Certificate IV in Human Resources

Learn to select, recruit and induct staff into an organisation, support performance management practices, and about industrial relations procedures.

Course Description

Open the door to a career in human resources

The Open Colleges BSB41015 Certificate IV in Human Resources course is a nationally recognised qualification that will prepare you for numerous support positions in human resources management across large, medium or small businesses.

You will develop industry-specific skills relevant to staff recruitment, performance management and industrial relations.

Throughout this online course, you'll also learn about how to establish effective workplace relationships, conduct research and analysis and understand workplace health and safety.

Elective choices

After completing the core units, you'll have the choice to select a wide range of specialist electives. Tailor your studies to topics that appeal to you, including:

  • Project skills
  • Staff and team development
  • Recruitment management
  • Payroll support

Potential career outcomes

  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Human Resources Officer


The Course Material provided by Open Colleges Pty Ltd is based on the legislative framework provided and maintained by the Australian Government. Any reference to legislation, Australian Standards, Codes of Practice and guidelines for the industry will be based on the use of the appropriate Australian legislative framework.

Course Details

  • Course number E1068IN
  • Qualification name BSB41015 Certificate IV in Human Resources
  • Course duration Maximum 18 months
  • Delivery Method Online
  • Recognition Nationally Recognised
  • Assessments Case Studies, Demonstrations, Portfolio of Evidence, Questions, Written Reports
  • Fee for service option awarded by Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)


Module 1

BSBHRM404 Review humans resource functions

Module 2

BSBLDR402 Lead effective workplace relationships

Module 3

BSBHRM405 Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff

Module 4

BSBHRM403 Support performance management processes

Module 5

BSBWRK411 Support employee and industrial relations procedures

Module 6

BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures, and programs to meet legislative requirements

Module 7

BSBRES401 Analyse and present research information

Module 8

BSBWRT401 Write complex documents

Module 910

Modules 9 and 10: Electives (choose from two of the following)

BSBPMG522 Undertake project work

  • Define project
  • Develop project plan
  • Administer and monitor project
  • Finalise project
  • Review project

TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction

  • Organise instruction and demonstration
  • Conduct instruction and demonstration
  • Check training performance
  • Review personal training performance and finalise documentation

BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals

  • Determine development needs
  • Develop individuals and teams
  • Monitor and evaluate workplace learning

BSBHRM506 Manage recruitment, selection and induction processes

  • Develop recruitment, selection and induction policies and procedures
  • Recruit and select staff
  • Manage staff induction

BSBFIA302 Process payroll

  • Record payroll data
  • Prepare payroll
  • Handle payroll enquiries



There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old


This course requires learners to read online learner modules, undertake a range of task-driven assessments and engage in online discussions. Consequently, learners need to have an effective command of written and spoken English. As a guide we recommend that learners currently or have previously:

  • Been employed in a workplace for at least one year, where they predominantly use the English language in verbal and written communications and/or;
  • Have successfully completed one year of study taught predominately in English language and/ or;
  • Have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination score of 5.5 during the past three years and/or;
  • Have achieved an overall pass score on our free Open Colleges Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool available on our website for a Certificate IV.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended)


You will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, audio and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smartphones include this technology.

You will also need access to software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc is available as a download from the internet.

Some assessments include a component for students to record a video. The requirements for these videos vary, depending on the assessment. If you are unable to conduct these in the workplace, if this is a requirement of the assessment, you have the option of engaging with friends, family and other students to record this via other means, such as Skype.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study this course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies.

Special Offers

Start learning for less. Our payment options could help you make considerable savings on the cost of this course.

Enrolment and Fees

Pay As You Learn (PAYL)

You’re completely in control – of both your learning and your finances.

  • There are no lock-in contracts, you simply pay when you want to learn.
  • You’ll pay for your learning by purchasing monthly subscription periods.
  • During your subscription period, you will be allowed to study as much (or as little) as you like.
  • After each subscription period, you can choose to pause your studies or stop them completely – or you can continue with your subscription of the course.
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Last updated August 21, 2018
This course is Online
Start Date
Jan. 2019
18 months
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