Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Course Code: BSB51315

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Let the Diploma of WHS (BSB51315) Take Your Safety Career to the Next Level!

The BSB51315 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.

This course is superseded by the BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety. Students may still enrol in the course for possible option to upgrade in the future, but they will have a reduced enrolment period.

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Where Can the BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety Take Your Career?

This diploma course in safety has been specifically designed to develop the 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:

  • WHS Officer
  • WHS Coordinator
  • Safety Manager
  • Safety Supervisor
  • WHS Advisor

Course Delivery

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers the Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) through Mixed Mode Delivery. This course will be self-paced and completed via distance education 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.

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. The Diploma WHS online course is also suitable if you are currently between employment opportunities and need to get qualified to rejoin the workforce as soon as possible. You do not need to be currently employed, but you will need access to a live workplace to complete assessment tasks.

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 your 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 (BSB51315) Course?

The Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) 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 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 BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety supersedes the previous BSB51312 diploma course and the older Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety (BSB51307). It is superseded by the BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety.

Course Outline & Structure

Expected Study Hours: This course has an expected study time of 905 hours.

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 in this area.

Inspire Education has identified four student cohorts:

  • Beginner Cohort (Full Study Model) – limited knowledge or skill in the competence contained in this qualification. No recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 905 hours
  • Intermediate Cohort (Partial Study Model) – moderate prior knowledge and skill in the competence contained in this qualification. Limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 710 hours
  • Advanced Cohort (Partial Recognition Pathway) – extensive knowledge and skill in the competence contained in this qualification. Recent related industry work experience of one year or more. Study hours is up to 465 hours
  • Expert Cohort (Assessment only) – consists of individuals with current industry experience of 3 or more years and extensive specific knowledge and skill in the competence contained in this qualification. Study hours is up to 368 hours

Assessment Methods: This Diploma qualification is assessed through questioning, product-based methods, direct observation, and third-party evidence

BSB51315 Course Units

The Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) 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 a 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 with a more ‘holistic’ learning experience.

Core Units:

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


BSBWRT401  – Write complex documents
BSBWHS507 – Contribute to managing WHS information systems
BSBWHS509 – Facilitate the development and use of risk-management tools
BSBWHS510 – Contribute to implementing emergency procedures

Entry Requirements

Students should have completed all core units in BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or equivalent competencies. Equivalent competencies are predecessors to the following units which have been mapped as equivalent:

  • BSBWHS412 Assist with workplace compliance with WHS laws
  • BSBWHS413 Contribute to implementation and maintenance of WHS consultation and participation processes
  • BSBWHS414 Contribute to WHS risk management
  • BSBWHS415 Contribute to implementing WHS management systems
  • BSBWHS416 Contribute to workplace incident response

It is recommended that students:

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

Students are also 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 Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies

Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) Bridging Course

To help you gain entry to the Diploma and learn the occupational health and safety 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 Expected Study Hours: The prerequisite units have an expected study time of up to 210 hours.

Bridging Course Units:

BSBWHS402 – Assist with compliance and 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


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
  • Simulations, only where allowed within the qualification, including access to:
    • Organisational policies and procedures
    • Relevant acts, regulations, and standards
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

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

  • Access to a workplace where you can complete your assessments as a safety supervisor under a supervisor
  • A computer with:
    • Internet access through Google Chrome
    • MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or equivalent applications
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Qualification Pathways

After completing your Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315), you can continue your WHS studies with the BSB60615 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)

The RPL pathway 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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