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IOSH Training Courses

IOSH training courses are suitable for people of all levels, in any sector and organisation, providing staff with the essential knowledge on how to manage health, safety and wellbeing.

What is IOSH?

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is a membership organisation and authority on promoting best practice in safety within the workplace. Set up in 1945, IOSH is the world’s largest chartered health and safety membership organisation with 100, 000 people looking to become IOSH certified every single year. 

IOSH is best known for developing multiple training courses in health and safety, which teaches learners how to identify risks and promote workplace health and safety.  IOSH conducts relevant research and lobbies the government on key issues, making them one of the most knowledgeable and foremost leaders in the industry.

IOSH training courses are suitable for people of all levels, in any sector and organisation. They are aimed at those who don’t necessarily have a health and safety role but do have a part to play in the management of health and safety. They provide staff with the essential knowledge on how to manage health, safety and wellbeing.

IOSH training offers individuals the opportunity to enhance their health and safety knowledge and practice safe working and management.

Benefits of getting IOSH qualified

Gaining an IOSH qualification is popular for a reason - because they raise an awareness of all employees' health and safety responsibilities at any level which can help develop a positive culture in the workplace. All IOSH courses provide a greater understanding of what makes a safe and healthy workplace. This brings great company and individual benefits. 

It can improve productivity and reduce down time and business costs. Quite often, taking on additional courses also provides staff something to focus on and take as their own. Providing this kind of opportunity will enhance staff motivation and happiness, which is reason enough to get your staff certified! Read more about the benefits of getting your workforce IOSH trained.

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Why take an IOSH course?

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the only Chartered body for health and safety professionals in the world with over 44,000 individual members in 100 + countries.

Each year approximately 170,000 employees gain an IOSH qualification across the globe. Gaining a recognised IOSH certificate demonstrates a clear commitment to good standards of health and safety.

IOSH courses are:

  • Short health and safety courses to suit different levels
  • For employees at all levels to meet their basic health and safety responsibilities in their job
  • Internationally recognised, certified by the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH).

Why learn with Astutis?

Astutis is an approved IOSH training provider and successfully trains thousands of employees each year enabling organisations to achieve their health, safety and wellbeing goals.

An IOSH training course can be taken online in the comfort of your own home - whether in the UK or around the world.

Taking your IOSH training course with Astutis means you’ll benefit from:

  • High pass rates with expert online tutor support to help you step by step
  • Work-based learning activities using video, audio, animations
  • Support with progress checks with feedback on questions
  • Digital course notes to download for studying on-the-go
  • Time-saving reports for managers to report on employees’ progress.


There are a few factors to influence the price of your preferred IOSH course: which course it is and its duration,  method of study - online, class-based, multiple learners in a company and the service offered by the course provider.  

The shorter 1-day courses such as IOSH Working Safely is £95+VAT for online. Classroom courses for IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors will be a higher rate but this is justified for this workshop style course as tutor who takes this course must have a experience in working as a director role or advising for his level. Similarly IOSH Managing Safely classroom course can costs anything between £400 and £800 .

IOSH Managing Safely online plus tests and certification, tutor support can cost £350 + VAT per person. Discounts are offered to businesses looking to qualify a number of staff.

IOSH courses and the assessments, projects and exams that come with them are not designed to be hard, in fact quite the opposite! Each IOSH course also comes with its own individual type of assessment.

Many IOSH courses are split into two separate assessments; one being a written test and one being a practical project to demonstrate the teachings of the course. The IOSH Managing Safely for example, ends with a short written exam made up of multiple choice questions, and is followed with a workplace risk assessment project.

Similarly, the IOSH Working Safely course is made up of a multiple choice test and followed by a hazard spotting exercise - made up of 16 questions to be answered within a set time.

These types of tests and projects are set up in a way that means applicants demonstrate an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge, to ensure the teachings of the course will be put to good use.

Take a look at this article for more information on the tests, projects and assessments that form popular IOSH qualifications.

There is limited funding available for IOSH courses. One of the most popular ways to fund courses like this is through corporate funding - i.e. the company you work for funds the course to further their skills and knowledge to the benefit of the company. If you need to present a business case to your manager, use the company benefits presented in this post

However, if you company does not have a learning and development scheme in place there are a limited number of options you can check out to see if you are eligible for funding. Where you live in the UK and your job will determine what funding is available to you.
Take a look at this blog for more details!

The great thing about IOSH courses is that they are designed to give everybody the opportunity to be trained in health and safety issues, regardless of their role or previous qualifications. In reality, the only requirement needed for someone looking to take an IOSH course is to have a good working knowledge of the English language.

Despite this, there are specific IOSH courses aimed towards people within different roles, for example, the IOSH Managing Safely is aimed towards those in management or supervisory roles, whereas the IOSH Safety in Aviation is aimed towards those in Aviation related roles. 

So while there are no prerequisites to take an IOSH course, it is important that the correct course is chosen for the individual. For more information on this please take a look at this blog.

The simple answer to this question is no, IOSH courses do not expire. However, it is recommended that those who pass an IOSH course keep on top of the latest health and safety legislation by taking an IOSH refresher course around every three years after passing the initial course. A popular course is the IOSH Managing Safely Refresher course.

This allows for employers to be secure in the knowledge that their workplace will remain in-line with legislation and be a safe place to work. It also means that staff will continue to invest in best practice in safety, maintaining any reduction in down time and business costs. For more information on refresher courses and IOSH course expiry, take a look here.

IOSH is the world's leading professional body for those responsible for safety and health in the workplace. They offer courses for everyone, with any level of responsibility, in all companies. Typically people who take on an IOSH course are those who need to have greater awareness of their responsibility for health and safety, including:

  • Managers and supervisory staff: Courses like the IOSH Managing Safely are aimed towards management staff who have a responsibility for ensuring those around them work safely and adhere to health and safety legislation.
  • Sector specific management staff: IOSH also offers courses similar to the IOSH Managing Safely for those in industries that require knowledge of very specific health and safety issues. One example of this would be the IOSH Managing Safely in Aviation.
  • Company directors: Company directors on the other hand are able to take courses like the IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors, allowing them to put health and safety at the core of their management systems.

There are also courses available for staff who aren't in supervisory, managerial or directorial level roles which is where the IOSH Working Safely comes in.  This course is designed to enhance knowledge of health, safety and well-being to help promote a better health and safety culture within the workforce.

For more information on who IOSH courses are for and what courses are available, take a look at this article.

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