NVQ is a competence-based qualification, it is not a theoretical training course and there is no Exam!
To gain an NVQ qualification you develop a portfolio of evidence from your knowledge and experience that demonstrates you meet the required level of competence. Thus, you will need access to the workplace to develop the evidence required.
The City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is ideal for those who either don’t like or can’t sit exams. You need to be working in a job with some health safety responsibilities already because, instead of sitting exams, you collect evidence from your day-to-day activities to prove you can do the job.
You can start your NVQ at any time and they typically take a maximum of 12 months to complete.
Who is this qualification for?
For candidates who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in the application of occupational health and safety good practices within the workplace.
What does the qualification cover?
It allows candidates to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the health and safety sector.
What accreditation does the qualification have?
This qualification is accredited by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) – the world’s leading body for health and safety professionals.
Learners will be eligible to enroll with IOSH and IOSH Student membership for the duration of their studies and, on successful completion, will be eligible for Associate or Technical membership (A/T) with IOSH.
As IOSH is the only organisation in the world that offers Chartered membership to health and safety practitioners, this can help members achieve the highest professional standards and gain international recognition.
This qualification was developed in association with Pro skills the UK and other awarding organisations
What opportunities for progression are there?
It allows candidates to progress into employment, specialist IOSH qualifications, higher education, or to the following City & Guilds qualifications:
• Level 6 NVQ in Management of Health and Safety
• Level 6 NVQ in Occupational Health and Safety Practice
• ILM management NVQs
There are no formal entry requirements for NVQs but:
• You need to have a good standard of English language
• You need to be working in a role that has involvement in health and safety
• Preferably you have IOSH Managing Safely, Control of Work, Emergency Preparedness, and other frequently used HSE training qualifications.
City & Guilds does not accept candidates aged under 19 years for this qualification
To achieve the Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, learners must achieve a total of 31 credits. Learners will need to obtain a total of 23 credits from the mandatory units (301-305) and a minimum of 8 credits from the optional units (306-309).
Unit 301: Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety (4 credits)
Unit 302: Develop procedures to safely control work operations (4 credits)
Unit 303: Monitor procedures to safely control work operations (5 credits)
Unit 304: Promote a culture of health and safety in the workplace (4 credits)
Unit 305: Conduct a health and safety risk assessment of the workplace (6 credits)
Optional units (Choose any two units to obtain 8 credits)
Unit 306: Investigate and evaluate health and safety incidents and complaints in the workplace (5 credits)
Unit 307: Make sure actions in the workplace aim to protect the environment (4 credits)
Unit 308: Review health and safety procedures in the workplace (4 credits)
Unit 309: Supervise the health, safety, and welfare of a learner in the workplace (4 credits)
To enroll in the City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 in OHS you will need to complete a short self-assessed questionnaire (Skill Scan) before we can accept you on the course. The questions are framed around the NVQ units and will help us to decide whether NVQs are right for you and if they are, which one. It will also help you identify any skills gaps, sections where you might have difficulty, and the best areas to start your evidence gathering. It will also help TCS to identify:
• if you have any specific training needs,
• any units you have already completed, or credit they have accumulated that is relevant to the qualification
You must finish your assessment within your registration period. It usually takes a maximum of 12 months.
NVQs are broken down into units, covering core health and safety topics; each unit has its own assessment criteria and you gather evidence to demonstrate you have met the criteria. You will be assigned an NVQ assessor who will guide you on what you need to do and what evidence you need.
Your assessor may set you tasks to help you gather the right evidence.
Evidence must be all your own work but is typically things such as documents, videos, photographs, witness statements, etc.
Your work product could be:
• risk assessments carried out by you
• health and safety training devised and/or delivered by you
• results of health and safety inspections conducted by you
• results and findings of accident investigations carried out by you etc.
These are just examples of what you may present; however, it is not a definitive list.
You might be assessed by:
• direct observation of practice by a qualified assessor or by the expert witness for occupational-specific units
• examining the evidence by an assessor
• questioning or witness by an assessor
Using the ELS platform you will be able to upload your evidence from anywhere at a time that suits you – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After you upload your evidence your assessor can view and assess it online. You will achieve your NVQ when you have covered the required number of units and your achievements have been confirmed by internal and external verifiers.
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Up to 12 months