional goals. Don’t wait! Start working towards your future now!

The BSB51312 Diploma of Work Health and Safety is Australia’s latest safety management course, superseding the older Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety (BSB51307).

Course Outline & Structure

Nominal Hours: This course has a nominal study load of 1200 hours. This equals approximately 23 hours of study per week over 12 months.

Assessment Methods: This Diploma qualification is assessed through written questions, projects and case studies.

BSB5132 Course Units

The Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51312) is comprised of 9 units – 5 core units plus 4 elective units. This WHS Diploma is now considered the minimum training requirement for safety management in many workplaces. It is specifically designed to develop the knowledge and skills required for working as an workplace health and safety professional within any work context. Inspire Education has carefully chosen a set of elective units to ensure the qualification meets the needs of a wide range of workplaces and jobs that require WHS skills.

Clustering: This qualification has been clustered so that the 9 course units are delivered in just 3 easy-to-follow workbooks: Safety Management Systems, Hazards and Risks, and Incidents and Emergencies. This clustered approach reduces the duplication of learning and assessment tasks between two or more course units, so you only have to demonstrate required competencies once. This approach has been found to help you study at a great pace and provide you a more ‘holistic’ learning experience.

Core Units:

BSBWHS502A – Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes
BSBWHS503A – Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk
BSBWHS504A – Manage WHS hazards and risk
BSBWHS505A – Investigate WHS issues
BSBWHS506A – Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of a WHS system


BSBWRT401A  – Write complex documents
BSBWHS507A – Contribute to managing WHS information hazards
BSBWHS509A – Facilitate the development and use of hazard-management tools
BSBWHS510A – Contribute to implementing emergency procedures

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the 5 core units from the BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety to enrol in the BSB51312 Diploma of Work Health and Safety. Inspire Education offers a bridging course to help you complete this requirement as part of your Diploma WHS course package (see below).

It is also preferred that you:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Are currently employed

Diploma of Work Health and Safety Bridging Course

To help you gain entry to the Diploma and learn the WHS skills you need, Inspire Education has developed a fast-track bridging course for the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety units. These 5 core units are delivered in 4 clustered workbooks to help you complete your training as quickly as possible. After completing the bridging course, you will be awarded a Statement of Attainment for these 5 units.

Bridging Course Duration: You will have an extra 6 months to complete these units, bringing your maximum total course duration to 18 months.

Bridging Course Nominal Hours: The prerequisite units have a nominal completion time of 210 hours. This equals approximately 8 hours of study per week over 6 months.

Bridging Course Units:

BSBWHS402A – Assist with compliance and WHS laws
BSBWHS403A – Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
BSBWHS404A – Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
BSBWHS405A – Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
BSBWHS406A – Assist with responding to incidents

Inspire also offers special upgrade/entry options if you hold a BSB41407 Certificate IV in Occupational Health or BSB51307 Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety qualification. Please claim your free information pack or contact us on 1800 506 509 for more information.


To support you in your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Online Course Materials, Resources and Templates
  • Multimedia and Simulated Learning Resources
  • Online Forums, FAQs and Student Community
  • Workplace Policies, Procedures and Documentation
  • Access to Relevant Acts, Regulations and Standards
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System

To complete your studies you will need to have access to:

  • A Computer (PC or Mac) with Internet (a minimum reliable speed of 5mbps+ is recommended)
  • Google Chrome Web Browser
  • Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player
  • Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel 97 or later (or equivalent)
  • A workplace to complete workplace based assessments as a safety supervisor under a supervisor (Inspire will provide a simulated workplace if you do not have access to one)

Qualification Pathways

After completing your Diploma of Work Health and Safety, you can continue your WHS studies with the Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety.

Once enrolled, you may also consider additional training to complement your health and safety skills with courses such as:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available to any learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within the qualification. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

Helpful Guides and Articles

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4. How to Become a Construction Safety Officer

5. What’s the Difference Between an Act, Regulation and Code of Practice?


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