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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of common questions that people ask us. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please email or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.

Q: How long does an IOSH certificate last for?

Q: How much does an IOSH course cost?

A: The cost of your IOSH course will vary depending on whether the candidate is applying for the Working Safely or the Managing Safely qualification. It will also depend on where the learner undertakes their training: at a training centre, online, or at your workplace.

The costs are set out in the table below:

Course At a training centre Online course Your workplace
IOSH Working Safely £295 + VAT £85 + VAT Bespoke cost
IOSH Managing Safely Prices vary from £495 to £595 + VAT £250 + VAT Bespoke cost


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Q: How is my IOSH training assessed?

A: The IOSH training courses are assessed in different ways. The IOSH Working Safely course is assessed through multi-format questions as well as a multiple-choice hazard-spotting exercise. The Managing Safely qualification is assessed through questions and an interactive quiz.

Learners will also need to complete a practical exercise based on the operations of a real business.

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Q: What study materials do I need for my IOSH courses?

A: You do not need to supply your own study materials for your IOSH course.

Learners doing the online course will be provided with all the necessary information online, while those doing the classroom-based course will be provided with the appropriate learning materials.

Q: What are the differences between IOSH Working Safely and IOSH Managing Safely?

A: The IOSH Working Safely qualification is suitable for all workers and is completed through a one-day course in the classroom or typically takes three hours of online study.

The IOSH Managing Safely course takes place over three days in the classroom, or typically 8 - 12 hours of online study, and is designed for those responsible for the safety and well-being of one or more person in the workplace.

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Q: What are the different levels of membership for IOSH certification?

A: There are various ways to gain membership of IOSH. Completing a Diploma-level IOSH course provides membership; you can read more about this on the IOSH membership page. It is also possible to become an Affiliate Member of IOSH without completing a Diploma, through the payment of a fee.

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Q: Can I study IOSH courses and take the exams online?

A: The IOSH Working Safely and IOSH Managing Safely courses and assessments can be undertaken in the classroom or online.

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Q: I'm new to IOSH, where would you recommend I start?

A: Finding out which IOSH course is right for you will depend on your job role. If you are a manager, supervisor or team leader, or if you are in any way responsible for the safety of others at work, the IOSH Managing Safely course is recommended.

For other employees and interested parties, IOSH Working Safely provides a manageable overview of safety in the workplace.

Q: Why should I pick the British Safety Council to study an IOSH training course?

A: All the British Safety Council courses are taught by our highly-trained tutors with extensive industry experience. Students will benefit from the British Safety Council’s 60 years of industry knowledge and first-class customer support.

The British Safety Council has excellent training facilities and provides comprehensive course materials and lunch.

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