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

Note: This course contributes to the award of a National Certificate by the NZQA. VHNZ can apply for the National Certificate from NZQA.


This qualification is designed to accommodate the needs of a wide cross section of industry personnel. The qualification provides evidence of the attainment of an intermediate level of workplace health and safety knowledge as well as recognising competencies associated with a range of workplace safety and health issues from specific industries.

Course Overview
This qualification has been designed to enable it to be used by a number of different industries. The compulsory section covers the common health and safety skills and knowledge required by all industries whereas the elective sections enable different industries to choose the standards, domains, or subfields that suit their requirements.

NZQA Unit Standards
The following standards are compulsory:
497       Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements
17593   Apply safe work practices in the workplace
17602   Apply hazard identification and risk assessment procedures in the workplace.

A minimum of 25 credits from the following standards, 22316, 22317 or 22318 or any standard from the Occupational Health and Safety Practice domain.

The balance of credits to achieve a minimum of 50 credits of which a minimum of 40 credits are at Level 3 or above may come from the following standards, 6400, 6401, 6402, 10851 and 10852, or any standard from the following fields: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Community and Social Services, Engineering and Technology, Law and Security, Manufacturing Planning and Construction and/or Service Sector.

Available modules include: Height Safety, Confined Space Safety, Permit to Work, Electrical Safety, MEWP Safety, Personal Safety, Hazardous Substances Safety, Vehicular Safety and Manual Handling.

Course Duration
The programme can be delivered face to face or as a mixed media course with each module delivered on line with on line support. The programme also requires trainees to attend at least one face to face contact day per module with each day interspaced by at least a week of directed study and evidence collection on a client workplace site.
Trainees with no relevant experience in the modules selected will require considerably longer and may need to keep a log of experience as part of gaining competency.
Alternative options are available.

Attendance Numbers     Minimum of 8, maximum of 12 per trainer

Entry Criteria

Special Notes
Trainees completing this qualification would be able to progress to the National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Coordination) (Level 4) [Ref: 0944] if they wished to become occupational safety facilitators. This in turn could lead to further qualifications at diploma or degree level.

Note: Assessments for the National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 3) MUST be completed by 31 December 2020.

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