Remember playing with brightly coloured, interlocking plastic bricks? The hours spent piecing together intricate sets, vehicles, buildings, entire cities? The possibilities for playing, building and creating were truly endless. For most, this has moved beyond childhood playtime and in particular, become a rewarding career path for professionals within the construction industry.
Whilst the recession may have officially ended in 2009, it’s undoubtedly halted the UK’s growth ever since, but we’re now seeing a resurgence with major construction projects beginning to take shape with many more in the pipeline. Indeed, the Office for National Statistics has reported that construction output grew by 0.9% in the second quarter of the year (April to June) 2018.
With this in mind, the need for increased emphasis on health and safety to accommodate large-scale projects has never been greater. For individuals looking to further their career and gain a broad understanding of key health and safety issues, the NEBOSH Construction Certificate (a nationally recognised health and safety qualification) is the perfect first step.
The qualification covers the core health and safety issues involved in construction and aims to provide candidates with a comprehensive understanding of how to identify and manage workplace hazards. The course is also a platform to build upon the skills and knowledge already gained and help advance a career in construction health and safety.
Like many construction projects, the journey towards completion isn’t necessarily as straight forward as you might expect, so we’ve highlighted the major building blocks for prospective delegates to consider:
Who’s it for?
The course is aimed at Supervisors, Managers and those with a role under the Construction Design and Management regulations 2015 within the construction industry, who are required to ensure that activities under their control are undertaken safely.
What’s the structure?
Before diving head first into the course, it’s important to understand the overall structure and the necessary steps leading up to it. A useful, but not essential starting point would be to have undertaken the NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work Qualification or the IOSH Managing Safely course.
An essential pre-requisite however is to have completed unit 1 of of the NEBOSH General Certificate (NGC1) within the last 5 years. If this hasn’t been done, then your dream of becoming a health and safety professional might be short lived.
Once completed, delegates can then undertake units 1 and 2 (CC1 and CC2) of the construction certificate. These units along with unit 1 of the NEBOSH General Certificate make up the entirety of the NEBOSH Construction Certificate.
What are the benefits?
There are several benefits to undertaking the construction course which include:
- Holders of NGC1 need only take CC1 and CC2, saving time and money
- Meet the requirements of clients and principal contractors, increasing the chances of winning a contract
- The flexible, unitised structure enables us to train delegates within their own companies, tailoring it to specific requirements
- Delegates return to workplaces able to help build effective safety cultures and management programmes
- Qualified safety professionals are an asset to their organisations, reducing costs by preventing accidents and ill health of employees, without incurring unnecessary expense by over-reacting to trivial risks
- The NEBOSH Construction Certificate is a first step to the NEBOSH Diploma and CMIOSH status
- Build employee confidence in the safety standards of the working environment
- Ensure employee compliance with health and safety policies as well as legal requirements
More and more organisations are using an in-house approach to deliver In-company training to their colleagues, with courses designed to fit around the demands of their business and are flexible in terms of where and when they choose to train.
RoSPA can tailor the NEBSOH Construction Certificate course to an organisation’s particular needs to include policy, procedures, training and records, and include practical sessions.
The traditional classroom based learning option is also available, with the NEBOSH Construction Certificate delivered as an open-course at our accredited centre in Birmingham. This form of learning can benefit learners who prefer one-to-one interaction with tutors and delegates, particularly when studying a skills-based/competence-based subject.
If however delegates can’t fit around classroom schedules, our NEBOSH Construction Certificate E-Learning option offers a convenient and flexible studying alternative, designed to fit around delegates and their needs. This cost-effective online resource includes bespoke safety training software in partnership with accredited health and safety bodies.