Should I Choose an Accredited Course?
When it comes to health and safety training, one of the issues that needs to be considered is if the delegate(s) require an accredited or non-accredited course, as there are advantages and disadvantages of each.
Accredited health and safety training courses such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate, NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, CITB SMSTS and SSSTS courses etc have specific syllabuses which need to be followed in order to satisfy the assessment criteria. This means that there may be large sections which are irrelevant for different people on the course and their particular job role, unlike non-accredited courses which can be tailored to their specific workplace hazards, working practices and exisiting health and safety policy.
Meeting Health and Safety Awarding Body Standards
An advantage of an accredited health and safety training course is that only health and safety training companies and providers who have been pre-approved by the relevant awarding body are allowed to deliver their respective courses.
This allows for greater peace of mind as teaching standards have been assessed as meeting a certain standard and pass rates are consistently good.
A Recognised Qualification Held in High Regard
The fact that syllabuses are consistent and exams the same across providers means that those who have acquired the qualification can be regarded as having a high level of competency and health and safety knowledge.
This is because they have passed the required nationally and internationally respected assessment, whereas a non-accredited qualification could have been awarded to somebody after attending a course which is far too easy and, more pertinently, does not provide the knowledge necessary for working safely or managing others back in the workplace.
Accredited Courses Do Come at a Price
For those undertaking accredited health and safety training, there is often a large amount of course material and hefty textbooks which are incorporated into the course price or have to be bought as an added extra, as well as exam registration and official certification fees.
There can also be long waits to receive exam results and certificates after completing an accredited course.view all bespoke courses
Accredited Courses by ATC Risk Management
Here at ATC Risk Management, we offer a whole range of both non-accredited and accredited health and safety training. We are accredited by the leading health and safety awarding bodies including NEBOSH, IOSH, CSkills, City & Guilds and the British Safety Council (BSC). We run the most popular qualifications as open courses at venues across the UK, and our health and safety consultants and course trainers can come and deliver the courses in-house at your premises if you have a number of delegates requiring training.
As well as these, we offer many of our own non-accredited health and safety courses on a whole range of different topics including: sharps training, manual handling training, COSHH, permit to work training, working at height and many more. These courses can be tailored and adapted to your exact needs and requirements. We can also offer bespoke training programmes which combine parts of different courses if you require training in a number of different subject areas.
Whether you require basic health and safety training, a comprehensive qualification such as the NEBOSH Diploma, advice on risk management, accredited or non-accredited health and safety training etc; we can help. For more information, please call us on 0115 984 9940 or contact us online.