New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 3)

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About this programme

The purpose of this qualification is to provide New Zealand workplaces with people who have the foundation health and safety skills and knowledge to meet workplace health and safety requirements. Graduates will have enhanced knowledge of the health and safety requirements and responsibilities associated with their place of employment, and will be able to contribute effectively to the wider community. Graduates may also be able to apply these skills under limited supervision in roles across a wide range of fields.

This qualification is intended for people who are intending to work, or working within a New Zealand workplace.

What you will learn

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of legislative requirements, and workplace health and safety practices to the general workplace environment.

  • Apply the requirements for workplace health and safety communication to a job role.

  • Apply the principles of health and safety risk assessment to a job role.

  • Demonstrate awareness of the benefits of good workplace health and safety practices on themselves, their families, their place of work and wider community.

Courses in this programme

The New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 3) is awarded when students have achieved 40 credits, including all compulsory courses.

Courses Level Credits
A - Introduction to Workplace Health and Safety 3 20
B - Workplace Health and Safety Practice 3 20

Compulsory Assessment Standards

A - Introduction to Workplace Health and Safety – Compulsory Assessment Standards Level Credits
30264 - Describe duties, rights, representation and the regulator in terms of New Zealand health and safety legislation 3 3
30266 - Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety culture and practices 3 6
B - Workplace Health and Safety Practice – Compulsory Assessment Standards Level Credits
30433 - Describe the role and function of a health and safety committee in a New Zealand workplace 3 2
30265 - Apply health and safety risk assessment to a job role 3 8

Elective Assessment Standards

Note: Total assessment standard credits must not exceed 20 credits:

  • Course A - maximum elective credits should not exceed 11 credits

  • Course B - maximum elective credits should not exceed 10 credits

Introduction to Workplace Health and Safety Level Credits
A - 497 - Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements 1 3
B - 17593 - Apply safe work practices in the workplace 2 4
First Aid – 1 and 2 day option Level Credits
B - 6400 - Manage first aid in an emergency situation 3 2
B - 6401 - Provide First Aid 2 1
B - 6402 - Provide Basic Life Support 1 1
Forklift Safety – 1 day Level Credits
B - 18496 - Demonstrate knowledge and skills for driving a forklift on a road for endorsement F (forklifts). Full licence required 3 2
B - 10851 - Operate a powered industrial lift truck (forklift). Drivers licence required 3 7
Contractor Safety Level Credits
A - 17595 - Explain health and safety management requirements for contractors working on site 4 8
Health and Safety Representative – 2 days Level Credits
A - 29315 - Describe the role and functions of the Health and Safety Representative in a NZ workplace 3 2
Height Safety Fall Protection – 2 days Level Credits
A - 17600 - Explain safe work practices for working at heights 3 3
B - 15757 - Use, install and disestablish proprietary fall arrest systems when working at height 3 4
B - 23229 - Use a safety harness for personal fall prevention when working at height 3 4
A - 25045 - Employ height safety equipment in the workplace 3 4
Incident investigation – 1 day Level Credits
A - 17601 - Produce an occupational health and safety incident investigation 4 6
Manual Handling in the Workplace – Half day Level Credits
A - 17592 - Identify the causes of back injury and methods to prevent back injury in the workplace 3 4
Permit to work (issuers and receivers) – 1 day Level Credits
A - 17588 - Apply for, accept, and carry out work according to a work permit in the workplace 3 4
A - 17590 - Issue worksite-specific work permits 3 6
Prevention and Management of DPI in the Workplace – 1 day Level Credits
A - 17591 - Demonstrate knowledge of the prevention and management of Discomfort Pain and Injury (DPI) in the workplace 3 8
Safety observer – 1 day Level Credits
A - 17596 - Demonstrate knowledge of safety observer responsibilities in the workplace 3 8
Elevated Work Platform – 1 day Level Credits
B - 23960 - Assess the worksite, prepare and operate scissor lift elevating work platform 3 3
B - 23962 - Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a self-propelled boom lift elevating work platform 4 5
B - 23964 - Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a vertical lift elevating work platform 3 2
Chemical Handling (HSNO) – 1 day Level Credits
A - 20733 - Demonstrate knowledge of safe storage and handling of hazardous substances in the workplace 3 4
A - 20645 - Describe the requirements of the HSNO Act 1996 relevant to approved handlers 3 3
Confined space – 2 days Level Credits
A - 18426 - Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined space 3 4
A - 17599 - Plan a confined space entry 4 5
A - 25510 - Operate an atmospheric testing device to determine a suitable atmosphere exists to work safely 3 4
Fire Safety – 1 day Level Credits
A - 18408 - Demonstrate knowledge of fire and emergency warden duties in the workplace 3 3
B - 4647 - Explain principles of fire science 2 1
B - 3271 - Suppress fire with hand-held extinguishers and fixed hose reels 2 1
Wheels, Tracks, Rollers – 1 day (Full licence required) Level Credits
B - 16701 - Demonstrate knowledge and skills for driving on a road for endorsement W (wheels) 3 3
B - 16702 - Demonstrate knowledge and skills for driving on a road for endorsement R (rollers) 3 3
B - 16703 - Demonstrate knowledge and skills for driving on a road for endorsement T (tracks) 3 3
Risk reduction strategies while driving Level Credits
A - 3465 - Describe driving hazards and crash risk reduction strategies and responses to driving hazards 2 3
B - 3466 - Apply risk reduction techniques and strategies while driving 3 4
Traffic management safety Level Credits
B - 6452 - Maintain, transport, and store equipment used for temporary traffic management 2 3
A - 20877 - Demonstrate knowledge of working safely at sites under temporary traffic management 2 2
B - 20878 - Assist with temporary traffic management for low volume and Level 1 roads 2 1
Safe vehicle operation Level Credits
B - 17574 - Operate a rigid vehicle to meet the requirements for a full Class 2 driver license 3 7
A - 17677 - Demonstrate knowledge of safe night driving 2 2
A - 24089 - Demonstrate knowledge of fatigue management, work time, and driver logbook requirements 3 5
Agri-vehicle safety Level Credits
A - 19044 - Demonstrate knowledge of the legal requirements and hazards associated with tractor use 2 3
A - 19047 - Demonstrate knowledge of the working principles, maintenance, and servicing of petrol and diesel engines 2 2
B - 19053 - Ride a motorcycle on flat terrain 2 3
B - 24552 - Check and drive a basic wheel tractor with an attached implement on flat terrain 2 5
B - 24553 - Drive a light utility vehicle (LUV) on flat terrain 2 4
B - 24554 - Ride a quad bike on flat terrain in the workplace 2 4
A - 24555 - Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a motorcycle 2 3
A - 24556 - Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a light utility vehicle (LUV) 2 3
A - 24557 - Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a quad bike 2 3
B - 19054 - Ride a motorcycle on hilly terrain 3 3
B - 19055 - Ride a motorcycle with mounted equipment or a load 3 3
A - 24538 - Demonstrate knowledge of tractor stability and the dynamics of tractors and attached implements 3 4
B - 24558 - Drive a light utility vehicle (LUV) on hilly terrain 3 4
B - 24559 - Ride a quad bike on hilly terrain 3 4
B - 24560 - Drive a light utility vehicle (LUV) with trailed equipment 3 3
B - 24561 - Ride a quad bike with trailed equipment 3 4
B - 24563 - Ride a quad bike with mounted equipment or a load 3 3
Rural safety Level Credits
B - 29297 - Operate and maintain a chainsaw in a land-based context 3 8
A - 23540 - Demonstrate knowledge of hazards, hazard control, and the consequences of injury in a rural workplace 2 5
A - 23541 - Locate hazards, describe safety procedures, and demonstrate safe work practices in a rural workplace 2 5
A - 23542 - Identify factors, and describe how to manage factors, that contribute to injury in a rural workplace 3 4

Study and Career Opportunities

This qualification can serve as an entry point into a career specific to workplace health and safety and may also provide an entry point into other occupations or sectors.

  • Health and Safety Representative

  • Safety Officer

  • Company Heath and Safety Officer

  • Occupational Health and Safety consultant.

This qualification leads to the New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 4).

Admission Information

All applicants must:

  • Be at least 17 years old at the time the programme commences

  • Be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • Be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

English language requirement
International Students for whom English is not a first language must attain an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or hold an equivalent score from a recognised alternative English proficiency test.

Special requirements
Where a student elects to enrol in a unit standard that has pre-requisites, the student must provide evidence of having met the pre-requisite.

Qualifications Gained

New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 3)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Level

3

Delivery

Full time/Online

Duration

19 weeks

Start Dates

1 day/week in class

Whangarei: February
July

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: TBC

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code

NZ3533

Phone 0800 162 100
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