Health, safety and environment test development project

A review of Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test is taking place to ensure it continues to contribute towards a qualified workforce with the right knowledge, skills and training.

Changes to-date

Since the launch of Phase 1, feedback has been positive around the introduction of the new questions styles and pass marks have remained consistent. The project team have been working hard on Phases 2 and 3. 

Phase 2 of the development will launch on the 1 June 2018 and includes:

  • An annual review of the questions
  • The introduction of new question styles including drag and drop image, hot spot and hot area
  • Additional questions in the styles, drag and drop text and multiple choice with images (first introduced in January 2018)
  • Revised and improved revision materials, with new functionality and a better study experience, with all answers now at the back of the books
  • Updated FAQs to include common themes received through feedback.

To prepare candidates for these changes the supporting revision materials launched on the 3 April. The books have been updated to include all the new and revised questions that will appear in the test from 1 June 2018.

The digital products (apps, downloads and DVDs) have also been updated to include new content and improved functionality such as a new question-style practice area.

Please note:  If you are due to take your test before the 1 June 2018 you need to revise from the 2017 version of the revision materials.

For any tests taken after the 1 June 2018 you should revise from the new 2018 revision materials.

Future developments

We will continue working with industry stakeholders to expand and develop the content of the HS&E test.  To find out more about the proposed changes, read the project phases below.

  • There is no content change to the questions in Phase 1
  • The new question styles have been piloted (by around 7500 candidates) in the live test and feedback has been analysed. This feedback has guided the development of the question styles.
  • Two new question styles ‘drag and drop text’ and ‘multiple choice with images’ have been applied to 57 revised questions and have been included in the test from 8 January 2018. Find out more about the new question styles below.
  • The sample questions platform is also available to allow candidates to experience the Phase 1 questions styles alongside ALL the new question styles being delivered throughout the project.
  • You can also see images of the new questions styles in the sample images document.
  • Further new question styles will be introduced in to the test. Go to the ‘What are the new question styles’ section, below, to find out more.
  • New question content will also replace some existing questions within the test from 1 June 2018.
  • All versions of revision materials (hard copy and digital) will be updated and available to purchase on our website from 3 April 2018.
  • A review is underway to help define the topic areas (test blueprint) for the development of the test and questions in Phase 3.
  • This review will support the requirement to ensure the test continues to align to the current industry activities.
  • The phase 3 update will include a review of all the revision materials and will deliver a test and supporting products that continue to meet industry requirements.
  • The revised test will be delivered from 3 June 2019.

What are the new question styles?

The following question styles will be introduced into the test in three phases:

From 8 January 2018

  • Multiple-choice with images (these styles of question already exist but more will be introduced).
  • Drag and drop with text.

From 1 June 2018

  • Drag and drop with images.
  • Hot spot.
  • Hot area.

From 3 June 2019

  • Drag and drop paragraph text.
  • Drag and drop ordering.

Use the Try the new question styles button at the top of this page to see examples of all the new question styles and to have a go at answering them.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

If you have any questions about changes to the test, please read our FAQs.

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