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Level 5 NVQ Diploma

An alternative approach to tutored courses which we provide for individual candidates or in-house training.

The City & Guilds Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is an established qualification for those who are working in the area of health and safety. The qualification is suitable for people from all sectors of work and ideal if you are responsible for developing and applying health and safety procedures day-to-day in your or someone else’s organisation.


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There are eleven mandatory units in the City & Guilds Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice. To obtain Graduate Membership of IOSH, you will need to complete an additional unit - Professional development and ethics in health and safety management.

You will need to demonstrate knowledge and competence in all the following mandatory units to gain the qualification:

• Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information
• Promote a positive health and safety culture
• Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters
• Control health and safety risks
• Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety
• Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
• Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures
• Develop and implement health and safety review systems
• Develop and implement a health and safety audit
• Behavioural safety in the workplace
• Develop and implement the health and safety policy

Additional unit required to gain IOSH Graduate membership
• Professional development and ethics in health and safety management

The time it takes to complete the Level 5 NVQ Diploma 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 6 - 12 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.

Entry requirements

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/implementation activities and collection of evidence the candidate must be in a position where they can provide this.  You must be able to comment on and influence health and safety in the organisation that you work in.  As the work-based activities require knowledge of health and safety it is advisable that you have attained a NEBOSH General Certificate or similar.  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
  • 11 mandatory units and 1 unit required to meet Grad IOSH requirements
  • Optional E-portfolio access for 12 months
  • 7 assessments of achievement, including a direct on-site observation of your work, which is a mandatory requirement of City & Guilds
  • 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

Course materials to complete the qualification, including assessment criteria, are integrated into our e-portfolio system.

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. ACT has authored and published in conjunction with RMS Publishing a series of three Diploma level study books that are suitable for use with the City & Guilds Level 5 NVQ Diploma. They reflect the knowledge requirements that candidates will use to fulfil the workplace performance criteria of the Diploma and would make essential reading for candidates that are just starting formal health and safety studies. They provide abridged and contextual reference to legislation and contain 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.

Depending on your location, it may be necessary to make additional charges to carry out a mandatory (new City & Guilds requirements for this qualification) workplace observation and assessment of evidence.

The City & Guilds Level 5 NVQ Diploma, with the addition of the professional development and ethics unit, is recognised as meeting the requirements for Graduate membership (Grad IOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH –, providing a progression path to Chartered membership of IOSH (CMIOSH). It is also accepted by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management ((IIRSM – as meeting the academic requirements for full membership (MIIRSM).

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 five 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.


Click here to view 2018 dates on our City & Guilds NVQ leaflet.


Standard package £1650 + VAT + £129.30 City & Guild fees

Premium package £2350 + VAT + £129.30 City & Guild fees [including one-to-one mentor support]


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