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National Certificate in OSH Level 3



Price (Per Person): $2,140 + GST


Many organisations need to ensure their staff is compliant for the work they do. The National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Safety) (Level 3) programme is designed to train, certify and qualify workers to work safely in their work environment. It trains the knowledge and skills needed for the work in the workplace, as specified by relevant legislation, the New Zealand and Australian Standards, the Approved Codes of Practice, and workplace policy and processes, in a practical way. It uses New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) unit standards as the means to measure each workers performance and assure competency. The programme has the flexibility to address the specific needs of your business.

Entry Criteria

Trainees will have the physical fitness to operate safely, without assistance. A medical certificate may be required. Trainees must weigh less than 136kg’s to work at height and be able to rely on the harness and anchors used in the course. They must have access to the tools and equipment, and have access to the appropriate work to evidence their competency. Trainees will need basic PPE as required by the workplace and/or activity, including well fitted steel capped work boots, gloves as required and high visibility clothing.

Entry is otherwise open.

Skills Learned

Graduates of the programme are safe and effective workers. They understand the compliance requirements and responsibilities of their work; Are able to do a thorough job safety analysis and risk assessment, and apply appropriate controls on identified hazards; Know and can use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the work; Take a precautionary approach to the work and work safely and productively with specific reference to the identified areas of focus.

Graduates can progress their training in one or more of the identified areas of focus in the National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Co-ordination) (Level 4) [NZQA Ref: 0944] and/or the National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 3) [NZQA Ref: 0743] and the National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4) [NZQA Ref: 0649].

Programme Overview

The programme instructs and assesses the knowledge, skills and attitudes addressed through various combinations of unit standards: 50 credits required from the table below:

Unit Standard Title Level Credits
Module One- Compulsory
497 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements 1 3
17593 Apply safe work practices in the workplace 2 4
17602 Apply hazard identification and risk assessment procedures in the workplace 3 4
Module-Height Safety
23229 Use a safety harness system when working at height 3 4
17600 Explain safe work practices for working at heights 3 3
Module-Confined Space Safety
18426 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined spaces 3 4
17596 Demonstrate knowledge of safety observer responsibilities in the workplace 3 8
Module- Permit To Work
17588 Apply for, accept, and carry out work according to a work permit in the workplace 3 4
Module- Electrical Safety
17586 Demonstrate knowledge of electrical safety in the workplace 3 4
Module- MEWP Safety
23966 Describe types EWPs and legislative requirements for their use 3 2
23960 Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a scissor lift EWP 3 3
Module-Personal Safety
9704 Manage interpersonal conflict 4 6
Module- Hazardous Substance Safety
2138 Demonstrate knowledge of asbestos and safety procedures 2 1
20733 Demonstrate knowledge of safe storage and handling of hazardous substances in the workplace 3 4
11961 Handle and store hazardous substances in the workplace 3 4
Module- Vehicular Safety
3466 Apply risk reduction techniques and strategies while driving 3 4
17678 Drive a light motor vehicle on unsealed road surfaces 3 3
Module- Manual Handling
17459 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe manual handling practices in the workplace 2 3
17592 Identify the causes of back injury and methods to prevent back injuries in the workplace 3 4
17591 Demonstrate knowledge of the prevention and management of DPI in the workplace 3 8


Additional unit standards can be included into the training programme. Specific requirements can be discussed with a VHNZ representative.

Development Planning

  • Workplace visits to understand the environment and current issues
  • Regular client consultation
  • Customised programme development.

Post Delivery

  • Post training assessment of delivery
  • Analysis of benefits gained
  • Follow up support if required.


  • At a venue and time of your choosing
  • Outcome focused learning
  • Use of actual business examples
  • Packed full of hands-on real life activities
  • Individual assistance if needed
  • Delivered by practical experts using everyday language
  • A full set of practical and usable notes.

Method Of Instruction

The programme trainers are all experienced practical people. They speak everyday workplace language and have a wealth of real life examples to share with trainees. A typical face to face delivery day is through experiential learning: hands-on activities and as part of peer syndicate tasks. Trainees are encouraged to ‘have a go’ in a supportive, safe environment. This training is supplemented through detailed paper based and online learner guides.

Programme  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 candidates 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.

Candidates 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.

Funded Training

Vertical Horizonz New Zealand is an approved training provider for many Industry Training Organisations (ITO’s) and other Tertiary Education Organisations (TEO’s). To find out if your company qualifies for funding please don’t hesitate to contact one of our representatives.

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

Special Note

Qualification is expiring and must be fully completed by 31 December 2020.

5 - 9 days
MAX 12

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