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Level 3 Certificate

Available as an online course

What is the Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business?

The NCFE IOSH Level 3 Certificate is a globally recognised qualification that provides an understanding of safety and health in a business context.

You will gain technical knowledge and skills, as well as effective techniques to apply that knowledge in the business. Your assessments will be practical and based on real-life scenarios that can be applied to your workplace.

Key information

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification. However, for those just starting in this field we do recommend that the learner undertakes IOSH Managing Safely ® to obtain the foundational knowledge required to complete this qualification.

Delegates in the UK will need to be able to demonstrate understanding at approximately Level 2 - this could be five GCSEs or a Functional Skills Level 2 certificate. For overseas delegates or for non-native English speakers, this could be a recent IELTS test score of 6 or higher. Learners should be aged 16 or above to undertake this qualification.

Modules and assessment 

The qualification covers three mandatory units, with assessments at the end of each one. The assessments are practical and can be applied to an organisation or real-life scenario. For the e-learning option, assessments will be completed virtually and uploaded using the e-portfolio platform.

Units and assessment

There are three mandatory units:

Unit title 

Assessment method

Safety and health management in an organisation 

Develop and write a business case 

How to influence a safety and health culture within an organisation

Research project

A strategic, business-focused approach to safety and health 

Develop and deliver a presentation


Now available in e-learning!

This course consists of one-to-one learning hours made up of 10 days’ worth of e-learning sessions and self-study. You can complete the course at your own pace, with a maximum time limit of 24 months.

You will have access to a virtual tutor who can guide you with any questions you might have along the way.

The course is assessment based, so there will be no complex, sit-down exams. Assessments can be applied to your workplace or a case study of your choosing.

Price: £395 + VAT

This price includes all assessment fees, access to print and digital textbooks, tutor support and access to the e-learning content at any time.

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Developing your career

This qualification is the ideal next step to becoming eligible for Associate or Technical IOSH membership (subject to meeting experiential criteria). Being a member of IOSH opens a world of professional opportunities to safety and health that will support progress at work and contribute tangibly to business success. It will also enable you to access a multitude of benefits, including IOSH Blueprint and CPD.

FREE Student Membership for course members

The first 250 learners from the Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business e-learning to apply for IOSH Student Membership can claim this for FREE. As a Student Member you will access a range of benefits to boost your career prospects, build your OSH career with us and equip you with the tools you need. Book now and start your OSH journey today! Find out more on joining as a Student Member.


Information for training providers 

Are you considering delivering the IOSH Certificate in Safety and Health for Business? This course has been developed in response to business trends and feedback from employers, trainers and experienced practitioners. 

No other safety and health qualification offers both a business and a technical focus. With an emphasis on delivering tangible benefits for organisations, the qualification takes a more strategic approach to safety and health.

Why this qualification? 
  • Time-efficient - delegates can spend less time away from work than with comparable safety and health qualifications
  • It includes content, and importantly, techniques demanded by employers
  • It is developed by IOSH, in collaboration with highly respected awarding organisation NCFE, and has the best interests of the profession at its heart
  • It draws on the full range of resources and publications that IOSH has to offer, bringing an unrivalled array of support resources for learners and providers alike
  • No extra costs - all resources, assessments and a textbook are included in the price.

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