Management | Professional Development

Management | Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development began 100’s of years ago with medicine and the teaching of the Royal Medical Colleges. Peer-to-peer learning was viewed as essential to progress the latest medical developments and knowledge. The idea that you never stop learning was born.

During the industrial revolution more professional bodies, institutes, and societies were created. So that more professions or skilled trades were represented.

As knowledge and skills advanced these organisations often required their members to demonstrate or prove that they were up to date. Continuing Professional Development was born.

CPD is not a qualification in itself - to find out more

IOSH stands for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), a Chartered body and leading membership organisation for safety and health professionals. IOSH has over 47,000 members worldwide, working in a diverse range of organisations in around 130 different countries

IOSH offer professional development programmes, events, helplines, and up-to-date technical advice. IOSH provide training and skills products and other IOSH approved courses that provide valuable knowledge, skills and qualifications for their members and colleagues.

IOSH was formed in 1945, a Chartered Membership of IOSH is recognised worldwide as the hallmark of professional excellence in workplace safety and health. Commodious are proud to be associated with IOSH and have associate partners who are chartered members of IOSH, furthermore Commodious are licensed by IOSH to provide online courses such as Working Safely and Managing Safely.

For more information about IOSH 

It can be difficult to know which IOSH course you need.

The answer will depend on how much responsibility you have for health and safety in your workplace. If you’re having trouble working out which IOSH course is right for you, and want to know the answer to questions such as:

  • What is IOSH Working Safely?
  • What is IOSH Managing Safely?
  • What is the difference between Working Safely and Managing Safely?
  • How long does it take to get an IOSH certificate?

then click here to read more.

ISO 9001 is recognised worldwide as the international benchmark for quality within an organisation.

To gain ISO 9001 certification, Companies must be able to demonstrate to an independent auditing body, that they have quality systems in place meet the standards set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

Read about the Commodious Registration to ISO 9001 and what it means



Why use Online Training?

Online training or online learning is ideally suited to remote workers and home workers. Also where large numbers of people require training without business interruption.

Because it is available 24/7 and no special facilities are required just internet access and a suitable device. The standard is consistent and learners can go at their own pace without the pressure of a classroom.

The learner progress is easily monitored by the training organiser provided the online course is run on a suitable learning management system or LMS. Large numbers of people can be trained quickly and effectively enabling employers to meet their duty of care for training requirements.

Commodious offer online training courses with free access to an LMS

For more features and benefits of Online Training ...... Read More

Choosing the correct electrical safety training course can be difficult from the large number that are available. A few are detailed here:

  • Electrical safety training courses
  • Basic electrical safety courses
  • Electrical health and safety courses
  • Electrical safety certificate courses (issued by a certified electrician)
  • Professional qualifications such as 18th edition certificate
  • Electrical safety courses online

For more information ....... Read More

Like many countries, the U.K is trying to reduce the spread of COVID-19 disease by 'lockdown.' This global 'lockdown' has presented serious economic challenges for many businesses.

For the lucky ones they have been able to keep operating whilst complying with lockdown by employees becoming remote workers. How have the successful companies achieved this and what can we learn from them?

Remote workers or working from home fall under the HSE category of lone workers. This article is concerned more with managing and motivating remote workers, if you need to know about lone workers and the law read this.

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There are many questions being asked regarding the UK, GDPR and Brexit, including what happens now that Britain has left the EU? Many people are unsure if the UK is GDPR compliant or if GDPR applies to the UK.

You may have heard of the UK General Data Protection Regulation and be unsure of what it is. This article tries to answer these questions in a simple format along with some other FAQ's:


Does GDPR apply to the UK after Brexit?

Will the UK keep GDPR after Brexit?

Is GDPR UK law?

What is UK GDPR?

Who enforces UK GDPR?

How much is a GDPR fine in the UK?


For answers to these questions read more ..........

What is a Level 2 certificate equivalent to?

Here at Commodious we offer training courses with level 1 certificates, level 2 certificates and level 3 certificates. What do these qualification levels mean?

If you want to know what a level 2 qualification is equivalent to ........ then read on

It is essential for all businesses to understand and provide good customer service, because doing so will increase customer satisfaction, brand reputation and efficiency, among other things. However, providing good customer service can be difficult, so we have prepared an article that aims to answer some key questions, including:

  • Why is good customer service important?
  • What are the principles of customer service?
  • How can you improve customer service?

For answers, and to read the rest of the article, click here.

The GDPR is a piece of data protection legislation that was adopted by the EU in 2016. It significantly changed how personal data can be used, which left many organisations with questions such as:

  • What is the GDPR?
  • Who needs to be GDPR compliant?
  • Will the GDPR apply after Brexit?

For answers to these questions and more, click here to view our GDPR FAQs article.

The GDPR is a complex piece of legislation which can raise a number of questions, such as:

  • What is GDPR compliance?
  • How do I comply with GDPR?
  • Who does GDPR apply to?
  • Do US companies need to comply with GDPR?

To help answer these questions, we have created a small GDPR checklist that can be used to see if an organisation has breached the GDPR. To view the article, click here.

At Commodious, we often get asked questions about IOSH such as:

  • What is IOSH?
  • How long does it take to get an IOSH certificate?
  • How is IOSH Managing Safely assessed?
  • Who should attend IOSH Managing Safely?

We have created an article that answers these questions and more, which can be accessed here.

The ICO has recently published the age appropriate design code, often known as the children's code. This is a set of 15 standards that online services need to follow when handling children's personal data.

If you or your organisation handles children's data, you may have some questions about this code, including:

  • What is the age appropriate design code?
  • What are the 15 standards of the children's code?

We have answered these questions and more in our dedicated article on the children's code, which can be accessed here.

Data protection is a complex issue, and there is a wide range of legislation that control how it must be carried out in the UK. Alongside the GDPR, this legislation includes the:

  • Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR)
  • Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018 (NIS)
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

For more information on these pieces of legislation, click here.

IOSH's Managing Safely course is the market-leading health and safety course for line managers. In this article, we look at some of the benefits of completing this course with Commodious, including helping you to:

  • Maximise productivity
  • Reduce risks
  • Understand your role

To view this article, click here.

IOSH is the largest membership organisation for health and safety professionals worldwide, making IOSH membership a valuable asset to have. In this article, we answer several frequently asked questions about IOSH membership, such as:

  • What are the benefits of an IOSH membership?
  • What are the different IOSH membership levels?
  • How much does IOSH membership cost?

To view the answers to these questions and more, click here.

Once the IOSH Managing Safely course material and assessment have been completed, learners must complete a practical risk assessment project. This can be daunting, so we have created an article that answers several key questions about this project, including:

  • What is the IOSH Managing Safely practical risk assessment?
  • How long does the IOSH Managing Safely practical risk assessment take?
  • What are the stages of the IOSH Managing Safely practical risk assessment?

To view this article, click here.

IOSH Managing Safely is the market-leading health and safety course for line managers, and is recognised globally. As an IOSH-approved training provider, we often get questions about the IOSH Managing Safely certificate, such as:

  • What level is IOSH Managing Safely?
  • How long is IOSH Managing Safely valid?
  • How long does it take to get an IOSH certificate?

To view the answers to these questions and more, click here.

Poor mental health is a significant issue that affects a wide range and number of people every year. To help our learners better understand more about their mental health, we have created an article that answers several key questions including:

  • What is mental health?
  • What are the symptoms of poor mental health?
  • What are some common mental health issues?

This article can be viewed by clicking here.

ISO 45003 is a new standard created by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) that explores how to manage mental health and psychosocial risks at work. In this article, we have answered several questions about this new standard, including:

  • What is ISO 45003?
  • What does ISO 45003 cover?
  • Why is complying with ISO 45003 beneficial?

To view this article, click here.

Maintaining good mental health and wellbeing is important to allow you to reach your potential and feel fulfilled. However, sometimes we can suffer from poor mental health that challenges these things and can severely impact on our daily lives.

In this article, we explore some techniques for improving mental health and wellbeing and answer several questions, including:

  • What is the 'catch it, check it, change it' method?
  • What is mindfulness?
  • How can I develop a good sleep routine?
  • How can I live a healthy lifestyle?

To view this article, click here.

Cyber security attacks can cause serious damage to businesses and individuals and, as a result, everyone should be aware of what they need to do to avoid falling victim to a cyber attack.

In this article, we will look at some of the measures that an individual can take to protect themselves and their data from cyber attackers.

Click here to view the article.