Certificate in Occupational health & Safety

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkaitahi Hauata Hauora
Code WR2865
Level 3
Credits 60
Duration 1 semester
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
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Programme aim

This certificate provides the health and safety knowledge required by employees or supervisors across a range of industries and disciplines. Students will gain knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements and specialist hazard management and will develop the skills to become a fire and emergency warden in the workplace. The qualification also provides professional development opportunities for those already employed as supervisors to meet their legislative obligations as persons in charge of a place of work.

This qualification satisfies the requirements for the National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 3) and provides a study pathway to the National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 4).

Award information

Included qualifications

National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Safety) (Level 3)

To achieve the award of the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety students must pass a total of 60 credits. 

To achieve the award of the National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Safety) (Level 3), students must pass students must pass 50 NZQA credits from this qualification.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:
  • play an active role in analysing and improving health and safety;
  • supervise workplace health and safety;
  • apply legislative requirements for health and safety;
  • act as an Health and Safety Representative;
  • undertake specialist hazard management; and
  • pursue an area of interest.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

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Compulsory courses

Course details
WSFE.3026 Core Health and Safety Principles and Practice
This course aims to provide students with an overview of health and safety principles, and their workplace application, an understanding of the principles and science of fire and fire suppression techniques, and duties of emergency wardens.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2

Optional courses

Select 30 credits

Course details
WSFE.3023 Specialist Hazard Management Part 1
The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to safely work at heights, store, handle and dispose of hazardous substances and manage drug and alcohol problems in the workplace.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
WSFE.3024 Workplace Ergonomics and Personal Welfare
The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to prevent and manage discomfort, pain and injury (DPI) in the workplace including back injury causes and prevention method, hearing impairment and conservation, and the principles of job safety analysis.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
WSFE.3025 Specialist Hazard Management Part 2
The aim of this course is to introduce the learner to hazards and their management associated with working in confined spaces, requirements for working safely in extremes of temperature, and electrical safety in the workplace.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2


*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

Page last updated: 26 Sep 2017