Safety Bytes: NCRQ

Safety Bytes: NCRQ by Mike Colton

We recently launched ‘Safety bytes’ a series of short videos published regularly online for the health and safety industry.  In this series, we talk to a variety of people working in the industry, from education providers, membership bodies and academics, through to CEOs and leaders from across the health and safety industry.

In the first edition we met Iain Evans, the Chief Executive of The National Compliance and Risk Qualification (NCRQ).  NCRQ are a new suite of level 6 health and safety qualifications, which differ in many ways from traditional health and safety qualifications.  A transcript can be found below and to watch the video please follow the link 

Safety Bytes: NCRQ

Please tell us about yourself Iain Evans?

I’m the Chief Executive of NCRQ, I’ve been with the organization since it was first founded. Previously worked as a Principal Inspectors in the Health and Safety Executive and then as their Head of legal and enforcement. 

What is NCRQ?

NCRQ offers a suite of 3 health and safety qualifications all of them interestingly are at level six. 
Which is the equivalent level of difficulty as the final year of a degree 

What makes NCRQ different? 

So the approach is very different from traditional qualifications in that the learning style isn’t about a modular style of learning of facts and figures. It's not about here’s a list of concepts that you need to learn and recite.  It's focused on getting people to be undertake their own research, and getting people to be able to take analysis of scenarios at quite some depth and to be able to pull from that 
The ability to identify find deficiencies in the safety management and put in controls to prevent a recurrence.

There is less focus on learning vast volumes of knowledge because in reality safety practitioners very rarely have to recite knowledge from the top of their head in the workplace. What they need to be able to do, is to understand very very clearly the key principles of safety management and those core concepts and be able to apply them in detail and then as and when needed to undertake they’re own research on specific technical points and be able to apply them to real-world scenarios.

How are NCRQ qualifications assessed?

The assessment differs from traditional qualifications in that there are no exams. So in order to actually test the skill and competencies that are required in the real world. NCRQ uses assignment based assessment so students when they are ready, can request an assignment which consists of a scenario and a series of documents to back that up.

Are NCRQ qualifications accredited by IOSH?

All the qualifications are accredited by IOSH.  The level 6 certificate in applied Health and safety makes people eligible for technical membership of IOSH. And the level 6 diploma allows people to be eligible for graduate and eventually chartered membership of IOSH.

What does the future hold for NCRQ? 

We will be looking at developing some more qualifications in the future. But rather than churning out numbers of qualifications in lots of different areas we want to keep our core focus, which is doing this key central suite of qualifications and continuously revising them to make sure they are always at the market leading qualifications out there.

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Mike Colton is a Director at Irwin & Colton a specialist UK based Health and Safety recruitment consultancy. For more information please contact or +44 (0)207 096 1622

Posted on Saturday Jun 10