IOSH Safety for Senior Executives Course Replaced by IOSH with New Course
On 1 September 2017 IOSH replaced Safety for Senior Executives with Safety for Executives and Directors.
About the IOSH Safety for Senior Executives course
This new 1 day course has been developed for people in a role of strategic responsibility for organisations of any size rather than just for larger companies. The content is based on the HSG65 plan, do, check, act.
It provides a complete understanding of health and safety responsibilities and the moral, legal and financial benefits of proactive safety, health and risk management for people with operational and strategic responsibility. Find out more about the IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors course.
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.
Choosing a course provider can be a challenge when you aren’t sure what to expect and can be a big responsibility if you are looking to qualify a number of staff within your company. There are however, several things that make for a good IOSH course provider which you should look out for - including:
- A choice of learning options: Always look for a course provider that is able to facilitate your needs and requirements. Often course providers will provide the option of both online and classroom-based training, but make sure you check this is available before committing to a particular provider.
- Options for multiple staff: Quite often you will have a number of staff who need to be qualified, and any good provider will support you with this. Providers that offer discounts for several people on a course, or flexible learning options to suit team members, are usually your best option.
- Quality learning experience: This is arguably the most important factor in a good IOSH course provider. Without a good quality learning experience it is going to be difficult to pass the course. To ensure your chosen provider offers good value for money and a positive learning experience, ask to see testimonials and case studies. Any good course provider will also supply trials of online courses and samples of course materials to help make up your mind.
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!
Generally speaking, IOSH courses are not overly difficult. They are designed to be practical and accessible to everyone. Provided you have a good understanding of the English language, you can understand the content and pass them. The shorter 1 day IOSH courses provide an awareness suitable to the job role. The IOSH Managing Safely 3 day course for managers is a level 2 standard but suitable for anybody with team responsibilities and no prior knowledge is required. The IOSH assessments are made up of short answers and multiple choice questions. IOSH Managing Safely also had a risk assessment assignment.
Providing you choose a good course supplier who provides high quality course resources, support and guidance, you or your staff would be able to pass the assessments and also have a good practical understanding to use back in the workplace.
Exam pass marks depend on which IOSH course is taken, but on average they require a pass mark of around 60%, providing everyone with ample opportunity to pass.
Remember, these courses are not intended to be hard, they are intended to test the knowledge learned over the period of the course!
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.