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Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Nationally recognised units of competency
BSB41419 - Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety


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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

  • Option 1 - In-Person at Our Venue - 7 Days of Training and Assessment
    • Allow 10 hours per day
    • Your choice of:
      • Fast-Track (Intensive) Delivery: 7 days over 2 weeks (Week 1: Mon-Fri, Week 2: Thu/Fri only). Approx 5 days allocated to homework and work based assessment (see below image).
      • 1 Day Per Week: 7 days over 7 weeks (e.g. weekly on Mondays)

  • Option 2 - Virtual Classroom (“Zoom”-style) - 7 Days of Training and Assessment
    • 1 Day Per Week: 7 days over 7 weeks (e.g. weekly on Mondays) - allow 10 hours per day
    • 2x 4hr sessions Per Week: 14 Evenings over 7 weeks (e.g. weekly on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesdays) - allow 4.5 hours per session

  • Option 3 - Self-Paced - Online
    • Study at your own pace when it suits you
    • You have 12 months to complete your qualification
    • Motivated students may finish quickly

  • Please refer to image below, and take the time to review the Student Assessment Requirements so you understand the in-class assessment and homework requirements.

BSB41419 - Certificate IV Work Health and Safety Course Delivery Options


  • Option 1 - In-Person at Our Venue

  • Option 2 - Virtual Classroom (“Zoom”-style)

  • Option 3 - Self-Paced Online

Course Overview

This health and safety course has been designed for people who are either in (or wanting to secure) a WH&S role, such as that of a WHS coordinator or safety advisor. Participants will learn how to identify workplace health and safety hazards, assess and control risks, ensure compliance with current legislation and consult on WHS issues. No matter your needs, we have the course to suit you. We offer an online program which you can complete in your own time as your schedule allows. For those who need their qualification quickly, we offer a fast-track, intensive face-to-face program in the classroom. For those who can’t be away from work or other commitments for up to 5 days consecutively, we offer an extended 1-day-per-week program format. Whichever format you choose, our training ensures participants receive the best learning experience to prepare them for their WH&S role in an organisation.

“Intensive” vs “Extended” Face-To-Face programs:
We know our students want to attend training and walk away with their qualification. Some students wish to get in, do the work, and get out. Others can’t afford to be away from work or other commitments for a several days in a row. Our program caters for both.

To ensure our students receive their training at the appropriate level for this qualification, some of the days are longer than other courses. This allows assessment tasks to be conducted in-class each day (and allow us to issue the certification at the end of your course), although there may be some after hours work required. Where participants can not achieve the required assessment outcomes for each day, the trainer will provide instructions for additional work. Where your computer skills are not proficient this can also lead to some additional after hours work being required. We will support you as much as we are able given the timeframe. Our aim is to see you succeed.

“The training was fantastic. Raymond is an extremely good presenter. His background knowledge and experiences contribute greatly to the course content. I would thoroughly recommend this course to other companies. Raymond has a way of communicating the importance of Safety to all participants in a way that make it personal and opens your eyes up to the possibilities of how people can endanger themselves in the workplace and how to help staff prevent this from happening. Very well run course! Thank you.”
—Janet W, Practical Engineering Australia Pty Ltd

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
    • Assessment tasks include a combination of quizzes, written assessments (e.g. audits, reports, emails, reviewing procedures), toolbox talk, interviews, etc. To complete some assessment tasks you will need a computer with camera and audio. Some assessment tasks require volunteer(s). Assessment is conducted using a simulated workplace situation that reflects workplace conditions.
    • 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?

Training providers that offer intensive, fast-track qualifications are required to justify to the training regulator how participants may achieve their qualifications in an accelerated timeframe. Our face-to-face Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety can be completed in an intensive delivery of 7 days of training over two weeks (Monday-Friday + Thursday-Friday) or as an extended 1-day-per-week-over-7-weeks format, with pre-course work. Our justification in offering this intensive delivery is recognising participants’ prior work health and safety experience/exposure and what their learning capabilities are. We also have other delivery options which may better suit certain participants.

To help candidates make the right choice of course, we require each candidate to complete our mandatory pre-course survey. The survey results help both us and the candidate to make an assessment of the best delivery mode for them. The survey will be provided as a link in the candidate’s booking confirmation email.

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).

About the online program: “Honestly, it quickly became very apparent that Pinnacle Safety and Training had been implementing online learning surrounding WHS at an early stage; the teachers and online support were very supportive, but most importantly - the learning material was current and very clear to understand. I would clearly recommend this course to anyone that wanted to gain an understanding surrounding current WHS legislation.”

Ryan C. - Blacktown, NSW

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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

I recently completed the Cert IV WHS and found it to be a great course and very informative. I was doing this course online in my own time and pace, but I had hit a snag and couldn’t keep myself motivated to keep going. I called Pinnacle and explained my situation and they were more than considerate to my position. After a good chat with one of their consultants I had signed up for the next course in Sydney. My instructor was Ian and this guy to me was the guru of WHS, his knowledge was absolutely second to none and his manner in the classroom made you feel relaxed and confident with all the content that he delivered. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the classroom and learning from Ian, as well as learning from the other people in my class and the different areas that we all came from. Cheers guys.

David G. - Sydney, NSW

Public Course Participant