La Trobe University

Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Ergonomics


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
1 year part-time
Fees and costs
$24,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

The one-year Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Ergonomics comprises the foundation subjects for the Masters (and nested Graduate Diploma) in Ergonomics, Safety and Health. Our curriculum is designed to help you develop the diverse range of skills needed in contemporary workplaces in Australia and internationally.

Beyond this core, course content reflects the specialist expertise of our staff at the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors. The Centre is a national and international leader in research, aimed at developing more effective workplace methods for preventing musculoskeletal injuries (Australia's largest OHS problem). We also focus on managing risks related to psychosocial hazards, which are important in a wide range of OHS issues.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Entry requirements


A relevant Bachelor degree e.g. biological or behavioural sciences, health, allied health, industrial engineering, etc. Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors:
- successful completion of a relevant occupational health and safety course to at least a Certificate IV level
- at least three years of employment experience relevant to occupational health and safety and/or ergonomics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Ergonomics may apply for membership with the Safety Institute of Australia and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australasia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$24,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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Additional information

Please note students need access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection. February and July intakes are available for both start and mid-year.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: