Safety Observer – Online

This online course provides students with an understanding of the work, activities and hazardous environments requiring a Safety Observer to control, monitor and maintain safety. 

This includes Safety Observer responsibilities and duties covering hot work, confined space, excavations, and working at height activities as well as emergency response measures. 


After successful completion of the online course you will be issued with an electronic badge. Before we can issue you with a formal Safety Observer Certificate, you will need to contact Wood Training with proof of identity.

Unit Standard: 17596 L3 C8 V6

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Health and safety legislation.
  • Work requiring a safety observer.
  • Duties of a safety observer.
  • Work environment conditions.
  • Communication methods.
  • Emergency and rescue plans.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify criteria under work permit procedures where the safety observer is required to control, monitor and maintain safety for activity.
  • Identify hazardous environments and activities requiring safety observer control.
  • Identify safety observer responsibilities.
  • Identify emergency response measures.

Course structure

This course is an online course.

After you contact Wood Training, we will send you a confirmation email with a self-enrolment key. You will be prompt- ed in the system to set up a profile, with information that we need for your enrolment.
You will be sent a link to access your course with this 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
  • An email address

Course prerequisites


Assessment process

It consists of online learning modules that you work through at your own pace. At the very end of the course there are summative assessment tasks.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommendation is every two years.

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Course Length

Work at your own pace


Online Course


$270 + GST per person

Group rates available

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