Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice with a context in Occupational Health and Safety

Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice with a focus on Occupational Health and Safety

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If you would like to do the course but you are not sure if you have the relevant experience, please contact us. We are happy to talk you through your options.

Course information

$6,352.00 (you will also be charged a levy of $266 per year which covers access to student services). Fees may vary, please contact us for more information
Course length
10 months full-time or 18-20 months part-time
NZQA Level 7
Prior experience
7 - 10 years of professional practice experience
Start dates
Monthly intakes
Distance learning
Full-time 20 hours of study per week; part-time 10 hours of study per week

Are you an experienced health and safety practitioner?

This qualification allows you to achieve graduate status within the New Zealand Institute for Safety Management (NZISM) accreditation programme. 

You’ll undertake a project in a work context to develop new learning in your professional field, new skills of professional self-reflection and increased confidence in your professional practice.

You'll graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice. 

To achieve this qualification, you'll need to complete a self-assessment tool prior to enrolment (or early in your enrolment during Course One). This will identify gaps in your learning and practice. To complete the self-assessment tool, you'll need to be a member of NZISM. If you're not a member, you'll need to register with them. This will cost an additional $125.00. 

Register with NZISM here > 

The Capable NZ difference

The Capable NZ process centres you and your own career – you’ll reflect on where you’ve come from, where you are now, and where you want to go.

You will:

  • identify early experiences and influences that have shaped you, and how these relate to your working life
  • analyse your work and life experiences and skills, and evaluate your strengths and capabilities
  • identify, access and research relevant practice theories, models, tools, frameworks, and reflect on how these might inform and influence your work
  • propose and complete a project, carried out in an organisation you work for or with, have a key functional relationship with, or in your self-employment.

One key point of difference with Capable NZ study at this level is that you will undertake an in-depth industry-relevant project. This could be an exploratory study of a health and safety area identifying best practice nationally or internationally; the development of a resource or resources for a specific area of practice; or creating proposed guidelines for best practice in an area. Your project is primarily to inform you, however it should also be potentially useful to your professional body (NZISM) and contribute to practice knowledge.

"This programme is giving me a chance to do a specialised project to advance knowledge in my workplace, which no one else could offer; and get a recognised qualification for the work. It's a unique framework and course, and very worthwhile."

Jane Robb
Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice