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Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Nationally recognised units of competency


Face to Face

Teaches participants the knowledge and skills to work within an organisation as a WHS safety advisor, assessor, officer or supervisor.

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Course Details


Students who are deemed competent will receive a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety BSB41419, which is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This certification is nationally recognised. The qualification is issued by Pinnacle Safety and Training (RTO 40496).

National units of competency

  • 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
  • BSBINS401 – Analyse and present research information
  • BSBWHS418 – Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractors
  • BSBWRT411 – Write complex documents
  • BSBLDR411 – Demonstrate leadership in the workplace
  • BSBWHS411 – Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs

Previously referred to as Cert IV OHS, the new Cert IV in Work Health and Safety is now considered the minimum qualification for those seeking work as a WHS manager, advisor or safety officer.

Why choose Pinnacle?

Deciding on a training provider and delivery format for your next qualification can be a daunting task—there are lots of options available!

Pinnacle Safety and Training have issued more than six thousand Cert IV WHS qualifications to students from across Australia and we receive some of the highest student satisfaction ratings.

Annual statistics provided by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) confirm that delivery formats requiring post course assessment (like those offered by most other providers) have a significantly lower completion rate when compared to intensive programs such as Pinnacle’s.

When choosing your training provider, don’t fall into the trap of needing to complete hundreds of hours of post course assessment remotely. These types of courses may be cheaper, but it’s simply not worth it. Enrol today with Pinnacle Safety and Training and get fully qualified in the shortest possible timeframe. Read our reviews and you’ll see why we’re the best.

Course Duration


Course Overview

Course Outline

The key areas covered by this course include:

  • Australian Standards and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Risk assessment and hazard control
  • WHS management systems
  • WHS consultation and participation processes (identifying participants, reviewing procedures, ascertaining training needs, communicating data, developing improvement initiatives)
  • WHS leadership skills
  • Incident response procedures
  • Assisting in incident investigations
  • Establishing, reviewing and evaluating WHS measures and initiatives.

WHS Laws in Australia - Harmonisation

The Commonwealth, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Queensland implemented the model WHS laws in their jurisdiction on 1 January 2012. South Australia and Tasmania implemented the model WHS laws on 1 January 2013. On 10 November 2020, Western Australia passed a version of the model laws, which became operational on 31 March 2022. Victoria is the only jurisdiction which has not implemented the model WHS legislation.

Selecting the correct course format and delivery mode ensures you are receiving the correct legislative references and information applicable to the state in which you work. It is important to note however, that the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is a nationally recognised qualification, and as such, students sho uld be able to apply the knowledge and skills attained in any jurisdiction in Australia.

Course Inclusions

  • Option 1 - Self-Paced Online
    • Access to digital learning guides for each of the units which you will study as part of your qualification
    • Access to online discussion forums to interact with other learners
    • Full support from our experienced trainers as you progress
    • Freedom to study at your own pace when it suits you
    • 12 months to complete your qualification
    • As our online course is offered to students throughout Australia we have participants in every state and territory. Due to the variances in WHS legislation across the jurisdictions, we have based the learning and assessment in this course on the Safe Work Australia Model legislation. You will gain knowledge and skills of how to research, investigate and apply the Model legislation in various scenarios. Returning to the workplace, you will be able to use the skills you have learnt with the legislation applicable to your jurisdiction. This online program leads to a qualification that is nationally recognised.
    • We offer the option to seamlessly upgrade to our face-to-face program at any time
    • Download the Cert IV WHS Online Course Guide for more information (Note: this guide applies to the online course only, not our face-to-face classroom course)

  • Option 2 - Trainer Facilitated - Face-To-Face OR Virtual Classroom, Intensive OR Extended formats
    • Training conducted by an experienced WHS specialist with strong knowledge of relevant legislation and Australian Standards
    • A mixture of written and practical hands-on training scenarios
    • Due to the Workplace Health and Safety national harmonisation changes, we have developed different classroom courses for Victoria and the rest of Australia. This means you will receive contextualised training to meet the current legislative requirements that apply in each state. The Victorian course is contextualised and structured for the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, whereas the courses delivered in other states and territories are contextualised for the model WHS laws.
    • Selecting the correct state ensures you are receiving the correct legislative references and information applicable to the state in which you work.

Which course format is right for you?

What is a "Virtual Classroom"?

​A Virtual Classroom is an online learning environment that allows for live interaction (audio and video) between a trainer and their students as they are participating in learning and assessment activities.

Face-To-Face (In-Person) or Virtual Classroom?

A number of important factors must be considered in determining which delivery format may be right for you. These include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Computer hardware, peripherals and environment
    • Do you have a modern laptop or desktop computer?
    • Can you ensure you are in a quiet room for the duration of your sessions?
    • Do you have a headset or headphones with a microphone (such as those supplied with mobile phones) compatible with your computer?
    • Do you have a webcam?
    • Do you have a reliable and fast internet connection suitable for streaming video?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “no”, we recommend attending one of our face-to-face sessions. Students who elect to undertake their training via Virtual Classroom must agree with all terms and conditions pertaining to this mode of delivery.

Computer Literacy

While in class (either in-person or via Virtual Classroom), you will research, prepare and submit your assessments through the Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle. You will spend time researching online, developing procedures and completing quizzes and long answer questions.

As such, we only recommend our intensive face-to-face program and our Virtual Classroom programs for those with a strong level of computer literacy. For those less experienced with computers, we have other delivery modes that may be more suited to you. Contact us if this is the case to discuss our other delivery options.

IT Equipment


  • Students must provide their own laptop computer (with wireless internet capabilities)

Optional but highly recommended

  • Wireless mouse and keyboard (improves ergonomics and speed)
  • A second screen/monitor (improves ability to perform research)

Virtual Classroom students must also have a headset or headphones with a microphone (such as those supplied with mobile phones) compatible with their computer.

Mandatory requirements for all participants (online and face-to-face courses)

Participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete the mandatory Pre-Course Survey (face-to-face course participants only)
  • Supply their own laptop (laptops must be capable of MS Word, PDF, and be USB compatible - no iPads)
  • Have a strong level of computer literacy skills. Your assignments will be conducted on a computer, and if you do not have a suitable level of computer experience, you will not be able to complete the course in the timeframe allotted.
  • Be able to navigate through web browsers
  • Have the skills to compile electronic documents using software applications (word processing)
  • Be able to conduct research and present information
  • If English is a second language, you will need to complete a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) questionnaire. Contact us to discuss.
  • Have the ability to:
    • Read and comprehend information from a variety of sources
    • Communicate effectively with people at all organisational levels
    • Facilitate team discussions, make presentations and participate in meetings
    • Issue instructions in an authoritative manner during unusual circumstances
    • Carry out simple calculations and analyse data
    • Build relationships with stakeholders (both internal and external to an organisation)
    • Be confident in presenting information verbally


  • Certificate III in Work Health and Safety (or previous experience equivalent to this).

I did the online learning version of the course. It was one of the best online learning courses I’ve done (and I’ve done a few). Super easy to use platform and won’t hesitate to recommend.

Louise D. - Orford, TAS

Public Course Participant
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Raymond was very professional as a tutor. Very approachable throughout the course, continually asking if we required more time and resources, providing excellent examples of material (slides, knowledge or internet references) appropriate to the topic being discussed.

Nigel M. - Brisbane, QLD

Public Course Participant

Jack was an excellent trainer with excellent knowledge across all areas of WHS. He was friendly, easy to understand and very personable. All these qualities helped me to get through the course and gain my qualification. I would highly recommend Pinnacle to my friends and work colleagues.

Rob F. - Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane City Council