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New CIT Course Targets Tradies to Help Make Canberra Workplaces Safer

Published: 18 Aug 2015

CIT is offering an innovative course to help tradies move into much needed workplace health and safety roles across the ACT, which could help reduce Canberra’s incidents of workplace injuries and accidents.

The six-week 'Tradies in Transition to WHS Careers' course offers tradies looking to move off the tools an opportunity to expand their role as safety officers in the workplace.

Pamela Manning, who will be teaching the new introductory course at CIT, says previously tradespeople enrolling to complete the Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety at CIT often found some requirements of the course challenging, like report writing assessments.

She says supporting workers in trades wanting to move into the WHS field and meeting an emerging industry need was too important to ignore.

"Tradies are perfectly placed to work in the field of health and safety because they are used to working in environments with a variety of hazards. They also have good technical knowledge of Australian standards and industry codes of practice," Ms Manning says.

The new 'Tradies in Transition to WHS Careers' course will focus on  the writing skills and digital technology practices common in industry, enabling participants to meet requirements for recording safety issues and reporting them in situ on the worksite.

"Our experience in teaching the Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety is that with a bit of support, practise and guidance, tradespeople are well placed to transition to these in-demand roles or take on further responsibilities in their workplace." 

Tradies who successfully complete this introductory skills course can more confidently enrol in the Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety and open up their career options.

This project was made possible with assistance from the ACT Government under the ACT Adult Community Education Grants Program.

The first 'Tradies in Transition to WHS Careers' course starts on 9 September, at CIT Bruce, Room H137, 5:30-7:30pm.

Tradies wishing to enrol can call CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email

Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety (BSB41412)

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