OTHM Level 3 Technical Certificate in Occupational Health and SafetyQualification Number: 603/7346/5


The OTHM Level 3 Technical Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety has been developed to enable learners to gain an understanding of health and safety practices within a working environment.

The course provides an insight into how to manage workplace issues and covers the areas you would encounter in a health and safety role.

The aims of this programme will allow learners to :

  • Understand the different roles and responsibilities for health and safety in the working environment
  • Be aware of safety and welfare rules in the working environment
  • Understand the elements of a health and social policy
  • Understand the benefits of safety management systems in organisations
  • Be able to review health and safety procedures across an organisation
  • Be able to communicate effectively when contributing to the maintenance of a healthy and safe work environment
  • Understand the importance of working with others to maintain a healthy and safe workplace.
  • Understand the principles of risk assessment
  • Understand about risks and control methods for workplace hazards
  • Know how to manage the effects of accidents and incidents
  • Be able to monitor risks and incident management

The qualification is suitable for those wishing to work in health and safety positions in a variety of sectors and will provide the real-world knowledge and skills that organisations and employer’s demand.

Successful completion of this qualification will also equip learners with the underpinning knowledge and skills required to succeed in further studies.

Entry requirements

OTHM Level 3 qualifications can be offered to learners from age 16.

OTHM does not specify entry requirements for this qualification. We will work with centres to ensure that learners admitted to the programme have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment criteria. Some working knowledge of health and safety in the work environment would be advantageous.

OTHM centres must ensure learners are recruited with integrity onto appropriate qualifications that will meet their needs, enable and facilitate learning and achievement enable progression. The qualification is offered in English.

: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English Language Expectations page.


OTHM qualifications at Level 3 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to GCE AS/A Level of study.

Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 3 Technical Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety consists of 3 mandatory units for a combined total of 30 credits, 300 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 120 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory units

  • Health and Safety Principles in the Working Environment (10 credits)
  • Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Working Environment (10 credits)
  • Principles of Risk and Incident Management in the Working Environment (10 credits)

Duration and delivery

The qualification is designed to be flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning. The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.

Links to other OTHM Occupational Health and Safety Programmes:

OTHM Occupational Health and Safety – Level 6 qualifications – IOSH Accredited

The Level 6 qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety are developed to provide learners who have or are looking to develop into a senior role in an organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice.

Individuals successfully completing the diploma qualification will be eligible to apply for the Graduate level of membership Grad IOSH.