IOSH Course FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Here are a number of common questions we get asked about IOSH courses. If you have any further questions, contact our expert team of IOSH healthy and safety trainers.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the Chartered body and largest membership organisation for safety and health professionals.

They provide a range of qualifications that are delivered by health and safety training providers across the globe, built to provide practical tools and insights that help organisations and individuals create safer working environments.

IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) offers a range of courses designed to enhance safety and health knowledge and skills in the workplace. Some of the IOSH courses available are IOSH Managing Safely, IOSH Working Safely, IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors, IOSH Managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing, IOSH Incident Investigation, IOSH Managing Safely Refresher and IOSH Leading Safely.

At TSW Training, we offer:

  • IOSH Managing Safely – designed for Middle Managers, Line Managers, Team Leaders and Supervisors in any industry
  • IOSH Working Safely – for people at any level, in any sector, needing a grounding in the essentials of health and safety. Everyone at work should have an understanding of why they must ‘work safely’ – and this course offers exactly that.

We recommend that every UK business invests in IOSH training. IOSH courses are useful for anyone that works with or alongside risks and will boost health and safety awareness within your organisation, saving you time and money.

They are typically designed for employees and managers who have involvement in health and safety but no direct responsibility. Also for those working in a lower-risk settings or industries.

Yes, IOSH qualifications are internationally recognised and respected. IOSH is a leading professional body for health and safety practitioners, and their courses are designed to meet high standards of competence and knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health.

IOSH qualifications are widely recognised by employers, industries, and regulatory bodies globally. They provide individuals with valuable skills and knowledge to manage workplace safety effectively and comply with relevant health and safety regulations.

Moreover, IOSH has a strong presence and partnerships with various organisations and professional bodies worldwide. They collaborate with international institutions to promote best practices in occupational safety and health, ensuring that their qualifications align with global standards.

Undertaking an IOSH course can provide you with the knowledge, skills, and qualifications needed to effectively manage occupational safety and health in the workplace. It offers personal and professional benefits, contributes to legal compliance, and helps create a safer and more productive work environment for all.

Getting your staff qualified with an IOSH certificate, no matter which level, will help your people understand how to work together to keep everyone safe. IOSH qualifications are proven to help keep your business compliant with UK health and safety laws and a better place to work.

Undertaking IOSH training will help your business:

  • Reduce hazards that cause injuries and absence through risk assessments
  • Control risks that could lead to prosecution, sentencing and fines
  • Standardise process for manual handling and harmful substance management
  • Apply protective measures quickly
  • Safeguard mental health and reduce work-related ill health

Choosing the right IOSH course depends on various factors such as your current job role, career aspirations, industry sector, and level of experience in health, safety.

Take time to assess each option available to you, consider your experience level, skillset, career aspirations and course syllabuses. If you’re still unsure, get in touch with our expert team of IOSH health and safety trainers.

“The duration of IOSH courses can vary depending on the level and type of qualification you choose, as well as the mode of study (e.g., full-time, part-time, online).

Here is a general guideline of the typical durations for our IOSH courses:

IOSH Managing Safely

The IOSH Managing Safely course lasts for three days when delivered as a live online course or a classroom course.

During the three days, you will complete the multiple-choice examination plus all the learning you need to write a practical risk assessment.

After the three-day course ends, you will have ten days to complete the practical in your own time.

IOSH Working Safely

The IOSH Working Safely is a one-day course. Your understanding of health and safety basics is evaluated using multi-format questions and a hazard-spotting exercise carried out during the day’s training.

On successful completion of the IOSH Working Safely course you will receive an IOSH accredited certificate.

Yes, we offer an IOSH Managing Safely Course online, which is identical to the classroom IOSH Managing Safely course, delivering the same contents and outcomes. Hazard perception, risk management and health and safety responsibilities are all on the agenda – the only difference is that it’s delivered on any internet-enabled device.

By taking the IOSH training online, you’re signing up for an easy, safe and convenient way to get a world-leading qualification.

For the IOSH Managing Safely, the certificate will be awarded upon the successful completion of two assessments;

  • a multiple-choice exam
  • a practical work-based

The cost of both is included in the price of the course.

For the e-learning, the multiple-choice question exam is completed online and the practical risk assessment project is completed offline before being uploaded to the platform.

For the IOSH Working Safely, your understanding of health and safety basics is evaluated using multi-format questions and a hazard-spotting exercise carried out during the day’s training. On successful completion of the IOSH Working Safely course you will receive an IOSH accredited certificate.

If you fail the IOSH Managing Safely exam, you’ll have 20 days to re-sit. But you can sit the exam as many times as you need to, but whether you’ll have to pay the fees again is up to your training provider.

Once the exam is done and dusted, you can focus all your attention on the practical risk assessment project.

Find out more about the IOSH Managing Safely exam here.

The highest IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) membership is the Chartered Fellow Membership (CFMIOSH) status. Achieving CFMIOSH demonstrates the highest level of competence, expertise, and experience in the field of occupational safety and health.

As far as qualifications go, the pinnacle is the NEBOSH Diploma.

No, IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) certificates do not have an expiration date. Once you have successfully completed an IOSH course and received a certificate, it remains valid indefinitely. The certificate serves as proof that you have completed the training and acquired the necessary knowledge and skills in the specific area of occupational safety and health covered by the course.

However, health and safety regulations change over time – so it’s important to keep abreast of these. IOSH encourages its members to engage in ongoing learning and professional development to enhance their competence and stay up-to-date with industry trends.

Not for the IOSH Managing Safely or IOSH Working Safely – all ability levels are welcome.

In short, if you have health and safety responsibilities, these courses are for you.

For the higher level courses, you may need further requirements.

It’s important to choose a training provider with a good reputation, high pass rates and support.

TSW Training is one of many IOSH-approved training providers, but there are several reasons for booking your IOSH Managing Safely course with us:

  • TSW is a market-leading Health and Safety training provider that has achieved the NEBOSH Gold standard
  • We are trusted by thousands of health and safety professionals each year
  • Our IOSH Trainers are experts in their field, selected for real-world health and safety experience.
  • Take an online course, virtual or classroom course – TSW offers study routes to suit individual learners’ needs, whether the preference is for online learning or face-to-face.
  • Also, available in-house – delivered flexibly for your organisation whenever and wherever you need it.
  • All IOSH course books and mock assessments are included in your price – there are no hidden charges for materials and exams.
  • We have a 99%+ pass rate; our success as a training provider is built from your success.
  • Independently reviewed 4.8/5 on Coursecheck.

IOSH course costs vary, depending on which one you take and how you take it.

For example, the IOSH Managing Safely costs £499+VAT in a classroom or online, but £195+VAT if you take it via e-learning.

For more details about the costs of IOSH courses, get in touch with our team today.


IOSH is a Chartered body, NEBOSH is an examination body

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, or as it’s more widely known, IOSH, is a Chartered membership body for workers in health and safety that also offers qualifications.

It’s based in the UK, but it’s the largest health and safety body in the world, with 48,000 members worldwide.

It’s self-regulating and governing, meaning it’s widely trusted and highly respected. As a Chartered body, IOSH keeps company with Oxford and Cambridge University, among other world-leading organisations.

The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), is an awarding body. It too is based in the UK and offers 18 qualifications in health, safety and environmental management.

To find out more about the difference between IOSH and NEBOSH, take a look at our article “What is the difference between IOSH and NEBOSH?

The NEBOSH General is perfect for those with health and safety responsibilities, but if you are looking for a lower-level course to provide fundamental knowledge and understanding, the IOSH Managing Safely might be a better fit. Take a look at our IOSH vs NEBOSH comparison.

The IOSH Managing Safely is an internationally recognised health and safety qualification designed for managers and those with health and safety responsibilities.

The highly practical and creative course format will take you or your staff on a step-by-step journey, supported by our expert team of trainers.

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The IOSH Managing Safely course lasts for three days when delivered as a live online course or a classroom course.

During the three days, you will complete the multiple-choice examination plus all the learning you need to write a practical risk assessment.

After the three-day course ends, you will have ten days to complete the practical in your own time.

The e-learning course can be taken using your own time, meaning you can learn at your own pace.

The IOSH Managing Safely is a Level 2 qualification, equivalent to a GCSE.

It’s an entry-level health and safety course aimed at people with health and safety management responsibilities at work.

The IOSH Managing Safely syllabus contains a balance of theory and practical examples covered over seven modules. Each module is reinforced with real-world occupational safety and health examples, scenarios, and overviews that support the intended learning outcomes.

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A total of 22 guided learning hours consisting of:

  • 21 hours of learning
  • One hour for assessment (including introduction/ instruction time of 15 minutes).

The guided learning hours can be delivered flexibly, but can not be delivered in less than three days.

The IOSH assessment is to be completed once the full course has been completed.

The pass marks required for IOSH Managing Safely are as follows:

  • Multiple choice exam pass mark – 36 out of 60
  • Practical work-based risk assessment – 23 out of 38

If you don’t pass the first time you are eligible for a free resit.

Exam Length

The IOSH Managing Safely exam is fully integrated into the three days you’ll spend on a live online or classroom course or the e-learning course you complete in your own time.

You’ll have 45 minutes to answer 30 questions, including multiple-choice, true or false or one-word open-question formats.

Practical Assessment Length

You’ll have two weeks to complete the practical from the last day of your live online or classroom course. If you’re taking the e-learning course, your ten days will start from when you complete your exam.

Further information about the IOSH exam and assessment:

The cost of the course depends on how you want to learn:

Our open programme courses, delivered online or in a classroom, cost £499+VAT (IOSH registration, certification and course materials are all included in price)

Our e-learning course costs £195+VAT plus exam fees

The cost of in-house courses, run exclusively for your organisation, varies based on numbers and specific requirements

By the end of the IOSH Working Safely course delegates will be able to:

  • Carry out work activities without risk to yourselves or others and understand the consequences to both the individual and their organisation if you fail to work safely
  • Identify hazards, risks and risks controls and understand the importance of risk assessment with examples of everyday use of risk assessment
  • Understand how to take appropriate workplace precautions and their importance in the working environment
  • Appreciate the importance of a health and safety management system
  • Identify lines of communication with respect to health and safety in your place of work
  • Identify safety signs and signals
  • Understand emergency, accident plans and procedures and how and who to report accidents, incidents and near misses to, in your place of work
  • Receive a nationally recognised certificate from Europe’s leading professional body 

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