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In-House Accredited Health and Safety Training Courses

Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes and delivering them in-house, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and CITB (ConstructionSkills/CSkills) health and safety courses in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.

For more information please call 0844 800 3295 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, see below to view the courses and qualifications we offer which are accredited by the various awarding bodies.

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In-House NEBOSH Courses

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. NEBOSH qualifications, such as the NEBOSH Diploma and NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, are recognised and respected across the globe, with over 25,000 candidates in 65 countries undertaking NEBOSH training every year.

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In-House IOSH Courses

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. In fact, the IOSH Managing Safely course is one of the most popular health and safety courses in the world.

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.

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In-House CITB Courses

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.

The CITB course programmes are regularly revised to ensure that the content is relevant to new health and safety legislation and best practice guidelines. Keeping up to date with the latest health and safety developments, along with regular and effective health and safety training, is essential to create a safer and more efficient construction site.

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We can design a health and safety training programme around your exact requirements. Contact us to find out more!

Why Have an Accredited Health and Safety Course In-House?

Convenience of Location

The main advantage of an in-house course is convenience. Instead of having to make sure that all your employees know the address of the training venue and what time they need to be there for - and of course maybe having to check each day that they have actually turned up at the venue - an in-house course run at your premises is far easier to administer.

Your employees should certainly have no excuses for getting lost! And it will be a lot easier to make sure that everybody is present and correct. It can also save time and expense, as sometimes the external training venue will be much further away than an employee’s place of work, which may lead some to want reimbursing for the additional cost and/or time it takes them to get there.

A Known and Familiar Training Environment

If you have never done any business with a particular training provider before, you will not know what their training facilities are like compared with yours. They might be better, or they might be worse, but at least you know that if you have a suitable room which is of a suitable size and is conducive for learning, then running a course in there will not be a problem.

Course delegates can also feel more comfortable and at ease in a familiar environment, and may be more receptive to hear the information being taught. This familiarity can also have the opposite effect however, which is described in the next section: "The Downsides of an In-House Accredited Health and Safety Programme".


Depending on numbers, an in-house course can be far more cost effective than sending everyone on an open course at the full retail price.

The amounts will vary tremendously, but if you have at least a small group requiring training, the price per head will be a lot lower by having them all trained in one go, as opposed to drip-feeding them through open courses over a period of time.

The Downsides of an In-House Accredited Health and Safety Programme

Familiar surroundings can cause them to mess about

Whilst familiar surroundings may relax some course attendees and help them learn more effectively, for others the opposite can be true. Just as people tend to behave much better in other people’s houses rather than their own, the same can happen during an in-house course.

This will obviously depend greatly upon the character of the individuals being trained, but for some they will get into the mindset of an external tutor coming in almost as they would a supply teacher at school; someone who has come into "their" territory and is trying to teach them things.

Obviously this only applies to very few people, but despite it sounding implausible and something which would only happen in a school, you would be surprised how often it can occur!

The Trainer Might not Think the room is suitable

Another problem that can exist during an in-house course is that whilst a manager may think that the training room they have provided is suitable, the trainer coming in to teach the course may have a different opinion.

Consideration may not have been given to additional extras the trainer may need to teach information thoroughly, such as the use of a projector and screen, or WiFi connectivity. Without these items, the course may not be delivered as effectively and engagingly as planned.

A Rigid Course Syllabus

A final disadvantage of choosing an accredited in-house course for staff members and managers is that the course syllabus is rigid and can hardly be modified, if at all. This is because typically there are prescribed exams or other assessments at the conclusion, meaning that the information taught has to be consistent with other courses taught across the country who may be taking the same exams with the same questions.

This means that unlike a non-accredited course that can be tailored to make the content 100% relevant to your employees and the work they do, an accredited course may have parts which are not that useful in practice.


An in-house health and safety course has many advantages, and some disadvantages. Ultimately, the decision as to whether it is the right option for you and your staff members will come down to a number of factors such as the numbers attending, and to what extent the content needs to be bespoke.

Certain topics require more tailoring than others in order for employees to get the maximum benefit from the training. An in-house permit to work training course that focuses on your company’s specific processes will be far more beneficial than a generic, off-the-shelf permit to work course for instance, as the content is, by its very nature, unique to the working practices of the company itself.

An accredited course is ideal for those who require a recognised qualification from a respected awarding body at the end of the programme, rather than a large degree of flexibility over the syllabus content. If you have a number of employees or managers requiring training, an in-house accredited health and safety training course is often more cost-effective than sending them on open courses individually.

To discuss your health and safety training needs further and for a detailed quote, please call us on 0844 800 3295, or send us an online contact form with an outline of your requirements by clicking on the "Contact" tab at the top of the page.

In-House Health and Safety Training Courses
In-House Health and Safety Training by the BCF Group

An in-house health and safety course is one of the most cost-effective methods of providing training to your employees. Although open courses will provide a tremendous amount of valuable information, it may be the case that not all of it will be 100% relevant to them, and it certainly won't be tailored to your specific industry, working practices and the specific hazards they have the potential to encounter whilst at work.

For more information, please see our in-house health and safety training page by clicking here.

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