The New City and Guilds Level 5 Diploma NVQ in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (3654-06) introduced in August 2016 is suitable for those Supervisors, Managers and Consultants and other specialists with specific responsibilities for the health, safety and welfare of others in the organisation. As a result, the candidate will have a significant degree of authority and autonomy and be in a position to influence policies and procedures in their organisation, take a leadership role and promote good health and safety practice and to implement changes relating to health and safety.

Candidate will report to, or be part of the senior management team and they will be aware of cost implications and budgetary controls and may be budget holders.

To achieve the full NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice qualification, a candidate must demonstrate their competency, knowledge and understanding by completing the eleven mandatory units. This qualification allows candidates to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the health and safety sector.

City & Guilds NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Health and Safety


Mandatory NVQ Units (3654-06)

Unit Code Unit Title

Unit 402 Develop and implement effective communication systems for information health and safety

Unit 510 Promote a positive health and safety culture

Unit 511 Develop and Maintain individual and organisational competence in health and Safety Matters

Unit 512 Control health and safety risks

Unit 513 Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety

Unit 514 Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety

Unit 515 Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and Procedures

Unit 516 Develop and implement health and safety review systems

Unit 517 Develop and implement a health and safety audit

Unit 518 Behavioural safety in the workplace

Unit 610 Develop and implement the Health and Safety policy

Unit 611 Professional development and ethics in Health and Safety Management. (GradIOSH unit)


As part of the new NVQ standards providers must conduct an observation on the candidates work place. There are cost implications for these as follows:

Zone 1 – Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Lancashire, Tyne Side and London would be £100.00+VAT

Zone 2 – Norfolk, Surrey, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Sommerset, Suffolk for example would be £200.00+VAT

Zone 3 – Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland would be £300.00+VAT

Prices for the UAE are £200.00 and Qatar and Saudi Arabia are £250.00.

Observations can be paid at time of booking or at a later date.

Optional Units

There are additional optional units should you wish to complete these for CPD purposes. Units 519,520,521, 522, 523 and 611. Please click here for details There will also be a observation fee should you choose the 6 options units. The cost depends and location. Please ask an advisor for further details,

Course Format

The learning material is provided electronically with a guidebook and assessment plan. The assessment team will monitor your progress to offer you support and guidance throughout your course.


Assessment for the NVQ Level 5 Health and Safety Diploma is by production of a personal portfolio demonstrating understanding and application of the standards at this level; this is greatly simplified by our eLearning platform, where evidence can be electronically submitted.

NVQ Qualification Duration

3 – 24 Months (Average completion time 7 – 9 Months)

Membership to Professional bodies


Candidates may apply to the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management for membership at Associate level


Also candidates may apply to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health for membership at Associate or Grad level