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What are the IOSH Courses Assessments, Tests and Projects?

The comprehensive guide to our range of IOSH courses, including the assessments, units, syllabus information and more to get you started.

February 2019

IOSH Working Safely test

IOSH Working Safely is a basic awareness course, which is designed to be accessible for all levels of workers, no matter what their level of health and safety knowledge. The Working Safely course is split into two units with a separate assessment for each which is completed at the end of the course in class or online.

Unit one is assessed through a multiple-choice test, taken at the end of the course, which asks learners to apply what they have learnt through their studies. It is not an open book exam but the questions are all clearly worded with simple language and understandable concepts.

Unit two is assessed through a hazard spotting exercise where learners are asked to identify hazards within a given workplace scenario. This is a short timed assessment with 16 questions to answer. On successful completion of both of these units the IOSH Working Safely Certificate can be awarded.

IOSH Managing Safely exam and project

IOSH Managing Safely is assessed through a combination of a short written exam and workplace risk assessment project. Both of these are taken once you have completed the Managing Safely course and studied the full syllabus. Both elements of the assessment need to be completed successfully before the IOSH Managing Safely Certificate can be awarded.

This multiple choice exam is the first part of the assessment that learners tackle and is usually taken immediately after completion of the course material. This is regardless of whether you are learning online or in a classroom. The number of questions differs depending on your chosen study method but aside from this the style and difficulty of questions remains the same across all learning platforms.

The second element of the assessment is the workplace risk assessment project. This IOSH Managing Safely project must be completed and handed in within two weeks after the short written exam and no later. Check what the deadline submission date is for your IOSH Managing Safely project with your course provider.

The project It tasks learners with looking at the health and safety measures currently used at their workplace and asks them to carry out a risk assessment to see where improvements could be made. You will generally be provided with a risk assessment form by your study centre to complete and then hand back in. More information and guidance on completing this IOSH Managing Safely risk assessment project can be found on our blog. It is a “must-read” if you are planning to complete this very popular certificate.

IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors assessment

IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors adopts a different and more practical approach to assessment. You have to complete a personal commitment action plan, which includes up to three actions that are appropriate for the level of responsibility held in their organisation. This is not a formal assessment as such but is designed to make sure that learners are able to take away valuable input from their course. They will then be able to apply this in their workplace creating a safer and more productive working environment.

Completing your assessments

As you can see, the assessment for each of the IOSH courses vary slightly, but the main point to take away is that all of them are straightforward and designed to be accessible and achievable. There is no need to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of the exams or tests or projects. A well-structured IOSH training course will prepare you to fly through the assessments so once you have successfully completed them you will have achieved this internationally recognised and respected IOSH certificate. 

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