Level 3 NVQ Occupational Health and Safety (Outline)

Target Audience

The Level 3 NVQ Occupational Health and Safety course is ideal for those people wishing to gain a formal qualification in health and safety through demonstration of their competence in the workplace. It’s equivalent is the NEBOSH General Certificate. It is suitable for those people who wish to expand and formalise their knowledge and understanding, but who would prefer to do this in their workplace. It is also useful for those people who are new to a health and safety role and wish to progress. Candidates should be working in a role which includes the area of general health and safety practice.

This would include those people whose role includes assessment of risks, identification of hazards and their controls, and dealing with inspections and reports. There are a number of skills that candidates would need and should be using:


The aim of this course is to assist persons to gain a formal qualification in Health and Safety through demonstration of their competence in the workplace. The Qualification relies on work-based assessment rather than formal teaching and examinations.

It is recognised by IOSH and successful candidates can apply to them for membership at Technician Level (TECH IOSH) subject to experience. It is also recognised by IIRSM and candidates can apply for membership with them as an Associate (AIIRSM).

Course Outline

Qualification Structure

There are five mandatory units and four optional units as listed below.

To achieve this qualification candidates must achieve a total of 30 credits – 22 from the 5 mandatory units and a further 8 from 2 of the optional units (choose 2 from 4)

Mandatory Units:

Optional Units

Assessment is a continuous process throughout, with regular contact with your assessor. The candidate builds a portfolio of evidence and writes statements reflecting upon their practice and explaining the evidence they have used. A Professional Discussion can be used as an additional tool to establish both knowledge and understanding. An e-portfolio can be used, enabling regular contact with the assessor via email and a contact diary. This is ideal for those candidates who prefer not to take time out from their workplace or are at a distance from the centre.

Course Information

Candidates should expect to take up to 6 months to complete this qualification. No formal start dates – individuals can start immediately following discussion and acceptance with their appointed assessor.

Want to know more about our Health and Safety Training? Contact New Broom Training for more information on 01795 500816. We will be happy to talk through your requirements.