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IOSH professional qualifications

Based on the IOSH competency framework.

IOSH professional qualifications develop and recognise the excellence and expertise of occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals and aim to improve global standards in OSH.

Our professional qualifications are based on the IOSH competency framework and the IOSH Awarding Organisation (AO) is regulated by Ofqual. The qualifications are designed to enable learners to progress within their career as an OSH professional. They are globally recognised qualifications, providing an entry route for IOSH membership grades (subject to meeting experiential criteria).

The IOSH professional qualifications will be available at two levels:

  • IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health Principles and Practice (coming later in 2023), and
  • IOSH Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health Leadership and Management. Find a study centre.

Why choose an IOSH professional qualification?

""Professional advantage 

Develop and apply a broad range of competencies to implement and lead effective health, safety and wellbeing practices within workplaces and in workplace cultures.

""Transferable skills 

Develop a mix of technical, soft and business skills directly linked to the IOSH competency framework, that are transferable and equip you on your career journey.

""Professional recognition

Pathway for career enhancement as an OSH professional, leading to eligibility for TechIOSH and GradIOSH through completion of the qualifications.

""Recognised quality globally 

The internationally recognised assurance of quality that comes with an Ofqual-regulated qualification, opening new opportunities to develop your OSH career around the world.

""Resources and support 

Once you become an IOSH Student Member, you gain access to our breadth of tools and knowledge, including Blueprint, our all-in-one package to self-assess, learn and record your CPD.

""The Institute of Leadership approved 

Our IOSH Level 6 Diploma is an accredited leadership development programme that is contemporary, engaging and focuses on improving practice. It provides a pathway to attain membership of The Institute of Leadership at a discounted rate.

IOSH professional qualifications prospectus

Developing and recognising the excellence and expertise of health and safety professionals.

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