CAREER ADVANCEMENT / SEP. 08, 2014
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How to Study for Qualifications in Health and Safety

Many people around the world study for health and safety qualifications. Some of these individuals are keen to embark on a career in health and safety, while others simply need proof that they have the knowledge and skills required to perform their roles as supervisors, managers, business owners and so on.

If you think you could benefit from gaining qualifications of this kind, but aren’t sure quite how to go about it, take a look at this brief guide.

Choose the right courses

First and foremost, you’ll need to make sure you select the right courses. There are many different options available, and only a small number of these may be relevant and beneficial in your circumstances. The qualifications you need will depend on the roles you wish to perform. Bear in mind that most health and safety practitioners start by undertaking short introductory courses. However, when a greater level of knowledge is required, longer and more in-depth learning programmes are a must. Many of the best and most recognised courses are those devised by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH).

For example, one popular course is the NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work Qualification. Typically taking three days to complete, this is perfect for beginners and it offers a basic introduction to health and safety practices in the workplace. You don’t need any prior qualifications to embark on this course and it’s suitable for a range of people, including HR managers, team leaders, supervisors and facilities managers, as well as individuals who are keen to pursue a career in health and safety.

This can also be seen as a foundation from which to progress to further qualifications, such as the NEBOSH International General Certificate. This is a mark of international excellence and the syllabus focuses on global health and safety standards and management systems. It also forms a good basis for those who want to take a NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Safety & Health. This is a demanding qualification that is approximately equivalent to third-year degree level.

When selecting a course, a make sure you pay keen attention to any prior qualifications needed, as well as to the syllabus and the objectives.

Opt for a suitable learning approach

You will also need to ensure you have access to suitable learning methods. For example, you will have to be able to fit your courses around any work commitments you have.

Many people benefit from learning within classroom environments. They find that being able to share their experiences with others motivates them and helps them to progress. They may also appreciate the personal contact they have with tutors. If you’re keen to adopt this approach, make sure your course provider has good quality training venues that you can get to easily.

Alternatively, you may find it better to study remotely. E-learning courses are rising in popularity due to their convenience and cost-effectiveness. These programmes can be easier to fit around your existing work and personal commitments and, because of this, they can open up opportunities that may not otherwise exist.

The right provider

When you’re perusing your options, make sure you select a top-quality training provider. The standard of the course you receive can have a major impact on your ability to succeed and get the qualifications you seek.

Luckily, it’s now easy to find excellent health and safety course providers. For example,SHEilds specialises in offering a variety of qualifications and it offers both classroom and e-learning options.

As long as you think carefully before committing to specific courses by making sure you choose the right qualifications, a suitable method of learning and the right provider, you should be able to achieve the results you’re after.

 

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