Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) officers are in high demand by employers. Both national and multinationals organisations depending on the sector, require Occupational Health & Safety qualified graduates.

The type of qualification you will choose will largely reflect your previous academic qualifications achieved and work experienced gained thus far. Admissions criteria in universities and third level institutes vary.

        ‘Over 74% of Employers recruit Occupational Health & Safety staff that have achieved a minimum of Certificate or Diploma level.’


The main reason for this is the difficulty in recruiting qualified OHS staff with higher qualifications. The supply of higher level graduates is just not there. The entry level to executive traineeships and Health & Safety officer roles has dropped significantly. Health and safety practitioners with experience are in very high demand. .

Many employers are satisfied that candidates to health and safety officer jobs have achieved some work experience and gained a Certificate or Diploma depending on the role applied for.

‘Over 92% of Employers expect to provide some on-the-job training to the right candidate.’

The more work experience you have gained while studying the better. This blend of achieving a OHS qualification combined with the relevant work experience will make you a very valuable recruitment target.

The Pharmaceutical, Construction, Healthcare, and manufacturing sectors are perhaps the biggest employers in Occupational Health and Safety in Ireland.

The following guide explains how Occupational Health & Safety qualifications lead to the following roles.

Role:  Health & Safety Executive/Trainee/Apprentice
Experience: 0-2 years
Qualification needed: Technical Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety (level 5 or equivalent)
Entry level qualification for those starting an apprenticeship in Health and Safety.
Salary expectations: 35K

Role: Health & Safety Officer
Typical work experience: 0-2 years
Qualification needed:
Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety (level 7 or equivalent)
Ideal qualification for those wishing to learn the basics of the Health and Safety officer and Safety practitioner role.
Salary expectations: 40-50K


Role: Health & Safety Manager/ Compliance Manager/ OHS Auditor
Typical work experience: 2-5 years


Qualification needed:
Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety (level 7 or equivalent) or Ordinary BSc Degree level 7 or Hons BSc Degree level 8
Ideal qualification for those wishing to have a deeper knowledge , skills and understanding of the Health and Safety officer and Safety practitioner role.
Salary expectations: 60-75K

Role- Health & Safety Manager/Safety Advisor/OHS Consultant: 

Typical work experience: 6+ years
Qualification needed:
Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Management level 9 /
Masters Degree in Occupational Health & Safety
Salary expectations: 80-135K


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