Health & Safety Short Courses

Workplace
1HABC Level 1 Award in Principles of Health and Safety in the Workplace
Qualification Number: 600/6789/5
Credit Value: 1

This accredited qualification is intended for people working in any environment, including retail, manufacturing, food premises and the care environment. It is also suitable for people who are returning to work or for those starting work for the first time.

You will learn that Health and Safety is the responsibility of everyone within a business, including contractors, visitors and suppliers. It covers the importance of health and safety in the workplace, common hazards and risks and the requirement for workplace procedures.

How long is the course?
This qualification usually involves attending a one-day course but can be achieved through a variety of methods including classroom, blended and distance learning provided that the learning hours are met.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by a multiple-choice examination, taking a maximum of 30 minutes to complete. You must answer at least 10 out of 15 questions correctly to successfully complete the qualification.

What next?
You may progress onto further qualifications including:

HABC Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
HABC Level 2 Award in Risk Assessment
2HABC Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
Qualification Number: 600/0598/1
Credit Value: 1

This award is aimed at all employees. It is intended for people already in workplaces and those who are preparing to start or return to work. It is also very useful for young people, to raise their ability to identify and understand hazards when preparing for work experience or going into employment.

You will learn that health and safety is the responsibility of everyone within a business, its contractors, visitors and suppliers. Its subject areas are regarded by the Health and Safety Executive as being important to maintaining safe working procedures in the workplace.

How long is the course?
This qualification usually involves attending a one-day course but can be achieved through a variety of methods including classroom, blended and distance learning provided that the learning hours are met.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by a multiple-choice examination, taking a maximum of 60 minutes to complete. You must answer at least 20 out of 30 questions correctly to successfully complete the qualification.

What next?
You may progress onto further qualifications, such as:

HABC Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
HABC Level 3 Award in Risk Assessment
3HABC Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
Qualification Number: 600/0645/6
Credit Value: 3

This qualification is ideal for anyone in a supervisory, team leader or managerial role. Subjects covered include understanding the requirements for health, safety and welfare in the workplace, the benefits of using a safety management system, the principles of risk assessment, and understanding the risks and control methods for common workplace hazards. The HABC Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace is accredited and recognised internationally.

How long is the course?
This qualification is usually obtained by taking a 3 day classroom-based course. However, it can also be achieved through a variety of other methods including blended and distance learning, as long as the recommended learning hours are completed. For example, completing a quiz book (6 to 8 hours) followed by a two-day classroom-based course.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by a multiple-choice examination, taking a maximum of two hours. You must answer at least 40 out of 60 questions correctly. A Merit is awarded to candidates scoring 50 or more.

What next?
You may progress onto further qualifications, such as:

HABC Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
This qualification is ideal for those wishing to work in management.
4HABC Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
Qualification Number: 600/1953/0
Credit Value: 6

This qualification is aimed at supervisors and managers with a direct responsibility for health and safety management. It is intended for people already working in the capacity of supervisor or manager and those who are preparing to start work at this level.
You will learn that supervisors and managers have legal and moral obligations to ensure health and safety within a business and that this includes obligations to employees, contractors, visitors and suppliers. Its subject areas are regarded by the Health and Safety Executive as being important for developing safe working procedures in the workplace.

How long is the course?
This qualification is usually obtained by taking a 5-day classroom-based course. However, it can also be achieved through a variety of other methods including blended and distance learning, as long as the recommended learning hours are completed.
How is the qualification assessed?
This qualification is assessed in two parts, marks are added together to determine your overall grade:
Part 1
Marked assessment of the following activities:
Section 1 – Undertake a risk assessment
Section 2 – Construct a safe system of work

Part 2
An examination of a maximum 2 1⁄2 hours:
Section 1 – Multiple-choice questions
Section 2 – Four written answers from a choice of six questions

What next?
This qualification may allow you to apply for managerial positions associated with health and safety. Progression and further learning routes include level 5 and above health and safety qualifications.