This is a NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety that spans a total of 310 hours, of which 161 will be guided by expert instructors. Students will be assessed internally at the conclusion of the course and given a pass or a fail. This qualification does not have any formal requirements for entry; just about every sort of workplace can benefit from health and safety education.

Throughout the course, candidates will be provided with a means of tracking their progress, which comes in the form of a list of the modules and units that make up the course.

How is the NVQ Course Structured?

In order to pass, students will need to complete five mandatory units and two of four optional ones. The mandatory units cover:

  • Who is responsible for reducing risks in the workplace
  • How procedures can be developed and monitored
  • How to promote a health and safety culture in the workplace
  • How to assess the health and safety culture in the workplace

The optional units will allow candidates to also learn:

  • How to investigate incidents and complaints
  • How to ensure that any action taken protects the environment
  • How to supervise learners in the workplace safely

The learner will be expected to agree realistic expectations for maximising the safety of the environment, as well as meeting legal requirements and the specific needs of the workplace in question.

How will the NVQ Be Assessed?

To pass, students will need to demonstrate their achievements in the workplace. This is done using a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio can include everything from your assessor’s reported observations to worksheets to special assignments and projects. Students who pass the course will be granted two certificates. The first lists all the units completed, while the second declares the qualification completed. If a student doesn’t complete the entire course, they can be presented with a certificate detailing the units that they did complete.

Who is the Course Aimed Towards?

Anyone hoping to take the Occupational Health and Safety NVQ level 3 will need to be employed in a role which has some health and safety duties. The required skills include risk assessing, identifying hazards and implementing control strategies. All candidates will also need to be able to maintain health and safety systems, have good relationships to help the health and safety practice and raise awareness within their organisation.

There are no formal qualifications to gain a place on the NVQ 3 Occupational Health and Safety course. However, holding a health and safety qualification at some level would be useful for candidates.

Course Duration

As this NVQ Level 3 Health and Safety Practice course is work based candidates are able to complete the material in their own time. It is most common for the course to be completed within 6 to 12 months; however this is flexible depending on your own requirements. It’s not possible to claim the certification until you have been on the course for at least 10 weeks once candidates have registered.

Benefits for Employers

Employers must have qualified people working on the health and safety within their organisations. The NVQ is a flexible course which candidates can complete alongside their usual working tasks.

Alternative Qualification

A popular alternative qualification is the nationally recognised NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety which can be completed in as little as two weeks in a classroom setting or via e-learning.

Further Studying

If you already hold the NVQ Level 3 and you would like to further your study, view the NVQ  Level 6 in Occupational Health and Safety.