Qualifications for Occupational Hygienists in the UK are changing

The British Occupational Hygiene Society, the leading qualifications body in Occupational Hygiene and the home of the UK profession through the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene is launching new UK M-series qualifications. These will replace W500 qualifications as the main route to professional recognition in the UK as of January 1st 2024.

The examinations will be in identical short answer format and cover the same material as the current W500 examinations but will be in the exclusive control of the BOHS. BOHS will only run resit examinations for W500 candidates through 2024, concluding all awarding for OHTA at the end of that year. It will continue with recognition of its own M500 awards as part of the pathway towards the Certificate in Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene which is designed to demonstrate competence to practice Occupational Hygiene in the UK.

The Society has clarified that the M-series will also be available to candidates globally who may wish to train for the UK market or to UK standards, through its network of BOHS Examination Centres.

Further information for learners and examination centres affected by the change can be found here and here.