Health and Safety Training Providers

Not all health and safety training providers are created equal

If you are searching for health and safety training on the internet, it is likely that you will be presented with a multitude of training providers, resellers, affiliates, indexes etc. Choosing the right health and safety training provider involves checking a number of criteria to ensure the service you receive is not only what you require, but also what you were expecting.

One of the first things to think about is if you require an accredited health and safety course or not. Accredited courses such as the NEBOSH General Certificate, IOSH Managing Safely and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) SMSTS and SSSTS courses must follow a specific syllabus which ensures the appropriate information is taught in order to be able to pass the compulsory exams at the end. The specific syllabus combined with the exams proves that those who have obtained the qualification have the required health and safety knowledge to pass.

Also, only those health and safety training providers that have been accredited by an awarding body such as NEBOSH, IOSH or CSkills can offer their respective courses. This ensures that standards are met and maintained in terms of the quality of teaching.

Different health and safety training providers will offer their courses in different ways

Different health and safety training providers will offer their courses in different ways, and it is important that you choose the learning method that is suitable for you and the course you are embarking upon. There has been a rise in the number of providers offering online health and safety training in recent years, and whilst there are a number of advantages in this form of training (see blog on 'Classroom learning, distance learning or e-learning?'), there are issues to consider which mean it is not particularly suitable.

The sheer amount of information that is taught on a health and safety training course means that online training will not be suitable for most. When doing the course on a computer, delegates may skip through as quickly as possible, or not be taking in anywhere near as much information as they would on a classroom-based course that includes exercises to enforce the learning. On a qualification such as the NEBOSH Diploma, the amount of information that needs to be retained makes it extremely difficult to memorise without the discussions and exercises done on a classroom-based training course. They will also not benefit from having a course tutor there in the room to have discussions with and ask questions about anything they need clarification of. Course delegates also find they benefit from having other attendees on the course with them, participating in discussions and group exercises rather than trying to learn by sitting in front of the computer on their own. We have had many delegates who have come to us after doing an online course with another health and safety training provider and soon wished they had saved their money and come on a 'real' course in the first place.

Choose a health and safety training provider you can trust

In recent times of economic trouble, many people who were made redundant and had already received health and safety training decided to set up as freelance trainers or health and safety consultants. These 'one man bands' can often provide the training at a much lower cost due to having little or no overheads, however, you need to be extremely wary. Anyone can proclaim themselves as a health and safety training provider or health and safety consultant, and whilst they may have the knowledge (although even this is uncertain), they may not have the skills required to successfully teach. As well as having the health and safety qualifications and experience of working in various industries, all of our health and safety trainers have a relevant teaching qualification such as the PTLLS qualification.

Unlike a health and safety training provider which has a number of trainers, these freelance consultants can only be in one place at a time. As they will be trying to make the most profitable use of their time, they may let you down if a more lucrative offer of work comes along.

For more information on what we can offer and how we can assist you and your organisation with its health and safety requirements, please call us on 0115 984 9940 or contact us online.