Why take a NEBOSH Qualification?
There is a variety of reasons you may choose to take a NEBOSH qualification.
It really depends on your personal circumstances.
Around 90% of health and safety job advertisements specify one or more of the qualifications. For this reason, they can help you achieve career progression and provide additional job security.
The qualifications are designed to improve knowledge and understanding of key elements of health and safety. Such as hazards, risk assessment and legal compliance.
These will help you to manage risks in all types of workplaces. If you are in a direct health and safety or other management role.
Improved knowledge leads to improved skills and employability
The qualifications will also help you to improve your leadership and interpersonal skills.
These are crucial to anyone within a health and safety role.
The courses now put more focus on your ability to influence and change behaviour through educating your audience.
Similarly, NEBOSH qualifications also look to improve your written communication skills. In doing so, this gives you more confidence to produce reports on workplace health, safety or environment.
Importantly, these transferable skills can be taken forward into future roles.
Which Course should you consider?
NEBOSH Health and Safety Courses
There are a range of courses to choose from. Let’s take a look…..
1. National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
The National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is NEBOSH’s most popular health and safety qualification in the UK.
What will the Certificate do for you?
NEBOSH National General Certificate is highly valued by employers. Gaining this qualification will boost your career prospects across a wide range of fields.
Importantly, once you have passed the NGC you can apply for technical membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Tech IOSH).
Many students then progress to the NEBOSH National Diploma (Grad IOSH) and from there to chartered status (CMIOSH).
Please note that a NEBOSH qualification does not automatically equate to an IOSH membership level. For example, you must submit both your NEBOSH certificate and your CV to IOSH. So that they can check that you have the qualifications and experience necessary for TechIOSH.
2. National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
Targeted at managers and supervisors, the NEBOSH Construction Certificate focuses on practical health and safety management to ensure that construction work is undertaken safely and with no risk to health.
The National NEBOSH Construction Certificate (NCC) is designed for supervisors and managers within the construction industry.
It is designed to provide a sound breadth of underpinning knowledge that enables them to conduct their duties with respect to health and safety in construction activities.
The course puts emphasis on the specific construction issues that make the industry amongst the most dangerous in which to work.
3. National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
The National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management course focuses on practical fire safety management for low risk workplaces.
Therefore is the leading fire safety qualification in the UK and will train holders to be able to carry out fire risk assessments.
There are no entry requirements for the National Fire Certificate level qualification. Students can find it helpful to have already achieved certification of the NEBOSH National General Certificate.
The Fire Safety qualification is aimed at those who are required to provide routine, day-to-day advice on fire related issues in the work environment.
4. National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
Considered the “Gold Standard” of health and safety qualifications, the NEBOSH National Diploma is a requirement in around half of all health and safety job adverts.
Take note. Diploma holders are estimated to earn 16% more than those who do not have the qualification.
The NEBOSH Diploma is the highest-level qualification NEBOSH offers. It is a degree level qualification, meeting the academic requirement for Graduate IOSH membership and is intended for those pursuing a career as professional health and safety advisors.
The National Diploma is aimed at health and safety professionals who want to advance their career or progress to further study as a postgraduate.
It is highly sought-after by employers from a range of industries.
What will the Diploma do for you?
50% of health and safety job adverts specify a NEBOSH Diploma and, on average, holders of the Diploma earn 16% (£7,600) more than people who do not hold the Diploma.
Holders of the Diploma can apply for graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Grad IOSH).
The National Diploma is valued by employers. Gaining this qualification will most certainly boost your career prospects. Diploma holders can apply for graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Grad IOSH).
Many then progress to become Chartered members of IOSH (CMIOSH) via IOSH’s progression route.
Why would you need it?
Many jobs in health and safety now incorporate a significant element of environmental responsibility.
Therefore it’s very important for those in the profession to possess formal training qualifications to support their existing knowledge and experience.
If you don’t have any knowledge or competence in this area, it’s important to up-skill to ensure you are not limiting your career prospects by not addressing this very important area of expertise.
To help address this industry need, NEBOSH have developed some comprehensive environmental courses.
Let’s take a look at what they can offer
1. NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate
As the NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification has been recognised for many years as an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of occupational health and safety.
The NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management is designed to provide a similarly sound foundation in environmental management.
What are the benefits of this Environmental Certificate course?
The NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management will benefit companies who are seeking to implement effective environmental management systems.
It aims to ensure that line managers have a sound understanding of the principles of managing environmental risk. As a result, the qualification is relevant to all industry sectors.
2. NEBOSH Environmental Diploma
There are no prerequisite entry requirements for the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma level qualification. Again, students will find it helpful to have already achieved certification in either the NEBOSH General Certificate or NEBOSH International General Certificate first as this greatly improves a students’ potential end-result.
Be mindful this is a Degree level qualification and as such the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma is a demanding qualification.
Therefore, you may find it tough to gain a pass mark if you do not already have this crucial background knowledge as a health & safety practitioner and/or the ability and application to study at this level.
On the contrary, you may feel due to your previous experience within an HSE role, that you possess the necessary skills to undertake study for this qualification.
1. International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
The NEBOSH International General Certificate course focuses on how health and safety management can be applied in the workplace.
The course has a strong pass rate and holders can also apply for technical membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) or progress to the International Diploma.
There are no prerequisite entry requirements for this NEBOSH International National General Certificate level qualification.
Although students will find it helpful to have already achieved certification of a NEBOSH International Award level qualification.
This health & safety NEBOSH International General Certificate is suitable for managers and supervisors or other employee representatives.
It covers the primary legal requirements as laid out in International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions. Also, it looks at the recommendations and documented best international practices for managing health and safety in the workplace.
2. International Diploma
The NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Safety & Health course has been updated, with more emphasis on best practices for implementing and managing a safety management system.
This qualification is designed for individuals who want to progress their career in health & safety. It will allow them to develop the knowledge and skills in order to become an international health & safety practitioner.
Can anyone take NEBOSH training?
The NEBOSH National General Certificate is an ideal starting point to begin a career in health and safety management or to formalise previous training. It’s a Level 3 qualification, equivalent to A Level.
Notably, both this and the NEBOSH International General Certificate do not require any previous health and safety knowledge.
So, they are a great start for those looking to progress to a NEBOSH National Diploma. The National Diploma is a Level 6 qualification, equivalent to a full honours degree.
Can I take NEBOSH courses online?
All NEBOSH courses can be completed in a classroom format. However, some providers offer a distance/online learning route including the NEBOSH National Diploma.
Online training allows the course to be completed at a time which suits the student. As a result, this means that training can be completed without interfering with a busy schedule.
Why choose NEBOSH training?
Will it help with IOSH Membership & route to CMIOSH status
Are there alternatives to the NEBOSH General Certificate?
Would like to take a vocational qualification route i.e. using your current work experience? If so, you may want to consider the NVQ options.
Otherwise, a fantastic alternative to NEBOSH is the NCRQ route. Make sure to have a look at our post on ‘NEBOSH or NCRQ?’ to find out more.
What are my career prospects?
The Health, Safety & Environment profession has an abundance of opportunity across the globe.
HSE practitioners can earn very attractive salary packages across different industry sectors.
Let’s look at the UK as an example:
Salary ranges for a HSE Manager in UK vary broadly – there is a wide range depending on experience, sector, location etc.
Check out the latest IOSH Salary Survey for more information, but here is a snippet of typical roles & average salaries.
Safety and health assistant: £28,000–£41,000
Safety and health officer: £31,000–£49,000
Safety and health consultant: £30,000–£53,000
Safety and health manager: £32,000–£50,000
Head of safety and health: £33,000–£55,000
Safety and health director: £37,000–£57,000
What can I expect from a NEBOSH exam?
NEBOSH exams are perceived to be quite difficult. The key to getting into the zone on answering questions correctly are the examiner’s reports.
Examiners reports on Certificate Level Qualifications are published twice a year by NEBOSH. They offer valuable feedback on the following key areas; examination technique, command words and learning outcomes.
The Examiners Report is intended to give examples of what Examiners were expecting from you.
Importantly, it provides insight into areas of under-performance. So, you can pick these out and target them in your revision.
Here are the latest NEBOSH Examiner’s reports for you to have a look at….
NEBOSH Examiners Reports 2018NEBOSH National General Certificate March 2018 NEBOSH International General OHS Certificate March 2018 NEBOSH National Construction Certificate March 2018 NEBOSH National Certificate Health and Wellbeing March 2018
NEBOSH Examiners Reports 2017
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