Work Health and Safety Officer (WHSO-Queensland)

From 1 July 2018, WHSO’s appointed under the legislation are required to attend this course (or have equivalent qualifications). The target audience for delivery of this course includes:

  • Workers employed to assist an employer manage their obligations under the WHS Act 2011 in their capacity as a WHSO
  • WHSO’s who have requested approved training under the WHS Act 2011 to assist them in performing their role and using their powers under WHS Act 2011

FSA Entry Requirements:

• Fitness to participate
• Sufficient language literacy and numeracy skills to complete the course

Group Size:



The course comprises to parts:

  • A core competency component covering 5 days (mandatory)
  • Industry based elective component varying in length (1-3 day duration, mandatory)


Onsite or at our training facility


Corporate courses available (QLD only)

General Functions of a WHSO:

Under the provisions in the amendment Act, the functions of a WHSO are to:
• Notify the PCBU about work health and safety matters
• Identify hazards and risks to health and safety arising from the work
• Report in writing to the PCBU any hazards and risks identified arising from the work
• Immediately notify the PCBU about –
– any incident the WHSO is aware has occurred at the business or undertaking; or
– any immediate or imminent risk to health and safety at the business or undertaking
• Investigate, or assist in the investigation of, any incidents that occurred at the business or undertaking
• Accompany and assist an inspector during an inspection of the business or undertaking
• establish educational and training programs on matters relating to work health and safety.
A PCBU may appoint themselves as a WHSO. In this circumstance, the general functions of a WHSO are to:
• investigate, or assist in the investigation of, any incidents that occurred
• Accompany and assist an inspector during an inspection of the business or undertaking
• Establish educational and training programs on matters relating to work health and safety.
A PCBU can appoint a person as a WHSO only if the person has a certificate of authority for appointment as a WHSO.

More Information

Read answers to some commonly asked questions about this course below. Alternatively, you can visit our general FAQs page, our Resources page or email us via the form below.

Before enrolling into this training course, please download and read the Course Participant Handbook.

  • Access to FSA’s online portal for the duration of the 12 month course
  • Access to FSA’s web-based resources and assessment activities
  • Flexibility to access this portal on your phone, your table and your computer
  • Access to FSA’s dedicated customer support along with qualified and experience trainers for ongoing support
  • Nationally recognised qualification on successful completion of the programme.

BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

This course will qualify you to become:

  • Work Health and Safety Manager
  • Occupational Health and Safety Advisor
  • Workplace Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Safety Practitioner
  • Safety Generalist
  • Lead Auditor
  • WHS Systems Analyst
  • Union representative or other union position
  • Safety trainer or assessor
  • Safety officer
  • Safety auditor
  • Supervisor or management position in certain industries
  • Health and safety consultant

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Course Pricing: Normally $1990, now just $1000


Payment Methods: All credit cards, direct deposit, cheque or cash are accepted.

Can we combine courses into a course package? Yes companies can combine other FSA courses with this training to save money.


Cancellation and Refund Policy for Distance Learning:

  • All cancellation requests must be received in writing.
  • 2 business day “cooling off period” applies to Distance Learning enrolments
  • Cancelled / withdrawn between 2 -5 business days - 50 percent (50%) of course fee against the unit or units commenced
  • Cancelled / withdrawn after more than 5 business days - no refund – forfeit of 100% of fees paid against the unit or units commenced.

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