Health & Safety Training Courses

This pages provides an overview of the Health and Safety training courses available at the University.

Face-to-Face Training

  • Provide First Aid

    Become a workplace first aider

    If you would like to become a workplace first aider (including for fieldwork), please discuss the opportunity of appointment with your supervisor.
    First aiders must hold a current 'Provide first aid' certificate.

    Upon becoming certified as a first aider, please inform your building's Chief Warden and your local Health and Safety Business Partner who will then include your details on building emergency information posters.

    It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with emergency information, incident and hazard reporting and the locations of defibrillators around campus.

    Access to training is prioritised by:

    1. Workplace first aiders currently working on campus
    2. Workplace first aiders returning to campus
    3. Others with special requests (including graduate students undertaking first aid training for fieldwork purposes)

    Eligible participants can now enroll into a Provide First Aid and CPR sessions via an online portal directly with our provider.

    For training dates, enrolment and session information please visit the TrainME course catalogue.
    Search for Provide First Aid and follow the prompts.

    Launch TrainME

    If you are having issues with enrolment, please contact Health and Safety Services for guidance.

    Centrally funded

    To be eligible for centralised funding you must meet the following criteria before booking online:

    1. You fall into one of the following categories:
      • an employee of the University of Melbourne, in a continuing, fixed-term or casual role
      • an on-campus graduate research student or
      • participating in fieldwork
    2. You agree to the responsibility of being a workplace first aider, including your contact details being published in your building as a designated first aider.
    3. You have managerial approval to complete the training and are able to provide evidence to Health and Safety Services.
    4. You attend training facilitated by Health and Safety Services, Business Services.

    Note: Central funding is only available for courses facilitated by Health and Safety Services, Business Services.  Reimbursement will not be provided for any costs associated with first aid training undertaken outside of the Health and Safety Services facilitated courses.

    Local area funded

    The cost of first aid training will not be centrally funded for those who are:

    • not a nominated workplace first aider
    • an employee/member of an entity affiliated with the University (eg. UMSU, GSA, Student Clubs, UoM subsidiary companies)
    • a course work student
    Cost of training by participant type with supervisory approval Direct Employee Graduate Research Student (i.e. fieldwork purposes, etc) Fieldwork Participant Course work Student
    Training sessions facilitated by our Preferred Provider AND organised by Health and Safety Services.

    Booked via Enrolment Form and confirmed by Health and Safety Services.
    Training costs are centrally funded.

    No cost to the staff member or local area.

    With supervisor approval, the participant submits Enrolment form to Health and Safety Services for action.
    Training costs NOT covered by central funding. Course costs will NOT be reimbursed by Health and Safety Services.

    Payment and training directly managed by the local area/supervisor.
    Training sessions facilitated by our Preferred Provider but NOT organised by Health and Safety Services.

    Booked directly with the Preferred Provider.
    Training costs are locally funded.

    Training costs are not covered by central funding and course costs incurred will NOT be reimbursed by Health and Safety Services.

    Payment and training directly managed by the local area/supervisor.
    Training sessions facilitated by another external provider.

    Booked directly with an external provider.
    Training costs are locally funded.

    Training costs are not covered by central funding and course costs incurred will NOT be reimbursed by Health and Safety Services.

    Payment and training directly managed by the local area/supervisor.
  • Remote First Aid

    Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site (HLTAID013) is a two-day course tailored for individuals who travel to remote or wilderness areas where medical support is more than one hour away. Typically staff and students engaged in fieldwork, bush walking or who work in remote areas would benefit from the training.

    At the end of the course you will be able to:

    • Prepare a contingency plan for providing a first aid response in a remote situation
    • Deliver prolonged casualty care including psychological assistance
    • Demonstrate competent CPR on an adult and infant manikin
    • Respond to at least three simulated remote area emergency scenarios
    • Understand environmental conditions, communication systems and evacuation procedures


    1. Login to TrainMe

    2. Navigate to the Course Catalog and search for Remote First Aid.

    3. Follow the prompts to complete enrollment.

  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

    Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offer a range of mental health training for employees.

    You can access these courses here:

  • Fire Extinguisher

    This face-to-face session trains participants in all aspects of portable fire extinguishers. Participants will become familiar with basic fire science, extinguishing agents and different types, as well as the usage of each extinguisher.

    This training is mandatory for all Chief and Deputy Wardens, and compulsory if relevant to the job role. It is highly recommended for general Wardens. Training includes hands on use of extinguishers. Please note that this part of the training may preclude those with health issues. Please wear covered shoes, long pants, and long sleeves (no flowing clothing).

  • HSR initial OHS training course

    The initial course is delivered over five days. This can be delivered over five consecutive days, or spread over a longer time with training delivered in ‘blocks’ of time no less than one day in duration.

    The learning objectives of the course are to:

    • interpret the occupational health and safety legislative framework and its relationship to the HSR
    • identify key parties and their legislative obligations and duties
    • establish representation in the workplace
    • participate in consultation and issue resolution
    • represent designated work group members in any OHS risk management process undertaken by the appropriate duty holder
    • issue a provisional improvement notice (PIN) and direct the cessation of work

    A one-day refresher training course provides HSRs with information to strengthen the knowledge gained from an initial course.

  • Regulated Biological Materials

    The Office of Research Ethics and Integrity offers training and information sessions relating to the use of regulated biological materials such as hazardous biological materials and agents, genetically modified organisms, or imported biological materials alongside the core Biosafety training module which must be completed in TrainME before commencing any work with regulated biological materials.

  • Health and Safety Hazard Based Courses

    Delivered on request

    Please contact your local Health and Safety Business Partner to inquire about requesting face-to-face delivery of one of the health and safety hazard based courses or one of the following courses:

    • Delivery of Work Station Assessments (Train the Trainer)
    • Enterprise Risk Management System (ERMS) - training for health and safety modules, including:
      1. Incident/Hazard Reporting and Register,
      2. WHS Risk (Assessments), and
      3. Checklists/Inspections and the Checklist/Audit Register
    • Hazardous Waste Management
    • Plant Safety Management
    • Suspicious Package and Threat Response
      Recommended for front-line staff and anyone who potentially could find themselves receiving such a threat. Topics include threat checklists, search procedures, and dealing with emergency services.

TrainME - Online Modules

The University has an extensive list of online training modules that can be completed via TrainMe.

These include but not limit to:

  • Chief and Deputy Chief Emergency Warden Training
  • Chemical Management
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Computer Workstation
  • Manual handling
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Plant Safety