Safe Work Method Statements

This course is delivered and assessed by the Master Builders Association of Victoria (RTO no 3935). Successful participants will be issued with a Statement of Attainment by Master Builders Association of Victoria (RTO no 3935).

For detailed course information including course structure, units of competency, learning outcomes, entry requirements, fee options and more, read our Course Information Sheet.

Course Overview

Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) are essential documents that link an organisation’s risk management process and those who perform the work on site. A SWMS 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.

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 and other employees with supervisory responsibilities. In the housing sector, this includes builders and subcontractors.

Attendees 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.
  • Course Structure & Duration

    This course consists of 30 hours of training and assessment made up of:

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


    Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies