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Certificate III in Work Health and Safety (BSB30719)


Work Health and safety is the business of everyone. This entry-level qualification will equip skilled operators with the competencies required to take on Work Health and Safety (WHS) responsibilities in addition to their main duties. They may provide technical advice and support to a team and apply a range of competencies in varied work contexts.

Qualifying learners will be equipped with an understanding of safety information, risk management, controlling safety incidents and effective safety consultation, which would inter alia enable them to fulfil the duties of ‘Work Health and Safety Assistant’.

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This qualification is suitable for skilled operators who take on Work Health and Safety (WHS) responsibilities in addition to their main duties.

Individuals at this level may provide technical advice and support to a team and apply a range of competencies in varied work contexts.They will have factual, technical, procedural and some theoretical knowledge.

This qualification is suitable for skilled operators who take on Work Health and Safety (WHS) responsibilities in addition to their main duties. They may provide technical advice and support to a team and apply a range of competencies in varied work contexts.

View this Qualification on training.gov.au.

Online and/or Blended Delivery

Certificate III in Work Health and Safety – (BSB30719) (Release 3) .

Training Package
BSB Business Services Training Package (Release 7.0-7.2).

GEM Online Campus 
The Learner is provided with User Name and Password to the GEM Online Campus, which enables access to the interactive Online Screen Guide; the Learner Guide (pdf); the Assessment Guide; and the Quick Reference Guide,

Blended Delivery
Study via face to face intensives; supported by Learner Guide, Assessment Guide; Online Seminars.

Time Commitment 
Nominal minimum hours of study plus individual research and on the job application is 1,200 – 2,400 hours (normally over a period of 12-24 months); OR approximately 10 hours research and study per week (face-to-face/online) for 12 months from commencement.  During the balance of the time, learners will be engaged in work-based/simulated work-based (portfolio building) activities and assessments.

Course Details

The Course Structure requires that learners successfully complete 11 units, namely – , 6 core units; and 5 electives. 3 Elective Units must be selected from the lists below, while for the remaining 2 Units:

  • May be selected from the list or any currently endorsed Training Package qualification or accredited course at Certificate III level; and
  • If not listed, 1 unit may be selected from a Certificate II or Certificate IV, from any currently endorsed Training Package qualification or accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core Units

Apply knowledge of WHS laws in the workplace (BSBWHS307)
Contribute effectively to WHS communication and consultation processes (BSBWHS309)
Contribute to WHS issue-resolution processes (BSBWHS310)
Identify, prevent and report potential facility emergency situations (PUAFER001)
Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control processes (BSBWHS308)

Elective Units

Apply communication skills (BSBCMM211)
Apply infection prevention and control procedures to own work activities (BSBWHS332X)
Contribute to continuous improvement (BSBSTR301)
Contribute to workplace incident response (BSBWHS416)
Enter and work in confined spaces (RIIWHS202D)
Identify wastes and hazards (CPPWMT3044A)
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (BSBSUS411)
Lead effective workplace relationships (BSBLDR413)
Lead team effectiveness (BSBLDR414)
Organise workplace information (BSBINS302)
Respond to facility emergencies (PUAFER004)
Support effective workplace relationships (BSBLDR301)
Use inclusive work practices (BSBTWK301)
Work safely at heights (RIIWHS204D)
Write simple documents (BSBWRT311)


State Assistance:

Assistance might be available for this qualification: gemcollege.edu.au/financial-assistance. State Government funding/subsidies may be available within your state. Please check with your GEM representative if you require clarity in this regard.

Student Loan:

GEM College now partners with Study Loans as a great way for you to finance your course. Click here to find out more and apply.

Your tuition fee includes:

    • Access to GEM Online Campus – and interactive Onscreen Guides
    • Learner Guide for each Unit (pdf)
    • Assessment Guide for each Unit (pdf)
    • All essential reference materials.
    • Additional Reference materials may be requested, to further enhance your learning, and these will attract an additional charge.

Contact our Administration Centre on (08) 8342 3316 for more information and payment options. Fees, charges and course offerings are subject to change.

This fee can be paid using EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, cheque, money order or purchase order. Note: GEM College may not accept upfront payments in excess of $1,500 from individuals, prior to a pre-enrolment discussion with a course advisor.


A limited number of Partial Scholarships are offered within Australia annually. A limited number of Offshore Scholarships are offered annually. See Application for Consideration for Scholarship on the GEM website.

Course Fees: $2,500


Entry Requirements/Pathways
While there are no prerequisite requirements for entry into this qualification learners will need:

  • Communication skills at a requisite level to complete the course
  • Computer skills such as:
    • Knowledge of common computing terms and word processing;
    • Familiar with web browser software;
    • Able to send/receive e-mail, including e-mail with attachments; and
    • Proficient in navigating the Internet.

Articulation Pathways from the Qualification
On completion of this qualification, you may undertake further specialist qualifications in this field; e.g. – Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety; and Diploma of Work Health and Safety or generic qualifications such as Certificate IV in Leadership and Management; OR Diploma of Business.

Student selection
Each applicant will be interviewed to:

  • Ensure suitability of program for the individual and his/her current position and/or career path;
  • Explore possibilities for RPL and/or credit transfer (as applicable);
  • Identify special needs and determine reasonable adjustment (if applicable/required);
  • Establish delivery mode(s) that match the requirements of the student;
  • Inform important policies/processes (e.g. – student selection/admissions, privacy, payment/refunds, grievance/complaints processes, etc)

Gaining University Entrance
A Certificate IV or Diploma may gain 6-12 months advanced standing in a university degree.  Some Advanced Diplomas may be eligible for even more credit.  Choosing a GEM College of International Business to University Pathway is a great way to get practical ‘job ready’ skills and then gain entry to a university at an advanced stage.

A Graduate Certificate from GEM College of International Business, coupled with relevant industry experience, may gain entrance to post graduate qualifications.