To qualify for the IDipOSH qualification, trainees need to
attend the course then be assessed as follows:
Unit 1: A three-hour examination comprising extended and short-answer questions and a simulated risk assessment task based on a case study scenario.
Unit 2: A two-hour examination and a 5000 word assignment based on an occupational health hazard in the candidate’s workplace
Unit 3: A 10,000 word assignment involving assessment of the health and safety culture in the candidate’s workplace, a strategy to improve the health and safety culture and a business case to support the strategy.
Unit 1 and 2 examinations can be undertaken all year round. Unit 2 and 3 assignments are submitted electronically to BSC. Examinations and assignments are marked by external examiners appointed and trained by BSC.
A certificate is awarded on successful completion of each Unit. Trainees successfully completing all three Units receive a final grade and a further certificate. The certificate is equivalent to the Bachelor’s degree
Health and safety professionals who are wanting to advance their professional career or undertake further postgraduate study, including managers, professionals and practitioners with specific responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace.
150 hours delivered over a non-consecutive six-week period.
Trainees should have:
• Level 3 certificate in Occupational Safety and Health or an alternative appropriate qualification in a related sector. In some cases, appropriate experience gained through a health and safety role may be accepted as an alternative.
• Good command of the English language and numeracy skills adequate to cope with their course of study and assessments (at least level 6 of the IELTS test or equivalent in a comparable test).
Holders of the BSC IDipOSH qualification can further their studies by undertaking an MSc. Several UK Universities will accept holders of the IDipOSH onto the final year of their Masters Programmes.