IOSH Level 3 OSH Principles & Practice

- IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health Principles and Practice

A foundational qualification for new and aspiring OSH professionals

£ 1095.00

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Awarding Body Approved: IOSH AO

Skill level: Entry/Technical Grade

Entry → Level 3 NVQ

About this course

The IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety Principles and Practice is a globally recognised qualification designed for those embarking on a career in occupational health & safety. Built on the IOSH competency framework, it provides essential knowledge, application, and real-life skills for effectively applying safety systems and influencing occupational health & safety performance within organisations.

Accredited by IOSH Awarding Organisation, a partner company to the the world’s leading Chartered professional body for safety and health professionals, this certificate offers a clear career pathway in the occupational health & safety field.

Approval Pending from IOSH Awarding Organisation. We will be enrolling learners in September 2024 on this tutor supported (hybrid) e-learning course. 

This course is for you if...​

You are starting or aspiring to have a career in occupational health & safety

Perfect for individuals seeking to build their capability in occupational health & safety across various sectors.

You have some responsibility for occupational health & safety in your role

For professionals already working in the profession looking to enhance their knowledge and influence on occupational health & safety culture and performance.

What this course entails

This comprehensive programme requires learners to complete four mandatory units, focusing on key occupational health & safety principles and the application of safety management systems.

With 80 guided learning hours and a total qualification time of 122 hours, learners can choose between directed e-learning or face-to-face options from an Approved Study Centre.

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Course breakdown

This qualification is structured into four mandatory units, underpinned by the IOSH competency framework covering Technical, Behavioural, and Core competencies.

Course Syllabus



Fundamentals of occupational health & safety principles and management systems

Level 3


Principles and application of occupational health & safety risk management

Level 3


Principles and application of occupational health & safety incident management

Level 3


Improving occupational health & safety performance and culture

Level 3

What’s included in career paths

Professional Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety for Experienced Practitioners

Building Foundations for a Rewarding Career in Health and Safety

Embark on a transformative journey to kickstart or advance your career in the occupational health and safety sector! Whether you're stepping into this critical field or seeking to enhance your existing expertise with a globally recognised qualification, this course is your gateway. Discover the breadth and depth of knowledge this programme offers to fortify your professional journey.

Experienced Practitioners as Your Guides

Our faculty consists of distinguished occupational health and safety experts, combining decades of field experience with a passion for teaching. More than assessors, they are seasoned professionals deeply embedded in the industry, staying abreast of the latest developments, standards, and practices. Their insights will not only inform but inspire, connecting theory with the realities of today’s workplace environments.

Hands-On, Scenario-Based Learning

We place a strong emphasis on the practical application of occupational health and safety principles. Through this course, you will develop a comprehensive portfolio that showcases your ability to apply critical OHS principles in real-world settings. This approach is designed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical implementation, preparing you for immediate and effective engagement in your professional role.

Personalised Support Throughout Your Educational Journey

Our commitment to your success extends from the moment you enrol until you achieve your certification—and beyond. You'll receive unparalleled support from our dedicated team, ensuring you have the resources, guidance, and encouragement needed to excel in each module. Our assessors are readily available for extra assistance, providing personalised feedback and strategies to enhance your learning experience and outcomes.

How it works

Advance Your Career in Occupational Health & Safety in Three Key Steps

Compile Practical Evidence

Begin by gathering concrete evidence from your workplace, showcasing your application of occupational health & safety principles. This step is crucial, as it demonstrates your ability to implement and manage effective health and safety practices in real-life scenarios.

Receive Expert Evaluation and Insights

Your submissions will be thoroughly reviewed by our team of seasoned occupational health & safety professionals. Expect to receive constructive, detailed feedback that not only assesses your performance but also provides valuable insights to enhance your understanding and application of health and safety practices. This personalised feedback is pivotal in guiding your progression through the course.

Attain Your IOSH Level 3 Certificate

With the dedicated support of our expert assessors, navigate through the course requirements to successfully complete your certification. Achieving the IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety Principles and Practice marks a significant milestone in your career, equipping you with the credentials and confidence to excel in the occupational health and safety field.

IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety Principles and Practice FAQ

Who is the IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety Principles and Practice for?

This certificate is ideal for individuals who are new to the occupational health and safety field and aspiring to build a foundational understanding, as well as for those who already have some responsibility for occupational health and safety within their role. It serves as a stepping stone for those looking to formalise their experience with a globally recognised qualification and enhance their career prospects in the health and safety sector.

What does the course entail, and how long does it take to complete?

The IOSH Level 3 Certificate is structured around four mandatory units that cover the essentials of occupational health and safety management, risk management, incident management, and improving health and safety culture. The course involves 80 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) and a Total Qualification Time (TQT) of 122 hours. Most learners complete their studies through a mix of directed e-learning or face-to-face tuition, tailored to fit around their work commitments.

How is the IOSH Level 3 Certificate assessed?

Assessment for the IOSH Level 3 Certificate is examination and project based. The assessment is conducted through IOSH own assessment assessment system, which is also moderated to ensure that there is no cheating or collusion.

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