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Course Description

The BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety (Diploma WHS) is one of Australia’s most popular WHS diploma courses.  It is ideal for those that already have the required sound underpinning WHS knowledge, and want to take their OHS skills to diploma-level, to gain a promotion in the current career in workplace health and safety, or to forge a new career in WHS.

The Diploma of WHS will build on your existing experience in work health and safety, and teach you additional skills to manage WHS hazards and risks.  You’ll learn to contribute to systematic management of WHS risks; develop, implement, and maintain WHS management systems, as well as helping to implement emergency procedures.  Overall, you’ll learn skills to manage and investigate WHS hazards, risks, incidents, and tools to a high standard.

Where Can the Diploma of WHS Take Your Career?

This diploma OHS course is for those wanting to take their work health and safety skills, and/or career to the next level.  It is a WHS diploma suitable for anyone looking to engage in careers such as:

  • WHS Officer
  • HSE Manager
  • WHS Consultant
  • Work Health And Safety Officer
  • WHS Manager
  • Wellbeing Coordinator
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Workplace Health And Safety Officer
  • WHS Coordinator
  • Environmental Health And Safety Officer
  • Work Health and Safety Inspector
  • Work Health and Safety Manager
  • Occupational Health and Safety Advisor

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.

Course Details

Course Code:

Course Name:

BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Course Duration:

Expected Study Hours:

12 Months Up to 905 expected study hours depending on industry experience

Delivery Methods:


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Course Delivery Options

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers the BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health & Safety 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.  You can study at your own pace with full trainer support throughout your studies.  Your course materials are accessed online, so you are free to work on your course in your own time, from anywhere in Australia.

This online Diploma WHS 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 BSB51315 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 Diploma OHS Course?

This BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety online course will expand on your existing knowledge of best workplace health and safety, systems, hazard and risk management practices to a senior level.

During the course, you will learn how to investigate WHS issues; develop, implement and maintain WHS systems; managing risks and hazards; manage effective 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 want to move into safety management, this diploma in occupational health and safety level course may be a great way to help you achieve your professional goals.

Don’t put your career on hold!  Forge ahead your career with the Diploma of WHS, today!

Entry Requirements

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.

Students should have completed all core units in BSB41415 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

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

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:

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 hazards and risk
BSBWHS505 – Investigate WHS incidents
BSBWHS506 – Contribute to developing, implementing, and maintaining WHS management systems

Elective Units:

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

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

Resources Supplied by the Student

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

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

Assessment is conducted using a combination of Questioning (e.g. written/oral questions, interviews, self-evaluation, and questionnaires), Product-based Methods (e.g. reports, displays, work samples, role plays, presentations, and outputs), Direct Observation (e.g. assessments in real-time in the workplace or in a simulated off-the-job situation that reflects the workplace), and Third-Party Evidence (e.g. observation, skills workbook, workplace assessment workbook, logbook, and third-party reports)

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 210 hours. This equals approximately 8 hours of study per week over 6 months.

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

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available to any learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within the qualification. The learners will use the new and latest TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment RPL Kit/Evidence Guides provided by Inspire Education to gather and submit their evidence and assess competence.

See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

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