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Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

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Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety


This qualification is suitable for individuals whose current role is focused on ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of others within the workplace. It is an alternative to training and exam-based qualifications such as the NEBOSH General or Construction Certificate.

Candidates must have been employed long enough to facilitate the presentation of evidence to verify involvement in work activities typically associated with the role of a health and safety officer or advisor.

Candidates can provide evidence in various forms, including written communications (such as emails or memos), documentation (such as paperwork or worksheets), occupational observations (where an assessor observes the candidate performing a work activity), professional discussions (where an assessor questions the candidate to assess competency), or reliable witness testimonies.

FAQs about Level 3 NVQ Certificate

The Level 3 NVQ qualification differs from traditional qualifications, which require learners to pass exams or coursework assignments successfully. Instead, those who embark upon it must provide work-related evidence of health and safety activities they have experienced within their retrospective employment. Candidates can obtain examples from everyday duties or less frequent tasks. An experienced assessor with a health and safety background will work with the individual to guide them on the most appropriate evidence method. Examples include written explanations of past experiences, references from others or questions and observations led by the assessor.

The qualification has the following mandatory units:

  • Risk reduction
  • Development of health and safety procedures
  • Monitoring performance
  • Promoting a positive safety culture
  • Conducting risk assessments

In addition, candidates must choose any two of the below optional units:

  • Investigate and evaluate accidents, incidents, and complaints
  • Protecting the environment
  • Reviewing health and safety procedures
  • Supervising others in the workplace

We advertise this qualification as taking six months on average. However, some highly motivated candidates who have been able to invest significant time have completed it in as little as two months. Factors that typically impact candidates' time to complete the qualification are their urgency, motivation and current workload. Our highly experienced assessor can facilitate fast-track completion where required.

The primary reason a candidate would choose the Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety over alternatives such as a NEBOSH certificate is its ability to be completed without attending training days or undertaking traditional assessment types such as examinations and assignments. In addition, this qualification route best suits those who consider themselves practical learners.

IOSH recognises the Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, and those who complete it can apply for technical membership. Prospective candidates can obtain further information on how this qualification can contribute to IOSH membership from the IOSH website.