There has been lot of questions about “Which is the best safety certification to have?”
To answer this question people have towed different lines of arguments; there has been lots of opinion, lots of reasoning, lots of individual philosophy, acceptance issue, location and job consideration.
All these leads us to No where, it just like moving in circles. Everyone believes their opinion is best.
But, do you want to know my candid opinion?
There is no best safety certification to have.
Best represents perfection, and since there is no perfection anywhere, we cannot have it in a career like Health and Safety which cuts across almost all industry and organizations with different perception, goals, financial muscle, etc.
Think about these different scenarios:
- HSE proficiency courses (HSE level 1, 2 & 3) is the best safety certification to have – But it won’t be best for an organization which expects a HSE officer to set up a Health and Safety structure, draw out a Health and Safety Plan, put procedures in place and still goes in to implement these procedures. A HSE professional with just HSE proficiency course certification may not be smart enough to do that, may find himself sweating inside a fully air-conditioned room; moreover the small organization do not have the fund to employ a HSE manager.
- NEBOSH IGC is the best safety certification to have – But it won’t be best for an organization which requires NEBOSH IGC as the least qualification to be considered for a Health and Safety role. Hence you will need a higher certification to climb the professional ladder in such organization.
Hence my opinion, there is no best safety certification to have. Just need to get yourself equipped for the stormy terrain of the Health and Safety profession and be prepared if you fall back into the job market.
There are lots of Health and Safety courses you can consider: Read the “Top 10 Health and Safety certification that can land you in a multinational company”
Enroll for training as much as you can. Remember, personal development/professional development is a continuous process.
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