Competency Requirements for Certified Handler (Digital Delivery)

This course provides students with an understanding of the legislation under which they become certified handlers and their legal roles and obligations under that legislation, should they become handlers.


After successful completion of the online course you will be issued with an electronic badge. Before we can issue you with a formal Competency Requirements for Certified Handler certificate you will be asked to contact Wood Training with proof of identity.

Unit Standard: 31291 L5 C6 V1

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Requirements relative to a certified handler.
  • Knowledge of hazardous substances including legislation requirements.
  • Properties and effects of hazardous substances.
  • Technical vocabulary.
  • Documentation for hazardous substances including safety data sheets.
  • Storage, separation and segregation.
  • Emergency management and preparation.
  • Spill response.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe requirements relevant for a certified handler.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of hazardous substances relevant to their role.
  • Describe emergency procedures involving hazardous substances relevant to their role.

Course structure

The course is delivered online and includes topics that you work through at your own pace before you undertake the formal assessment.
After you contact Wood Training or book the course, we will send you a confirmation email with a link to the course and a self-enrolment key. You will be prompted in the system to set up a profile with information that we need for your enrolment.
You will need to have:

  • Access to a computer and stable internet (see page 2 for specifications).
  • An email address.

Unit standard prerequisite

US31290 is the prerequisite for US31291. You will be co- enrolled in both courses to achieve the outcomes required.

This course is assessed at Level 5 of the New Zealand’s Qualification Framework and is a written assessment. Due to the level of complexity in this course, it is recommended that students hold a qualification at Level 2 as a minimum.

Assessment process

Theory assessment which takes place when the student is ready. This includes completion of a short online quiz and a written assessment.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Requirement for the Certified Handlers Certificate to be refreshed/renewed after five years.

Further information

There is a cost to apply for a Certified Handler certificate through a Compliance Certifier. The process for the Certifier to review and award a Handler certificate will take around 30 days.

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A very comprehensive course.

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Good course, informative and free-flowing

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