Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health & Safety

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Program Description

Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health & Safety

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

The Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety at the University of Newcastle has been designed for health and safety professionals to develop and update their knowledge of occupational health and safety principles and practice.

Keeping abreast of occupational health and safety principles and practice is essential for health and safety professionals, to ensure they meet complex and changing requirements and legislation introduced by State and Federal Governments.

This program will provide fundamental grounding in the key areas of workplace health and safety including occupational health, occupational hygiene and toxicology, occupational health and safety law and current practice in occupational health and safety.

Knowledge of legislation, organisational requirements and the work environment play a significant role for occupational health and safety officers, inspectors and consultants in developing, implementing and educating employees on key health and safety initiatives in the workplace.

At the successful completion of your studies you will work in roles such as an occupational health and safety officer, inspector or consultant.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

If you are working in the field of health and safety and are keen to update your professional knowledge to provide informed health and safety expertise, the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety may be the program for you.

Designed to leverage your existing knowledge, you will learn contemporary workplace health and safety concepts which you can then apply to the development of effective safety campaigns.

With the ability to complete the program over 12 months part-time, the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety will provide you with training in occupational health, hygiene and toxicology, legislation and current workplace practices.

At the successful completion of your studies, you will have the skills to prepare and implement effective occupational, health and safety programs that comply with legislative requirements. Your newly acquired knowledge will enable you to understand the issues and processes associated with occupational health and safety.

Career Pathways

At the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety you will be prepared to take on roles within the field of workplace health and safety including those of occupational health and safety officer, inspector and consultant.

As a graduate you will be qualified for career opportunities across a range of industries such as mining, manufacturing, government, rural safety and primary industry. You will likely work in roles where you will develop safety campaigns in response to the occupational, health and safety needs of your affiliated organisation.


The Graduate Certificate will provide you with best practice health and safety skills and knowledge at an intermediate level, enhancing your ability to deliver contemporary practices.

The core courses focus on advancing your knowledge in the key areas of occupational health and safety, legislative requirements, occupational hygiene and toxicology and current health and safety practices. You will walk away with an advanced grasp on these fundamental areas of health and safety in the workplace, a broad view and a clear understanding of current State and Federal legislative requirements. You will learn to identify hazards in the workplace that can affect the body, examine occupational health and safety risk management, accident/incident causation and occupational health and safety systems.

Admission Requirements

Level 6 applicant

  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma in OHS
  • Other Studies such as trade qualifications/ hospital trained nurses Cert 4/ Cert 3 in cognate area
  • must demonstrate a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a hands on safety role through the provision of a CV, PD and statement of service

Level 7 applicant

  • Bachelor degree Level 8 applicant
  • Bachelor Honours degree
  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma Cognate areas include, but are NOT limited to: Health Engineering Science

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

Additional Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree; or by special entry possess relevant non-university qualifications and at least 3 years relevant professional work experience in a designated health and safety role.

If you are applying based on a qualification other than a completed Bachelors Degree (eg. Diploma) please submit a current copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), listing full qualifications and experience, directly to GradSchool. Your CV can be uploaded during the online application process.

SafeWork NSW Enforceable Undertaking Workplace Health And Safety Scholarship

Two scholarships have been established by Brookfield Multiplex pursuant to a SafeWork NSW Enforceable Undertaking. These scholarships provide a benefit of $10,000 each and aim to support two students who are enrolled in the Workplace Health and Safety Graduate Certificate with a view to improving Work Health and Safety knowledge within the community.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 10, 2016
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