British Safety Council offers support as CIEH surrenders its status as a regulated awarding organisation

The British Safety Council came forward to reassure existing training centres of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) that it is able to offer many of the qualifications which the Institute has been providing until now. CIEH has announced its intention to surrender its status as a regulated awarding organisation. This means that 38 of CIEH’s regulated qualifications will be withdrawn by either 31 January 2017 or 28 April 2017. The Institute’s 18 non-regulated qualifications will be phased out by 28 April 2017.

The British Safety Council is an expert provider of health, safety and environmental management qualifications. It is the only UK regulated Awarding Organisation to offer a complete suite of health and safety qualifications from Entry Level to Level 6 in the national qualifications framework. Its qualifications are delivered by over 700 approved centres in the UK and abroad. The British Safety Council’s comprehensive offer of food safety qualifications includes Level 2 and 3 Awards in food safety in catering, for manufacturing and for retail.

To help existing CIEH centres deliver regulated qualifications in the future, the British Safety Council is offering:

  • Free centre approval
  • Fast-track centre registration
  • Fast certificate turnaround time – 99% in two days
  • Free qualification approval
  • Free learning materials.

 For organisations which are already approved centres of the British Safety Council and deliver CIEH qualifications but wish to switch to equivalent British Safety Council’s qualifications, it is offering free and fast-track approval for equivalent qualifications in addition to its standard terms and conditions. 

The British Safety Council continues to receive praise from its approved centres for the excellent customer service they receive. Importantly, the British Safety Council’s qualifications are competitively priced and offer one of the fastest turnaround time for certificates of any Awarding Organisation.

The British Safety Council is well known for the high quality and user-friendliness of its training materials. First aid learners, for instance, benefit from practical assessment log books and knowledge-based assessment task lists. These documents facilitate learning and students' progress in a structured and efficient way.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “The surrender of its awarding organisation status by CIEH has created a very uncertain and worrying situation for the CIEH centres and their clients. We are glad that the British Safety Council’s awarding organisation status, our training expertise and resources enables us to step into the breach and offer our existing centres, as well as other training providers and their students, the equivalent CIEH qualifications.”