LEVEL 3 NVQ CERTIFICATE
To achieve the City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety learners must achieve a total of 31 credits. Learners will need to obtain a total of 23 credits from the mandatory units and a minimum of 8 credits from the optional units, therefore a minimum of 7 units. The number of credits indicates the size of the unit and award.
You will need to demonstrate knowledge and competence in the mandatory units:
• Ensure responsibilities for actions to reduce risks to health and safety (4 credits)
• Develop procedures to safely control work operations (4 credits)
• Monitor procedures to safely control work operations (5 credits)
• Promote a culture of health and safety in the workplace (4 credits)
• Conduct a health and safety risk assessment of the workplace (6 credits)
A minimum of two optional units must be completed:
• Investigate and evaluate health and safety incidents and complaints in the workplace (5 credits)
• Make sure actions in the workplace aim to protect the environment (4 credits)
• Review health and safety procedures in the workplace (4 credits)
• Supervise the health, safety and welfare of a learner in the workplace (4 credits)
The time it takes to complete the Level 3 NVQ Certificate will depend on your experience, the work you have done and evidence you already have. You can go at a pace that suits your abilities and commitments. The typical completion time is 3 – 6 months. The time you take will depend on the amount of time you can assign to completing the qualification when balanced with your other commitments.
Other than a requirement that candidates must be 19 years old at the time of initial registration City and Guilds have not set entry requirements for this qualification. ACT Academy has to assess candidates to identify they have the potential and opportunity to gain the qualification successfully.
As the qualification is work-based, involving development activities and collection of evidence, the candidate must be in a position where they can provide this. Contact our training advice team to discuss your suitability for this course.
YOUR NVQ PROGRAMME
Your programme begins with an assessment to confirm you are in a position to complete the NVQ and an induction – where you get to know what is expected of you, the assessment criteria and methods. Your NVQ programme includes the development of an action plan to take you to completion of the qualification.
• Assessment and induction
• Registration and certification with City & Guilds
• 5 mandatory units and 2 units from the list of optional units
• Optional E-portfolio access for 12 months
• 4 assessments of achievement
• Email helpline for general queries for 12 months
The course is work-based and designed to enable very flexible learning. The programme is available on a face-to-face basis at our premises or can be conducted in-house in your premises if you have a number of candidates who require the qualification. Scheduled induction sessions are arranged at our premises throughout the year to get you started efficiently.
Alternatively, the initial assessment/induction, submission and assessment of evidence can be conducted on-line, using our e-portfolio system. This provides great flexibility and enables you to get started and complete your qualification without being tied to attendance at our premises.
Course materials including qualification handbook, assessment criteria and assessment plan are provided electronically by US.
Depending on your knowledge and experience you may need to develop your understanding in order to do some of the NVQ activities effectively. This can be done by using appropriate reference books. we has authored and published in conjunction with RMS Publishing a Certificate level study book that is suitable for use with the City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Certificate. It reflects the knowledge requirements that candidates will use to fulfil the workplace performance criteria of the Certificate and would make essential reading for candidates that are just starting formal health and safety studies. It provides abridged and contextual reference to legislation and contains supporting illustrations, photographs of workplaces and sample forms.
There are no examinations with this qualification and it is therefore not possible to fail, candidates are either “competent” or “not yet competent”. Assessment of performance is made by consideration of the results of work-based activities to meet each unit’s assessment criteria.
You will produce a personal portfolio demonstrating understanding and application of skills to meet the assessment criteria. You will present your evidence to your assessor during planned assessment periods. If you select our online option you can submit evidence of the work you have done to meet the criteria through our e-portfolio system. Your assessor will determine the extent to which your evidence confirms completion of the assessment criteria. Feedback is provided and work to meet the criteria can be re-submitted until completion. The administration team monitor your progress to offer support and guidance throughout the qualification.
As an alternative to a paper-based portfolio, our e-portfolio system allows you to provide evidence from anywhere at anytime, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Using our e-portfolio means secure storage of evidence with no bulky paper-based portfolios to manage, store or send through the post. Our e-portfolio system enables clear and easy communication between you and your assessor.
ASSESSOR AND MENTOR PACKAGE OPTIONS
We provide a face-to-face assessment package at our premises for those candidates that prefer this approach. The package includes an induction workshop and seven one-to-one assessment sessions at our premises over a 12 month period.
Alternatively, the induction, submission and assessment of evidence can be conducted on-line, using our e-portfolio system. You can upload evidence at any time so that it is ready for your seven pre-planned remote assessment sessions. If you choose e-portfolio assessments, you can opt to have your assessments as face-to-face sessions at our premises if you prefer.
In addition to our standard package we offer a premium package which benefits from three one-to-one mentor support sessions over a 12 month period. This provides additional personal guidance on how you can develop and gather evidence of your successful completion of your NVQ activities. Your mentor gets to know you and your organisation and can provide a valuable link to completion of the qualification efficiently.
Additional dates/locations can be arranged to meet demand, please contact our team for details of additional dates.