FETAC Level 5 Safety and Health at Work Certificate


Dublin: TBC

Cork: TBC

Galway: April 28th, 29th, 30th, May 1st & 2nd & June 23rd – 27th

This comprehensive five day Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) Safety and Health at Work (level 5) Component certificate course covers all the aspects of Occupational Safety and Health as outlined in Module D20165. It is designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to promote and maintain safety and health in their working environments.  Learners will be able to apply the principles and procedures of health and safety, through an understanding of hazard identification and risk assessment process.

This course will provide the learner with the modern approaches to health and safety on how to include health and safety into management systems as well as how to manage and control common hazards and risk management. Learners will become very familiar with the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and associated Regulations.

Who should attend?

Anyone requiring foundation level training in Occupational Health and Safety or those considering expanding their knowledge of Health and Safety in the workplace such as managers, supervisors or personnel officers

Course Aim

The Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work aims to provide learners with the key skills required to perform their role as a non-specialist in occupational safety, health and welfare and understand the wide range of issues facing all sectors.

It is important to note that the aim of the course is not to make learners qualified safety practitioners, but more to help non-specialists perform their roles within an organisation.

Course Objectives

Following completion of the course learners will be able to:

   – Identify and have an understanding of the role the legal system plays in health and safety
   - Be able to identify the main requirements of the legislation and apply it to the workplace.
   – Be familiar with core legislation in the area of safety, health and welfare
   – Understand the concept of safety and health
   – Recognise the factors that influence health, safety and welfare
   – Apply principles and procedures of health and safety to the workplace
   – Assist in the preparation, implementation and regular review of an organizations safety statement and safety management system.
   – Understand the importance of hazard identification, corresponding controls and risk assessment, likely to be present in the workplace
   – Promote safe working practices and procedures in their place of work.
   – Communicate effectively on health and safety issues, both verbally and in writing.


The course is exam based, but also includes two assignments for learners to complete in their own workplace, which highlights the learners’ ability to apply the principles they have learnt on the course,  to their own workplace.

Course Programme

   – Health & Safety Legislation in Ireland
   – Safety Management
   – Safety Statement
   – Safety Consultation
   – Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control Measures
   – Accidents in the Workplace and Reporting
   – Occupational Hygiene
   – Electricity
   – Fire Safety & Emergency Planning
   – First Aid
   – Work Equipment and Machinery
   – Movement of People & Vehicles
   – Working at Height
   – Health Hazards associated with Construction
   – Ergonomics
   – Manual & Materials Handling
   – VDU
   – Housekeeping
   – Personal Protective Equipment
   – Safety Signage
   – Occupational Health
   – Psychological Health Hazards
   – Health Promotion
   – Course Review
   – Project Brief
   – Exam Preparation


English is the language in which training is delivered and participants must have a good command of the English language. If participants wish to bring an interpreter they may do so but prior notice must be given to Nifast.

Methods of Training

The course is highly interactive with a half day review at end of course. Training will be delivered on a ratio of no more than 16 participants to each instructor. All participants receive a comprehensive Manual and DVD’s will be used during course.

Pre-Course Requirements

FETAC level 4 Certificate and/or relevant life and work experiences and/or leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications.

FETAC Assessment/Certification

Participants complete a theoretical exam and two written assignments as indicated below.

The fair and consistent assessment of learners is paramount to Nifast and is implemented through our QA system. All assessments are carried out in accordance with FETAC regulations and are internally verified and externally authenticated before certification is issued.

All participants have the right to appeal their result and all appeals will be dealt with in accordance with the Nifast FETAC appeals procedure. All participants who successfully complete the written examinations and assignments will be awarded with a FETAC level 5 safety and health at work certificate and the appropriate credit under the national framework of qualifications will then be obtained by the learner.

Summary of Assessments

Theoretical Examination  40%

Assessment 1  30% (to be completed in learners’ own time)

Assessment 2  30% (to be completed in learners’ own time)


Pass  50-64%

Merit  65-79%

Distinction  80-100%

National Framework of Qualifications: Course qualifies as 1 credit towards FETAC (level 5) Certificates and is a recognised module within the NFQ.

All participants’ names, gender, DOB and PPS numbers must be supplied to Nifast on Day 1 of the course.

Please let us know if participants have any specific learner requirements.