NVQ 5 Vocational Safety

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Exams not your thing? Take a vocational safety qualification instead!

RoSPA's City & Guilds NVQ 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety offers an alternative route to CMIOSH. It recognises competence based on job performance rather than relying on exams.

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  • Course overview
  • Content and
  • Dates, prices
    and locations
  • Why RoSPA?
  • Business case
  • Book now

Course Overview

  • This vocational safety qualification from City & Guilds recognises a person's competence based on job performance rather than exams
  • No prerequisites - suitable for anyone over the age of 19 in a health and safety management or safety officer role
  • Perfect for NEBOSH Certificate holders who do not wish to undertake another academic qualification
  • Gain a qualification specific to your job
  • No exams - build a portfolio of evidence on the job
  • Discounts available for multiple delegates
  • Price includes online portfolio management system and mentoring
  • A flexible study option: complete within three years (but it can be done in as little as four months)
  • Equivalent to the NEBOSH Diploma, it's an alternative route to CMIOSH
  • Successful candidates receive the City & Guilds NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice
  • Successful delegates achieve GradIOSH status
  • Gain CMIOSH status by taking the NEBOSH open-book exam over two weeks
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Course Content and Assessment

No classroom-based sessions; delegates simply do their jobs and build a portfolio of evidence with the support and guidance of a mentor.

There are 10 mandatory units to complete:

  1. Promote a positive health and safety culture
  2. Develop and implement a health and safety policy
  3. Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information
  4. Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters
  5. Identify, assess and control health and safety risks
  6. Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  7. Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  8. Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures
  9. Develop and implement health and safety review systems
  10. Maintain knowledge of improvements to influence health and safety practice


  • Evidence submitted through RoSPA's online system and assessed against required competencies, all of which must be demonstrated
  • Units of competence contain the national occupational standards for health and safety
  • Successful candidates are awarded the City & Guilds NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

Dates, prices and locations

The NVQ 5 vocational safety qualification is a continual assessment that takes place in delegates' workplaces, so it is a flexible choice.

The NVQ 5 is available at £1795 + VAT which includes access to the online portfolio management system. Discounts are available for multiple NVQ Diploma sales to the same organisation (call for details).

Why RoSPA?

  • For almost 100 years RoSPA has remained an instrumental force in every piece of UK safety legislation and continues to set the standard in training the next generation of health and safety professionals
  • Candidates use RoSPA's online system to simplify the process of putting together their NVQ 5 portfolios
  • Delegates are mentored by a CMIOSH-qualified RoSPA assessor throughout
  • RoSPA mentors excel in passing on their wealth of knowledge and experience in such a way that delegates are able to translate their achievements into real, practical advantages for their workplaces
  • Delegates have access to RoSPA's Infocentre, a huge library of health and safety-related resources
  • Our experience developing and delivering training courses gives us an edge when it comes to understanding what businesses really need from health and safety training
  • We are committed to continuous improvement: our training operation is BS EN ISO9001:2000-certified.

Business Case

If you're an employer looking to make sure that the NVQ 5 delivers a return on your investment, or an employee seeking to make a business case for the safety training budget then look no further as we've outlined the key reasons why the NVQ 5 vocational safety qualification is good for business.

  • No time away from work: evidence is submitted from delegates' daily jobs
  • Minimal disruption to workplace operations
  • Low-cost, flexible alternative to the NEBOSH Diploma
  • No travel or subsistence costs involved in a vocational safety qualification
  • Flexible: candidates study at their own pace over three years if necessary
  • Practical benefits: real tasks and goals contribute to the orgainsation as well as individual portfolios
  • No fixed evidential requirements: delegates submit job-specific evidence that meets fixed quality standards
  • Improved health and safety practice and culture within organisations
  • Qualified safety professionals are assets to their organisations, reducing costs by preventing accidents and ill health of employees, without incurring unnecessary expense by overreacting to trivial risks
  • Holders of the NVQ 5 can apply for membership of IOSH at Graduate level (GradIOSH)
  • Employees can achieve CMIOSH status by taking the two-week NEBOSH open-book exam
  • Build employee confidence in the safest standards of the working environment
  • Build stakeholder confidence in health and safety best practice
  • Ensure employee compliance with health and safety policies as well as legal requirements

Contact Us

Make an enquiry

Call: +44 (0)121 248 2233

Email: enquiries@rospa.com