Long-gone are the days when a ‘good old boy’ became the Safety Officer, or was made redundant. Today’s Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner is more credible, more qualified, and better paid than ever before. In 2003, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) gained its Royal Charter, signifying it’s pre-eminence. Two years later, suitably qualified individual members of IOSH became eligible to be personally Chartered, and to add the designatory letters CMIOSH or CFIOSH to their names. This puts them on a similar professional footing to other Chartered professions such as Accountants, Engineers, and Solicitors. IOSH, which is now the world’s largest membership body for safety and health practitioners, accepts three types of qualifications for Chartered membership – a NEBOSH Diploma, an approved university degree in OSH, or the Occupational Health and Safety Practice (OH&SP) NVQ4. At CRS, we believe that our mentored NVQ4 programme in OH&SP provides the best route to Chartered status for practical people, as the competencies you will demonstrate in order to qualify are flexible for the busy practitioner, and wholly work-based.
The benefits of professional qualifications:
- CREDIBILITY – in the workplace
- SECURITY – with millions of employers, and just 14000 Chartered members of IOSH, you’ll probably have one of the securest jobs around
- EMPLOYABILITY – naturally the best jobs go to the best candidates, and the best candidates attract the best salaries
Our OH&SP NVQ Programme
The team at CRS probably provides the best Occupational Safety and Health Practice NVQ4 programme of its type in the World. Our team includes a former External Verifier from the awarding body (City & Guilds); we have more international candidates than any other centre; and we are the third largest provider for this qualification in the UK. Our experience and excellent reputation has led over 750 candidates – over 240 currently – to pass through our hands. Our candidates have virtually all progressed to CMIOSH, and considerably enhanced their salaries and career prospects with organisations such as:
- Goodyear Dunlop
- Intercontinental Hotel Group
- Ministry of Defence
- The Prison Service
How does the programme work?
Your development and learning is demonstrated by progressively assembling a portfolio of evidence which confirms your competence to do the essential work of a Safety and Health Practitioner. You will have a personal mentor throughout your study to help and support you to meet the required standards. This mentor support is one-to-one, with planned, regular meetings, as well as contact by telephone and e-mail. Our approach works well for distance learning too – we have recently worked with candidates from China, the Netherlands, Qatar and Romania.
The evidence necessary to show your competence is normally generated in your work. Your reflective reports will describe the evidence, and explain your approach to each of the ten (10) units.
With an average level of effort, you will complete the programme within a year, though the speed will largely be determined by your own requirements – you can progress more quickly, or more slowly. This is for you to decide! Either way, after completion, IOSH will accept your qualification for Graduate membership (Grad IOSH). After completing a programme of IOSH Initial Professional Development (IPD), you will be welcomed to CMIOSH status. For further information please visit http://www.iosh.co.uk/membership/about_membership/about_ipd.aspx
Once enrolled on our occupational health and safety practice NVQ4, candidates are provided with a password to obtain all of the programme materials via our very convenient and secure internet site.
This website includes very useful information and guidance, including framework units upon which to base your submissions – contents include:
- The Occupational Health and Safety Practice NVQ4 Standards with Guidance
- A helpful and instructional document ‘How to Assemble your Portfolio’
- Templates reports for each unit (611 – 620)
- All the forms and paperwork; plus:
- Mentor Profiles
- IOSH Membership Application Form
- IOSH CPD/IPD Information
- Useful Web Links
Programme Entry Requirements
CRS welcome experienced health and safety managers, officers, and advisors to its occupational health and safety practice NVQ4 programme. There are no formal entry requirements, although we favour those with two years experience and/or holders of a NEBOSH Certificate, for example the NEBOSH National General Certificate, the NEBOSH International General Certificate or the NEBOSH Construction Certificate.
CRS has experience of occupational health and safety practice NVQ4 qualifications since their launch 1995, and is one of the most experienced providers in the world. We’ll also be a provider of the new Occupational Health and Safety Practice NVQ from 1 January 2011 – it will be called the ‘NVQ5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice’. This will be the fourth version of the qualification in fifteen years, and we will continue to provide excellent service when it is launched.
Corporate Risk Systems is externally certified to ISO9001:2008, and is an Investor in People as an additional reassurance of our quality provision. We aim to provide excellence in certified training, with real career and salary advancement, and practical hands-on learning as the reward for you.
Our approach is one-to-one with unlimited e-mail and telephone support, and we structure our assistance to suit your needs. The programme is ultimately for your professional development – you dictate the pace, you are in control, and we provide the level of support that matches your demands.
Payments by instalment are available upon request for candidates paying for their own professional development.
Contact Charles Ford to enrol or for more details. You’ll be glad you did.
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