Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

city and guildsThe revised Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (3654 – 06) has recently been released by City & Guilds. This qualification is for learners who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in managing health and safety for the workplace. You will have an autonomous role in your organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice. You will report directly to, or be part of the senior management team. You will recommend and implement changes relevant to your role and will be aware of cost implications and budgetary control.

The Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is the UK’s premier vocational qualification designed specifically for safety professionals who want to attain chartered status of IOSH (CMIOSH) through a practical, evidence-based route as opposed to an academic course.

It is intended for those who wish to forge a career in health and safety as advisors, managers or consultants. There are no entry requirements, but candidates must be aged 19 or over and will need to demonstrate they can produce evidence across the standard by completing our initial assessment prior to being accepted on to the programme (please see below).

The qualification meets the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of IOSH. With additional experience and initial professional development, those who get the diploma can also attain Chartered Safety Practitioner status.

Note that candidates who wish to obtain CMIOSH status via exams should consider taking the NEBOSH National Diploma.

Initial Assessment and Induction

Before starting these programmes, we require delegates to complete a Self Assessment and Personal Action Plan to identify:

  • Specific training needs
  • Support and guidance requirements
  • Units that have already been completed or existing credits that have been accumulated

This form will help you to establish whether you require any additional training in order to complete the units. If necessary, you will need to develop a plan with your manager to gain competence in the relevant areas before attempting the units.

Course Duration

The time it takes you to complete the course is entirely up to you. On average, it takes delegates between 15 and 18 months. However, some candidates manage to complete within a year, while others take longer than 18 months. Additional support can be purchased should you require more time to complete your qualification.


There are 11 individual units that you must complete if you wish to achieve the full diploma. Should you wish to reach Graduate Membership and follow the Chartered Membership route through IOSH, you will need to complete an additional unit which IOSH require (unit 611 - Professional development and ethics in health and safety management).

The 11 Mandatory units are as follows:

  • 402  Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information.
  • 510  Promote a positive health and safety culture.
  • 511  Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters.
  • 512  Control health and safety risks.
  • 513  Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety.
  • 514  Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety.
  • 515  Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures.
  • 516  Develop and implement health and safety review systems.
  • 517  Develop and implement a health and safety audit.
  • 518  Behavioural safety in the workplace.
  • 610  Develop and implement the health and safety policy.

The mandatory unit for Graduate Membership recognition and Chartered Membership route:

  • 611  IOSH Mandatory Unit - Professional development and ethics in health and safety management.


Once you have completed these units, you will be awarded a certificate to demonstrate competence to the national standard. Your City and Guilds Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice certificate will detail all the individual units you have completed as part of your overall programme.


As the qualification is work based, the NVQ Level 5 Diploma can be undertaken anywhere in the UK. Inductions will be provided by your appointed assessor, either face to face, via telephone or through electronic media (depending on your location). Opportunities to meet the assessment/support team in person are available throughout the time you are on the programme. The dates will be communicated to you and are offered at the following centres around the UK three times per annum:

  • Bristol
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Walsall

Course Costs

This course costs £1,795 + VAT. Included in the price are enrolment fees, unlimited support for 18 months with a fully qualified and competent assessor and final certification.

Payment Plans are available. To find out more about these options, click here.


Terms & Conditions


All fees are payable in advance. Course materials will not be sent until payment is received. Fees quoted are correct at time of publication, but Phoenix Health & Safety reserves the right to alter fees at any time.

Cancellations following a confirmed booking will be charged a £30 administration fee. Once materials are sent, refunds cannot be offered.

Guaranteed Pass

Phoenix Health & Safety offer a guaranteed pass on all distance learning courses. This means that candidates are entitled to continue studying (free of charge) if they fail to meet the required standard in the examinations. If applicable, the delegate will be required to pay the exam fees for any re-sits.

The guaranteed pass only applies if the following criteria are met:

  • The candidate is accepted onto the course by Phoenix Health & Safety
  • The candidate takes a full and active part in the course, and completes any tasks/projects set
  • The candidate meets the required standard in all tutor – marked assessments.
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