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Behavioural Science Course for Leadership in Safety

The Only IOSH Certificated Behavioural Science Course

The way we approach safety, health and wellbeing has to change. Only then will we start to see a shift in people’s attitudes, behaviour and performance.

Who’s the program for?

The Behavioural Science course is for leaders, managers and supervisors across every industry. By completing this program, you’ll learn what influences behaviour. We’ll give you the skills so that you can influence people in your own workplace to want to work safely.

How?  By understanding the difference between performance and outcomes, by starting to think more like a coaches and innovative creative professionals who understand the value of applying the principles of behavioural science to performance.

£235 – Available now

Six Engaging Modules

Module 1

Safety Leadership

Before starting to look at how people behave in our workplace, we need to understand the impact of leadership and culture. We’ll explore different leadership styles, including your own, and encourage you to look at things differently.

Module 2

Avoiding Failure or Creating Excellence

We’ll be looking at more than accident causation models like swiss cheese theory and root cause analysis – because causation isn’t linear. We tend to think of things lining up in a certain way, but it’s not always like that. This module identifies new ways of thinking.  

Module 3

Key Drivers of Behaviour

You’ll learn about different behavioural change models to understand where human behaviour comes from and the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, actions and performance.  

Module 4

Behavioural science relating to safety performance

This module helps us to understand why people ‘want’ to do things and why they’re ‘proud’ to do them. We’ll look at discretionary effort and why people go the extra mile when we introduce three key steps: Purpose, Autonomy and Mastery.

Module 5

Practical application of the principles of ABC Analysis

We’ll examine how we can be more innovative with our A’s and realign our C’s to create much better behaviour. We’ll also be delving into how we can shift people’s mindset from ‘I have to’ – to ‘I’m proud to’.

Module 6

Goal Setting for Sustainable Excellence

You’ll learn how to set better goals for safety to really influence people’s behaviour towards sustainable change – focusing on outcome goals or performance goals rather than lagging indicators or traditional targets that can lead to unwanted outcomes.

What do our delegates say?

From the comfort of your own space, you can complete this behavioural science course online in 6 to 8 hours or in bite sized chunks over a week or two.

  • I believe all leaders should take the course – it’s extremely insightful. 
  • It’s so engaging that you actually want to log back in to continue learning. 
  • Fascinating, informative and enlightening. I was really pleased to discover that some of my existing leadership practices are recognised positive techniques.
  • I’ve been a safety practitioner for more than 20 years and yet this course has given me an insight into new areas.

People love the online learning platform because it’s interactive and easy to use and ideal for individuals and businesses.

It’s really easy to get started.

Program Designer & Lead Tutor


Our IOSH Certificated Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety Program has been developed within an all new Learning Experience Platform (LXP).  It’s the only fully IOSH Certificated Behavioural Science for Leaders Program in the world and we’re really excited to share this with you.

Darren Sutton

Darren is a Performance Psychologist and the author of our IOSH Certificated Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety and Performance Psychology for Safety Professionals programs. he is also the creator of the original IOSH Certificated Behavioural Safety Leadership program. He enjoys working with organisations who want to go beyond compliance and towards sustainable excellence in safety performance.  His hobbies include ocean swimming and live music.  He has held a variety of leadership roles in some of the most challenging environments in the world.


Typically 6-8 hours but there is plenty more content available for those that like to dig deeper into the wider academic literature and research papers that are made available.

Most delegates tend to progress through the course in bite sized chunks over a week or two.

Yes, the entire behavioural science course can be completed online from the comfort of your own environment, including the official IOSH test.

The final test consists of 14 questions which are mostly multiple choice. The final question is a structured reflection statement regarding the 4 key things that delegates have learned as a direct result of completing the program.  

Something that you will KEEP doing, something to IMPROVE, anything you might need to STOP doing and then something new that you or your organisation will START doing differently.

Your certificate is posted out to your home or workplace location worldwide. We can also scan the IOSH certificate and email a copy to you if you prefer.

Ready to become an influential leader in health and safety?