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Safety, Health and Welfare at Work - Cert

Course Fact File
Duration1 Year
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 7
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose
Fees€2,500 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date26 July 2024 subject to place demand and availability (Springboard Intake) 31 August 2024
Next IntakeSeptember 2024


Start DateSeptember 2024

Course Outline

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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. Please see below a short introductory video about the course. 

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.

 Students will complete 30 credits as follows:

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

Course Practicalities

This programme is online for the full academic year. Virtual lectures/workshops will be scheduled Wednesday evenings (6.30-9.30pm) from mid-September to end May with weekly pre-records/activities for students to work through prior to the virtual class. Full day workshops will also be held on Saturdays throughout the year. The programme is wholly assessed via continuous assessment.


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 meet the academic requirements for technical membership upon successful completion of the programme.

Skills and Careers Information

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 apply 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.


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.

English language requirement: if your first language is not English, you must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Fees and Costs


A limited number of places on this course are available under the Springboard+ initiative which provides fee subsidies of 90-100% for eligible applicants. For more information on Springboard+ and to apply under this scheme, please go to

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here



How To Apply

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application (you may need to scroll down to see this).

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 

Select the following options:

Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)

Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses

Academic Programme: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work – Cert (UCC)

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]


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