Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (ONLINE DELIVERY) (Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work )

University College Cork (CSHWW)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Adult Continuing Education

General Information

Lorna Moloney






Adult Continuing Education,
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,



UCC Springboard+ Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

As health and safety is a statutory imperative for all organisations, employers must continuously update their employees' knowledge and skills in this field to ensure compliance. The Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work will equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to assist them in working safely while performing their duties in the workplace, regardless of the sector.

This programme has been designed primarily to provide students with the education and training required to be competent in the practice of health and safety in the workplace. It introduces students to key principles, best practises and practical ready-to-apply tools in order to help students build their own skill-set, while delivering immediate improvements to their organisation.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:
• Be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application.
• Hold a Leaving Certificate (or equivalent qualification)/QQI Level 5 qualification
• Have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience as deemed appropriate by the programme Academic Director.

All applicants whose first language is not English are expected to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.

Places are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates may be invited to interview by the programme team to assess their suitability for the programme.

Long Description

Students will complete 30 credits as follows:

AD1075 Introduction to Human Factors in Health & Safety (5 credits)
AD1074 Introduction to Health and Safety Legislation (5 credits)
AD1079 Introduction to Environmental Issues within Health & Safety (5 credits)
AD1078 Introduction to Chemical Safety, Toxicology & Occupational Hygiene (5 credits)
AD1076 Introduction to Risk & Safety Management (5 credits)
AD1077 Introduction to Occupational Health (5 credits)

The programme offers a broad introduction to key topics relating to the practice of health and safety in the workplace, including:
* Key health and safety legislation and regulations;
* Means of reducing the risk of injury and damage to people and property;
* Introduction to toxicology;
* Basic Occupational Hygiene;
* The effects of health on work and work on health;
* Planning for emergencies in the workplace;
* Environmental factors impacting health and safety;
* Motivating staff in relation to safe working practices;
* Promoting and campaigning for health and safety in the workplace.

***Please note that places are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. This course may be closed prior to the application deadline if all places are filled early.***

Why Choose This Course

The programme is jointly accredited by UCC and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which is the largest health and safety membership organisation in the world and the only Chartered body for health and safety professionals. Students can apply for student membership from IOSH upon enrolment and technician membership upon successful completion of the programme. This qualification is then recognised in over 100 IOSH territories around the world.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be competent in the practice of health and safety in the workplace and will be well placed to take up health and safety representative roles in their respective organisations. Successful graduates of this programme will also be eligible to progress to the level 8 Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work should they wish to pursue a career as a Health and Safety Officer.

A dedicated UCC EMPLOYABILITY AND WORK PLACEMENT COACH will work with the students and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with the development of their job readiness and their transition into employment. The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the 3 categories of eligible applicants for the 2020 Springboard+ call: those unemployed and previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment. Main activities will include:

1. ONE-TO-ONE CAREER COACHING to formulate Individual CAREER ACTION PLANS leading to employment: Individual career coaching will be provided for each participant to reflect on:
* Where they are now in their careers;
* Where they want to be;
* Strategies for gaining employment on completion of their Springboard+ course.
These individual coaching sessions will be customised to the needs of the student within the three categories of Springboard+ 2020 applicants.

2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to complement individual coaching sessions will be built into the programme as outlined below:
* Positioning oneself for job readiness (4 workshops): Setting realistic career objectives; Understanding strengths and skills; Learning from successful role models; Developing a career management strategy.
* Moving forward into a job (4 workshops): Taking action by developing career goals and implementing them;
* Creative job-hunting both on-line and off-line; Written applications, CVs and interview preparation and Implementing career plans.
* Small Group Workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, develop the people skills and the insights needed to transition to the world of work.

3. Participants will be given the opportunity to MEET EMPLOYERS by:
* Attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students;
*Attending employer-led events on building workplace competencies.
*Meet with employers for informational interviews.

Timetable Info

This programme will be delivered on a modular basis. Students will complete 30 credits over a 9 month period by attending online/live lectures one evening per week from September to June, as well as attending one full day Saturday workshop per module. This modular approach ensures that assessments will be spread throughout the year which will ensure a fair workload balance for students. The programme is wholly assessed via continuous assessment.

Delivery Location

UCC & Online

Delivery Notes

* Given the current public health advice around social distancing, this programme will be delivered in a blended manner comprising live online classes, online recordings, and some face-to-face teaching in UCC where possible.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney





RPL Information

RPL may be used by Springboard participants applying to this course to gain admission to the programme where an applicant many not otherwise reach the standard educational qualification entry requirements.

Application Procedures

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie.

Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the following documentation available at the time of application:

* Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications

* Current CV

* References where applicable

* Application Statement (In 500 words or less, please state why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements).

* Copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate for non-native English speakers

PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated.


No fee applicable for jobseekers (unemployed and formerly self-employed) and returners (homemakers, carers, etc.).

Fee applicable for those currently in employment - €250. This fee will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.

**Please note that this course may be closed prior to the application deadline if all places are filled**

UCC Certificate in Safety, Health & Welfare at Work