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IQ Level 2 Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF)


Qualification Number 601/4343/5
Title IQ Level 2 Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF)
Category National
Sector Health & Safety
Operational Start Date 14/11/2014
Operational End Date 31/08/2015
Total Units 8 Min Credit 14
Min Guided Learning Hours 101 Max Guided Learning Hours 101
Min Age From 14 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £30.50

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 2 Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) is a qualification aimed at individuals who work or intend to work in positions in which responsibility for health and safety is an important component, such as an occupational health and safety officer. It is also suitable for learners who do not have prior training in health and safety or who are returning to work. It provides learners with formal recognition of their competence, knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and as the qualification is generic, it is applicable to a range of work settings. As the qualification features both knowledge and competence, learners should be in work or have access to a workplace. By completing the mandatory units, all learners will cover the essentials of fire safety, risk assessments, manual handling safety at work, moving people safely, display screen equipment and internet safety for users of IT. Objectives of the qualification include preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.


Upon completion of the IQ Level 2 Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF), learners can progress to further qualifications in health and safety using credits already achieved or to sector specific qualifications in areas such as hospitality, IT, leisure, compliance or employability. These include:

Level 2 Award in Occupational Health and Safety (QCF)

Level 2 Award in Hospitality Business Operations (QCF)

Level 2 Certificate in Licensed Hospitality Operations (QCF)

Level 2 Certificate in Pub Chef Operations (QCF)

Level 2 Award/Certificate/Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)

Level 2 Diploma in Coaching Learn to Swim (QCF)

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events (QCF)

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Business Compliance (QCF)

Level 2 Award in Personal Development for Employability (QCF)

Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Personal Development for Employability (QCF)

Level 2 Award/Certificate in Employability Skills (QCF)

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve 14 credits from all of the mandatory units.

IQ Level 2 Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF)
Mandatory GroupMinimum Units:8
 Minimum Credits:14
 Y/601/9697Fire Safety Awareness114
 D/601/9698Fire Safety Principles219
 D/503/3400Fundamentals of Display Screen Equipment2220
 H/601/9699Health and Safety in the Workplace2110
 H/502/9154Internet Safety for IT users1320
 D/602/4593Manual handling safety at work2210
 M/602/4596Moving people safely2210
 Y/602/1997Risk Assessment2218


Assessment for this qualification is by a combination of multiple choice question papers and an achievement record workbook. The table below shows the various assessment methods to be used for each of the units in this qualification.

For units 1-6, the assessment method is indicated as achievement record workbook. The document can be downloaded from the IQ website. Assessment and internal verification must be carried out in accordance with centre procedures. All assessment is subject to external quality assurance by IQ.

Centres are strongly recommended to use the achievement record workbook these units. However, centres are permitted to use their own documentation/ assessment materials instead, provided this is agreed with the EV prior to the commencement of any assessment. A variety of assessment methods can be used including:

  • Question and answer test
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Question and answer verbal (ensure records are kept)
  • Essay


Within the achievement record workbook, units 1-5 are covered through completion of short questions and tasks. Unit 6, ‘Internet Safety for IT Users’, differs slightly in that it is assessed by portfolio of evidence. The table for mapping and meeting the evidence requirements is located in the Achievement Record Workbook.

For units 7 and 8, ‘Manual handling safety at work’ and ‘Moving people safely’, the assessment method is indicated as a combination of portfolio and multiple choice question paper. For these two units, the relevant MCQ question papers and achievement record workbook must be used. Multiple choice question papers are externally set and marked by IQ and must be taken under exam conditions. They cover the knowledge-based assessment criteria. The competence-based components are assessed by portfolio and are contained in the achievement record workbook.

Some of the units must adhere to one of the of the assessment strategies, as indicated in the assessment guidance which comes with each unit. The relevant assessment strategies can be located at the end of this document:

Appendix A: The Proskills QCF Assessment Strategy October 2012

Appendix B: ITQ Assessment Strategy England, Wales and Northern Ireland March 2009



Location of Assessment 

Number of questions/tasks

Time allowed


Fire Safety Awareness

Achievement Record Workbook




Health and Safety in the Workplace

Achievement Record Workbook




Risk Assessment

Achievement Record Workbook




Fire Safety Principles

Achievement Record Workbook




Fundamentals of Display Screen Equipment

Achievement Record Workbook




Internet Safety for IT users

Achievement Record Workbook

Portfolio of evidence



Manual handling safety at work

Learning Outcomes 1-3

Multiple Choice Question Paper


45 minutes

Learning Outcome 4

Achievement Record Workbook




Moving people safely

Learning Outcomes 1-3

Multiple Choice Question Paper


45 minutes

Learning Outcomes 4

Achievement Record Workbook



Practice MCQs

As an additional resource package, IQ offers multiple choice question papers and mark schemes for the two fire safety units: Fire Safety Awareness and Fire Safety Principles. These can be used as classroom tools. These multiple choice questions are optional and cannot be used as part of the final summative assessment for the qualification, but they are an effective tool for interim/formative assessment.

If used by centres, the question papers should be marked internally. Centres can determine the conditions under which to test learners using these question papers. The multiple choice question papers and corresponding mark schemes can be downloaded from the IQ website.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 1 or above and be proficient in the use of English Language.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must be sector competent and possess relevant experience/qualifications in Health and Safety at Level 3 or above and should have appropriate teaching qualification e.g. PTLLS or Level 3 Award in Education and Training or above. 

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification.



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