Level 3 Award in Risk Assessment (RQF)

Who is it for / requirements?

The objective of the qualification is to support a role in the workplace as a risk assessor. This qualification is designed for learners with a responsibility to conduct risk assessments at low risk premises. It covers the principles of risk assessment, the relationship between hazard and risk and requires learners use the knowledge learned on the course by undertaking a risk assessment. Therefore, laying a foundation for further development as a risk assessor.

Course Programme

1 Understand the importance of health and safety in the workplace
1.1 Outline the main causes of work-related accidents and ill health.
1.2 List the main costs of work-related accidents and ill health to employers, employees and society.
1.3 Outline the duties and responsibilities of employers, employees and others with respect to workplace health and safety.
1.4 Describe the provisions for risk assessment contained in key legislation.
1.5 Outline how workplace health and safety legislation is enforced and the penalties for non-compliance
2 Understand the principles involved in risk assessment
2.1 Describe what is meant by the term ‘risk assessment’.
2.2 Describe the necessary competencies of a risk assessor.
2.3 State sources of advice and information for carrying out workplace risk assessments
2.4 Describe the stages involved in a typical risk assessment.
2.5 State the requirements for recording, monitoring, reviewing and revising workplace risk assessments
3 Understand the relationship between hazard and risk as part of an accident and ill health prevention strategy
3.1 Describe how accident and ill health records can be used to target hazards and control the level of risk.
3.2 Describe how occupational, environmental and human factors affect the level of risk from hazards at work.
3.3 Identify a range of work-related health and safety hazards in various work environments
3.4 Outline who may be at risk from work related hazards
4 Apply the hierarchy of controls to control risk to an acceptable level.
4.1 Identify a range of control measures for different workplace hazards.
4.2 Determine if control measures currently in place are suitable and sufficient in terms of the risk control hierarchy to:
• prevent exposure to hazards altogether
• reduce the health or safety related consequences should exposure to hazards occur
• effectively control an emergency situation relating to health and safety hazards
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Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria The learner will The learner can
5 Apply knowledge of the risk assessment process in a workplace


This qualification is assessed in two parts:

Part 1: Multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination.

The examination for this qualification contains 30 questions that must be completed within 60 minutes. Successful learners must achieve a score of at least 20 out of 30.

Part 2: Centre-set and marked assessment

Learners are expected to undertake a risk assessment. The risk assessment activity is an opportunity for learners to fully understand and demonstrate the risk assessment process. Learners must follow the 5-step process to risk assessment.


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Course Length

14 Hours (GLH)
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