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New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety - Competenz




The New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety (Level 3) trains, certifies and qualifies individuals to work safely in their task environment and/or move down a career pathway as a health and safety professional. It uses the NZQA unit standards as the means to measure each candidate's competence. This programme is flexible in order to meet the context in which the candidate works or is intending to work.

Programme Overview

This programme is delivered over twenty weeks part-time by a combination of at least seven days of face-to-face and workplace experience to achieve the required learning outcomes. At the completion of the programme graduates will be able to:

  • Identify (or recognise) health and safety legislative and workplace requirements in industry.
  • Apply good health and safety behaviours’ to meet legislative and workplace requirements in industry.
  • Conduct risk assessment in industry
  • Apply risk management processes in industry
  • Act responsibly and sensibly to achieve a health and safety conscious environment for themselves, their families, work, and communities they live in.

The programme of study includes all compulsory Unit Standards in Module A totaling 17 credits, and 23 credits from elective Unit Standards in Module B as follows:

Module A - Compulsory Unit Standards (17 Credits)

Unit Standard Unit Description Credits Level
30264 Describe duties, rights, representation, and the regulator in terms of New Zealand health and safety legislation 3 3
30265 Apply health and safety risk assessment to a job role 8 3
30266 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety culture and practices 6 3


Module B - Elective Unit Standards (23 Credits)

Unit Standard Unit Description Credits Level
Health and Safety Roles
18408 Demonstrate knowledge of fire and emergency warden duties in the workplace 3 3
29315 Describe the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative in a New Zealand workplace 2 3
30433 Describe the role and function of a health and safety committee in a New Zealand workplace 2 3
Confined Spaces
18426 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined spaces 4 3
25510 Operate an atmospheric testing device to determine a suitable atmosphere exists to work safely 4 3
17600 Explain safe work practices for working at heights 3 3
25045 Employ height safety equipment in the workplace 4 3
3466 Apply risk reduction techniques and strategies while driving 4 3
Manual Handling
17459 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe manual handling practices in the workplace 3 3
17592 Identify causes of back injury and methods to prevent back injuries in the workplace  4 3
Elevated Work Platforms (EWP)
23966 Describe types of elevating work platforms (EWPs), and legislative requirements for their use 2 3
Hazardous Substances
30596 Demonstrate knowledge of asbestos and safety measures for asbestos-related work  2 3
Health and Safety at Work
22316 Demonstrate knowledge of the management of drug and alcohol-related problems in the workplace 4 3
22318 Demonstrate knowledge of employer responsibilities in relation to drug and/or alcohol use in the workplace 10 3
17591 Demonstrate knowledge of the prevention and management of Discomfort, Pain and Injury (DPI) in the workplace 8 3
17594 Demonstrate knowledge of hearing conservation in the workplace 3 3
21337 Demonstrate knowledge of sleep and sleep management in relation to work performance  2 3
Health and Safety Activities
25042 Prepare a workplace health and safety improvement plan using data analysis and productivity measures 4 3
17601 Produce an occupational health and safety incident investigation 6 4*
19522 Undertake job safety analysis 3 3
17588 Apply for, accept, and carry out work according to a work permit in the workplace 4 3
17590 Issue worksite specific work permits 6 3
14609 Describe risk factors that contribute to injury on construction sites  3 3
25043 Lockout and reinstate machinery in the workplace 4 3
17586 Demonstrate knowledge of electrical safety in the workplace  4 3
25044 Wear and operate compressed air breathing apparatus in the workplace 4 3


Our teaching Method

Our Trainers are all experienced practical people. They speak everyday workplace language and have a wealth of real-life examples to share with our students. A typical delivery is through experience. Over 50% of the lessons contain hands-on activities and the programme includes considerable work experience. Students are encouraged to ‘have a go’ in a supportive, safe environment. 

Entry Criteria

To be eligible to enrol applicants should:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have access to appropriate work to complete the relevant work experience requirements as verified by an employer or supervisor

For heights related courses candidates must:

  • Weigh less than 135 Kilograms (due to harness weight restrictions) for heights-based training
  • Be physically fit and able to climb and carry heavy weights
  • Have access to relevant tools and equipment.

Course Investment

The course investment will vary depending on specific course requirements such as customisation of content, training location and number of Candidates. Eligible applicants may receive a subsidy on approval from Competenz.

7 days
MAX 12

Middle Content

7 days face to face within a total of 20 WEEKS Part-Time Learning.

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