Award: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
The Professional Diploma in Health and Safety is a Level 9 minor award at Masters level. The programme runs over two semesters from January to December: spring semester (January to May) and autumn semester (September to December).
The programme is a fully online course utilising the increased functionality of education and collaboration tools brought about by the pandemic. The lecturers are industry professionals sharing their expertise on day to day practices and future trends in the sector with participants.
The programme develops the skills in the graduate to create, maintain, and improve health and safety in the workplace by ensuring that safety policies, practices and legislation are followed in order to prevent accidents and health problems. A strong focus of the programme is on the impact of personal behaviour in the assurance of a safe work environment. This approach adds to the traditional approaches and seeks to co-create a safety culture in the organisation in which everyone feels empowered and responsible.
An application approach is taken to skills development for participants, which will involve:
- Preparing health and safety policy
- Carrying out risk assessments
- Working with a range of people to provide a safe working environment
- Keeping up to date with new legislation
- Advising on specialist areas such as fire regulations
- Keeping records of incidents and accidents
- Developing materials and training employees
This programme is suitable for:
- Those who wish to advance their knowledge of current Health and Safety practices and legistation.
- Those who wish to contribute to creating, maintaining, and improving health and safety in the workplace.
- Those with a professional interest in health and safethy in the workplace seeking to progress or develop their career in this area.
Applicants are normally expected to hold an NFQ level 8 primary honours degree (minimum H2.2), or equivalent and have at least 3 years of relevant industrial experience. Applicants will be required to undertake a short process safety assignment to satisfy the course admission team that they have the motivation and ability to complete and benefit from this course.
Alternative Entry Route: Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria can be evaluated under the UL RPL policy and may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the course.