IOSH qualification

The NCFE IOSH Level 3 General Certificate in Safety and Health for Business provides an understanding of safety and health in a business context. Learners gain technical knowledge and skills, as well as effective techniques to apply that knowledge in the workplace.

Building on the IOSH Managing Safely course, this qualification is the ideal next step to become eligible for IOSH membership. Being a member of IOSH opens a world of professional opportunities and resources that will support progress at work and contribute tangibly to business success.

Benefits for delegates

Learners who achieve this qualification will have greater credibility and confidence when talking to senior management about safety and health in business.

This qualification will also:

  • provide a route to IOSH membership, enabling access to a multitude of benefits, including IOSH Blueprint and CPD
  • provide an understanding of organisational culture and techniques that can help develop a safety culture in the workplace
  • open doors for those looking to progress into the safety and health profession.

Advantages for organisations

Assessments based on projects and practical work can be applied directly to each delegate’s workplace.

As learners must already have been introduced to key concepts in IOSH’s Managing Safely course, delegates spend less time away from work than with other safety and health qualifications. There are only 10 days’ face-to-face learning.

Units and assessment

There are three mandatory units:

Unit title
Assessment method
Safety and health management in an organisation
Develop and write a business case
How to influence a safety and health culture within an organisation
Research project
A strategic, business-focused approach to safety and health
Develop and deliver a presentation

To meet the qualification’s objective of developing an understanding of safety and health in a business context, learners will:

  • understand internal and external roles and how they have an impact on safety and health in the organisation
  • explore the main functions and aims of an organisation, and how strategic drivers affect its operation
  • learn about monitoring safety and health performance, and how improvement plans can be used to improve practices
  • understand organisational culture, including techniques that can help develop a safety culture.

Assessments are based on projects and practical work directly relevant to each learner’s workplace. There are no sit-down exams, and the assessments are marked by a training provider who is quality-assured by IOSH, at a time and place that suits both parties. So, the learner does not need to visit a nominated assessment centre.

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