Great Britain’s health and safety regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have jointly developed a new one-day health and safety qualification for senior business leaders or those aspiring to this role.
Its interactive, thought provoking content highlights the moral, legal and financial reasons for good health and safety leadership and offers guidance on the key areas to focus on to achieve it.
Employers will gain a number of benefits from giving their business leaders the opportunity to take this qualification including:
- Leadership that reflects HSE’s model of effective health and safety leadership
- Health and safety will be factored into business decisions in the future
- Leaders who recognise how their own behaviours impact on health and safety culture
This qualification is for senior business leaders or anyone who aspires to this role in the future.
It will help you become a better health and safety advocate and influencer by highlighting the key areas to focus on to make a difference.
It is relevant for all business leaders working in any sector, anywhere in the world.
“The qualification content was a good mix of health and safety ‘need-to-knows’ and leadership tools to both improve our culture and performance. The assessment was a good way to reflect on the day and develop ideas which leaders can now use in their daily work.” Tom Wike, Health & Safety Adviser, The FA
What does the course cover?
The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence has been designed to help you become a better influencer of health and safety in your business. The syllabus covers the following topics:
- What health and safety leadership means
- The moral, legal and financial reasons for good health and safety leadership
- The links between health and safety leadership and culture
- What the different leadership styles are
- How human failures can impact performance and culture
- The HSE’s model of effective health and safety leadership
- How leaders can build effective relationships with the workforce
How is the qualification assessed?
The assessment will be in the form of reflective statements undertaken throughout the course.
These show how the student’s knowledge, skill and behaviours may have both positive and negative effects on health and safety performance in their organisation.
Students will also need to make a commitment to a leadership intervention that will improve health and safety management within their sphere of influence at work.
There are no specific entry requirements but it is important that students have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.
NEBOSH recommends that students undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.
For further information please consult the IELTS website: http://www.ielts.org/
A chart mapping IELTS scores to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) can be found on the British Council and IELTS websites at:
No exemptions are allowed for Unit HSL.
Over 600 course providers across the world have been accredited by NEBOSH to offer some or all of our qualifications. Each has demonstrated that they have the procedures and resources in place to deliver training programme(s) that meet NEBOSH requirements.
Each course provider has flexibility in delivering their programme(s) as long as it meets the core NEBOSH requirements. You should ensure that the course provider you choose offers the qualification in the manner you wish to study. We therefore recommend that you explore your options before selecting a course provider as it is an important personal choice.
The factors you may wish to consider include:
- Mode of Study – Options available include classroom training, distance learning, in-company training and eLearning. Has one method of learning been more effective for you in the past?
- Course Structure – If you opt for classroom training, would you prefer day or evening classes, block release or a modular course?
- Location – Being able to study and sit your examinations locally may be an important consideration for you. In 2017/18 NEBOSH examinations were taken in 132 countries.
- On-going support – Will the support provided during your course and in the run up to your exam match your expectations?
- Cost – Each course provider sets their own fees to reflect the service offered. You may wish to contact several course providers to establish what their fees are and what is included in the fee.
The Where to Study search facility can help you to shortlist course providers that match your personal requirements. You can search for providers accredited to offer courses leading to specific qualifications. Location and mode of study preferences can also be factored into your search.
You should plan your study around a minimum of 7 taught hours and approximately 3 hours of private study.
Course fees are determined by individual course providers and vary depending on the format of the course.
Maintaining professional standards
In the UK – and, increasingly, worldwide – regulatory accreditation is recognised as a badge of quality, allowing our qualifications to retain their highly regarded professional status.
UK accredited qualifications provide you with certain guarantees that the qualification:
- Meets specific quality criteria that ensure it is fit for its purpose
- Includes relevant content
- Uses appropriate assessment methodology
- Is mapped to relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)
- Is supported by relevant stakeholders including employers
The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence is not currently accredited by the SQA, however it is intended to be broadly comparable to Level 6 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), comparable to RQF/CQFW Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.See the Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries chart issued by the UK regulators.
Valued by Employers
NEBOSH qualifications can play an important part in ensuring that the health and safety provision businesses have in place is effective. This may explain why so many organisations choose to include NEBOSH qualifications on their competency matrices.
NEBOSH research has shown that 85% of health and safety job advertisements in the UK insisted on candidates holding some form of NEBOSH qualification.
Students must be registered before they can take an examination. All examination registrations must be completed by an accredited course provider.
All examinations are held on a date chosen by your course provider. You should contact them for more information.
You will receive your results within 24 working days of sitting the examination. Once you have achieved a pass a qualification parchment will be issued. This is normally within 20 working days of the confirmation of the successful unit.
If this is your first NEBOSH Certificate-level qualification, you may be interested in taking another NEBOSH Certificate qualification, such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.
The connections between our qualifications are illustrated in more detail here.
This section provides guidance and useful information in support of this qualification.
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Unit HSL1: Health and Safety Leadership
Unit HSL1: Health and Safety Leadership - Guidance and Information for Students and Internal Assessors
This document provides comprehensive guidance on the presentation and submission of the Unit HSL1 assessment.
The guidance should be read carefully in conjunction with the leadership values reflective record templates, which are attached at the end of this guidance document, to provide a clear guide to the requirements of the reflective assessment.
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Health and Safety Leadership Excellence Course Book
Health and Safety Leadership Excellence follows the syllabus for the Health and Safety Leadership Excellence qualification. It provides the knowledge you need to help you gain the qualification.
See extract (Edition 1 - July 2018)
The book contains practical activities and examples/case studies and gives definitions for key terminology. It can be used as part of your studies during a taught course or as a study aid for e-learning and distance learning.
Health and Safety Leadership Excellence should help health and safety leaders understand their responsibilities (moral, legal and financial) and their leadership style, as well as giving pointers on building relationships with the workforce. NEBOSH hopes the book will also become a valuable reference source once the leader is back in the workplace.
Student Terms and Conditions
Student Fees List
The NEBOSH Student Fees List for 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019 is available to download below. Please use these documents in conjunction with the Question and Answer Supplement.
Please note that these are the fees that NEBOSH charges. Some course providers may incorporate these fees within the overall fee you have paid to them.
For further information please contact your chosen course provider or contact our Customer Services department on +44 (0)116 263 4700.