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Occupational Certificate: Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner

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The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner. An Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner serves as a facilitator and advisor to employees and management regarding safety and health aspects in the workplace, including the monitoring and inspecting of the workplace and the recording and investigation of incidents and accidents. OHS Practitioners also implement and maintain occupational health and safety systems in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

Studying this course may be a good option if you want to:

  • Facilitate and support actions to eliminate or control hazards in order to minimise risks in a designated work area.
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of operational occupational health and safety management systems in the workplace.
  • Monitor and continually improve the effectiveness of operational occupational health and safety systems in the workplace.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Inspect work places and environments to identify the occupational health and safety hazards and determine the risks associated with the work.
  • Facilitate and support actions to eliminate or control hazards in order to minimise risks in a designated work area.
  • Represent the needs of employees with regard to occupational health and safety matters.
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of operational occupational health and safety management systems.
  • Monitor and continually improve the effectiveness of operational occupational health and safety systems.
Course code:

OHSPRA-01

Accreditation status:
  • NQF Level 5 – accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
  • SAQA ID: 99714
  • 256 Credits
Course duration:

32 months

Entry requirements:
  • Relevant NQF Level 4 qualification
Subjects covered:

Knowledge Modules (76 credits)

  • KM-01: Fundamentals of occupational health and safety
  • KM-02: Fundamentals of communication
  • KM-03: Occupational health and safety applications
  • KM-04: Occupational health and safety management
  • KM-05: Operations management and supervision

Practical Skill Modules (62 credits)

  • PM-01: Represent the needs of employees with regard to occupational health and safety matters
  • PM-02: Inspect work places, identify hazards and risks and take immediate action to ensure health and safety in the workplace
  • PM-03: Consult with employees and raise their needs and issues
  • PM-04: Inspect work places and environments to identify the occupational health and safety hazards and determine the risks associated with the work
  • PM-05: Coordinate the work activities of occupational health and safety representatives
  • PM-06: Develop a risk profile and legal register for a designated work area
  • PM-07: Establish, maintain and improve the health and safety documentation and reporting systems, controls and processes
  • PM-08: Advise on the establishment maintenance and improvement of emergency response and preparedness
  • PM-09: Manage the effectiveness of operational occupational health and safety systems

Work Experience Modules (118 credits)

  • WM-01: Exposure to the workplace examination processes
  • WM-02: Exposure to the processes of representing the occupational health and safety needs of employees
  • WM-03: Exposure to occupational risk management processes
  • WM-04: Exposure to the processes of selecting, appointing and managing occupational health and safety representatives
  • WM-05: Exposure to the processes of developing and implementing occupational health and safety systems
  • WM-06: Exposure to the processes of monitoring and improving occupational health and safety systems
Assessment and award:

Students are required to complete the following:

  • 5 theoretical assignments
  • 9 practical assignments
  • 6 workplace assignments

Eligibility requirements for the external summative assessment:
In order to qualify for the external summative assessment, learners must have a copy of a completed and signed Statement of Work Experience as well as proof of successful completion of the Knowledge Modules and Practical Skills Modules.

Upon completion of this course, students will be awarded an Occupational Certificate: Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner from the QCTO.

Articulation options:

Horizontal articulation

  • National Diploma: Occupational Safety, NQF Level 5 (ID 79808)

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