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Your WHS/OHS educational qualifications and certification

The following provides information on how OHS qualifications link to certification. Successful certification also requires minimum work experience at the appropriate level, and successful completion of a capability assessment.

I have a Certificate IV in WHS

If this is your highest level of WHS qualification, you do not currently meet the base qualification requirements for certification. However, we understand that many people who have a Cert IV as their main qualification currently have successful and highly capable careers in the field, having built those careers in an environment when the educational landscape was different. As a result, we are developing an assessment process for practitioners, suitable for highly experience people with a Cert IV in WHS. This process will only apply to people who already have extended experience and can demonstrate their capability. If you currently have a Cert IV in WHS and still consider further education as an option, we urge you to consider adding a Diploma or higher level education to your qualifications.

I have an Associate Diploma in WHS

If your completion date was prior to December 1994, you are deemed to have met the base qualification requirements to apply for OHS practitioner certification. Associate Diplomas offered prior to 1994 had significant content deemed at least the equivalent of Diploma in WHS today. If you have a more recent Associate Diploma, you are in the same circumstances as those with Cert IV in WHS (see above).

I have a Diploma in WHS

You are deemed to have met the base qualification requirements to apply for either OHS practitioner or OHS professional certification as per the criteria here

I have an Advanced Diploma in WHS

You are deemed to have met the base qualification requirements to apply for either OHS practitioner or OHS professional certification as per the criteria here.

I have a Bachelor Degree in OHS

If your Bachelor degree qualification is accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board you have met the base OHS qualification content requirement for certification, at either OHS professional or Chartered OHS professional levels (Chartered OHS professional requires a masters in another discipline as well).

If your Bachelor degree is not accredited, you have met the base educational requirement to apply for OHS professional or Chartered OHS professional certification (Chartered OHS professional requires a masters in another discipline as well) - however, depending on an assessment of your qualification, you may need to undertake the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment.  

I have a Graduate Certificate in OHS 

You are deemed to have met the base educational requirement to apply for OHS professional certification through the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment

I have a Graduate Diploma in OHS

If your qualification is accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board (see the Accredited Courses) you are deemed to have met the OHS qualification content requirement for certification, at either OHS professional or Chartered OHS professional levels (Chartered OHS professional requires other qualifications as well).

If your qualification is not accredited, you are still eligible to apply for certification as an OHS professional, and this process may include the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment.  

I have a Masters in OHS

If your qualification is accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board (see the Accredited Courses) you are deemed to have met the OHS qualification content requirement for certification, at either OHS professional or Chartered OHS professional levels.

If your qualification is not accredited, you still meet the base qualification requirements to apply for certification at OHS professional level, and this process will most likely include the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment. Depending on your other qualifications, you may also meet the base qualification requirements for Chartered OHS professional.

I have some OHS subject content in other university degree(s) or post-graduate qualifications not directly identified as OHS courses

If you have University qualifications which include specific OHS generalist subjects, if through our assessment of your transcripts they are deemed substantial, you will have met the base qualification requirements to apply for certification at OHS Professional level through the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment. If you succeed in the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment, and your level of work experience and your education meets Chartered OHS professional requirements, this may result in a certification as a Chartered OHS professional.

I have some specialist OHS related certificates

We assess educational qualifications relating to generalist OHS content. People with some specialist related tickets or qualifications have important knowledge, but it does not automatically translate that they have acquired the conceptual content to work as OHS generalists at practitioner or professional level. As a result, although this is included in the broader assessments associated with capability, such certificates on their own do not meet the educational requirements for certification.

I have other high level Australian qualifications, but do not have any which include OHS content

We understand that people come to the field of health and safety from a wide range of areas, and often have other important and high level qualifications such as the law, various sciences, allied health, engineering, humanities or similar. These qualifications are highly valued, and are often linked to their own certifications from the different professions. They are included in our considerations, but we do not currently certify people as OHS generalist unless they have at least some OHS formal educational content, combined with the requisite experience.

I have international OHS qualifications

Each application involving overseas OHS qualification involves a special education assessment and mapping process. If the candidate's education is not deemed applicable in the Australian environment, applicants receive a partial a refund.

NOTE: Candidates with overseas education will be required to either have worked in Australia for at least 2 years and demonstrate their knowledge of Australian WHS law through that work experience, or be required to undertake a minimum AQF4 WHS law unit.  

I have a professional certification from another country’s certification body 

We are currently in discussion with other country’s certification programs about the issue of mutual recognition.

We currently recognise the NEBOSH diploma as an equivalent to a Diploma in WHS, but people with NEBOSH must apply to meet all of the other requirements for certification at Practitioner level.

Non-accredited higher education courses in OHS

Applicants holding an OHS qualification from an Australian University which is accredited are deemed to met the qualification requirement for certification even if they graduated prior to the accreditation. Applicants for certification holding an OHS qualification from a university which as of January 2016 is not accredited may be required to submit additional evidence on the content and assessment practices for their study.