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This NVQ is appropriate for candidates who are working in the area of general health and safety practice or managing the health and safety function. They may be managers or supervisors who have a specific responsibility for health and safety or they may be newly appointed safety advisers or professionals.
NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) are based on national occupational standards. These standards are statements of performance that describe what competent people in a particular occupation are expected to be able to do. They cover all the main aspects of an occupation, including current best practice, the ability to adapt to future requirements and the knowledge and understanding that underpin competent performance.
Within reason, NVQs do not have to be completed in a specified amount of time. They can be taken by full-time employees or by school and college students with a work placement or part-time job that enables them to develop the appropriate skills. There are no age limits and no special entry requirements.
SVQs (Scottish Vocational Qualifications) operate in the same way as NVQs, but are used exclusively in Scotland.