BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety
Are you interested in earning the BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)? Are you in a role of responsibility? You may be eligible to receive this qualification based on the work you’ve already done. And, you could do it without having to complete any additional study.
(This qualification was superseded by the BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety on 30 August 2019.)
Have you had experience in:
- Managing effective WHS participation and consultation processes?
- Managing WHS risks?
- Investigating WHS incidents?
- Developing and implementing WHS management systems?
Fill in the form on this page and our Skills Recognition Advisors will conduct a free preliminary assessment to confirm your eligibility.
Work Health and Safety Industry
WHS roles within any organisation are of primary importance since work health and safety impacts both the productivity and welfare of every individual. With the WHS industry in Australia forecast to grow 20% by 2020, and with an average annual salary of just over $100,000, it’s definitely full of career opportunities.
Organisations are also becoming increasingly aware of their legislative obligations surrounding duty of care and due diligence. This awareness has resulted in many new and exciting (and lucrative) career opportunities within the WHS sector. You will find a lot more information in our WHS Industry Report.
What is the Diploma of Work Health and Safety About?
To complete the Diploma of Work Health and Safety through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you need to demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge to manage risks (including identifying hazards), manage legal responsibilities in a WHS context, and investigate and report on health and safety incidents.
The Diploma level is also a proactive contributor to the workplace: not just responding to incidents, but educating and leading initiatives to improve health and safety measures in a workplace. There is a focus on your communication skills, analytical abilities to resolve WHS problems that may be complex and using your best judgement to make decisions. You will have people who report to you on WHS issues and look to you for direction and resolutions.
To be eligible to enrol in the Diploma of Work Health and Safety you need to have the five core units from the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. You can have older versions of these units provided they have been deemed equivalent.
Alternatively, if you are applying for a Recognition of Prior Learning assessment, you ask for an RPL first on the core units. Once these units have been assessed and a Statement of Attainment issued (a record of your competency) you can enrol in and be assessed for the Diploma.
Units of Competency
The Diploma of Work Health and Safety has nine units of competency, five of which are core (or mandatory) units, and four elective units of competency.
The core units address skills and knowledge in these areas:
- Management across WHS consultations and systematic management of WHS risks
- WHS incident investigations
- Contributing to developing, implementing and maintaining systems that manage WHS in the workplace
Examples of Position Titles relevant to Diploma level work:
- Environmental Health Officer
- Occupational Health and Safety Adviser, Coordinator or Officer
- Work Health and Safety advisor
- WHS Manager
- WHS Officer
- WHS Coordinator
- Advisor, Health & Safety
- Health & Safety Training Officer / Health Safety & Training Officer
- Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Advisor
- HSE Coordinator
- HSE Superintendent
- HSE Manager
- Safety, Health & Wellbeing Advisor
- Health, Safety, Environment & Training Coordinator
- Health, Safety, Environment & Quality Manager
- Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager
- Occupational Health & Safety Officer
- Occupational Health & Safety Project Officer
- Coordinator, Safety
- Occupational Hygienist
- Workplace Rehabilitation Officer
Wondering how others have used a Diploma of Work Health and Safety to get ahead in their careers?
After 20 years in the Police, Maurie left his position as Detective Sergeant in the Child Protective Investigation Unit, to work in the private sector. Based on his skills and experience he was awarded a Diploma in Work Health and Safety through RPL – which was pivotal to moving into a lucrative position with Shell Australia. And we just heard that Maurie is now CEO of another organisation! Read his full story here.
What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?
RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning. RPL is a process through which the experience, skills and knowledge that you already have can be converted to nationally recognised qualifications.
Getting qualifications through RPL means that you don’t have to sit in a classroom and learn about things that you already know. You can just show evidence that you’ve covered it in your job.
You may need official qualifications (that piece of paper!) to meet government regulations for certain jobs, or to progress into higher-paying roles.
Experience cited as evidence must be from the last five years.
How does the RPL process work?
- We conduct a free preliminary skills assessment and give you a report
- You tell us the qualifications you want and provide evidence
- You receive nationally recognised qualifications!
Let’s step this out a bit more:
Step 1. We conduct a free preliminary skills assessment and give you a report.
The RPL process begins with a conversation with one of our Skills Advisors.
- You tell us what you’re looking for and where you want to go
- You provide a few easily accessible documents
- You’ll be sent a report within 48 hours. This will include a breakdown of costs involved and lists the qualifications:
- you could be eligible for right now;
- you could be eligible for if you are able to provide some further evidence (and we’ll share with you what the gaps are and the evidence we’d need); or
- if training would be your best option. We don’t offer the training so we’ll give you some information about how to locate a training organisation who delivers what you are looking for.
This is cost-free and obligation-free.
Step 2. You tell us the qualifications you want and provide evidence
You can make an informed decision about which qualifications are best for you and your career. Once this is confirmed, we can complete the process.
- We tell you exactly what evidence we need to establish your competency in the units that make up a qualification
- You provide your evidence, then you can sit back and relax!
- We match the evidence to the units. This is called mapping. Other providers may get you to do this yourself.
Step 3. You receive nationally recognised qualifications!
Congratulations! Your experience has been validated and translated into nationally recognised qualifications.
- To save you time, we submit all the paperwork to the government for you. This formalises your qualifications.
- You receive your qualifications though both email and post, within 14 days. Or, with our VIP Fast-Track Service, you can have them in just 7 days.
> Apply for BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety through RPL by filling in the form on this page