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New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 3)

Duration 20 weeks part time
Price P.O.A



The New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety (Level 3) trains, certifies and qualifies individuals to work safely in their task environment and/or move down a career pathway as a health and safety professional. It uses the NZQA unit standards as the means to measure each candidate's competence. This programme is flexible in order to meet the context in which the candidate works or is intending to work.

Programme Overview

This programme is delivered over twenty weeks part-time by a combination of at least seven days of face-to-face and on-line learning and workplace experience to achieve the required learning outcomes. At the completion of the programme graduates will be able to:

  • Identify (or recognise) health and safety legislative and workplace requirements in industry
  • Apply good health and safety behaviors to meet legislative and workplace requirements in industry
  • Identify constructive and effective communication techniques to inform others of good practices in health and safety
  • Communicate the health and safety requirements in industry clearly and effectively
  • Conduct risk assessment in industry
  • Apply risk management processes in industry
  • Act responsibly and sensibly to achieve a health and safety conscious environment for themselves, their families, work, and communities they live in.

The programme of study includes all compulsory Unit Standards in Module A totaling 17 credits, and 23 credits from elective Unit Standards in Module B as follows:


Unit Standard Unit Description Credits  Level
30264 Describe duties, rights, representation, and the regulator in terms of New Zealand health and safety legislation 3 3
30265 Apply health and safety risk assessment to a job role 8 3
30266 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety culture and practices 6 3


Unit Standard Unit Description NZQA Credits Level
18408 Demonstrate knowledge of fire and emergency warden duties in the workplace 3 3
29315 Describe the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative in a New Zealand workplace 2 3
30433 Describe the role and function of a health and safety committee in a New Zealand workplace 2 3
17595 Explain health and safety management requirements for contractors working on site 8 4*
17596 Demonstrate knowledge of safety observer responsibilities in the workplace 8 3
23542 Describe personal and external factors, and strategies to manage factors, that contribute to injury in a rural workplace 4
17976 Demonstrate knowledge of operating a light four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle in an off-road environment 4
17978 Operate a light four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle in an off-road environment 4 3
18426 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined spaces 4 3
25510 Operate an atmospheric testing device to determine a suitable atmosphere exists to work safely 4 3
17600 Explain safe work practices for working at heights 3 3
23229 Use safety harness system when working at height 4 3
15757 Use, install and disestablish temporary proprietary height safety systems when working at height 4 3
25045 Employ height safety equipment in the workplace 4 3
30072 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of slinging regular loads safely 14 3
3788 Demonstrate knowledge of crane types, and safe practices required in the crane industry 4 3
19620 Interpret and apply scaffolding health and safety legislative requirements to scaffolding work 3 3
20861 Demonstrate, at height, safety procedures for the erection and dismantling of scaffolding 4 3
20862 Demonstrate, at height, safety procedures for the dismantling of scaffolding 4 3
24089 Demonstrate knowledge of fatigue management, work time, and driver logbook requirements 5 3
3466 Apply risk reduction techniques and strategies while driving 4 3
16718 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of law and practice for the transport of Dangerous Goods by road 5 3
1753 Load and unload a general freight vehicle 4 3
17459 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe manual handling practices in the workplace 3 3
17592 Identify the causes of back injury and methods to prevent back injuries in the workplace 4 3
10851 Operate a powered industrial lift truck (forklift) 7 3
23960 Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a scissor lift elevating work platform (EWP) 3 3
23962 Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a self-propelled boom lift elevating work platform (EWP) 5 4*
23966  Describe types of elevating work platforms (EWPs), and industry requirements for their use 2 3
31292 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace procedures relating to hazardous substances 2 3
31290 Demonstrate knowledge of the safe management and potential adverse effects of hazardous substances in the workplace 6 4*
31293 Demonstrate safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous substances in the workplace 3 4*
30596 Demonstrate knowledge of asbestos and safety measures for asbestos-related work 2 3
22316 Demonstrate knowledge of the management of drug and alcohol-related problems in the workplace 4
22318  Demonstrate knowledge of employer responsibilities in relation to drug and/or alcohol use in the workplace 10
17591  Demonstrate knowledge of the prevention and management of Discomfort, Pain and Injury (DPI) in the workplace 8
17594  Demonstrate knowledge of hearing conservation in the workplace 3
21337  Demonstrate knowledge of sleep and sleep management in relation to work performance 2
25042 Prepare a workplace health and safety improvement plan using data analysis and productivity measures 4 3
17601 Produce an occupational health and safety incident investigation 6 4*
19522 Undertake job safety analysis 3 3
17588 Apply for, accept, and carry out work according to a work permit in the workplace 4 3
17590 Issue worksite specific work permits 6 3
14609 Describe risk factors that contribute to harm on construction sites 3 3
25043 Lockout and reinstate machinery in the workplace 4 3
17586 Demonstrate knowledge of electrical safety in the workplace 4 3

40 credits required. A maximum of 8 credits can be at level 2 and a maximum of 20 credits at level 4.

Entry Criteria

To be eligible to enrol applicants should:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have access to appropriate work to complete the relevant work experience requirements as verified by an employer or supervisor.

For heights related courses candidates must:

  • Weigh less than 135 kilograms (due to harness weight restrictions) for heights-based training
  • Be physically fit and able to climb and carry heavy weights
  • Have access to relevant tools and equipment.

Candidates will be required to attend a pre-enrolment interview to agree on electives and ensure the above criteria are met. 

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who work in industry. Industry includes the construction, manufacturing, transport, and primary industries
  • People who are not directly involved in industry but have a vested interest in Health and Safety in New Zealand and wish to begin on a pathway to a career in Health and Safety
  • Further, many organisations need to ensure that their staff are compliant for the work they do

Course Investment

The course investment will vary depending on specific course requirements such as customisation of content, training location and number of candidates.

Attendance Numbers

Minimum: 8

Maximum: 12

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