The usual minimum education entry point for professional certification is university-level OHS studies and this applies. However, for a limited period of time as the program settles in, 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.
For clarification between practitioner and professional roles, please see OHS Global Framework for Practice here. It is important for you to note that if you wish to be certified at OHS professional level, your work experience must be deemed to be at that level for the specified amount of time.
The following people may apply for the Professional Knowledge Assessment:
- People who are currently Certified OHS Practitioner/have met the requirements of Certified OHS Practitioner, but in addition have at least five years’ experience working at OHS professional level; or
- People who have at least five years’ experience working at OHS professional level with Diploma WHS/AQF 7 (bachelor degree) qualification covering some WHS-related content.
Developed and conducted by the University of Newcastle via distance learning, the assessment is based on the OHS Body of Knowledge and the OHS capabilities developed from the Australian Qualification Framework Level 7. The assessment contains three parts:
- A two-hour multiple-choice online exam;
- The conduct of a case study where the candidate has 5-6 weeks to complete the work; and
- The conduct of a 1-hour face-to-face online VIVA interview via Zoom.
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, delivering it at less than what it costs us. 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.
To help you understand more about the knowledge assessment, you can access the recording of OHS Certification webinar here.
Please note that the assessment is not a full degree program nor is it equivalent to a University qualification. It is an assessment of OHS professional knowledge for OHS Professional Certification.