Level 3 NVQ Certificate


City and Guilds NVQ

Level 3 NVQ Certificate

An alternative approach to tutored courses such as the NEBOSH International General Certificate for individual candidates or in-house training.

The City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is a standard qualification for people who are new into a health and safety role or managers who would like to formalise their knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace. The qualification is suitable for people who work in all industry sectors and ideal if you who wish to develop your skills and knowledge in the application of health and safety good practice within the workplace. The City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Certificate is equivalent to the NEBOSH International General Certificate.

The Level 3 NVQ Certificate is a work-based certification that recognises a person’s competence using workplace performance assessment, rather than relying on teaching and examinations

The qualification needs the collection of evidence from your day-to-day health and safety work activities. This process does not require you to be away from your workplace for long periods and any time spent with your assessor is spread over the period it takes you to complete the qualification, this is essentially a distance learning approach to gaining a qualification. Candidates who prefer to be analysed by examinations should consider thNEBOSH International General Certificate.

The City & Guilds Certificate gives a valuable overview of health and safety and is a strong basis for further professional study, such as the NEBOSH international Diploma, City. It also meets the academic requirements for Technician membership (Tech IOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH –www.iosh.co.uk) and Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Managements (IIRSM –www.iirsm.org).

Course Overview

To gain the City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety learners must acquire a total of 31 credits. Learners will need to obtain a total of 23 credits from the mandatory units and a minimum of 8 credits from the optional units, therefore a minimum of 7 units. The number of credits specifies the size of the unit and award.

You will need to demonstrate knowledge and competence in the mandatory units:

  • Ensure responsibilities for actions to reduce risks to health and safety (4 credits)
  • Develop procedures to safely control work operations (4 credits)
  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations (5 credits)
  • Promote a culture of health and safety in the workplace (4 credits)
  • Conduct a health and safety risk assessment of the workplace (6 credits)

A minimum of two optional units must be completed:

  • Investigate and evaluate health and safety incidents and complaints in the workplace (5 credits)
  • Make sure actions in the workplace aim to protect the environment (4 credits)
  • Review health and safety procedures in the workplace (4 credits)
  • Supervise the health, safety and welfare of a learner in the workplace (4 credits)


The time to complete the Level 3 NVQ Certificate will depend on your experience, the work you have done and evidence you already have. You can go at a pace that suits your abilities and commitments. The typical completion time is 3 – 6 months. The time you utilise will depend on the amount of time you can assign to completing the qualification when balanced with your other commitments.


Other than a requirement that candidates must be 19 years old at the time of initial registration. City and Guilds have not set entry requirements for this qualification. TUTIS – SHE KNOWS Academy has to assess the candidates to identify whether they have the potential and opportunity to gain the qualification successfully.

As the qualification is work-based, involving development activities and collection of evidence, the candidate must be in a position where they can provide this.

NVQ Programme

Your programme begins with an induction and assessment, where we explain the assessment criteria, and develop an action plan to take you to completion of the qualification.

Covers: NVQs in general, the Occupational Standards, Assessment and Verification.


  • Induction Workshop (3 hrs) see dates below
  • Registration with awarding body
  • Candidate records
  • Up to 6 assessments of achievement
  • Email helpline for general queries for 12 months

The programme is available at our venues or can be conducted in-house in your premises if you have a number of candidates who require the qualification. The course is planned to be very flexible and as the qualification is mainly work-based it can be taken anywhere in the world. The initial induction/assessment session can be arranged anywhere. Scheduled induction sessions are arranged throughout the year.

Course Material

Course materials including qualification handbook, assessment criteria and assessment plan are provided electronically by TUTIS – SHE KNOWS.

Depending on your experience you may need to develop your understanding in order to do some of the NVQ activities effectively. This can be done by using appropriate reference books. It reflects the knowledge requirements that candidates will use to fulfil the workplace performance criteria of the Certificate and would make essential reading for candidates that are just starting formal health and safety studies. It provides abridged and contextual reference to legislation and contains supporting illustrations, photographs of workplaces and sample forms.


There are no examinations with this qualification and it is therefore not possible to fail, candidates are either “competent” or “not yet competent”. The assessment team monitor your progress to offer support and guidance throughout the qualification. Assessment of performance is made by consideration of the results of work-based activities to meet each unit’s assessment criteria.

In particular you will produce a personal portfolio demonstrating understanding and application of the assessment criteria. Your assessor will determine the extent to which your evidence confirms completion of the criteria. Feedback is provided and work to meet the criteria can be re-submitted until completion.

Our e-portfolio scheme enables to have easy communication between candidates and assessors and allows you to provide evidence from anywhere at any time 24/7, with no bulky paper-based portfolios to manage, store or send through the post.

Additional One-To-One Support

Three one-to-one mentor support sessions over a 12 month period are available to provide additional personal guidance on what and how you can develop and gather evidence of your successful completion of your NVQ activities. Your mentor gets to know you and your organisation and can provide a valuable link to completion of the qualification efficiently.

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