Frequently Asked Questions

When can I start the AN Ordosafe Course?

You can start anytime that suits you. We offer open enrollments.

What support will I get with my Ordosafe course?

You will be assigned one assessor/Tutor of our associates throughout the duration of the course so you know who to deal with and build that important rapport. There is no limit to the support you can ask for. This is available via phone, email and Skype. You will also be able to contact a course adviser and use our Website chat facility.

Where are NVQ qualifications recognised?

City and Guilds are internationally recognised as an institution. They are heavily recognised in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Australia. NEBOSH is internationally recognised.

How long does it take to gain a NVQ Qualification?

Most candidates complete the award in 9 – 12 months, some in as little as 3 months depending on what time you have available and what evidence you may already have.

How long does it take to gain a NEBOSH Qualification?

There are 4 exams per year to choose from January, June, September and December. Typically it takes 4 months to study with 100 hours of study to complete online.

Can I combine 2 Qualifications?

With certain qualifications you can combine them and receive 2 certifications for each subject. Please contact us for more information.

Can I change my payment date?

Yes of course please contact us as soon as possible. There is no charge.

What if my company wishes to pay for my course?

That is great! Please contact us with a LPO number or company credit card and you with 48 working hours.

How can I pay for my course?

You can pay by PayPal, Credit/Debit Card, Bank Transfer, Cheque, Western Union, Money Gram, Online and Purchase order number.

Can I extend my course duration?

If you find you are running out of time to complete your course we do offer course extensions. This means that you do not have to pay for the full course but a fee will apply.

Will I need time off work?

No. There are no requirements for you to attend our center with the exception of NEBOSH and IOSH classroom courses. You study online and interact with your Tutor/Assessor. The NEBOSH Exams will require you to attend an exam center for a day.

Are there any examinations?

Not with Vocational qualifications as they are competency based so you will provide evidence of what you do in the workplace which will then be assessed to see if you have achieved the required competency level. NEBOSH will require you to take an exam at our associates Exam center or British Council.

Who will see the work that I submit for my qualification?

The assessment team at our associates and the External Verifiers for the awarding body.

Is the NVQ 5 the equivalent to a Foundation degree?

On the qualification Credit Framework (QCF) the NVQ Level 5 shows as comparable to a Foundation degree.

Is the NVQ 7 the equivalent to a Masters or Post Graduate degree?

On the qualification Credit Framework (QCF) the NVQ Level 7 shows as comparable to a Masters or Postgraduate degree.

How long are the NEBOSH General Certificate exams?

There are 2×2 hour exams. There is also a practical assignment that will require you to conduct a report at a suitable place of work or site.

What’s included in the cost of 1800.00 AED?

Registration, Certification, Support, Online resources and 1 years access.

How much are the NEBOSH Exams?

Exam fees are 550.00 AED for all 3 papers, A sitting fee of 850.00 AED applies for exams within UAE.  You can pay these fees when you are ready to sit your exams.

How do I achieve GradIOSH?

If you are already a member of IOSH at Technical level, you will need to produce your full certificate for the award along with an updated CV and this will be considered by IOSH at one of their ratification meetings held 3 times a year.

Is there any recommendation incentive?

At Ordosafe we gain many new candidates from recommendations and to reward this we offer 10% up to 500.00 AED of payments made at the point of enrollment. This is not available for NEBOSH learning

Information about becoming CMIOSH

How long after Graduate Membership is it before candidates apply for the Open Book Assessment?

Once candidates have achieved from reaching Graduate status it varies as to how soon they apply for the Open Book Assessment, some candidates felt they needed to do it immediately whilst it was still strong in their mind from reaching Chartered Status, whilst others waited up to six months before they applied for the Open Book Assessment. You may need to bear in mind when the next available intake is, as some candidates have had to wait up to six months for the next available one.

How long do you have to complete the Open Book Assessment? Is this done online?

The Open Book Assessment has to be completed within 14 days, this is done online and is split into two parts. With Part A you have 3 hours from logging on and Part B you have 7 days to complete. Other candidates who have been through the process have stated that although 14 days may seem a short period of time to answer the questions that once they have started answering the questions that the process was relatively straight forward, especially with the resources available on the IOSH Website.

What’s the best way to prepare for it?

To best prepare for the Assessment previous candidates felt it was best to use various methods of research. From feedback received it was said that one of the most useful pieces of research was looking at previous papers and past Examiners Reports, by doing this it gave candidates an idea of what the panel expected in terms of detailed answers and style of response. The IOSH Forum and other Forums available on the Internet offered a wide range of help to candidates. IOSH have IPD Guidance available on their website. Other sources of useful guidance was reading through NEBOSH books and making sure you have access to relevant HSE Documentation, both online and hard copies.

Are the questions like NEBOSH exam questions?

The questions asked are very similar to NEBOSH exam questions, although the questions are much more in-depth. Previous candidates felt although the questions were harder to decipher, you researched in your own time and at your pace so this made the process a lot easier to follow.

Once you have found out you were successful with the Open Book Assessment, how long was it before you are invited for your peer review?

Once you have been successful with the Open Book Assessment, you then have to ring up and book in for a Peer Review, this is generally done 4 to 6 weeks later. A note to bear in mind that you will need to ensure your CPD is up to date as you will not be able to have your Peer Review if your CPD does not pass their audit.

What is it like being sat in front of the panel, are there any surprises?

Previous candidates stated that being sat in front of the panel is nerve wracking or daunting, but the Panel tried to put you at ease and are very welcoming; remember they themselves have been through the process so know exactly how you feel. There are no surprises, you are provided with the criteria for the questioning and you know how long the session is going to take. If you are based in the Middle East the peer review is undertaken over ‘Bluejeans’, which is similar to Skype.

How long did the interview last and when will you find out if you are successful?

The interview will take on average 1 hour, although the majority of previous candidates completed theirs within 45 minutes. It takes on average 7 to 14 days to find out if you were successful, sometimes you will find that your ‘My IOSH’ Page is updated to CMIOSH before you receive your letter saying you were successful.

Any top tips on achieving CMIOSH?

Top tips on achieving CMIOSH from previous candidates include ‘be yourself’, the peers on the panel do not work for IOSH and were in the same boat as you at one time. Do lots of research and use various methods not just one source, take time to study and update your knowledge on relevant Health and Safety matters.  Use real examples of your work, this demonstrates your experience and knowledge.

What difference has it made once you have gained CMIOSH?

Comments such as ‘Once you gained CMIOSH the difference it makes is it makes you look more credible’, ‘it gives you a competitive edge with employment opportunities as Employers can favor people who have CMIOSH’