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IQ Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and

Safety Practice


Why enrol on a Health & Safety NVQ?

Many people wonder how they actually progress their career in health and safety. Becoming a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) is the most popular way of demonstrating that you are capable and, above all, knowledgeable. CMIOSH status gives access to the widest range of work and the most rewarding jobs.


So what is this NVQ?

The NVQ Level 5 Diploma is a work-based qualification suitable for those in a health and safety management role, which recognises a person’s competence using on the job performance for assessment, rather than relying on examinations. You will use an online system to help you with the process of putting together your portfolio and will be assisted online by a CMIOSH assessor throughout. This online system means you can enrol and undertake the qualification from anywhere in the world.

The main plus points are:

  • No formal examination
  • Flexible workplace study – earn while you learn
  • Continuous enrolment, start any time
  • Equivalent to an academic qualification

NVQs are designed to be taken at a pace that suits your needs, so many learners take about six months to a year to complete. They are outcome-based with no fixed learning programme, allowing flexibility of delivery to meet your individual needs. To earn a qualification, you must complete ten mandatory units, and the overall qualification will give you expertise in areas such as the essentials of health and safety culture, policy, communications systems, individual and organisational competence, risk control, reactive and proactive monitoring systems, review systems, emergency response systems and procedures and improvements to influence health and safety practice.


Why should I choose Cognitia as my training provider?

  • Weekly webinars providing support for questions you may have.
  • Easy to use E-portfolio system from Quals Direct. Click HERE to watch our YouTube Video.
  • One to one video support calls / telephone calls.
  • Clear and concise assessment plans, showing you EXACTLY what you need to do to achieve your NVQ.
  • Experienced team of assessors and quality assurers – some of whom work as External Verifiers for Awarding Bodies.


How much does it cost?

The full cost is £1400 plus VAT (Total £1680.00 including VAT).

Spread the cost of this NVQ with our INTEREST FREE finance (subject to status), from as little as £112 a month!


What do I do next?

Sign up online – due to the very nature of an NVQ being a work-based assessment, you just need to ensure that you are in a position in your current role to be able to collect the evidence required for your portfolio. If you already hold any NEBOSH Certificate or NVQ Level 3 in Health & Safety, we only need to confirm that you are currently working in a role where Occupational Health & Safety is a key part of your job.


What do our past learners have to say?

“I would fully recommend Cognitia if you are considering undertaking the NVQ Level 5 in Occupational Health & Safety. After undertaking this course I felt that the team fully supported me in achieving my learning goals, by effectively coaching and mentoring me when I required it. The support given throughout was second to none. I look forward to continuing on my CPD journey with Cognitia in the future. A big thank you to all the team!” – James Brown, CMIOSH

” I thoroughly enjoyed studying NVQ level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety with Cognitia. The team are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, fully supporting me at all times in achieving the learning outcomes. Providing constructive feedback and guidance where needed. A big thank you to Nigel and the team!” – Robert Payne

“As a recent student of Cognitia undertaking my NVQ Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice, I thoroughly endorse this organisation for vocational evidence based qualifications. Nigel set me up for success from the start by clearly explaining the process of building an online portfolio and provided guidance and encouragement throughout the 12 months it took me to complete the qualification. Submitted assignments were assessed promptly and timely feedback was given if particular a learning objective hadn’t been met. I am looking to work with Cognitia in the future as I continue to develop Health & Safety knowledge in my business unit.” – Andrew Whitehorn