CIEH Level 3 Award in Risk Assessment Principles and Practice

Please note: this qualification will be withdrawn on 28 April 2017.

More information can be found on the Voluntary Surrender of Recognition page.


This qualification provides a thorough understanding of the main categories of accidents and ill health, their socio-economic costs and the benefits of good health and safety management.

Who needs this qualification?

Designed for anyone with a responsibility to conduct risk assessments, such as:

  Team leaders, supervisors, site managers and managers
  Quality controllers
  Health and safety specialists
  Personnel contributing to the risk assessment process

Why is this training important?

A properly implemented programme of risk assessments can assist in the prevention of injuries, fatalities, property damage incidents and other losses. This not only helps to prevent human loss and suffering, but also assists the effective management and finance of any business or organisation.

Following the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers with five or more employees also need to record the significant findings of the risk assessment.

Learning outcomes

  Conduct risk assessments (with the necessary technical knowledge in relation to the activities/ environments/issues)
  Organise and implement a risk assessment programme
  Participate in the identification of specific training needs for the activities being assessed
  Assist employers in meeting legal requirements and promote improved standards of health and safety within their organisation


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  Qualification Specification 


Duration  Duration  Three-day programme
Assessment  Assessment  Assignment
Prerequisite  Prerequisite   CIEH Level 2 Award in the Principles of Risk Assessment (or equivalent, recommended)
Suggested Progression  Suggested Progression  CIEH Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace 
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