Are you trying to get onsite or looking for an entry course into Health and Safety and are unsure what course to take? We compare two of the most popular health and safety courses, CITB Health & Safety Awareness and IOSH Working Safely, to ensure you know which one is perfect for you.
What are the CITB Health & Safety Awareness and IOSH Working Safely courses?
These courses are designed to be an entry point into learning the basics of Health & Safety whilst pushing you closer to getting a certification to enable you to carry out specific job roles. However, some people may benefit more from one over the other.
Who would benefit from the CITB Health & Safety Awareness course?
The CITB Health & Safety Awareness course is for people who want to obtain their CSCS or ECS cards, allowing them to enter and work on construction sites. Whether you are approaching us to be qualified to help you find a future job or enable you to carry out your current role, the CITB Health & Safety Awareness course is open to anyone who would like to enrol.
The CITB Health & Safety Awareness course can be completed as both virtual learning (joining one of our trainers via a webinar) or in-person through a classroom session.
Who would benefit from the IOSH Working Safely course?
The IOSH Working Safely course is more generic than the CITB Health & Safety Awareness course, which means that it can benefit employees in an existing role who may need an overview of Health & Safety. Workers from all across the job spectrum can take the IOSH Working Safely course to gain a basic understanding of health and safety without specifying for job roles. However, this course covers construction-based functions and entering construction sites because it is a dangerous occupation and environment, but it is not the main focus.
The IOSH Working Safely course can be completed through our eLearning platform, virtually (joining one of our trainers via webinar) or in a classroom at one of our training venues.
CITB, IOSH, and the ECS Card
Like the CITB Health & Safety Awareness course, you can achieve your ECS with this IOSH Working Safely course; however, we recommend that if you are working towards getting your ECS, it’s preferable to go through the CITB Health & Safety Awareness route. This is because the certificate will often come much faster, and the ECS is happy with a virtual CITB Health & Safety Awareness course, whereas they are not so keen with IOSH Working Safely course being delivered this way.
You can see a full list of the courses that can be completed to attain your ECS card by visiting. https://www.ecscard.org.uk/card-types/Electrotechnical/Electrical-Labourer
So which one should I pick?
To put it simply, the CITB Health & Safety Awareness course assists anyone who may need or want a CSCS or ECS card to go into employment or carry out their daily role and give them an overview of the basic understandings of Health & Safety towards construction. Whereas the IOSH Working Safely is a generic overview of essential health & safety within a working environment.
Below is a quick questionnaire to help guide you toward what course will work best for your needs (will take less then 5 minutes to complete).
Want to see how you would do on a practice test?
We have created a mock test of a similar level to the CITB Health & Safety Awareness course for people to give it a shot and see what it may entail.
If you have 15 minutes to spare, try it out! https://projss.co.uk/health-and-safety-awareness-mock-test/
We provide trainers with the tools to give you the best chance at completing and obtaining whatever course you choose. To check out the courses we offer and book, visit our course catalogue.