NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

(formerly the NVQ Level 4 in Occupational Health & Safety Practice)

City and Guilds NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

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Aims and Objectives

A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is a health and safety qualification that recognises the competence of a person in a work situation. Unlike traditional qualifications that rely on teaching and examinations, a health and safety NVQ uses performance on-the-job as a basis for assessment.

The NVQ Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is specific to people who are actively involved in the practice or management of health and safety as part of their job or role. The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) accepts this qualification for membership at Graduate level (GradIOSH) but candidates must complete the elective unit 611 as well as the mandatory eleven units. Candidates can also upon completion of their Initial Professional Development (IPD) programme, achieve Chartered level membership (CMIOSH). The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) accept this qualification for full Member status (MIIRSM).

The NVQ Level 5 Health and Safety qualification is a highly practical programme, and one of our team of personal advisors/assessors will assist you to build a portfolio of work based evidence which meets the requirements of City and Guilds for their NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice. Our approach is one-to-one, and we structure our programme of assistance to suit your needs as a busy health and safety practitioner (using our unique secure web site, known as an ePortfolio, to build your portfolio of work evidence).

Unlike traditional classroom health and safety training courses such as the NEBOSH Diploma, an NVQ qualification is work based, and involves the collection of evidence from your normal day to day activities. This means that candidates must be in a role that allows them to provide this. This will probably be individuals who have already acquired some experience, and candidates must be in a health and safety managerial position, able to influence the health and safety policy and practice of their organisation.

This qualification has been accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level 5 and is worth 108 credits. Many universities will accept this qualification as suitable entry requirements for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate study in health and safety.

There are eleven individual mandatory units that must be completed to obtain the overall qualification and a further six elective units of which unit 611 must be completed to gain IOSH graduate membership:

Mandatory Units:

  • 401 - Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information

  • 510 - Promote a positive health and safety culture

  • 511 - Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters

  • 512 - Control health and safety risks

  • 513 - Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety

  • 514 - Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety

  • 515 - Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures

  • 516 - Develop and implement health and safety review systems

  • 517 - Develop and implement a health and safety audit

  • 518 - Behavioural safety in the workplace

  • 610 - Develop and implement the health and safety policy

  • Elective Units:

  • 519 - Influence improvements in health and safety practice

  • 520 - Develop, implement and review the organisations health and safety strategy

  • 521 - Contribute to health and safety legal actions

  • 522 - Manage contractors to ensure compliance with health and safety

  • 523 - Develop and implement the health and safety induction process

  • 611 - Professional development and ethics in health and safety management**

  • ** This unit must be completed to gain IOSH graduate membership recognition.

    Our ePortfolio system allows candidates to complete and present their portfolio of evidence online using our tailored City and Guilds approved system. Candidates can study when they want, where they want, with no bulky paper-based portfolios to manage or store. The e-portfolio is based online, accessible via an internet browser. The system is intuitive to use with minimal training required and support as required from our assessors/advisors. Candidates can track their own progress at all times, having instant access to course materials and resources. Candidates can easily upload evidence into their e-portfolio and communicate with their assessor/advisor effectively and easily.

    Who should attend?

    This qualification is aimed at health and safety practitioners who wish to achieve a formal qualification in occupational safety and health management, for those wishing to progress a career in health and safety, and for those seeking Chartered Membership of IOSH.

    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 policies to ensure the organisation is compliant with all current health and safety legislation in a workplace with complex risks.

    Entry dates are flexible, and you can enrol at any point of the year. Contact with your advisor/assessor will be flexible via e-mail, telephone, video conference or at open days scheduled throughout the year. This is principally a distance learning type approach with no need to attend specific dates.

    Entry requirements for the Level 5 NVQ in Health and Safety

    There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however candidates must be in a role that allows them to collect the required evidence. It would be advisable for candidates to already hold a health and safety qualification such as the NEBOSH General Certificate or equivalent. This is so that they have a suitable level of knowledge regarding health and safety matters such as hazard and risk identification in order to collect the necessary evidence to form their NVQ 5 portfolio.

    The only other criteria we will need is that we receive written confirmation (on company letterhead) from your employer giving permission for you to use company documents for educational purposes only in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

    Our staff and NVQ assessors

    Our health and safety consultants are qualified and experienced health and safety professionals with a background in vocational health and safety training and assessment. All consultants hold Graduate or Chartered Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

    You will have an allocated personal advisor/assessor who will work with you to collect your portfolio of evidence. They will be your dedicated point of contact, available by telephone, email or video conference. Our team are also available for personal review sessions at our Nottingham office.


    The qualification is highly flexible and can be completed in a time period to suit candidates - normally this will be between six months to one year but depends upon the amount of time each candidate can contribute. The qualification is likely to involve 482 hours of study and preparation (although this figure is notional and exact hours will depend upon experience).

    We offer up to 12 months tutor support. If extra support is needed after this time, then extra costs may be incurred.

    As a minimum time period, certification cannot be claimed until at least ten weeks after registration.


    On completion of the NVQ requirements, candidates will be awarded a City and Guilds Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice. A separate certificate will detail all individual units completed as part of the overall health and safety NVQ programme.


    The NVQ Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety is currently priced at £1,695.00 + vat. This price includes your candidate guide, 12 months tutor support and your registration fee with City & Guilds.


    If you are interested in obtaining the NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice, please complete the pre-registration form (which can be accessed by clicking on the link below) and return it, along with a current CV and job description, either by e-mail to sales@atcrisk.co.uk or by post or fax using the information given on the form. When we have received your form, one of our specialist health and safety experts will check to make sure that the qualification is right for you, and be in touch to discuss the specific details of the NVQ programme.

    Please feel free to call us on 0115 984 9940, or send us an online contact form by clicking on the blue 'Contact Us' button at the top right of the page if you have any questions, or just want to discuss the NVQ programme in more detail with one of our health and safety experts.

    To open the NVQ pre-registration form, please click on the link below:

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    Alternative Qualifications to Consider

    The NEBOSH National Diploma - Like a Level 5 NVQ qualification, the NEBOSH National Diploma will require a tremendous amount of personal discipline and dedication from a person in order to achieve it. However unlike the NVQ though a NEBOSH Diploma will require a person to undertake a large amount of training which teaches them the information, in conjunction with a significant element of self-study.

    The size and scope of the NEBOSH Diploma qualification, combined with the self-discipline needed to dedicate suitable time and effort to the study of the material means that relatively few people achieve it. As such it is a highly sought-after and respected health and safety qualification.

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