How to Become Qualified in IOSH
Gaining IOSH qualifications is invaluable professional development for you as an individual and greatly benefits your employer. IOSH qualified personnel have improved health and safety awareness and an understanding of creating a safe workplace, thus minimising risk.
What is IOSH?
IOSH training courses are suitable for everyone and are designed to promote a safety-conscious culture throughout an organisation. IOSH offers courses for individuals and organisations at all levels and are suitable for employees who may encounter risk in their day-to-day working life, as well as health and safety professionals and experts.
How does being IOSH qualified help your career?
With health and safety such an essential component of any business, having IOSH qualifications makes you highly employable in most working environments.
Through IOSH training, you build on your skills, knowledge and expertise to help you become a valuable safety and health professional. IOSH helps you advance your learning and keep your knowledge and skills current, keeping you at the forefront of your career.
As a Chartered body, IOSH members are internationally recognised as the benchmark for professional excellence in occupational safety and health.
What IOSH qualifications are there?
IOSH training is divided into categories: Core Skills, Management Education, Executive Education and Professional Development.
Core Skills courses
These courses provide skills needed by everyone in the workplace, regardless of their role.
Management Education courses
IOSH also offers some tailored training courses.
How long does it take to become IOSH qualified?
The length of time it takes to gain your IOSH qualification will depend on the course and mode of study that you choose and whether you study part-time. As an example, the Fire Safety Awareness course takes 4 hours, while the online IOSH Managing Safely course takes most people 16 to 24 hours of study.
IOSH training takes a modular approach and can be completed over a shorter period than some NEBOSH courses.
Do IOSH qualifications expire?
IOSH accreditations don’t expire, but because laws, regulations, procedures and standards continuously change and evolve, it’s important to keep updating your knowledge and qualifications. IOSH recommends that you take a refresher course every three years.
What is IOSH membership?
IOSH is the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership body and has over 48,000 members worldwide. It differs from NEBOSH in that it is a membership organisation.
Being a member of IOSH at any membership level increases your employability and improves your career prospects. Its members are internationally recognised as the benchmark for professional excellence in occupational safety and health.
There are five categories of IOSH membership:
Anyone who pays the membership fee will be an affiliate member
Associate Membership (AIOSH)
Awarded after completion of a diploma-level qualification
Technical Membership (Tech IOSH)
A technical member would go on to join a CPD (continuous professional development) programme
Chartered membership (CMIOSH)
Chartered Members are widely recognised as having met the highest standards of skills and knowledge in health and safety
Membership of IOSH comes with a number of benefits: