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Matt J  
#1 Posted : 05 June 2017 12:40:49(UTC)
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Matt J

Afternoon, Having completed various NEBOSH Certificates I am now in the process of 'taking the next step' with my development. I had previously set my sights on the Oxford Brooks advanced Diploma, however since starting a new role and with the ever nearing due date of our second child I have made the decision to proceed with the NVQ. The increased responsibility and breadth of work, coupled with a suitable work load means this is achievable for me, whereas increased the levels of study and revision of the diploma and two children under two seems too greater challenge! Having decided on the NVQ I have found a number of providers, however having spoken to previous colleagues who have/are undertaking the qualification, it was noted that a good assessor is an important part of this process. If anyone has any suggestions of good, bad or ugly providers I would really appreciate the input. I am self funding so I want to make sure I get it right! Once I start the ball rolling I would certainly be keen on liaising with others going through the same process.... Thanks Matt
Invictus  
#2 Posted : 05 June 2017 13:02:43(UTC)
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Invictus

http://www.business-safety.com/  I used thses a few years back now but they were good very knowledgable they would have the assessor from your own line of work. 

I found them very supportive, not sure what they are like now but worth giving them a bell for a chat.

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Matt J on 05/06/2017(UTC)
amoore  
#3 Posted : 06 June 2017 15:01:41(UTC)
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amoore

I used she knows health and safety (http://www.she-knows.com/ ) for my NVQ 5 and they were brilliant. I had a very helpful assessor and found the whole process fairly painless.

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linda xc on 09/06/2017(UTC)
Clarke34526  
#4 Posted : 21 June 2017 12:20:32(UTC)
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Clarke34526

Depends where you live but New Broom Training Sheernes is a good provider, I think you can do course remotely, but sometimes its best to have some face to face contact.

I know of several people who have or are undertaking NVQ3 and I myself went to Joy to convert my NVQ4 to the 5  

pm1965  
#5 Posted : 21 June 2017 15:51:43(UTC)
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pm1965

I would second the post by Invictus. I self funded the NVQ5 and used Business Safety last year. The assessor was extremely knowledgable and helpful.

Waz  
#6 Posted : 30 June 2017 15:18:00(UTC)
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Waz

CADUK - Gary Pollard. Exceptionally experienced practitioners/assessors and they have if you look at there website, undertaken a number of different competency based NVQs in all areas. They also have done a paper on the routes to GradIOSH. Would be worth giving them a call, they are based in Wolverhampton.
hilary  
#7 Posted : 04 July 2017 10:27:53(UTC)
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hilary

About 100 years ago when I did the NVQ4 (that's all there was then) I used the British Safety Council.  They were very good and supportive.

mark frearson  
#8 Posted : 04 July 2017 17:09:51(UTC)
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mark frearson

I used BSC and to be honest they were not good. I did mine online, and the system is awful. I also only saw my assessor once in 16 months. personally I'd steer clear.

linda xc  
#9 Posted : 05 July 2017 09:53:51(UTC)
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linda xc

hi

Don't forget, providers aren't allowed to offer 100% online now.  Assessors must come to the workplace to observe.   So choose your assessor as well as your provider!

Regards

Linda

hilary  
#10 Posted : 05 July 2017 11:29:26(UTC)
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hilary

Ah, I did say I took mine a while ago .... we did have computers then but online courses were in their infancy so my assessor visited every 6-8 weeks throughout the duration of my course.

Clearly time and technology have moved on.......

Waz  
#11 Posted : 17 August 2017 11:36:36(UTC)
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Waz

Originally Posted by: linda xc Go to Quoted Post

hi

Don't forget, providers aren't allowed to offer 100% online now.  Assessors must come to the workplace to observe.   So choose your assessor as well as your provider!

Regards

Linda

If you go with a provider, its not always easy to chose an assessor. There is as Linda says, a requirement for a minimum of 1 assessor observation at the workplace. However, even though some systems are 'on-line' this doesn't mean to say you cannot have face to face contact via other platforms e.g. face-time, Skype etc. in order that you can conduct professional discussions and ask questions. Consider the key elements, the cost, access to the assessor, method of assessing (paper-based v. online) they all appeal in different ways to different people and it is what you feel comfortable with. I've assessed on-line primarily, but completed a number of telephone and skype conversations, plus undertaken 3 - 4 site visits. It is a blend and you need a supportive and guiding assessor rather than a prescriptive one, someone who will challenge you as an individual and provide value added! Waz
O'Donnell54548  
#12 Posted : 17 August 2017 12:22:50(UTC)
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O'Donnell54548

Matt J, alternatively you may consider the Level 6 NCRQ Diploma in applied Health & Safety.

https://www.ncrq.org.uk/dip-health-safety.php

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