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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

FAQs about Level 3 NVQ Certificate

This qualification is appropriate for those working within an entrant or intermediate level health and safety role who does not have a recognised qualification at NEBOSH Certificate level or above. As the course is competency-based, it requires the individual to be working within a safety role to generate the necessary evidence against the qualification's predetermined criteria. It is a perfect qualification route for those who prefer to learn through practical experience rather than academic studies.

his qualification route 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 the time it takes candidates to complete 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.