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NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

  • Level 5 Qualification
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The NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is a vocational health and safety qualification that does not require classroom attendance.

It is intended specifically for safety professionals who wish to attain chartered status of IOSH (CMIOSH) through a practical, evidence-based route as opposed to an academic course (for those who would prefer to obtain CMIOSH status via exams, take a look at the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety).



Why Choose an NVQ Qualification?

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A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is a qualification that recognises the competence of a person in a work situation.

Unlike traditional health and safety training qualifications that rely on teaching and examinations, a health and safety NVQ uses performance on-the-job as a basis for the assessment, meaning that a person can achieve the qualification with minimal disruption to their workplace commitments.

As the NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is work-based, and involves the collection of evidence from your normal day-to-day activities, candidates must be in a job role that allows them to collect and provide this. Candidates should report directly to, or be a part of, the senior management team. You should also be in a position where you recommend and implement changes relevant to your role, and have an understanding of cost implications and budgetary control.

Many universities will accept this qualification as suitable entry requirements for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate study in health and safety.



Programme Structure


NVQ Evidence Gathering and Submission

There are eleven units that must be completed to obtain the overall qualification.

Ten units are mandatory, whilst there are some options for the eleventh unit. For those looking to reach Graduate Membership and Chartered Membership of IOSH, then the unit Professional Development and Ethics in Health and Safety Practice needs to be completed. Otherwise, candidates have a choice between two units. Please see below for the complete list.

Mandatory Units:
  • Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information
  • Promote a positive health and safety culture
  • Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters
  • Identify, assess and control health and safety risks
  • Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures
  • Develop and implement health and safety review systems
  • Behavioural safety in the workplace
  • Develop and implement the health and safety policy

Choice of Units:
  • Professional development and ethics in health and safety management (required for IOSH Graduate Membership recognition and Chartered Membership)
  • Manage contractors to ensure compliance with health and safety
  • Develop and implement the health and safety induction process



Evidence Gathering and Submission

One of the main advantages of the NVQ Level 5 Diploma, and why it is so popular, is because it can be undertaken anywhere in the UK. Inductions will be arranged by your appointed assessor, either face to face, via telephone or through electronic media (depending on your location).

Your work and gathered evidence is submitted electronically via a cloud based system or by email. Support and training are provided principally through telephone calls, Skype calls and emails.



How Long Will it Take to Complete?


NVQ programme support

As this qualification revolves around you, the time it takes to complete the units and achieve it depends primarily upon you.

On average, it usually takes delegates between 15 and 18 months to achieve the NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice. However, some candidates manage to complete within a year, while others take longer than 18 months.

18 months of support is included in the price of this NVQ qualification. Additional support can be purchased after this period should you require more time to complete your qualification.



Entry Requirements

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Aside from being aged 19 or over, there are no formal entry requirements for the NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice; however candidates must have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice.

They will report directly to the senior management team and have direct access to the responsible persons. They will be responsible for developing and implementing health and safety policies to ensure the organisation is compliant with all current health and safety legislation in a workplace with complex risks.

It would also be advisable for candidates to already hold a health and safety qualification such as the NEBOSH General Certificate or equivalent.

You can enrol on the programme at any point in the year. Contact with your advisor/assessor will be flexible via e-mail, telephone and/or video conference. This is principally a distance learning type approach with no need to attend specific dates, making it ideal for those who need to fit their studies around their working hours.



How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of the NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is £1,795 + vat. This price includes enrolment fees, certification fees and 18 months support.

Whilst the vast majority of people achieve the qualification within this timeframe, additional support can be purchased after this 18 month period, should you require more time to complete your qualification.



How to Enrol

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As mentioned earlier, NVQ candidates must be aged 19 or over, and will need to demonstrate that they are in a suitable job role which allows them to gather sufficient evidence to complete all the units of this vocational course. This is done by completing an initial assessment prior to being accepted onto the NVQ programme.

Rather than taking any money off you now and then coming back to you and saying that you are not eligible, this initial assessment allows us to ensure that you will be able to achieve the qualification before asking you to pay.

To register your interest and get the process started, please contact us using the button below.

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Also Consider

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

NEBOSH National Diploma


NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

NEBOSH General Certificate



No Need to Travel with an NVQ Level 5 Health and Safety

A primary advantage of the NVQ Level 5 Health and Safety qualification is the fact that there is no need for a person to travel anywhere. Not only does this mean that they do not need to take time off of work in order to attend a health and safety training course, as they actually gather the required portfolio of evidence whilst performing their normal workplace duties, but there is also no need for them to spend additional money on travel and accommodation.

On a traditional classroom based training course if they live near the venue they would still have to pay each day for petrol if they came by car, taxi fares or public transport costs. If the course is run over many days this can soon add up. Similarly if the course is being run at a venue which is not near enough to their home in order to travel there and back each day, they will need to stay somewhere close to the venue. For a course like the NEBOSH General Certificate which is run over two weeks including the exams, or, even more costly, those attending a NEBOSH Diploma course, this can equate to a significant amount of money.

Many people looking to obtain health and safety qualifications therefore are seriously considering NVQs such as the Level 6 or the Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. Because they are vocational qualifications which are achieved through the collection and submission of evidence gathered whilst performing a job, only those who are in a suitable position are able to enrol. If they are not, they will need to take a health and safety training course such as the NEBOSH General Certificate instead which teaches them information as opposed to collecting evidence.

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