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New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 4) (COMPETENZ)

Duration 20 weeks part time
Price $2,575.00 ex GST per person



This qualification provides New Zealand workplaces with people that have the skills and knowledge to promote and monitor health and safety practices and procedures, and a positive health and safety culture in the workplace. Graduates will have the workplace health and safety skills applicable to job roles such as health and safety coordinators.

Course Objectives

On completion of this e-learning course you will be able:

  • Implement, supervise, monitor, and communicate organisational and job specific health and safety requirements and practices, for a team in the workplace.
  • Utilise leadership skills to promote the benefits of good workplace health and safety practices and a proactive health and safety culture within a team.
  • Apply knowledge of health and safety risk analyses and mitigation strategies for a team in the workplace.
  • Recognise the impact of work-related ill health and injuries on a specific business operation and wider industry.


Entry Criteria

NOTE: This qualification is delivered on behalf of Competenz who will issue the certificate. Trainees must be eligible for Competenz funding to enrol in this programme of study.

Trainees must be able to provide evidence of oversight of health and safety systems and processes in an organisation.


NZQA Unit Standards

Trainees are required to complete the THREE compulsory Unit Standards listed below for 50 credits. Trainees must also select and complete Unit Standards from the list below for 10 credits in order to complete this qualification.


Unit Standard Description Credits  Level
5607 Implement workplace health and safety management requirements 25 4
5616  Develop and implement a hazard management system for a selected business operation  10 4
5619  Conduct an occupational health and safety management systems audit for a selected
business operation. 
15  4
 Total  50   


Unit Standard Unit Description Credits Level
15189 Implement a health and safety plan for a workplace 4 4
17595 Explain the health and safety requirements for contractors working on site 8 4
17599 Plan a confined space entry 5 4
18426 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined spaces 4 3
19521 Demonstrate knowledge of the requirements of the Health and Safety Act 2015 (HSWA) 5 4
17601 Produce an occupational health and safety incident investigation 6 4
17600 Explain safe work practices for working at heights 3 3


This qualification is suitable for people who are working or intending to work as health and safety advisors, coordinators, and managers.


Delivery via paper-based distance learning or face to face instruction on request. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) based on provision of a comprehensive portfolio of evidence is also available.

Previously completed Unit Standards toward this qualification will be recognised.

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