The City and Guilds NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is typically intended for higher level health and safety managers who have specific responsibilities for the health and safety both in the workplace and amongst employees. It is also for learners who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in managing health and safety in the workplace. Learners will have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice and they will be able to recommend and implement changes relevant to their role. The candidate for this course will have a significant degree of authority and autonomy and be in a position to influence policies and procedures in their organisation, take a leadership role and promote good health and safety practice and to implement changes relating to health and safety.


To achieve the full NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety qualification, candidates must demonstrate their competency, knowledge and understanding by completing the eleven mandatory units. This qualification allows students to learn, develop and practice skills required for employment and/or career progression in the health and safety sector. Once all the units have been completed by the candidate, they will be awarded a certificate to demonstrate competence to the national standard. The City and Guilds Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety certificate will detail all the individual units completed as part of the overall program.


Taken entirely online, the Level 5 Diploma is tailored to suit the learner’s skills and knowledge with assessment made through collection of evidence during their day-to-day working activities. There are no exams but rather an evidence based assessment from a portfolio submitted through the online platform. The time it takes to complete the course is entirely up to the student. Technically the course can’t be failed, only prolonged.


After successful completion of the qualification, candidates may apply to the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) for membership at Associate level. They can also apply to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) for membership at Associate level. Should the learner wish to reach Grad Membership and follow the Chartered Membership route through IOSH, the candidate will have to complete an additional unit which IOSH require (Unit 611 – Professional Development and Ethics in Health and Safety Management).


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