The Professional Knowledge Assessment is available as a pathway to Professional level Certification and is run twice a year.

Our October intake is now open and applications with payment must be received by COB Friday 30th September.

We have a limited number of spaces available, so if you are interested please apply as soon as possible.

How does certification work?

Certification requires three components to gain entry to the program:

  1. A minimum level of work experience at the level you seek to be certified;
  2. A minimum level of formal education relevant to the level you are seeking certification; and
  3. Successfully complete a capability, knowledge & competency assessment. 

Why do we have a Knowledge Assessment? 

The minimum education entry point for professional certification is university-level OHS studies and this still applies.
However, we have created a more flexible approach to the minimum education requirements because we know that many of today’s successful
OHS professionals have grown into their roles in an environment where the expectation of their education was different.
As a result, experienced professionals who can demonstrate working at the OHS professional level for 5 years and who meet some but not all of the
education requirements, have the opportunity to undergo a knowledge assessment. If they pass, they can apply for Professional Level Certification.

What does the Knowledge Assessment involve and when is it?  


Assessment Name

Due Date



Online Exam

From 8am on Friday 7th October until 8.00pm on Saturday    8th October 2022.

(36 hr access period during which to complete the 2hr online




Written Assignment (case study)

Sunday 6th November 2022 (11.59pm, Sydney time)



Oral Assessment – ‘Viva’

A 45 minute face-to-face oral assessment to be scheduled during the week commencing Monday 14th November 2022


Please note that there are pre-qualifications to enter the Professional Knowledge Assessment. 

For more information please read:

1: AIHS Info Sheet and 2: UoN Info Sheet

To apply please send the following to

  1. Detailed CV covering OHS experience and duties for each role
  2. Transcripts for your OHS Education

Once these have been reviewed, you will be invoiced and asked to provide Photo Identification.

The cost of the Professional Knowledge Assessment is $850 plus GST. Fees are NOT refundable to people who fail as we have already absorbed
some of the actual cost of the assessment to make it as affordable as possible. An admin fee will be charged by the university directly if you withdraw
your enrolment after the Census date for the intake you are in.

The knowledge assessment confirms that you have met one of the three requirements for certification.
You must also confirm your work experience at that level, and pass the capability assessment, which involves the completion of practice reports and referee interviews.

Please note that the assessment is not a degree program nor is it equivalent to a University qualification.
It is an assessment of OHS professional knowledge for OHS Professional Certification.