I know we’ve only just celebrated the first of May and here I am talking about courses in the Autumn. Really I just want to get people thinking ahead for the longer courses which will commence in the Autumn. I have three courses specifically in mind and will give a little information on each:
1 NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
This NEBOSH accredited course is designed for managers, supervisors and employee representatives. It focuses on international standards and management systems to provide a broad understanding of health and safety principles and practices, enabling candidates to effectively discharge workplace health and safety responsibilities.
The course is suitable for those embarking on a career in health and safety, but also provides a valuable foundation for further professional study. According to NEBOSH this course is at Level 3 in the UK, equivalent to Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. (Page 2 of the following document compares qualifications in the UK and Ireland.)
On successful completion, a Certificate holder with five years experience in a Health and Safety role may apply for Technician membership (Tech IOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the largest UK professional body in the field. The Certificate also satisfies the academic requirements for Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.
The Certificate is a 12-day taught course commencing this September, preparing candidates for exams in March 2011.
2 NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
The International Diploma, also accredited by NEBOSH, is designed for health and safety professionals who require a high degree of managerial and technical competence to advise on effective management of risk across the range of employment sectors. According to NEBOSH this course is Level 6 in the UK, equivalent to Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
On successful completion, the Diploma holder may apply for Graduate membership of IOSH, (Grad IOSH). This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH). This qualification is also accepted by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management as meeting the academic requirements for full membership (MIIRSM).
The International Diploma is a blended learning course with 14 workshop days commencing this October, preparing candidates for examinations in January 2011 and July 2011.
3 Six Sigma Black Belt, HETAC accredited
Six Sigma is a comprehensive and highly effective strategy for achieving and sustaining business success. Six Sigma delivers bottom line savings, project by project, in an organised, proactive and highly transparent manner. Six Sigma is driven by a close understanding of customer needs, disciplined use of knowledge, facts and statistical analysis and diligent attention to a methodology to improve or reinvent business processes.
Our Black Belt 20 day programme consists of 4 days training per month, over 5 months. The unique feature of this Black Belt programme is that HETAC certification is only achieved on completion of a major project, documenting application of the learning tools and evidence of the savings generated. Typical Black Belt projects are yielding savings of €250,000 per project. The course is at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Our autumn Black Belt course is commencing in October. Training will finish in March 2011 with project completion due within 12 months.
We will have a wide range of shorter courses on offer over the coming months. Since these three courses are longer and thus the decision is bigger in terms of time/cost, I thought it was worthwhile to write separately about them. The three titles above are links to the relevant web page giving more detail on each course.
Please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.