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Health and Safety Courses
Course Overview
Learning Outcomes
Content and Delivery
Information for Learners

Successful completion of our Health and Safety Representative course leads to the award of unit standard 29315 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)- Describe the role and functions of a Health and Safety Representative in a New Zealand workplace.

About This Course

Course Fee
(Excl. GST)


NZQA Level

NZQA Credits




NZQA Unit Standard

This is a full day course which gives learners the skills and knowledge required to be an effective Health and Safety Representative (HSR) and to understand the HSR's role, function and powers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA). 

New Zealand Biosecurity Academy has Consent to Assess against the unit standard indicated above and has had this course pre-moderated and approved by our standard setting body The Skills Organisation.

Training is available in-classroom in Albany or Manukau, online via webinar, or at your location by prior arrangement.

Course Overview

The NZBA Health and Safety Representative course meets the requirements of initial training under sections 70(a) and 85(a) of the HSWA. It is designed to help you understand your role as an HSR and how to perform the functions of the role effectively. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the HSWA and how it applies to your role.

  2. How to effectively fulfil your role as an HSR.

  3. How to promote and foster constructive worker involvement in health and safety matters.

  4. How to encourage open and honest communication and consultation between the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) and workers.

  5. How to work with the PCBU to promote and foster successful health and safety management systems amongst members of the workforce.

  6. When and how to use the HSR delegated powers given under the HSWA.

Content and Delivery

The course content is covered over three modules and includes the following:

  • Relevant Terminology

  • Risk Management

  • Worker Engagement and Participation Practices

  • Health and Safety Committees

  • The Function and Powers of the HSR

  • Worksafe New Zealand.


  • 8-hour classroom/webinar session

  • eLearning videos

  • One assignment

  • Final Assessment.

Information for Learners

Entry and selection requirements
To be eligible to enrol into this course, all learners must meet, or be able to demonstrate, the following criteria:

  • Be at least 16 years of age

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

  • Have (or be able to demonstrate ability to meet) a Level 1 qualification or obtain competence in a Level 1 pre-assessment that reflects literacy and numeracy abilities;
    have a minimum of 3 years secondary education.

  • Have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English;
    Have (or be able to demonstrate an ability to meet) written and oral English skills equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher.

  • Be able to provide proof of identity. This can be either a Passport or Drivers Licence.

Reassessment and Appeals

Learners are able to re-sit assessments for which they do not achieve competency. If learners wish to re-sit assessments, they will need to contact the Training Coordinator who will arrange for this to take place.

In the event that candidates have a concern about their assessment, we ask that in the first instance, you talk with the trainer or contact the Training Coordinator. The trainer will re-assess the learner in consultation with the NZBA management team. If the learner is still not satisfied following the re-assessment procedure, NZBA will initiate external post-assessment moderation with the appropriate advisory group member for a final assessment decision.


The assessment for this course includes completion of one assignment and one assessment.


Learners must achieve 100% in all assessment outcomes in order to pass.

Welfare and Guidance

Learners are able to approach the trainer regarding support, guidance and cultural sensitivities.

Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti O Waitangi

NZBA recognises the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of New Zealand and seeks to apply the principles of the treaty in our day to day activities.

Upcoming Sessions

Dec 11 - Dec 17














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