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Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41419)


At GEM College we believe that no safety program is complete without training, and that no training program is complete without safety!

If you’re interested in being a Safety Representative, or involved in Work Health and Safety Teams, or are considering a career in OHS Management, this course is ideal for you.

Let us help you, to help others to make the world a safer place to work!


Online and/or Blended Delivery

Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety – (BSB41415) (Release 2).

Training Package

BSB Business Services Training Package (Release 2.0).

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 600 – 2,400 hours (normally over a period of 6-24 months); OR approximately 10 hours research and study per week (face-to-face/online) for 6 months from commencement.  During the balance of the time, learners will be engaged in work-based/simulated work-based (portfolio building) activities, assessments.

About Course

Are you interested in leading Work Health and Safety Teams?

This qualification is suitable for people working in a Work Health and Safety (WHS) role with responsibilities including providing leadership and guidance to others, and who have some responsibility for the output of others.

GEM College believes that no safety program is complete without training, and that no training program is complete without safety!

GEM College has led Workplace Health and Safety since 1994 when it designed and developed the first nationally accredited safety and safety training management qualifications in Australia to be set against national OHS competency standards. Our efforts were acclaimed by State Governments, WorkCover insurers, and industry groups alike. GEM believes People Matter!

Our Mission is “to assist individuals and corporations towards achieving their highest potential and to help make the world a safer place to work”  Our local trading name is “Workright Australia” and that pretty much says it all!

Let us help you, to help others to make the world a safer place to work!


GEM College is based in Adelaide, South Australia.  South Australia has a proud heritage in work, health and safety – and in women’s rights. While Finland was the first country to give women the right to vote, South Australia was the first legislative jurisdiction in the world, to give all women the right to vote, and the right to be elected to office. This happened in towards the end of the 19th century, in 1894.

In that same year the progressive South Australian Parliament passed the Factory Act, which was the world’s most progressive, worker focused legislation at that time.

South Australia continued to lead the world with its worker focused legislation right through the 20thcentury, and into the 21stcentury.  The original Factory Act (1894) was largely championed by Mrs Augusta Zadow, a Factory Inspector who worked tirelessly to improve working conditions in all factories, but particularly those which employed female textile workers. Her tombstone, paid for by “three penny donations” from 1,000 factory workers honours her “Self-denying Efforts on Behalf of the Struggling and Oppressed.”

In recognition of the great work of Augusta Zadow, the GEM College Board has approved the granting of the Augusta Zadow Scholarship for WHS Management – Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety – Value $6,999; and ten Augusta Zadow Partial Scholarships – each valued at $3,500.

If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please email administration@gem-college.com for more details.

Course Details

The Course Structure consists of 10 units, 5 Core and 5 Electives:  3 Elective units must be selected from Group A below, while the remainder will be drawn from:

  • 2 Elective Units from Group A or B below; or
  • any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level; and
  • If not listed below, 1 elective unit may be selected from a Certificate III or Diploma from any currently endorsed Training Package 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

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

Elective Units

Group A

Analyse and present research information (BSBRES401)
Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractors (BSBWHS418)
Assist with managing WHS implications of return to work (BSBWHS417)
Contribute to implementing WHS monitoring processes (BSBWHS419)
Develop processes and procedures for controlling hazardous chemicals in the workplace (BSBWHS431)
Write complex documents (BSBWRT401)

Group B

Apply project scope management techniques (BSBPMG409)
Apply the mine work health and safety management plan (RIIWHS403D)
Contribute to assessment (TAEASS301B)
Develop and organise public safety awareness programs (PUACOM008)
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (BSBSUS401)
Implement and monitor organisational work, health and safety policies, procedures and programs (PUAWHS003)
Implement continuous improvement (BSBMGT403)
Make a presentation (BSBCMM401)
Promote innovation in a team environment (BSBINN301)
Provide work skill instruction (TAEDEL301A)
Show leadership in the workplace (BSBMGT401)


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.

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.


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:  $2,570


Entry Requirements/Pathways


Articulation Pathways from the Qualification

On completion of this qualification, you may undertake further specialist qualifications in this field; eg Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315); and Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB60615) or generic qualifications such as Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51915); OR Diploma of Business (BSB50215).

Student selection

Each applicant will be interviewed to ensure suitability of program for the individual and his/her current position and/or career path.

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, can gain entrance to post graduate qualifications.


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