Certificate in Safety and Health at Work


Certificate (NFQ Level 7)

Qualification Points:

Certificate – 20 credits – equivalent to 4 modules

Duration: one academic year
Start Date: September
UCD Academic Expertise:

The course is designed and delivered by the UCD Centre for Safety and Health at Work in the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science (http://www.ucd.ie/phpps/). There are also contributions from various other Schools and Colleges within UCD, other universities, the Health and Safety Authority and public and private sector industries.

Fees: Fees should be confirmed by visiting UCD fees webpage.
Contact us: You can contact us by email using the form at the end of this page or by phone as follows:

Contact Name: Anna Noble
Contact Number: +353 1 716 3420


This is a one-year, part-time multi-disciplinary Certificate course. The Certificate course is intended for managers, supervisors, safety representatives and others who have some responsibility for safety and health at work or those with an interest in safety and health in the workplace. The course is an introduction to all aspects of safety and health at work. This is a blended learning course, delivered in a combination of online and face-to-face formats, with comprehensive learning materials. It is delivered between September and May.

This course is an introduction to a comprehensive range of topics relating to safety and health in the workplace including: legislation; risk and safety management; identification of physical, chemical, psycho-social, and ergonomic hazards; occupational health hazard management and occupational safety hazard management.

Lectures are given by leading experts in each topic, from various Schools and Colleges within UCD and other universities, the Irish Health and Safety Authority and public and private sector industries.

What will I study?

The course is arranged in four modules:

  • Principles of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Occupational Health Hazard Management
  • Occupational Safety Hazard Management
  • Occupational Safety and Health Project*

*This module is undertaken in the student’s own time, with comprehensive text support from UCD.

How will I study?

Learning takes place through an engaging blend of asynchronous online lectures, attendance on campus for tutorials, and online interaction activities. The online lectures are made available weekly and are supported by pre-lecture and post-lecture learning activities. Students can submit questions online following each lecture and take part in online discussion. E-Lectures are also available to students, with a navigation aide system, to enhance their study skills.

Each module is assessed by assignment and/or by examination or in-class tests. Students who successfully complete the requirements of all modules will be awarded a Certificate.

  • Students are expected to attend UCD for a mandatory induction day and three other mandatory tutorial days throughout the academic year. Examinations will be held on the tutorial days.
  • It is essential that students have access to a personal computer with internet (broadband or wi-fi facilities).
  • On a weekly basis students will view a lecture video online at a time that suits them during that week (asynchronous) and engage with pre-lecture and post- lecture learning activities (about 2.5 hours).
  • Students will also be required to devote a number of hours each week for personal study of the provided learning materials, to complete assignments and to meet the learning outcomes of the programme. Personal study time will vary for different individuals.
  • UCD expects that students who register to its programmes are in a position to commit to attending and being available on scheduled mandatory tutorial/examination dates. Term dates for the next academic year will be available on our website.

On successful completion of the course I will be able to

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Safety and Health at Work will be able to advise management on a range of OSH issues in their workplace. The UCD Certificate in Safety and Health at Work is accredited by IOSH as the academic requirement for the Tech IOSH grade of membership. Applicants for membership will also need to be able to demonstrate five years experience at an appropriate level in health and safety practice. Further information is available here.

Entry Requirements

Students will normally be working while undertaking the programme. Successful applicants will have a minimum of a good level of upper secondary education, be able to write reports and have reasonable computer literacy. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Candidates whose first language is not English and whose primary degree was obtained in a country where English is not the official language of instruction must provide proof of proficiency in English such as IELTS or TOEFL. The original certificate of completion of an English language test must be enclosed with the application. In all cases the test results must not be more than 2 years old. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT. Please visit our website for minimum test requirements here.

Are there any additional costs?

Published fees include all tuition and assessment fees. Course materials are freely accessible. Mandatory orientation activities and three other workshop and peer engagement days take place in UCD. Costs associated with travel must be met by the student.

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