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About this course

This course takes a holistic and practical look at health and safety in the office environment.

You will learn about the identification, analysis and monitoring of hazards and risks in the workplace while also covering the role of organisational culture, management and the safety practitioner in maintaining safe and healthy work environments.

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Occupational Health and Safety Management


Short Course


Fully Online


3 months


8 h/week

Pay as little as R499.44* / monthly

Flexible payment options available

Course summary
  • 13 Units

  • 3 months at 8 hours/week
  • Certificate included
  • Lecture-supported

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What you will learn about

This course contains 13 units and can be completed in 3 months at the recommended pace of 8 hours per week:

  • Unit 1: Safety Culture
  • Unit 2: Personal Ownership of Safety
  • Unit 3: Management’s Role in Safety
  • Unit 4: Safety Practitioners
  • Unit 5: Office Safety Management
  • Unit 6: Hazard Identification
  • Unit 7: At-Risk Behaviours
  • Unit 8: Unsafe Practices
  • Unit 9: Risk Assessment
  • Unit 10: Evaluation Tools
  • Unit 11: First Aid
  • Unit 12: Construction Industry
  • Unit 13: Confined space

With our structured approach to learning, you can quickly gain valuable knowledge and skills. All courses include onboarding information, video lessons, multiple assessment opportunities, and monthly live Q&A sessions with a subject matter expert.

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

  1. Outline the process that should be followed to promote a safety culture in the workplace;
  2. Explain the importance of taking personal ownership for safety in the workplace;
  3. Assess the role of management in safety;
  4. Outline the characteristics and qualities of a successful safety practitioner;
  5. Implement Occupational Health and Safety legislation in the office;
  6. Support management in the identification of hazards;
  7. Plan training interventions;
  8. Prepare a communication plan to communicate health and safety matters to employees;
  9. Identify and manage at-risk behaviors in the workplace;
  10. Manage unsafe practices in the workplace;
  11. Use collected data to conduct a risk assessment;
  12. Discuss the evaluation tools used for safety and risk analysis;
  13. Conduct first aid management in the workplace;
  14. Manage safety in the construction industry; and
  15. Manage safety in confined spaces.

You can expect to gain practical skills in the following areas:

  • Corporate culture and safety
  • Hazard identification
  • Hazard analysis
  • Hazard monitoring
  • Risk identification
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk management
  • First aid
  • Management of risk and unsafe behavior of employees

Is this course right for me?

HR professionals, team leaders, supervisors, and senior managers of an organisation who are directly responsible for the organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Safety Representatives, Fire Marshalls, Health and Safety Officers or Safety Officers, construction managers (CR8.1) and Line Constructors.

This course aims to prepare individuals involved in the health and safety of an organisation to implement the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and any amendments thereof in the workplace.

By the end you will be able to develop, implement, and improve the health and safety plans, programmes and procedures of an organisation while ensuring compliance with relevant health and safety legislation.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be equipped to pursue a range of exciting careers such as:

  • Safety Representatives
  • Fire Marshalls
  • Health and Safety Officers
  • Safety Officers
  • Construction Managers

Earn industry recognised credentials

Students who complete this Short Course can claim 5 Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD) through membership with Saiosh. Saiosh is recognised by SAQA as a Professional Body for Occupational Health and Safety in terms of the NQF Act, Act 67 of 2008.

The acronym CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. In its simplest form, it describes the method of keeping track of and recording training hours as well as the knowledge, expertise, and experience one gains outside of on-the-job training.

A professional body will record and monitor each member’s professional learning and development. The professional body may recognise CPD achievements in points or hours. Membership with a professional body can provide students with career advancement opportunities and prove that their skills are relevant and recognised.

Learn more: What are CPD points and can they accelerate your career?

Please note: iQ Academy bears no responsibility for membership registration and other benefits with any professional body. The onus, therefore, falls on the student to ensure they register for a membership and claim their CPD points.


When can you start this course?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you or enquire now if you’d like more information.


Short Course Admissions

  • Minimum of Grade 10 (Standard 8)
  • Grade 12 or NQF 4 equivalent preferred
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills

Our Short Course programmes are offered all year round, making enrolling easy and convenient anytime. Complete our online application form, and await a call from one of our friendly Enrolment Consultants.

At iQ Academy, we offer all our programmes exclusively through online learning. Students must have regular access to a device and a stable internet connection, whether via a mobile device or any other means.

Don’t worry about course materials, as they are all available online and can be downloaded to your smartphone, PC or tablet for offline use. We do not provide printed textbooks. If you prefer printed materials, you can easily download and print them yourself.

Our teaching and learning activities occur 100% online. If you require more information, please feel free to enquire now.

  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account
  • At least 1GB of data per month

Simple pricing, big value

Our course fees are all-inclusive, there are no hidden costs. Get access to feature-rich learning and exclusive student benefits.

Total course fee

  • All inclusive

  • Choose how you pay: Upfront or in monthly instalments

Monthly instalments

Pay as little as R499.44* / monthly

  • Interest free payment plans

  • Receive your digital certificate when you have finished paying off your plan

*Terms and deposit are subject to affordability. View our payment options for more information.

Boost your career with a short course certificate

Enhance your job prospects with a verified way to showcase your new skills and knowledge.
  • Easily downloadable

  • Industry aligned

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iQ Graduate
“Thank you for the lessons, experience, support, opportunity to study at an affordable price, and most of all for adding value to my life.”

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Short Course FAQ’s

Our short course programmes are courses that can be completed over several weeks or months, depending on the course you enrol for. Short courses are designed to complement a working professionals lifestyle through flexible distance learning. Assessments are done through the submission of assignments, no exams are required.

Our curricula are developed by industry experts and are internally quality-assured and approved by our Academic Board. Our short courses are institutional programmes and are non-credit bearing. For more information on our institutional registration and accreditation status view our accreditations.

Short courses are typically non-credit-bearing programmes, affording students the opportunity to build their professional credentials without the higher cost and time associated with studying for a university degree or qualification.

There are no written examinations for short courses. As part of your learning, you are encouraged to complete short quizzes throughout each unit, which help you build and test your knowledge. You must complete and submit one formative assessment at the end of each unit. To meet the requirements for a course, you will have to pass the final summative assessment at the end of the course, before you can get certified.

Once you have completed your course, you will get an iQ Academy Short Course Certificate. Your certificate demonstrates that you have acquired industry-relevant skills which can enhance your promotional and employment opportunities. In order to qualify for a certificate you will need to:

  • Pass all your assignments
  • Pay up your student account

Our short courses integrate interactive media with e-learning activities as well as online recorded lectures. The following learning activities form part of the overall learning path:

  • Reading activities
  • Multimedia activities such as video clips and podcasts
  • Self-reflections
  • Case studies
  • Assessment activities & compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments