Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

POSTGRADUATE

Build necessary skills in risk identification and management to build a safer workplace and community.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Part-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$15,840 (2022 total) 

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 6 months
Fees:

AU$19,200 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety equips you with the knowledge and skills to identify, prevent and manage complex and diverse health risks, hazards and exposures.

You will develop a deep understanding of best practices when implementing and evaluating risk management interventions within a broad range of workplace and community environments.

Due to the rapid growth in this field, the skills and knowledge you develop through this certificate can open doors to a range of career opportunities from occupational hygiene and compliance to construction safety, human factors and ergonomics.

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Enjoy flexible learning

Study in a way that suits you. You can undertake this certificate through face-to-face classes at our Melbourne City campus or through blended delivery online and on-campus.

Details

During your studies in this graduate certificate, you will build a strong understanding of the science and technology of risk management, through assessment and evaluation of hazards and development of specific control mechanisms.

You will learn from participation in lectures, tutorials, presentations, interactions, discussions and sundry academic activities.

Through your studies, you will learn how to apply a risk management model to hazards in the workplace, allowing you to recognise the context, evaluate the risk, and generate control solutions.

You will use the model of OHS professional practice for problem solving which involves gathering information about the issue, diagnosing the issue, developing and implementing appropriate interventions, and evaluating their effectiveness, all the while communicating with relevant stakeholders.

You will develop advanced knowledge in:

  • The global concepts of health, safety and work, and the implications that these have in organisations
  • The socio-political and organisational context in which work occurs and how this impacts work design and its effects on the workers
  • The physical, ergonomic and psychosocial causes of fatalities, injuries and ill health arising from work
  • Recognition of hazards, assessment and evaluation of their risk, and development of suitable controls
  • The underpinning legal requirements in the management of workplace hazards

You will learn from experienced professionals and academics who share their knowledge, experience and contacts to help you prepare for a varied and exciting career.

You will apply your learning in a range of contexts, with the opportunity to gain experience through the Compulsory Work Health and Safety project, where you will access and resolve issues within an actual workplace environment.

You will receive ongoing mentoring, with opportunities to engage and connect with industry throughout your studies.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

To graduate from this certificate, you will need to successfully complete four core subjects that span topics including work health and safety (WHS) science, the WHS legal system, human factors, ergonomics, and more.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
Program code: GC035

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
City Campus
6 months Full-Time, 1 year Part-Time
GC035
107036K
Location
City Campus
Duration
6 months Full-Time, 1 year Part-Time
Plan code
GC035
CRICOS
107036K
Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
City Campus
6 months Full-Time
GC035
107036K
Location
City Campus
Duration
6 months Full-Time
Plan code
GC035
CRICOS
107036K

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

The Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety provides the building blocks for you to commence an exciting career within workplace health and safety.

Graduates may work in fields such as ergnomics, safety or occupational hygiene within a range of industries including construction, healthcare, science and office settings.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

For 2022, the program will be delivered on a part-time academic load only.

You must have:

  • Successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), or
  • A minimum of 8 years professional work experience in a related industry. Applicants with professional experience at a senior level that is less than 8 years may also be considered.

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification).

You may also be considered if you have 8 years professional work experience in a related industry. Applicants with professional experience at a senior level that is less than 8 years may also be considered.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application:

  • a CV
  • a personal statement detailing your experience.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this graduate certificate from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce your study load by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this graduate certificate, you can continue your studies in the GD052 Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or MC282 Master of Occupational Health and Safety, subject to the program’s entrance requirements and receive 48 credit points of advanced standing into either of these programs.

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

Upon successful completion of this graduate certificate, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including postgraduate programs, subject to the program's entrance requirements.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

  • Full-fee places: AU$15,840.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

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The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$19,200.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.