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Suitability of Online and Distance Learning Health and Safety Training Courses

There has been an increasing trend over the last couple of years for companies and individuals to look towards online and distance learning courses when it comes to health and safety training. These are lower priced and allow delegates to complete the training in their own time and so sound ideal at first glance. However, are they really suitable for all types of safety training, including in-depth accredited qualifications?


As an example the NEBOSH General Certificate, whilst providing a general overview of the most commonly-encountered hazards in a place of work rather than intricate specifics, still contains detailed information including health and safety management systems, chemical and biological health hazards & risk control, and legislation such as the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 (except Part IV) as amended in 2002 to name but a few. All of this means that there is a tremendous amount of detailed information which needs to be absorbed in order to pass the various assessments at the end.


At ATC Risk Management we trialled this form of learning and thought long and hard about offering the in-depth qualifications such as the NEBOSH General Certificate or NEBOSH Diploma as an online or distance learning course but decided firmly against it in the end. This is because the pass rates are so much lower as many people struggle to not only take in all of the required information without the support of a course tutor, but also to understand how this knowledge needs to be used in order to pass the assessments. This is after all the whole point of undertaking the training in the first place; to pass the assessments and obtain the qualification. It can also be a tough ask to learn the information with all the distractions that are likely to be present when not in a dedicated learning environment (see picture above for an example!).


At ATC Risk Management we care more about delegates passing the assessment and gaining the qualification than taking their money off them. With over 30 years of experience, we are one of the UK's most trusted health and safety training providers which is a key factor in us being at the top of the Google organic search results for many health and safety searches. You will often find other providers, particularly those in the expensive advertising positions on Google who are desperate to take your money no matter what so that they can cover their advertising costs, who will offer e-learning or distance learning courses at extremely low rates. We have lost count of the number of people who have spent money on an e-learning or distance learning course only to find out once it is too late that it would be far better to attend a classroom-based course. Please do not become one of them.


Does All Health and Safety Training Have to be Classroom-Based?

We have already seen above how delegates taking courses with long syllabuses like a NEBOSH course or IOSH Managing Safely for example will have a much greater chance of passing the assessment in a classroom-based course with a dedicated trainer present. Not only this, but bespoke health and safety training courses which are tailored to the specific hazards and requirements of workers in a certain industry will also need to be performed face-to-face as each course will be modified to their needs, which makes a generic online course unsuitable.


However, not all health and safety training needs to be classroom-based. Whilst accredited qualifications may not be suitable, online training is perfect for those who require a short introduction to a particular topic. As an example, our online Basic Fire Safety Awareness course is nowhere near as in-depth as the NEBOSH Fire Certificate qualification, but will still provide a good overview of the main points regarding fire safety.


We offer a number of these short online courses starting from just £12 + vat per licence, with substantial discounts available for bulk purchases. Please click here to go to our "Online Courses" page and see the complete list.

Need an Accredited Course?

Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses as open courses at selected venues across the UK, as well as in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.


For more information please call 0115 984 9940 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, use the "Courses" menu at the top of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.