Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) Course

The Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) course is delivered and assessed by the Master Builders Association of Victoria (RTO no 3935). On successful completion of all requirements of this course, including assessment and attendance, students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment by Master Builders Association of Victoria (RTO no 3935).

For detailed course and fee information, click on the Course Information Sheet.

Designed For

The SWMS course is for people who play a role in developing SWMS for high risk construction work or reviewing SWMS for compliance.
In the commercial construction sector, this includes:

  • Principal contractor site managers/supervisors
  • Health and safety representatives (HSRs)
  • Subcontractor supervisors
  • Leading hands
  • Other employees with supervisory responsibilities.

In the housing sector, this includes builders and subcontractors.

The unit of competency attached to the nationally recognised stream is one of the ‘pre-requisite’ units of competency required for some categories of Victorian builder’s registration (refer to Exit opportunities section).

Course Overview

A SWMS is a document that instructs workers on:

  • How to perform a task
  • The hazards associated with performing that task
  • The controls put in place to eliminate or reduce the risks arising from the hazards so far as is practicable.

SWMS are essential links between an organisation’s risk management process and those who perform the work on site.

In this short course, you will learn:

  • What information needs to be in a SWMS
  • How to develop a SWMS that can be adapted for any construction site
  • How to make your SWMS site-specific for every job you do
  • What to look for when reviewing a SWMS submitted by a subcontractor
  • How to manage compliance with a SWMS on site.

Learning Outcomes

Learners who complete this course will have gained the skills and knowledge to:

  • Plan and prepare to develop SWMS
  • Prepare and implement SWMS for general hazards in construction
  • Prepare and implement SWMS for high risk construction work.

Mode of delivery

The SWMS course consists of:

  • One eight-hour face-to-face training session
  • A two-hour remotely assessed assessment task (conducted via Zoom)
  • Between 10 and 20 hours of written assessment work, depending on your level of experience.

For a total of 30 hours of training and assessment.

Successful completion of all training and assessment activities will award the nationally recognised unit of competency CPCWHS3001 Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies.

Master Builders Entry Requirements

It is a Master Builder’s requirement for those wishing to undertake this course that they must:

  • Be successful at a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment and a pre-enrolment review
  • Have basic computer skills as this course is delivered partially online


  • Have CPCCWHS1001A Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (see note below).


  • Have access to a building and construction site.

Note: You must complete a general induction training course specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) before entering a construction work site. Achievement of the CPCCOHS1001A or CPCCWHS1001 unit (‘White card’ training) covers this requirement.


Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies