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Which qualifications should I ask for on a job advert?

Good health and safety can help your business thrive. Our guide will help you recruit the right people with the relevant qualifications and expertise. 

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What is a health and safety qualification?

Health and safety qualifications are designed to give individuals the industry-specific knowledge and skills required to work in the occupational safety and health (OSH) field. There are options at all levels – from introductory courses to university degrees and management education.

Courses and qualifications

If you’re seeking a candidate to do OSH tasks as part of a wider role, an awareness course such as Working Safely will teach them the basics of safety and health.

Level 3 qualifications are suitable for entry level and junior posts as well delegates moving into or working in a first operational role. Level 6 qualifications, such as a degree, are ideal for more senior roles.

IOSH accredits numerous qualifications/programmes around the world. Check out their accredited qualifications list

What does IOSH accreditation mean?

As the Chartered body and largest membership organisation for OSH professionals, IOSH seeks to continually improve standards of competency in the profession. One of the ways IOSH does this is by accrediting OSH qualifications/programmes that meet the relevant academic grade entry requirements as set out for IOSH membership. 

IOSH accredits qualifications/programmes offered by higher education institutions and awarding organisations at levels 3 and up (using the European Qualifications Framework). These are fully mapped to the IOSH competency framework, which covers the technical, core and behavioural skills needed by today’s OSH professional.

Qualifications and IOSH member grades

IOSH encourages its members to progress through the IOSH grades to deepen their knowledge and skills and enhance their employability. Qualification requirements depend on the grade. 

Student Members are studying for an IOSH qualification, an IOSH-accredited qualification or a safety, health and environment (SHE) technician apprenticeship. IOSH supports them to build their network and develop sought-after soft skills.

Technical Members need an accredited level 3 qualification plus a year’s experience. Certified members require an accredited level 6 qualification plus two years’ experience, or five to 10 years of OSH leadership experience. 

Technical, Certified, Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows keep their skills and knowledge fit for purpose through IOSH’s continuing professional development scheme. 

So, when you recruit an IOSH member, you can be sure their membership grade is a true reflection of their career level and professional competence. 

What level IOSH’s Managing Safely® course?

IOSH Managing Safely® is the market-leading health and safety course for line managers in any sector worldwide. This awareness-level course is internationally recognised and respected certification that’s designed to help anyone and everyone in a working role who wants to learn the basics of safety and health.

It’s just one of IOSH’s suite of awareness courses across four categories – core skills, management education, executive education and professional development – to help your staff develop whatever their career stage.