Accredited health and safety training courses follow a syllabus which has been approved by an awarding body. For many, there is also at least one exam or assessment which is taken under exam conditions. Also, only those training providers that have been pre-approved by the awarding body are authorised to provide their respective qualifications. All of this adds up to mean that accredited safety qualifications not only teach a lot of valuable information to delegates, but that those who successfully pass the assessments and the course will receive a highly-respected qualification.
From an individual’s perspective, holding an accredited qualification will make that person a lot more attractive to future employers. In all likelihood, an accredited qualification like a NEBOSH General Certificate will be a pre-requisite anyway for a lot of health and safety jobs, and employers would not even consider applicants who did not already have this qualification.
From a manager’s perspective - or, more specifically, the person paying for the training – putting an employee on an accredited course with a provider who has to follow and maintain the standards demanded by the awarding body will provide peace of mind with regards to the quality of the training. Training companies offering these qualifications not only have to go through a vigorous process to become accredited in the first place, but they have to pass regular inspections by the awarding body to ensure that the teaching and assessment facilitation is up to the required standard in order to keep their accreditation.
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The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (or NEBOSH for short) was formed in 1979 and became the first health and safety awarding body to be accredited by the UK regulatory authorities in October 2000.
The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) pride theselves on being the leading body for health and safety professionals, with over 38,000 individual members. As an independent and not-for-profit organisation, they aim to regulate and steer the profession, maintaining standards and providing impartial, authoritative guidance on health and safety issues.
CITB (also known as ConstructionSkills or CSkills) courses are designed to give firms in the construction industry the skills and knowledge that are necessary in order to survive and prosper in today's challenging economic environment, resulting in a safe, professional and fully-qualified UK construction industry.