Criteria and requirements for certification

Please read this page in full to understand the requirements for Generalist OHS Certification, which include:

  • Knowledge, demonstrated by minimum qualifications in OHS/WHS.
  • Experience in a Generalist OHS role, CV with contacts.
  • Demonstrated capability in practice through written practice reports as per the required template and referees. Personal interviews will be conducted for those seeking Certification as Chartered OHS Professionals.
  • Maintenance of continuing professional development (CPD).
Category Minimum Qualification Minimum Experience (time) Minimum Experience (role) CPD Demonstrated capability Assessment
Certified Generalist OHS Practitioner


OHS/WHS
Diploma/ Adv Diploma (AQF 5 or 6)

Go to the Students section of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board website to find out if your VET qualification meets requirements 

3 years fulltime or part time equivalent in OHS Working under supervision or mentored/ supported by an OHS professional Yes Portfolio report
- Click here for guidelines and sample document
Referee interview
Certified Generalist OHS Professional

Bachelor, Grad Dip or Masters in OHS (AQF 7, 8, 9)

Look at the Accredited Courses Registers on the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board website to find out if your Under-grad or Post-grad qualification meets requirements

3 years fulltime or part time equivalent in OHS Working independently Yes

Practice Reports
- Click here for guidelines and sample document

Referee interview

Chartered Generalist OHS Professional

Doctoral qualification in OHS related area OR Masters in OHS OR Degree/Grad Dip in OHS plus Masters in any other discipline

Look at the Accredited Courses Registers on the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board website to find out if your Under-grad or Post-grad qualification meets requirements

10 years  fulltime organisational experience including 5 years equivalent full time in OHS which includes 3 +years working at a senior OHS management level Senior/ Executive role Yes Reflective Journal
- Click here for guidelines and sample document
Referee interview
Personal interview
Certified Generalist OHS Trainee

Diploma OHS/WHS

Go to the Students section of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board website to find out if your VET qualification meets requirements

N/A N/A N/A N/A
Certified Generalist OHS Graduate

Bachelor or Grad Dip or Master in OHS

Look at the Accredited Courses Registers on the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board website to find out if your Under-grad or Post-grad qualification meets requirements

N/A N/A N/A N/A

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

* Associate Diploma

People who completed an Associate Diploma OHS prior to December 1994, are deemed to have met the educational requirements for OHS practitioner. Associate Diplomas offered prior to 1994 had significant content at least the equivalent of Diploma WHS today.

* Accredited qualifications

Applicants for certification holding a qualification accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board (see the Accredited Courses at www.ohseducationaccreditation.org.au) are deemed to meet the qualification requirement for certification.

Applicants holding an OHS qualification from an Australian University which is now accredited are deemed to meet the qualification requirement for certification even though they graduated prior to the accreditation.

Applicants for certification holding an OHS qualification from a university which as of January 2016 is not accredited may be required to submit additional evidence on the content and assessment practices for their study. An additional fee will be charged for this assessment.

* Graduate Certificate 

Whilst a graduate certificate is a tertiary qualification, this qualification is equivalent to only one half of a graduate diploma therefore on its own does not meet the content requirements for OHS professional qualification. It also does not address the content required for a VET diploma for certification as an OHS Practitioner. However, if you have a graduate certificate, and significant work experience at OHS professional level, as assessed by the Certification assessor panel, you may be eligible to undertake the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment to meet the education qualificaitons requirements for certification in that category.

* International Qualifications

If you have an OHS qualification from an Institution from outside Australia, it will be assessed for equivalence (you will be required to complete an equivalence form). If the qualification is deemed to meet the requirements, you will then be required to demonstrate - as part of your capability assessment - your understanding of the Australian OHS regulatory framework, codes of practice and standards and how they apply to OHS practice in the workplace.

If your international qualifications are deemed to have a significant amount of OHS but do not fully meet the requirements for an Australian bachelor, graduate diploma or masters program, but you have the required experience as assessed via a capability assessment, you may be eligible to undertake the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment.

Click here for information on the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment.

If you are certified under an OHS Certification scheme from another country there may be a variation to this process. Memorandums of understanding are being considered between international safety bodies but as there is considerable variation in the approaches this is someway off and is likely to be different for different countries.

Please note that the Certification process does not form a valid skills assessment for immigration purposes. For information about immigration processes please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website at: http://www.immi.gov.au/Work/Pages/Work.aspx

For further information about international qualifications, see http://www.ohseducationaccreditation.org.au/q-a/qualifications-q-a/

 

Certified OHS Practitioner

The minimum qualification required for certified OHS Practitioner is an AQF 5 Diploma in WHS/OHS. An advanced Diploma in WHS/OHS is considered desirable professional development for a practitioner.  

Currently all Diplomas awarded by Australian VET registered providers are deemed eligible qualifications for certified OHS Practitioner. However the SIA is concerned about the variable quality of some Diplomas and the issue of content in regard to electives. To ensure the credibility of the certified OHS Practitioner category the Safety Institute of Australia is examining options through which it may recognise WHS Diplomas for qualifications and providers that meet specific requirements.

In the interim people considering undertaking Diploma or Advanced Diploma in OHS should carefully assess the qualification and provider. Important indicators to consider include duration of the program of study, qualifications and experience of the trainers/assessors and the level of engagement/support to students.  Go to the Students section of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board website to find out which VET qualifications meet requirements.

Once the Recognised Diploma program is implemented those holding a Diploma that is not recognised may be required to undergo an additional assessment and pay a fee for the assessment.

A Certificate IV in OHS/WHS is not recognised for the purposes of certification. Holders of Certificate IV are encouraged to undertake a Diploma.