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Some applicants for OHS professional do not hold the requisite OHS qualifications at Bachelor, Graduate Diploma or Masters level, but are still eligible to apply for certification with a combination of:

  1. Some education at this level or a Diploma WHS; AND
  2. Extended experience at OHS professional level.

These candidates have their portfolio reports and referees checked and also undertake the OHS Professional Knowledge Assessment (OKA). Eligibility requirements and fees for the OKA are explained on the certification fees, criteria and requirements page of this website.

Developed and conducted by the University of Newcastle via distance learning, the OKA is based on the OHS Body of Knowledge and the OHS capabilities developed from the Australian Qualification Framework Level 7.  

The 3-part assessment comprises:

  • a 2-hour multiple choice online exam
  • the conduct of a case study
  • the conduct of an online viva interview

Once registered and the fee is paid the OKA candidate will receive a package of information. The OKA is an assessment only and does not include study materials or teaching sessions. Workshops and study sessions may be conducted separately.

Please note that the OKA is not a full degree program nor is it equivalent to a University qualification. It is an assessment of OHS professional knowledge for OHS Professional Certification.