Which route to CMIOSH? NVQ 5 vs NEBOSH Diploma

Are you looking to achieve CMIOSH status and further your safety career? This table compares the two main routes – the NEBOSH Diploma, and the NVQ Level 5 Diploma . Outlining the pros and cons of each, it’s the ideal safety training guide to help you plan your next step.

If you’re currently working in a  safety role, possibly (though not necessarily), with the NEBOSH Certificate already under your belt, then you may well be considering what safety training is now right for you.  Weighing up the NEBOSH Diploma, and the NVQ 5, I hope that this table helps you to decide which route to CMIOSH status is best for you. If however you’re still unsure, myself or a member of my training team will be happy to help so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Safety training course: NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
Aimed at: Safety SupervisorsSafety OfficersSafety Managers Safety SupervisorsSafety OfficersSafety Managers
Study mode: Primarily classroom based, with additional home study expected.Unit A taught over three weeks (15 days)Unit B taught over two weeks (10 days)Unit C taught over two weeks (10 days)Combined total of 35 days classroom study. A vocationalqualification, therefore work based.The pace depends on the candidate.
Assessment: Units A, B and C are each assessed by a three hour written exam. Unit D is an 8,000 word review of the health and safety performance of an organisation. A portfolio of evidence is submitted using RoSPA’s online system. This portfolio is assessed against the required competencies, all of which must be demonstrated.
Duration: The four units can be taken in any order over a five year period. The qualification must be completed within 2 years, though technically it is possible to complete it within 4 months.
Cost:  £4,950 + VAT £1,795 + VAT
Pros: An academic, degree level qualification.Highly regarded and sought after by employers.Gives an understanding of a broad range of issues, therefore provides a transferable knowledge base that is applicable across industry sectors and job roles.Can be taken at a pace to suit the candidate, up to maximum of 5 years. Work based, therefore easier to combine with daily tasks.There are no exams so candidates who know that they do not perform well under pressure may find this advantageous.Flexible pace, ranging from 4 months to 2 years.
Cons: Employers must be convinced of the business benefits as the time away from work and cost of the course represents a considerable investment.The rigorous nature of the course requires a high degree of commitment from the candidate. Rewards competencies within the current work situation, therefore only really suitable for Safety Supervisors, Managers etc. who are currently in the right role and arguably less transferable to future roles and organisations.
End result: GradIOSH status (Graduate Membership of the Institution of Safety and Health); meaning holders meet the academic requirements of Chartered status (CMIOSH) but are undergoing professional development. GradIOSH status (Graduate Membership of the Institution of Safety and Health); meaning holders meet the academic requirements of Chartered status (CMIOSH) but are undergoing professional development.
Next step: In order to achieve CMIOSH status holders of the NEBOSH Diploma must submit a mini-portfolio of evidence from their current job role. To achieve CMIOSH status NVQ holders must take an open book exam over a period of two weeks.

So, you’ve seen the pros and cons of each -now have your say by answering this quick question:

What next?

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