Certificate IV in Human Resources Management BSB40420

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Kick start an exciting career in HR with our nationally accredited BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resources Management. You’ll learn the core fundamentals of HR, how to put your people skills to good use and launch a successful career in HR support. 

Course Breakdown


BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resources Management

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 18 months

Recommended hours per week: 23.5h

Delivery method: Online

Qualification level: Certificate IV

Awarded by: Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)


Industry Overview

Almost every industry in Australia employs HR professionals, making it one of the most secure professions in the country. Over the next three years (to 2025) steady to strong growth is expected in this sector, creating around 18,000 job opportunities. 

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook ( 

Is this course for you?

This course is designed to suit beginners, as well as those with some experience in the industry. Starting with the basics, you will build a strong foundation of HR skills that you can use to launch your career, formalise your current experience or move into a different role within your organisation. 

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

What you will learn

During the course, you will learn skills like how to: 

  • Use digital technologies to collaborate in a work environment 
  • Write complex documents 
  • Lead effective workplace relationships 
  • Support HR functions and processes  
  • Coordinate key stages of an employee lifecycle like the recruitment and onboarding, remuneration and benefits, and separation and termination 
  • Support employee and industrial relations procedures 
  • Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs 
  • Administer performance development processes, and support the learning and development for teams and individuals 
  • Undertake projects 

Learning Material

Your learning materials are accessed through our online platform OpenSpace. These learning materials include 

  • Learning content 
  • Media 
  • Additional resources 
  • Learning activities 
  • Self-checks 

Your trainer

Katherine Lord
Katherine has been in management roles for the last 12 years working in both the tourism sector, financial planning and currently she is working in the education sector.
Tanya Galey
Tanya has many years of experience working in the Airline Industry through her role at World Aviation Systems who represent various airlines here in Sydney (Air Tahiti Nui and Hawaiian Airlines to name a few). She has extensive knowledge of Sales, marketing, reservations and the general business operations of an Airline.
Rosalie Pellew
Rosalie Pellew has over 30 years' experience in customer engagement; workplace training and assessment; facilitating adult education; leading and coaching customer contact teams; and supporting on-line learning students.

Academic Information

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements.

Certificate IV in Human Resources Management

Use digital technologies to collaborate in a work environment
  • Review existing digital technology use in the business 
  • Identify opportunities to implement digital technologies for workplace collaboration 
  • Implement and use digital technologies to collaborate in the workplace 
Write complex documents
  • Plan complex document 
  • Draft complex document 
  • Finalise complex document 
Lead effective workplace relationships
  • Prepare to lead workplace relationships 
  • Lead workplace relationships 
  • Review leadership 
Support human resources functions and processes
  • Identify human resources functions 
  • Review policy and procedures frameworks 
  • Apply ethical framework 
  • Analyse human resource metrics 
  • Report outcomes of review and analysis 
Support employee and industrial relations
  • Support preparation of Employee and Industrial Relations processes 
  • Support industrial relations 
  • Support employee relations 
  • Contribute to continuous improvement 
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is self paced - maximum of 18 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.



Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 30%
$4,046.00 Save $1,734.00
was $5,780.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 12%
Pay in 64 instalments over the length of your course.
$76.25 Weekly
Total course cost: $5,080.00
was $5,780.00
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Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone