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BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety (Distance-based)

We are no longer taking enrolments for this distance course.

CBD College offers a distance-based BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety course for students who cannot make it into one of our face to face classes in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth.

If you wish to undertake a distance-based BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety, you have two options. Which option you choose will depend on your WHS background and experience.


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* Please see Requirements section before enrolling into this course.

* Option to seamlessly upgrade to full face-to-face if you decide online learning is not for you (you just pay difference between online and face to face)

Option 1: For students who hold core units of BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and safety and with a vocational background in WHS or WHS qualifications

This option entails a full set of resources and an assessments file delivered by way of a Student Portal but note this is an assessment-only pathway. There will be no CBD College trainer/assessor touching base with you during your assessment journey. There is, however, email and phone student support available should you need assistance in undertaking your assessments.

Please call us on 1300 616 218 if you wish to choose this option. CBD College will need to arrange for you to email in a summary evidence document outlining your vocational experience and/or WHS qualifications.

Price $999

Options 2: For Students who hold core units of BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health but have no vocational background in WHS and no qualifications in WHS

This option will give you access a full set of resources and an assessment file delivered by way of a Student Portal but note this is not an assessment-only pathway. There will be a CBD College trainer and assessor ‘touching base’ with you several times after you have enrolled to see that you are on ‘on track’ with your learning and that you are developing your WHS knowledge that you will need to undertake those assessments. These ‘touching base’ sessions will typically take place via Skype or Zoon or simply by a telephone call at pre-arranged times that is convenient to you. These sessions will also help to inform you on how you can gather the evidence required to show some of the skills (such as communication skills and participation in meetings), that we cannot see for ourselves as you are not undertaking a face-to-face class with us.

Please call us on 1300 616 218 if you want a further explanation if this option is for you.

Price $1199


​Our BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety qualification aims to give students the underpinning knowledge required to manage WHS within the workplace.

This qualification is particularly suitable for people who coordinate and maintain the work health and safety (WHS) program in an organisation. It reflects the role of practitioners who apply a substantial knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts.

We are a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No. 91399).

Course Code: BSB51315
Qualification: Diploma of Work Health and Safety
Delivery Mode:

Option 1: distance-based assessment only with resources provided via student portal

Option 2: distance-based with resources provided via student portal and trainer 'touchpoints' along learning journey to ensure students are equipped to answer their assessment tasks

Course Duration:

Course completion must be prior to August 28, 2020.

Entry Requirements: Core units Cert IV WHS
Nationally Recognised: Yes
Cost: $2000


50% Off Now

Usually $2000

Now $999 for Option 1, $1199 for option 2

If you decide online learning is not for you, you have option to seamlessly upgrade to full face-to-face classroom training. Check here for details.

Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) requires completion of 9 units of competency (5 core and 4 electives). BSB51315 has been packaged by CBD College to meet the packaging rules as follows:

5 Core Units:

BSBWHS502 Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes
BSBWHS503 Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk
BSBWHS504 Manage WHS hazards
BSBWHS505 Investigate WHS incidents
BSBWHS506 Contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining WHS management systems

4 Elective Units

BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
BSBWHS507 Contribute to managing WHS information systems
BSBWHS509 Facilitate the development and use of WHS risk management tools
BSBWHS410 Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives

Entry requirements

You are only eligible to enrol into the CBD College Diploma of Work Health and Safety if you hold the core units of BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety:

BSBWHS402 Assist with compliance with WHS laws
BSBWHS403 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
BSBWHS405 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
BSBWHS406 Assist with responding to incidents

A JP-certified academic transcript listing the abovementioned Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety core units will be required to be emailed to CBD College prior to course commencement.

If you hold a Cert IV OHS you may be entitled to enrol in our WHS Upgrade course which would satisfy your entry requirements to the Dip. See here

Pathways From The Qualification

After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety.

Work required

You will need to have submitted your work and have it deemed as Competent by August 28, 2020. Note that this is now less than 12 months. 

Computer Literacy

A laptop with Microsoft Office installed is essential for this course (Microsoft Office 2007 or later version for PC, Office 2010 version for Mac).

The programs Powerpoint and Excel are also highly recommended as there are Powerpoint presentations on your student portal which you can view and excel is demonstrated in class and is an excellent program for WHS managers to know how to use.

All assessment documents are written in Microsoft Word.

You will need to be competent using this program. It is essential that if you do not know how to use this program that you seek tuition before your course commences.

The laptop needs to be Wi-Fi enabled so that you can access the internet wirelessly from the training room using our Wi-Fi connection. You will be required to bring a laptop on every day of the course.


There are 5 integrated Assessments as part of the CBD College Diploma of Work Health and Safety plus a small work-based component where you will need to collect evidence to show some skills and answer some questions based on your workplace. The assessment methods to be used during this program will be review of templates, review of project reports, written questioning based on scenarios and third party reports.

Literacy Requirements

  • There are underlying skill requirements of the BSB Business Services Training Package units.
  • Candidates are advised that they will need to possess effective language, communications and interpersonal skills and have the ability to write a range of documentation.
  • Candidates will also be expected to read and interpret training packages, develop and document learning programs, present information, use technology and prepare various records and documents. Furthermore, cognitive skills in planning, research, interpretation, analysis and synthesis form part of the skills requirements of many units.
  • Candidates with special needs are advised to email info@cbdcollege.edu.au prior to booking so that reasonable adjustments to training and assessment can be contemplated.
  • Where a student has an identified need for assistance with language, literacy or numeracy, CBD College’s trainers and assessors will endeavour to provide this assistance directly.

Pre-reading/course preparation

Access to the student portal is provided upon enrolment and we recommend that you read the resources and assessments found there at this point. You will be given access to an e-book in your resources which will be a great source of knowledge for you during your course and a great resource for you as you enter the WHS world.

Issuance of Certificates

You will need to submit your assessments and wait for them to be assessed. This can take up to 10 or so business days. Once you have been marked as competent in all assessment task requirements you will be notified via email. Your Certificate and Record of Transcript will be posted to you within 10 Business days of receiving your completion email.

Ian Freeman - Melbourne CBD

Ian Freeman is a recognised OHS practitioner with the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) and holds an Advanced Diploma in Work Health and Safety, an Advanced Diploma of Management, a Diploma of Hospitality Management and a Cert IV TAE. Ian originally came from the hospitality industry where he spent many years as a OHS coordinator and Kitchen Manager. Since then, Ian has had extensive experience training Diploma and Cert IV OHS as well as Diploma and Cert IV Hospitality management. This strong training background has seen him develop skills in mentoring students, designing and delivering off site training workshops and developing training and assessment material for Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level classes.

Ian is the OHS Coordinator for our Melbourne campus and is responsible for completing safety audits, risk assessments and producing health, safety and wellbeing programs for internal and external stakeholders. He was also responsible for resource development on a significant scale.

Ian comes on board with CBD College as our permanent OHS trainer in our new training room in the Paramount Centre, Melbourne.

Steve Barrett - Sydney CBD

Steve has spent his whole working career in occupational health and safety, starting at WorkCover New South Wales. He worked there for seven years before leaving for similar roles in private enterprise.

There is not much with regards to safety that Steve has not seen or been involved in, in his long career. Highlights include acting in the position of National OH&S Manager of a major Australian company, conducting countless training/auditing/site inspections, delivering general and site specific OH&S inductions in the field.

Steve finds great stimulation in training others and he enjoys the passing on of his years of knowledge of safety procedures and OHS legislation to future safety officers.

Steve holds a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Health and Safety. Steve also holds a Cert IV TAE.


We are no longer taking enrolments for this distance course.