How Hard Is The IOSH Managing Safely Qualification?

IOSH By Matthew Coombes

IOSH Managing Safely is an internationally recognised health and safety qualification that has helped managers across the world to understand their role in the management of health and safety, and how they can effectively manage the risks within their workplace.

The qualification is typically undertaken as a three-day course taught by a tutor, or as a self-directed IOSH approved e-learning programme like ours.
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How hard is the IOSH Managing Safely® Qualification?

IOSH Managing Safely qualification is an occupational health and safety qualification which has been created by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The course has been developed to provide professionals worldwide that are at managerial level with an effective knowledge and tool set to keep those that they manage safe in the world of work.

This means that the course has been made to suit a general audience, it’s designed for anyone, anywhere that wants to keep themselves and their workers safe. Anyone can take the IOSH Managing Safely qualification.

Relating to the content

With any qualification some of the difficulty will come from how the course relates to your day-to-day responsibilities. If you’re not currently in a management role, the IOSH Managing Safely may be more difficult for you to relate to, but you should not consider this a barrier to taking the course if you’re looking to move into a management role.

Different methods of study

One thing that can make the IOSH Managing Safely Qualification easier, is choosing a method of learning that suits how you like to learn.

We offer Classroom and Virtual Classroom training which is led by one of our expert health and safety tutors and E-learning which is available 24/7 on our platform.

Both classroom and virtual classroom training make taking the IOSH Managing Safely qualification much easier for people that have been out of education for a while, that learn through interaction with peers and a tutor, or that prefer to have content delivered to them verbally as opposed to reading through course materials.


Classroom training is your traditional way of learning, you visit one of our venues across the UK and one of our expert tutors will be in the room with you leading you through the course content over the three-day course period.

Virtual Classroom

Virtual training is much the same as classroom training, only that the tutor delivers the course online over video conferencing software. This method of training has allowed us to provide essential health and safety training to professionals throughout the UK and across the world for the duration of the pandemic in a way that is both safe and learner friendly. It’s a great option if we don’t have a training venue near to you, you don’t want to/can’t travel, or you just prefer to do things online.


Our e-learning platform is available 24/7 and provides a method of learning that makes life easier for people that have a busy work schedule, or that are taking the training outside of their normal working role.

If you’re self-determined, limited on time to train or just prefer learning on your own, our online course provides you with all of the materials and tools that you need to work through the course and take the assessment.

The assessments

The IOSH Managing Safely qualification is assessed with a multiple-choice question exam which is completed online and a practical risk assessment which is completed based on your workplace and submitted online.

The exam serves as a confirmation of your understanding and is provided in an accessible multiple-choice format.

The practical risk assessment is conducted based on your workplace and shows that you understand how to complete a risk assessment. If you already do risk assessments as part of your role, you should find this assessment fairly easy, just make sure that you follow the IOSH risk assessment template.

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