Public Sector Early in Careers Health and Safety Certificate

Public Sector Early in Careers Health and Safety Certificate


  • Investment in the programme is $1,165 per person +GST
  • New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) Micro-Credential Qualification gained  “Public Sector Early in Careers Health and Safety Certificate”
  • Four 3.5-hour sessions, face to face in Wellington; booklet review; assessment completion and (non-assessed) application of learning in the workplace.


About the programme

The new “Public Sector Early in Careers Health and Safety Certificate” uses the NZQA’s micro-credentialling qualification process to align this certificate to showcase what a ‘good’ H&S advisor looks like, as outlined in the published 2022 H&S Generalist Career Pathway.

The GHSL sees the “Public Sector Early in Careers Health and Safety Certificate” as a steppingstone programme, providing an introduction to the pathway to become a H&S generalist. The formalised learning modules will help build the required vocational knowledge, which when combined with on-the-job experience will come together to deliver the overall skills that are required by employers and the H&S industry.

The programme structure consists of four workshop modules specifically tailored to recognise Early in Careers (EiC) H&S practitioner specific leatning needs and H&S Representative development learning needs. Each workshop covers a stand-alone key H&S topic, with all four modules cumulatively providing a solid foundation of learning for all attendees.  The individual modules are delivered in the following order:

  • Module 1 – Health and Safety Risk Fundamentals
  • Module 2 – Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation
  • Module 3 – Working with other PCBU’s
  • Module 4 – Reporting and Measuring Performance


Aims and Outcomes

This Public Sector Early in Careers Health and Safety Certificate aims to:

  • Develop and grow the capability at a grass roots level so that our H&S generalist practitioners recognised as competent professionals.
  • Provide a recognised learning opportunity for H&S Representatives to continue growing their development, knowledge, and capability in area of health and safety.
  • Act as a follow-on course for all our successful interns who find public sector employment in H&S roles, building upon what they have learnt during their internship.
  • Is designed to achieve a coherent set of skills and knowledge required across the public and private sectors and H&S profession.

Due to the nature of our targeted workforce, 12-16 hours of classroom professional development is achievable and can be completed within work hours. This approach encourages not only our new or early in careers H&S practitioners but also our H&S Representatives to use the EiC certificate as a steppingstone into a H&S career.

Who can attend?

Our EiC Certificate is designed for and aimed at H&S practitioners who are starting their careers in roles such as graduates, co-ordinators, administrators, new advisers or H&S Reps who want to develop their H&S knowledge further. However, anyone can attend from public sector, local government, crown or state enterprise agencies. 

Cost to attend?

The cost to attend is $1,165* +GST per attendee (For all four workshop modules).

*Note – We need the minimum of 18 attendees for this programme to run. Please contact us it you would like to discuss running this programme outside Wellington or an inhouse option for your organisation, minimum numbers are required.

What's in it for me?

"The four IMPAC courses were engaging, practical and informative. I feel more confident and better equipped with Health and Safety knowledge throughout the year. I have been able to apply the knowledge I received from the courses to the projects that I am contributing to, and I can understand the tasks that I am working on in a broader perspective.

- Theary Thong, Health Safety and Wellbeing Coordinator for MPI, Oct 2021

Gaining Certification

To gain the NZQA certification the participant must attend the four learning sessions/modules and complete the assessment questions to the satisfaction of the assessor. In all instances, the student will need to complete the Unit Standard questions, as they undertake each EiC module.

In an event where a participant is unwell or unable to attend a learning session participants will be advised by GHSL of the options available to them and agreed by IMPAC. These options are clearly outlined in our Frequently Asked Aquestions (FAQ) along with the option to apply for recognition of prior learning as an alternative to on-the-day attendance.

If any participant does not qualify to gain the Early in Careers Health and Safety Certificate, they will receive a certificate of completion.  


2023 Programme Dates



Module Order/Topic:

Learning outcomes:

5 July 2023

12.30pm - 4.00pm  

Module 1 - Health & Safety Risk Fundamentals 
Learners will gain an understanding of core H&S concepts including hazard/harm/risk/risk factors/risk controls.

By the end of this session the attendees will be able to build an H&S risk profile using both a proactive and reactive approach.

16 August 2023


12.30pm - 4.00 pm

Module 2 - Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation 
Learners will gain a greater understanding on how to engage key stakeholders and facilitate meaningful participation and representation in an H&S context.

By the end of this session attendees will be able to gather meaningful information relative to their workforce whilst having awareness of the role culture and communication plays in achieving tangible workplace outcomes.

27 September 2023

12.30pm - 4.00 pm

Module 3 - Working with other PCBU’s 
Learners will gain an understanding on the legal principles that underpin the overlapping duties to consult, cooperate and coordinate.

By the end of this session attendees will be able to demonstrate an understanding of PCBU relationships within their work, recognising the drivers of ‘Control and Influence’.

8 November 2023

12.30pm - 4.00 pm 

Module 4 -Reporting and Measuring Performance  Learners will gain a greater understanding of performance indicators and their relationship to workplace risk.

By the end of this session the attendees will be able to link reporting duties and performance measures into a risk management framework.

The preferred option for delivery of these workshops is in person, however, if your agency would like to run an online or inhouse programme please contact us.

Booking your place

To book yourself or a team member, please contact the GHSL directly at   All our bookings require the following attendee details (Name, Position, Cost Centre, Email and Phone details).  

For further information or enquires contact:
Debbie Bridge, Principal Adviser, Workforce Capability.


Anita McGhie-Filkins 
Executive Assistant 

0800 HS Lead (0800 47 5323)