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Course Description

The Cert 4 in Human Resources Management is one of Australia’s leading online human resources courses.  Being the latest nationally-accredited and recognised HR course, it is ideal for anyone who needs to learn a broad range of human resources functions for use in their current role, those who want to gain new skills, those wishing to apply for a promotion, and those who want a new job that requires HR skills and knowledge.

Inspire Education’s (RTO# 32067) online human resources courses is designed to give you the extra skills you need to propel your career forward, in a huge range of sectors and businesses!

During your human resources training, you will learn a range of HR functions.  This includes supporting employee and industrial relations, coordinating recruitment and onboarding, and implementing and monitoring WHS policies, procedures, and programs.  You will also take on specialised HR skills such as using Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) and processing payroll.

Where Can this Human Resource Course Take Your Career?

This Human Resources Management course will give you the HR training you need to perform key human resource tasks and activities with confidence in various business settings.  Completing nationally-recognised human resource training may help you work towards your goal of becoming a:

  • Human Resources Clerk
  • Human Resource Officer
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Human Resources Administrators
  • Human Resources Assistants
  • Payroll Officer

Looking at Australia’s HR Manager job outlook will give you a glimpse of the jobs and human resources management positions you can take on—possible tasks, salary information, skill level required, and industry growth forecast. Click on the link to explore where the Cert IV Human Resource Management qualification can take you.

Inspire works with a range of reputable parties to market and recruit for national qualification and courses. Students of Inspire Education may be recruited by other parties under specific arrangements.

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Course Details

Course Code:

Course Name:

BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resource Management

Course Duration:

Expected Study Hours:

Up to 12 Months Up to 625 hours, depending on your experience

Delivery Methods:


Mixed Mode Start any time for Online Self-Paced (Mixed Mode)!
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Course Delivery Options

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers the most up to date and nationally recognised qualification, BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resource Management online, and through Mixed Mode Delivery.  This means students complete their course at their own pace, using Inspire’s online student portal.  Delivery includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, and online learning and assessment materials and activities.

Online study is ideal if you want to learn according to your own schedule, and gain your qualification as fast as you can.  This course structure lets you study at your own pace with full trainer support throughout your studies.  Your course materials are accessed online, so you are free to study online and work on your course in your own time, from anywhere in Australia.

This online Cert IV HR Management course can be studied from anywhere in Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth – as well as other cities, remote communities, or anywhere with internet access.

Being online, this BSB40420 course has a rolling intake throughout the year.  This means you can enrol and start your course straight away, or on your preferred start date.

Please read our policies and procedures in the Inspire student handbook before enrolling by clicking here.

Course Duration: You will have up to 12 months starting from your commencement date to complete the Self-Paced Online course.  Students can enrol anytime during the year under this delivery method.

What Will You Learn in the Human Resources Course?

This BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resource Management online course will help prepare you in becoming an effective human resource manager, officer, or support person.

During your HR training, you will learn a broad range of valuable HR skills and practical skills, such as administering performance development processes, coordinating recruitment and onboarding, conflict resolution, and supporting human resource functions.

Furthermore, you’ll also learn how to organise business meetings, process payroll, introduce organisational culture to employees, help strengthen employee relations, industrial relations procedures, and personal development, performance management, apply proper communication strategies, workforce planning, manage employee satisfaction, be in charge of separation and termination processes, implement health and wellness programs for the company, use HR information systems, implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures, and programs.

In summary, this HR course is perfect for you if you want to broaden your career, and start applying human resource skills in various workplace settings and contribute to the overall business success!

Reach your goals with first-class human resources training, today!

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification, however, it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language, literacy, and numeracy skills (at least Year 10, or equivalent)

Students are required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan with Cohort explanation and learning pathway

All students considering a self-paced online course should give consideration to the following prior to enrolment:

  • Ability to access any required technologies
  • Information technology skills in accessing and using online programs
  • Experience and self-motivation to learn on their own
  • Competing pressures, such as work and family commitments, that may impact self-paced study time

Take our “Online Study Readiness Survey” to do a self-assessment! Visit the Inspire FAQ page for more info.

Qualification Pathways

Students enrolled in this Cert IV Human Resources course may wish to study other HR courses that will support them further in their human resource management and other industry skills.

Other options available to students may include:

Course Units

The BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resource Management is comprised of 12 units – 6 core units and 6 electives. Our HR elective units have been carefully chosen to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of jobs requiring human resources skills.


BSBHRM411 – Administer performance development processes
BSBHRM412 – Support employee and industrial relations
BSBHRM413 – Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
BSBHRM415 – Coordinate recruitment and onboarding
BSBHRM417 – Support human resource functions and processes
BSBWHS411 – Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs


BSBHRM414 – Use human resources information systems
BSBHRM416 – Process payroll


BSBOPS403 – Apply business risk management processes
BSBOPS405 – Organise business meetings


BSBINS401 – Analyse and present research information
BSBLDR413 – Lead effective workplace relationships

Resources Provided by Inspire

To support you in your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the Learning Management System (LMS) for submission
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Case studies and simulations, where applicable
  • Templates for completing project documents
  • Access to relevant acts, regulations and standards

Resources Supplied by the Student

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

  • Computer with:
    • Internet access through Google Chrome
    • MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or equivalent applications
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Printer and scanner
  • Headset for webinar participation (optional)
  • Video recording equipment (e.g. mobile phone, video recorder)

Course Outline & Structure

Expected Study Hours:  There are a total of up to 625 expected study hours for this course, depending on your existing skills and knowledge. To assess your knowledge, you will be asked to complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation after you enrol. Upon completion, you will be provided with a training plan that identifies your cohort, taking into account your existing level of knowledge and skill in this vocational area.

The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary according to their existing experience, knowledge and skills.

Inspire Education has identified four student cohorts:

  • Beginner Cohort (Full Study Model) – includes learners with limited relevant knowledge or skill in the competence contained in this qualification; no recent related industry experience; study hours is up to 625 hours
  • Intermediate Cohort (Partial Study Model) – includes learners with moderate relevant knowledge and skill in the competence contained in this qualification; limited recent related industry experience; study hours is up to 553 hours
  • Advanced Cohort (Partial Recognition Pathway) – includes learners with extensive relevant knowledge and skill in the competence contained in this qualification; worked previously in a relevant role, or have completed BSB41013 Certificate IV in Human Resources, but with no recent related industry work experience; study hours is up to 293 hours
  • Expert Cohort (Assessment only) – consists of individuals currently working in a human resources role for more than 5 years and has extensive relevant knowledge and skill in the competence contained in this qualification; these candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway; this includes candidates holding the BSB41013 Certificate IV in Human Resources who are currently practicing in a workplace; study hours is up to 250 hours

Workplace Requirements

To successfully complete this Human Resources management course, assessment components require to be undertaken in a real workplace environment, where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of Human Resource Management duties involving Human Resources Information Systems, Payroll Systems, Work Health and Safety, and Risk Management Systems.

Students are recommended to have access to a workplace to undertake assessment.  Alternatively, students must have access to a safe environment to undertake simulations via simulated workplace pathway.  Access to the following resources is required to undertake the assessments:

  • A workplace supervisor (for the workplace pathway)
  • Office equipment and resources
  • Active email address
  •  Cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, SharePoint, or similar)
  • Meeting room
  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • Organisational information/documentation:
    • Style guide
    • Job description
    • Work contracts
    • Grievance and conflict resolution
    • Key performance indicator (KPI)
    • Performance reviews
    • Productivity data
    • Risk management
    • Payroll information
    • Work Health and Safety
  • HR employee database
  • Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
  • Payroll system
  • Templates or forms
    • Briefing notes
    • Pre-meeting preparation forms
    • Meeting notice
    • Meeting agenda
    • Meeting minutes
    • Job description template
    • Recruitment forms
    • Research planning
  • At least six (6) volunteers for roleplay activities
  • Relevant stakeholders to HR systems, including employees, employers, HR business partners, subject matter experts, clients, etc. (for workplace pathway)

Assessment Methods

Assessment is conducted using a combination of Questioning (e.g. written questions/questionnaire, knowledge assessment, self-reflection, and self-evaluation) and Product-based Methods* (e.g. projects, practical assessment, case study, and structured tasks).

*Students have the option to undertake assessments for certain subjects in the workplace or using the simulation environment

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.

Career Pathways

Once you’ve gained the right Human Resources course, you are now qualified for a career in HR.  Career information provided by My Skills includes the following job outcomes:

  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer

You can also search for HR assistant, HR administrator, or payroll officer to see all the career advice, job trends, related searches, and adult learning opportunities available right now to guide you in the right direction.

^To enrol now, pay only the upfront fee and take advantage of easy monthly payments for the remaining course balance. View the course information pack for complete pricing details.
*Payment plans and options are available to selected courses only. Course timetables only for courses that offer blended delivery option.