Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Health and Safety Leadership and Management

Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Health and Safety Leadership and Management

The ProQual Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Occupational Health and Safety Management and Leadership is for senior managers who’s primary responsibility within their organisation is health, safety and welfare concerns. This qualification is appropriate to learners from a variety of sectors including Energy, Oil & Gas, Retail, Corporate Business and Construction.

These managers will lead the development and implementation of health & safety policy and systems at a strategic level covering areas such as safety culture, sustainability, business risk, mental health, bullying & violence, biohazards, ecological risk, ergonomic hazards, and incident investigation.

Candidates with access to this qualification will have a working knowledge of subjects including:

    • ISO standards.
    • digital technologies and risk assessment approaches to various types of hazards and incident investigation.
    • global issues related to safety culture (such as how perceptions of safety and unsafe behaviour vary between various countries).
    • sustainability effects on safety culture (such as calculating safety return on any investment, as well as the challenges, opportunities and strategic business benefits in promoting sustainable workplace health and safety).
    • psychological health and injury management in the workplace (such as how the human rights of workers with mental health conditions should be protected in the workplace).

Candidates will also be expected to maintain a personal development portfolio which can contribute to professional bodies’ CPD requirements and which incorporates:

    • an ongoing evaluation of their personal competence
    • reflective commentaries on CPD activities
    • setting and prioritising realistic goals for professional development
    • applying professional ethics in practice an appreciation of diversity and inclusivity in workplaces
    • sharing personal experiences in professional debate and discussion

What are the benefits of this NVQ?

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Frequently asked questions

How is this qualification assessed?

This Level 6 NVQ is assessed though a combination of submission of evidence (workplace documents) and ‘Professional Discussion’. There is no written work, no classroom-based elements, and the whole assessment can be achieved remotely (without the assessor coming to site) through our unique assessment process.

We provide a list of evidence documents that you will need to upload to our ePortfolio portal. Once your assessor has reviewed the documentation and is satisfied with it, you will move onto the discussion stage.

The discussions will be carried out remotely via Zoom. During this session you will ‘share screens’ with your assessor so that you can view the evidence documents and unit questions together.  

You will then work through each of the units essentially telling your assessor how you carry out your role, giving examples of real projects, real scenarios and describing how the evidence that you have presented helped facilitate the process. 

What is the duration of this qualification?

Achievement of the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is largely down to the learner’s own motivation.

We provide support for a period of 12 months from the date of registration, however this qualification is realistically achievable within 3 months or less.

What's involved in the GradIOSH application?

First you’ll join IOSH as an Affiliate Member at a cost of £198 (£140 membership fees + £58 joining fee).

You’ll then need to send an up-to-date CV and your ProQual Level 6 NVQ certificate of achievement to the IOSH membership team for review.

Once accepted you’ll be able to showcase your achievements of being a Graduate Member by using the post-nominal letters GradIOSH after your name:

John Smith GradIOSH

*Prices and information valid at the time of writing (Feb 2022) but could be subject to change before this website is updated, please use as a guide only.

How do I progress from GradIOSH to CMIOSH?

Once you’re a Graduate Member you should reach Chartered status within five years of entering the category.

Once enrolled on the Initial Professional Development (IPD) scheme, you will be assessed to see if you meet the standards to become a Chartered Member.

Alongside IPD, you are also required to maintain your CPD record.

The video below explains the IPD process in more detail:


When can I apply for my CSCS card?

Those health and safety candidates that are working in a construction-related role will be eligible to apply for a black CSCS card.

Once enrolled onto this qualification you will be able to apply for the Red Experienced Technical, Supervisor or Manager CSCS card right away (this is optional, but useful for those that need a CSCS card urgently). This card is issued on a temporary basis and demonstrates that you are working towards an NVQ. 

Once the NVQ has been completed, we’ll send you a scanned copy of your certificate which you can use to apply for your Black ‘Manager’ CSCS Card.

Please note: To apply for any CSCS card you are required to have passed the appropriate level of CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test within the last two years. There are unfortunately no exceptions to this rule and the HSE test is still required regardless of the achievement of your Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Occupational Health and Safety Management and Leadership.

More information about this can be found here.

Can I fail this NVQ?

Technically Yes, you can fail any NVQ. NVQs are competence-based qualifications, they are a recognition of the skills, knowledge and experience that you already have. With that in mind, if you have never ‘done the job’ and don’t have the evidence to prove it, how are you going to answer the question?

We at CADUK have robust procedures in place to ensure that doesn’t happen.

The key to our success in this area is that we only enrol candidates onto our qualifications in the first place that we know have the skills, knowledge and experience to be successful.

We carry out a thorough profiling process (free of charge) with each and every candidate before enrolment to make 100% sure that the qualification is achievable before you start.

As part of this process we ask you to complete an initial profile tool (questionnaire) and return it to us with a copy of your CV. One of our assessors will then contact you directly to confirm that you have the skills, knowledge and experience required to be successful.

Once our assessor has ‘approved’ you to start, you can enrol at any time.

If the assessor thinks that a different qualification is more suitable, they will recommend an alternative NVQ. This may be a lower or higher level qualification, but you will be confident that you can actually ‘live up’ to the qualification that you’re taking on.

Qualification cost


Price above includes ProQual registration fees.

Am I eligible for this qualification?

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    I cannot rate CADUK highly enough. High quality service, excellent online portal and great input and support from everyone I've dealt with in the team. I've had poor experiences from other providers and formats before finding CADUK. I've completed the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice and learnt a lot. I highly recommend CADUK - worth every penny!
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    I achieved my NVQ Level 6 in Health and Safety through CADUK. My assessor has been fantastic in helping me complete this qualification (and the previous Level 6 NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations that I achieved with them last year). I would recommend CADUK to all, they are the best in the business at what they do!
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    I couldn't have asked for more from an exceptional company CADUK and the assessor for helping me achieve the Level 6 NVQ in Occupational Health and Safety Practice. I strongly recommend them for communication, time and value for money. Brilliant!
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    I completed my NVQ L6 in Occupational Health and Safety to allow me entry to gain my GradIOSH. My assessor was approachable and very easy to talk to, and the format was exceptional. If you are looking for career progression. friendly advice or simply recognition for your commitment to the industry then CADUK are the people to talk to.
    Nick Wright MCIOB GradIOSH
    Nick Wright MCIOB GradIOSH
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    I completed the NVQ6 with CADUK and found the whole process well managed and straightforward. Easy to apply, and the portfolio system allows you to work seamlessly across a number of platforms. Good support and communications throughout from the team at CADUK and the assigned tutor for your course. A great experience and highly recommended for anyone trying to balance study with a full time role.
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    I completed the NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Health and Safety Practice. From start to finish the team at CADUK were amazing, very professional and my assessor's approach was refreshing, making the Diploma an easy undertaking whilst still managing work and family commitments. I would highly recommend the company and the people.