Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course Code: BSB41415

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The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41415) is the latest Nationally Accredited course for occupational health and safety. This supersedes the older Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41412) course.

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety BSB41415 is one of Inspire Education’s ‘flagship’ qualifications and our WHS courses are regarded as some of the best in the country. Australia’s Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is the current industry standard in becoming a qualified Safety Professional.

Get qualified with Inspire and be at the forefront of the safety industry by gaining Australia’s most current Safety Qualification with one of Australia’s more respected WHS training institutes.

This course is superseded by the BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.

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Where Can the BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (Cert IV WHS) Take Your Career?

Australia’s Leading Safety Qualification, the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety BSB41415 is a nationally-accredited course designed for anyone wanting to engage in careers such:

  • WHS/Safety Officer
  • WHS Coordinator
  • Workplace Safety Contact
  • Rehabilitation Coordinator
  • Workcover Assessor
  • HR Professional
  • Or Any Role with Significant Safety Responsibilities

Course Delivery Options

Inspire offers MANY flexible delivery options for you to undertake your Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety BSB41415.

  1. Self-Paced Online Learning – study at your own pace and complete the course as fast as you like! 6 and 12 month options available.
  2. Australia Wide Online “Express” Workshop – a 5-day online workshop (covers WHS theory) to give you that extra guidance of a classroom with all the flexibility of online delivery with self paced study of up to 6 months.
  3. Classroom Blended Delivery – a combination of an in person 5-day workshop (covers WHS theory) + self paced study at home of up to 6 months .
  4. Classroom 2-Week Delivery – 5-day workshop on WHS theory PLUS a second 5-day Major Project workshop and self paced study at home of up to 6 months. Typically, the fastest way to complete your Cert IV WHS.

Not sure which Delivery Option is right for you? Click here to view our checklist to help you choose the right WHS delivery mode.

Inspire has WHS workshops running throughout the year in most major cities. Get the latest workshop timetables in the course information pack using the link below.

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What Will you Learn in our WHS Course?

By the time you finish your Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety BSB41415 with Inspire Education, you will have a sound understanding of the Australian Safety regulations and best practice.

You will also develop all key areas of Safety including effective health and safety management in the workplace and enable you to participate in an organisation’s OH&S/WHS Management Systems. You will learn how to comply with the latest Work Health & Safety legislation, and to contribute to WHS consultation processes.  Additionally, you will learn to identify hazards, assess and control risks, and assist in the response to accidents.  This course will also teach you how to contribute to workplace health and safety, including aiding in the implementation of OH&S/WHS strategies to control risks and emergency procedures.

The Cert IV in WHS (BSB41415) will help you to take that next step in your career, whether you will be directly involved in workplace safety, contributing to OH&S systems in the workplace as a supervisor, or providing support to your company’s WHS systems in general.  It is a valuable qualification that could be utilised in a range of employment opportunities.

Course Outline & Structure

Inspire Education has adopted a “clustered” approach for all of our Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41415) courses. Our New WHS course is divided into 3 major topics – Safety Culture, Safety Management Systems and Safety in Action – plus a Practical Assessment workbook. This means you will only have to submit 4 assessment workbooks to complete your course instead of 10 separate units!

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

Expected Study Hours:  There are a total of 624 expected study hours for this course. This equals approximately 10-16 hours of study per week for students in the 12 months online course, however you may work at your own pace and complete your course faster if you’d like!

Assessment Methods:  Assessment is conducted using a combination of written questions, case studies, reflection, and projects to give you maximum opportunity to develop your knowledge in workplace health and safety.

BSB41415 Course units

This current Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41415) supersedes the old Cert IV OHS Course (BSB41407) and the old Cert IV WHS Course (BSB41412), and is now the new standard in safety officer training and WHS.

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41415) is comprised of 10 units – 5 core units plus 5 elective units. Many workplaces look for the skills covered in this work health and safety course in someone conducting safety officer duties. Our course elective units have been carefully selected to enable participants to contribute to an organisation’s OH&S systems with confidence.

Core Units:

BSBWHS402 – Assist with compliance with WHS laws
BSBWHS403 – Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
BSBWHS404 – Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
BSBWHS405 – Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
BSBWHS406 – Assist with responding to incidents


BSBCMM401 – Make a presentation
BSBRES401 – Analyse and present research information
BSBWHS408 – Assist with effective WHS management of contractors
BSBWRT401 – Write complex documents
BSBRSK401 – Identify risk and apply risk management processes

Other qualifications with some similar units include the Certificate IV in Human Resources or the Certificate IV in Business Administration.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites required to enter the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety BSB41415, however it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • Hold a BSB30712 Certificate III in Work Health and Safety OR another relevant Certificate III qualification OR some industry experience in a work health and safety role
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)


To support you in your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Online Course Materials and Resources (hardcopies available for additional fee)
  • Multimedia Learning Resources
  • Regular Informative Webinars and Q&A Sessions
  • Helpful Industry Templates
  • Simulated Workplace (including organisational documentation)
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System

For a full list of resources students will need to have access to, please see the guide here: What do I need to study my Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety?

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)
    Note: a Laptop/Notebook is required for Blended/Face to Face courses. – Please contact Inspire before your course start date if you need to hire one.
  • Google Chrome Web Browser
  • Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader (Essential for Mac Users)
  • Latest Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel
  • Webcam and USB Headset to participate in webinars – Optional
  • Video recording equipment to record presentations OR a supervisor to provide third party observations (Online Only)
  • At least 2 people to provide written feedback on presentations
  • Office equipment and resources
  • Workplace personnel
  • Workplace documentation, e.g. Policies, Acts, Regulations, Procedures etc.

IMPORTANT: Students will need access to a workplace to complete workplace-based assessments. Where the students does not have access to a workplace, they may complete these assessments using simulated workplace activities included in the course.

Qualification Pathways

After completing the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, learners can continue their studies with the Diploma of Work Health and Safety BSB51315.

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

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety also enables entry into the:

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.

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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New South Wales

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Western Australia

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Helpful Guides and Articles

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5. How to Become a Construction Safety Officer

6. Student Reviews for Work Health and Safety courses

Looking for Other Safety Courses?

Safety short courses including White Card, High Risk Work License, Heights Safety, Confined Spaces, and First Aid courses are available from other training providers.

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