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Accredited Health and Safety Training

Should I Choose an Accredited Course?

When it comes to health and safety training, one of the issues that needs to be considered is if the delegate(s) require an accredited or non-accredited course, as there are advantages and disadvantages of each.

Accredited health and safety training courses such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate, NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, CITB SMSTS and SSSTS courses etc have specific syllabuses which need to be followed in order to satisfy the assessment criteria. This means that there may be large sections which are irrelevant for different people on the course and their particular job role, unlike non-accredited courses which can be tailored to their specific workplace hazards, working practices and exisiting health and safety policy.

Meeting Health and Safety Awarding Body Standards

An advantage of an accredited health and safety training course is that only health and safety training companies and providers who have been pre-approved by the relevant awarding body are allowed to deliver their respective courses.

This allows for greater peace of mind as teaching standards have been assessed as meeting a certain standard and pass rates are consistently good.

A Recognised Qualification Held in High Regard

The fact that syllabuses are consistent and exams the same across providers means that those who have acquired the qualification can be regarded as having a high level of competency and health and safety knowledge.

This is because they have passed the required nationally and internationally respected assessment, whereas a non-accredited qualification could have been awarded to somebody after attending a course which is far too easy and, more pertinently, does not provide the knowledge necessary for working safely or managing others back in the workplace.

Accredited Courses Do Come at a Price

For those undertaking accredited health and safety training, there is often a large amount of course material and hefty textbooks which are incorporated into the course price or have to be bought as an added extra, as well as exam registration and official certification fees.

There can also be long waits to receive exam results and certificates after completing an accredited course.

Accredited Courses at The BCF Group

Here at the BCF Group, we offer a whole range of both non-accredited and accredited health and safety training. We offer the most popular qualifications as open courses at venues across the UK, and our health and safety consultants and course trainers can come and deliver the courses in-house at your premises if you have a number of delegates requiring training.

As well as these, we provide many of our own non-accredited health and safety courses on a whole range of different topics including: sharps training, manual handling training, COSHH, permit to work training, working at height and many more. These courses can be tailored and adapted to your exact needs and requirements. We can also offer bespoke training programmes which combine parts of different courses if you require training in a number of different subject areas.

Whether you require basic health and safety training, a comprehensive qualification such as the NEBOSH Diploma, advice on risk management, accredited or non-accredited health and safety training etc; we can help. For more information, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or contact us online.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

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.

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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.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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