NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

Aims and Objectives

City and Guilds NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

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 Level 3 NVQ in Occupational Health and Safety is suitable for those whose role includes the area of general health and safety practice. All such practitioners are involved in risk assessment, the identification of workplace hazards and determining strategies for control. There are a number of skills that they would all need and use, such as:

  • raising health and safety awareness within the organisation
  • using information to promote good practice
  • maintaining and enhancing health and safety systems
  • promoting good relationships to enhance health and safety practice

  • The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) accepts this qualification for membership at Technician level (TechIOSH) subject to experience. The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) accept this qualification for Associate Member status (AIIRSM).

    This 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 Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety qualification. 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).

    As this qualification is work-based, and involves the collection of evidence from your normal day-to-day activities, candidates must be in a role that allows them to collect and provide this. This will probably be individuals who have already acquired some experience, and candidates must be in a health and safety managerial position, where they are able to influence the health and safety policy and practice of their organisation.

    There are five mandatory units:

  • HSS1 - Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • HSS2 - Develop procedures to safely control work operations
  • HSS3 - Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • HSS4 - Promote a health and safety culture within the workplace
  • HSS6 - Conduct a health and safety assessment of a workplace

  • In addition, candidates must choose two units from the following:

  • HSS5 - Investigate and evaluate incidents and complaints in the workplace
  • HSS7 - Make sure your own actions within the workplace aim to protect the environment
  • HSS8 - Review health and safety procedures in workplaces
  • HSS9 - Supervise the health, safety and welfare of a learner in the workplace

  • 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. Their portfolio is based online, accessible via an internet browser. The system is intuitive to use with minimal training required and support as needed from our Health and Safety NVQ 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 NVQ assessor/advisor effectively and easily.

    Who should attend?

    This qualification is aimed at employees who wish to achieve formal qualification in occupational health and safety at a level equivalent to the NEBOSH General Certificate. It is suitable for those new into a health and safety role, or mangers who wish to formalise their knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace.

    Entry dates are flexible, and you can enrol at any point of the year.

    Entry requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for the NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice; however candidates must be in a role that allows them to collect the evidence required.

    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.

    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.

    Our Staff

    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 NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is highly flexible and can be completed in a time period to suit candidates - normally this will be around six months but depends upon the amount of time each candidate can contribute. 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 accredited Level 3 NVQ 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 3 in Occupational Health and Safety is currently priced at £1,395.00 + 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 Level 3 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 health and safety NVQ advisors 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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