Level 5 NVQ - Diploma Occupational Health and Safety Practice

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Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice The Level 5 NVQ Diploma is an executive level programme covering decision making on a wide range of risks

Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice  

This qualification covers areas such as promoting a positive health and safety culture, effective communication systems and policy for health and safety information, developing and maintaining individual and organisational competence as well as controlling risks and reviewing proactive and reactive monitoring systems for health and safety. It also covers developing and implementing emergency response, reviewing systems and procedures, and influencing and keeping pace with improvements in health and safety practice. On achievement of the qualification learners will have developed the level of competence which will enable them to perform consistently, reliably and productively in their work role, and make a positive contribution to their employment. 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however students undertaking the Level 5 NVQ Diploma must be engaged in a substantial H&S role within their organisation. Competence is assessed by results rather than examination. The Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice allows learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise. This qualification is recognized by IOSH for Graduate Member (Grad IOSH). As a Graduate Member, you can use the letters Grad IOSH after your name. All Graduates maintain a CPD record. An average time for completion of the NVQ is 2 years.


Upon completion of this course, candidates will be able to: 

  • Apply management principles and practices to health and safety issues
  • Set practicable health and safety objectives and be able to plan and implement courses to achieve those objectives
  • Recognise risks present in the workplace and be able to set appropriate control measures
  • Take account of risks posed by human factors
  • Ensure that adequate information, instruction, training and supervision is provided within the workplace
  • Investigate all incidents involving injury or damage in order to determine the causes and to take appropriate remedial actions
  • Communicate effective on health and safety issues with superiors, work people and health and safety professionals
  • Understand the main legal responsibilities of employers and managers and to act to fulfil them


The units of assessment in this qualification are related to the following National Occupational Standards:

  • PROHSP2 Promote a positive health and safety culture
  • PROHSP3 Develop and implement the health and safety policy
  • PROHSP4 Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information
  • PROHSP5 Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters
  • PROHSP6 Control health and safety risks
  • PROHSP7 Develop, implement and review proactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • PROHSP8 Develop, implement and review reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • PROHSP10 Develop and implement a health and safety emergency response systems and procedures
  • PROHSP11 Develop and implement health and safety review systems
  • PROHSP14 Behavioural Safety in the workplace
  • PROHSP15 Manage contractors to ensure compliance with health and safety
  • PROHSP16 Develop and implement the health and safety induction process

Study method

NVQs are completed largely at your workplace and there are no mandatory classroom sessions, however we provide a number of taught sessions at Line Business Services offices in Keynsham where candidates will be given specific guidance on the subjects and shown how to produce a portfolio of evidence based on course work and practice. 
An introductory day will be held at Keynsham. During this day candidates will:-

  • be introduced to the NVQ system
  • gain an understanding of the health and safety NVQ
  • conduct and audit of their current competence
  • develop an action plan for the completion of the NVQ
  • learn how to develop a portfolio of evidence 

Support tutorials will be held at agreed intervals following the induction day during which facilitators will:-

  • explain the requirements of each Unit of Competence
  • outline the key areas of the domain knowledge and understanding
  • discuss the various forms of evidence available
  • assist candidates to develop their initial action plans
  • assist candidates to develop their portfolios of evidence
  • assess any completed units of the NVQ

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Having no knowledge of IOSH I now believe after the A+ training we received ,I now know about this subject. Would recommend Duncan Bolt to anyone wanting to do this course.

Lee Wilson


Thank you Duncan for making Health & Safety learning so enjoyable. A credit to the Company. Many thanks.

Lynn Phillips


Excellent presentation & knowledge - A sufficient time for Q & A & application to current role

David Griffith


Trainer very knowledgeable & engaging. Really enjoyed the day! Lovely sandwiches!

Alison Payne Mendip - District Council


Duncan was a great trainer, the content was delivered well. I would be happy to attend further IOSH courses presented by him.

Sam Driver A-Gas


Excellent trainer, very engaging, brilliant delivery of topics, and review of items covered.

Nick Prebble Rotork


Top marks for a dry subject bought to life by an excellent tutor.

Paul Kimmins Rotork


A very well delivered course. Duncan was both engaging and energetic in his approach. The use of humour and remembering points from attendees was very good at keeping us all focused and attentive to the subject being discussed. The course will stick in my memory for many years to come. Very impressed. </p>

Daryl Ball, AB Dynamics

Sept 2019

Duncan was very personable and made an obvious effort to learn and use our names. It made me feel respected and it helped me engage.

Herne Ford Beazley, AB Dynamics

Sept 2019

Duncan was a great trainer and made the course engaging and interesting. This helped immensely with retention of the information and also engagement of the attendees.

Kirsty Wallis, BD Ltd

Aug 2018

Trainer was very engaging with group and kept the course interesting. Trainer is very knowledgeable on the subject.

Sean Mallon, BD Ltd

April 2018

Great use of examples to bring the subject to life.

Neil Burton, MOD

July 2019

Excellent training made the course enjoyable and entertaining

Stephen Johnson, Seetru

June 2019

Really enjoyed the course. Venue was nice and comfortable. Course content was delivered well and in an understandable way. Trainer ensured everyone followed and understood and kept checking knowledge and understanding throughout.

Lisa Hogg, Atos

March 2019

Good course, well delivered with a good level of engagement with the delegates. Good humour throughout.

Adrian Whitehead, Renishaw

April 2019

"The course was pitched at a good level, interaction was good and regular breaks were supported by a relaxed approach. Enjoyed the experience!"

Dean Watkins MoD

July 2016

"I found the course super, but the trainer Duncan was outstanding, made the learning easier."

Helen Glover -Atos

September 2016

"Great course, well put together and delivered."

Kyle Mather – Kingswood School, Bath

December 2016

"Duncan was very engaging & kept the group "alive" with his anecdotal humour. Thanks Duncan!"

Guru Ruparel - Apetito

September 2016

"Enjoyed Duncan's approach - discussion & conversations followed by PowerPoint facts etc. He made everyone comfortable & is full of interesting facts & figures. Thank you."

Greg Hender - Apetito

December 2016

"Didn’t match expectations because was far more interesting and fulfilling than I imagined."

Daniel Crane – Places for People, Bristol

June 2015

"A thought provoking course, well-pitched and well delivered."

Tim Andrews – MOD, London

September 2015

"Brilliant training, content & delivery."

Michael Quilligan - Clarks International, Street

June 2015

"The trainer was very knowledgeable & I enjoyed his teaching style. I also felt he is good at building rapport with the group!"

Jemma Plummer - Bath University Sports Training Village, Bath

April 2015

"I really enjoyed the course. Duncan managed to make H & S engaging & interesting! I would definitely recommend course to others. "

Louise Scarterfield - DHI, Bath.

March 2015

"Duncan was an excellent trainer, he somehow made an H & S course reasonably fun."

David Magill - For Farmers, Blandford Forum

March 2015

"Course was provided to high standard. Duncan was v enthusiastic & knows his subject extremely well. Will be in touch regarding future courses."

Simon Fursman – Serious Stages, Wells

March 2015

"Nice sandwiches & coffee!"

Peter Sargent – Tastetech, Bristol

March 2015

"Good use of scenarios to explain certain situations. Peter having vast experience/knowledge definitely benefits content."

Karin Khan – Atos, Winnersh

November 2014

"Diane made this training v interesting & refreshed all our memories re H&S, RA & some of the legislation."

Frances Farley – Your Housing Group, Warrington

October 2014

"Michele is a real credit, really enjoyed the course. Simple & easy to understand."

Jennifer Chadwick – Capita Property, London

April 2014

"There was a lot of info to take in over 3 days but was put across well & not rushed. I feel confident in my knowledge & ability to take this back into the workplace & train out to my team."

Andy Swash – Kerry Ingredients, Bristol

January 2014

"Frank was v knowledgeable & came across clearly."

Mark Sheasby – Ayrshire Metal Products, Daventry

January 2014

"Excellent, thoroughly enjoyable course and helped put much information and knowledge into context. A fun and relaxed atmosphere encouraged interaction with useful examples and background information."

Bill Irvine – Atkins Global, Bristol

June 2015

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