Graduate Certificate in Work Health and Safety

Course summary

The Graduate Certificate of Work Health and Safety provides a professional introductory program of study in the area of occupational health and safety. It is also a pathway for the higher level Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety.

This degree

UOW's Work Health and Safety programs have been developed in conjunction with industry to address the complex nature of occupational health and safety in the workplace.

The specialised knowledge and skills developed throughout the course will allow you to confidently address the complex nature of workplace occupational health and safety issues. The program has a flexible mode of delivery, with online content delivered up front, complemented by block teaching sessions of 3–5 days for exploration and application of subject material.

What you will study

The Graduate Certificate in Work Health and Safety requires the successful completion of 24 credit points from the following subjects: People and Work , WHS Risk Management, Work Injury Management, and Workplace Hazards and Hygiene.

Course information

Study area

Work Health and Safety



Course Code





1 year (2 sessions) part-time




UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

This program is not available to international applicants.

Credit Transfer

All subjects successfully completed in the Graduate Certificate will count as credit towards the Graduate Diploma of Work Health and Safety upon successful transfer to the Graduate Diploma.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree of at least three years' duration from a recognised tertiary institution, or equivalent; or a Certificate IV in Occupational Health & Safety plus relevant work experience.

Credit Transfer

All subjects successfully completed in the Graduate Certificate will count as credit towards the Graduate Diploma of Work Health and Safety upon successful transfer to the Graduate Diploma.


2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place

Session Fee: $10,032
Full Course Fee: $10,032

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer



75th percentile rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



25th percentile rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.


2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study



Vocational education & training study



Recent secondary education

Basis of admission




ATAR plus additional criteria



Other criteria only (non-ATAR)



Work & life experience



International students



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.


For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn


Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within one week of receipt.

Late applications may be accepted where places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Graduate Certificate in Work Health and Safety will be able to:

  1. Identify, critically review, investigate and evaluate WHS issues using data, research and argument.
  2. Generate and demonstrate effective responses to WHS issues with creativity, logic and critical thinking.
  3. Effectively identify, generate and transmit work health & safety knowledge, skills and ideas to collaborate and engage with people in different settings and different cultural environments.
  4. Identify, describe and demonstrate strategies to acknowledge, appreciate and respect diversity.
  5. Identify and generate strategies to maintain personal integrity within the field of WHS.
  6. Identify, critically review, evaluate, transform and apply appropriate resources and technologies for professional practice in WHS in order to function effectively in the digital environment. 

Course Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Work Health & Safety requires the successful completion of 24 credit points of subjects in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
HAS 860People & Work6Autumn
HAS 871WHS Risk Management6Autumn
HAS 870Work Injury Management6Spring
HAS 861Workplace Hazards & Hygiene6Spring


Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Graduate Certificate is not eligible for professional accreditation because of the limited scope of study. If, however, a student applies for admission to the Graduate Diploma on successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, all subjects can be used as academic credit. Please refer to the Graduate Diploma of Work Health and Safety and Masters of Work Health and Safety for professional recognition and accreditation at that level.

Please note that successful completion of HAS 870 can be used to apply for an exemption to the compulsory WorkCover NSW 2-day Return to Work Coordinator training.

Why choose this course

UOW is home to Work Health and Safety scholars who are leaders in their field. The strong pedagogical basis of the course is informed by a team of experienced teaching staff from a range of professional backgrounds, including allied heath, engineering, occupational hygiene and risk management. The multidisciplinary approach to learning and teaching at UOW enables valuable interdisciplinary experience with Public Health and Social Sciences students, and academic input from engineering, medicine, various allied health professionals, law and business.