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City and Guilds - Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (3654-06) course syllabus.

Course Description

Is the Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (3654-06) course accredited by an official body?

Yes, this course is Accredited and certified by  :  City & Guilds (City-and-Guilds). This means that all training providers advertising their courses on this site must be an approved centre.
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What is the City and Guilds - Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (3654-06) course?

Category: Health-and-Safety

Level: Advanced

The City and Guilds NVQ Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is specific to people who have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice.

The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) accepts this qualification for membership at Graduate level (GradIOSH) but candidates must complete the elective unit 611 as well as the mandatory eleven units.

Candidates can also upon completion of their Initial Professional Development (IPD) programme, achieve Chartered level membership (CMIOSH).

The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) accept this qualification for full Member status (MIIRSM).

This health and safety qualification has been accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level 5 and is worth 108 credits.

Many universities will accept this qualification as suitable entry requirements for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate study in health and safety.

Allows candidates to progress into employment, specialist IOSH qualifications, higher education or to the following City & Guilds qualifications:

  • Level 5 NVQ in Management of Health and Safety
  • Level 5 NVQ in Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
  • ILM management

NVQs Candidates that complete Unit 611 - Professional development and ethics in health and safety management will achieve IOSH Graduate membership. Once candidates have achieved the Graduate membership, they can gain Chartered membership by taking an open - book assessment and interview.

How much is a Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (3654-06) course?

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Who is the City and Guilds - Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (3654-06) course designed for?

The City and Guilds NVQ Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice qualification is for learners who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in managing health and safety for the workplace.

They will have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice.

They will report direct to or be part of the senior management team.

They will recommend and implement changes relevant to their role.

They will be aware of cost implications and budgetary control.

As the NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is work-based, and involves the collection of evidence from your normal day-to-day activities, candidates must be in a job role that allows them to collect and provide this. This will probably be individuals who have already acquired some experience, and candidates must be in a health and safety managerial position, where they are able to influence the policy and practice of their organisation.

What subjects does the City and Guilds - Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (3654-06) course cover?

There are 11 individual units that must be completed to obtain the overall qualification plus a further unit which must be completed from an elective group to gain IOSH Graduate membership:

Mandatory Units- candidates must achieve all mandatory units

  • 402 Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information
  • 510 Promote a positive health and safety culture
  • 511 Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters
  • 512 Control health and safety risks
  • 513 Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • 514 Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • 515 Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures
  • 516 Develop and implement health and safety review systems
  • 517 Develop and implement a health and safety audit
  • 518 Behavioural safety in the workplace
  • 610 Develop and implement the health and safety policy

Elective Units - candidates may choose to complete elective units but they are not required as part of the qualification

  • 519 Influence improvements in health and safety practice
  • 520 Develop, implement and review the organisations health and safety strategy
  • 521 Contribute to health and safety legal actions
  • 522 Manage contractors to ensure compliance with health and safety
  • 523 Develop and implement the health and safety induction process
  • 611 Professional development and ethics in health and safety management*

*Unit 611 must be completed to gain IOSH graduate membership recognition

How is the City and Guilds - Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (3654-06) course assessed?

Total Qualification Time

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is the number of notional hours which represents an estimate of the total amount of time that could reasonably be expected for a learner to achieve and demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of a qualification.

TQT is comprised of the following two elements:

  1. The number of hours which an awarding organisation has assigned to a qualification for Guided Learning, and
  2. an estimate of the number of hours a Learner will reasonably be likely to spend in preparation, study or any other form of participation in education or training, including assessment, which takes place as directed by - but, unlike Guided Learning, not under the Immediate Guidance or Supervision of - a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or other, appropriate provider of education or training.

Title and level

GLH = 115 Hours

TQT = 419 Hours

This qualification requires that assessment of the candidates performance must be planned to take place within the workplace and that observation should be of naturally occurring practice within the candidates work role. This will include demonstrating practical application of knowledge.

Simulation is not allowed, unless otherwise stated. City & Guilds have identified the following main assessment methods which are suitable for this qualification

  • direct observation of practice by a qualified assessor must be carried out for a minimum of one mandatory unit
  • expert witness - This cannot be the only method of observation but could be employed in extenuating circumstances where access to the assessment location is restricted; off shore situations, secure sites (Nuclear industry, MOD etc.)
  • questioning the candidate or expert witness by an assessor.

Direct observation is defined as face to face observation. This is not to be carried out virtually or via video link.

In some situations, the assessor can conduct a professional discussion with the candidate to provide evidence of the candidates performance and knowledge.

Evidence will:

  • reflect how the candidate carried out the process
  • be the product of a candidates work
  • be a product relating to the candidates competence.

For example, the process that the candidate carries out could be recorded in an observation or expert witness testimony. It is the assessors responsibility to make sure that the evidence a candidate submits for assessment meets the requirements of the qualification.

Expert witness

An expert witness is a person who holds the same occupational competence as an assessor and is in a position to observe activities in the workplace that under normal working conditions would be observed by the assessor.

The procedure for using an expert witness would be for the assessor and EWA to discuss and agree an assessment plan and the range and types of evidence required on which to base an assessment judgement. The EWA observes the assessment activity and collects all of the relevant supporting

evidence/documentation and submits this to the assessor who makes the assessment judgement and provides feedback to the candidate.

The centre must maintain a register of all EWAs including: contact details and evidence of their occupational competence and qualifications, which must be made available to the EQA when carrying out external quality assurance This cannot be the only method of observation but could be employed in extenuating circumstances where access to the assessment location is restricted - off shore situations, secure sites (Nuclear industry, MOD etc.)

The product of a candidates work could be:

  • risk assessments carried out by the candidate
  • health and safety training devised and/or delivered by the candidate
  • results of health and safety inspections conducted by the candidate
  • results and findings of accident investigations carried out by the candidate.

These are examples of what a candidate may present; however, it is not a definitive list. The examples are not exhaustive.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning means using a persons previous experience, or qualifications which have already been achieved , to contribute to a new qualification.

For this qualification, RPL is allowed and is not sector specific

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