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Course Guide - BSC International Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health

An introduction to how to lead this course.


Please organise your travel to arrive at the course venue by 08:45 hours and register your attendance.
The course will start promptly at 09:00 hours and is scheduled to finish at 17:00 hours

Please note: timings are subject to change at the discretion of the course tutor.

Learner resource area

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If you do not have an account, you will receive a separate email within 24 hours containing your log in details and instructions on how to access the Learner Resource Area. If you do not receive this email, please contact us as detailed below.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the training, the candidate should:

  • Know how international agencies and standards influence health and safety at work.
  • Understand how to organise health and safety in the workplace.
  • Understand how to develop a positive health and safety culture in the workplace.
  • Understand the principles of accident prevention in the workplace.
  • Understand the importance of effective occupational health provision for organisations and people.
  • Know the main features of a health and safety management system.
  • Understand the principles of workplace risk assessment.
  • Understand the principles of fire prevention in the workplace.
  • Understand how to manage emergencies in the workplace.
  • Understand the hazards and risks associated with workplace activities.
  • Understand how to control risks in the workplace.
  • Understand the requirements of reporting and investigating incidents in the workplace.
  • Understand how to reduce the impact of workplace activities on the environment.

Assessment information

The International Certificate comprises two mandatory units assessed individually. In total, the qualification is assessed via two written examinations.

  • Unit 1 - Principles of Health and Safety Management
    • Assessed by a 90-minute written examination comprising eight compulsory short structured questions
  • Unit 2 - Controlling Hazards in the Workplace
    • Assessed by a 90-minute written examination comprising eight compulsory short structured questions

In order to achieve the qualification, candidates must pass both units. Successful completion of the course and assessments will give candidates an internationally-recognised qualification which meets the academic requirements for Technician Membership of IOSH (TechIOSH).

Language of assessment

The qualification is assessed in English only. Assessments will be presented in English and candidates must respond in English.

Candidates for whom English is a second language are advised that their reading and writing skills should be equivalent to at least Level 6 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test for Non-Native Speakers of English. Candidates may obtain information on this language testing service from the IELTS website (

Assessment registration and fees

The British Safety Council can arrange for you to take the examinations at selected British Council offices worldwide. To check the location of your nearest British Council office please contact the British Safety Council Qualifications Team on +44 (0) 208 741 1231 or e-mail [email protected].

All candidates must book their examination directly with the British Safety Council at least four weeks before their preferred examination date. This allows enough time for schedulling and for the relevant materials to be dispatched. Candidates should download the booking form from the website and submit it by post or fax.

When booking your examination, please state at which British Council office you would like to sit the examination and on what date.
The examination fee must be paid at the time of booking, the booking form completed and the declaration signed before the candidate is eligible to sit the examination.
Upon receipt of your booking request, the relevant British Council office will schedule the appointment. You will then receive confirmation of your booking by e-mail.

If the British Council office is not able to accommodate your preferred examination date, a member of our Qualifications Team will contact you to identify an alternative examination date.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the booking process, please telephone the British Safety Council Qualifications Team on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.


We very much look forward to seeing you and wish you great success on your course. If you have any queries or feedback please feel free to speak with your course tutor or contact our customer service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.