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The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board today announced accreditation of the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety provided by The University of Western Australia.

The UWA program has a strong science base that builds on a strict entry requirement of a bachelor degree in a science discipline or a bachelor degree in any discipline with two years OHS experience.

Pam Pryor, registrar of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board said that, while the degree accommodates those with experience seeking further development, the strength of the program is that it specifically targets graduates of bachelor programs who aspire to OHS professional roles but who have little or no OHS experience. The practicum offered to students is a vital component of the program and received extremely positive feedback from students, both on its contribution to their learning and as an introduction to employment opportunities.

Professor Tim Ackland, program leader and Head of School commented that course accreditation was a vital step for this program, providing quality assurance for students and some certainty that their graduate qualification would be recognised by industry. The course was purposefully designed to provide a mix of face-to-face and flexible delivery modes, with strong industry engagement and networking opportunities to cater for full time study as well as for those already in employment who wish to gain this qualification part time.

There are now 12 Australian universities with accredited programs including four bachelor programs, 3 graduate diploma and 8 graduate diploma /masters programs.

This media release is also available in PDF format.

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