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NEBOSH – What you need to know

NEBOSH is the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) offers globally recognised qualifications covering health and safety and risk management.

90% of health and safety jobs require NEBOSH or similar qualifications.

So, there is little debate that they are currently the most recognised H&S qualification among employers.

Training with NEBOSH – why would you consider it?

As an examination board, NEBOSH provide a syllabus and exams for training providers.

NEBOSH courses are quite varied and can be useful for people across many different industry sectors.

The courses offer globally recognised qualifications such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

These which are excellent first steps towards becoming a fully qualified health and safety professional.

More specific qualifications are also available e.g. Construction Safety or Fire Safety and Risk Management.

What courses are available?

Currently, there are three types of NEBOSH qualifications available: Awards, Certificates and Diplomas, which will allow you to become qualified to different levels.

Awards and Certificates are the best entry level qualifications, whilst the Diplomas are the most advanced options.

Here’s a rundown….

Awards

This is often an introduction to other, higher levels of qualification and demonstrates a basic understanding of health and safety knowledge.

Providing staff with this training can help improve workplace health and safety culture.

General Certificate

The NEBOSH General Certificate (National or International) demonstrates a slightly broader health and safety knowledge.

It is the most widely held health and safety qualification in the UK, making it incredibly sought after by employers.

The GC is ideal for those looking to develop a longer-term career in health and safety.

Specialist Certificates

NEBOSH’s industry specific certificates build on the core module from the General Certificate.

These are available in specialist areas such as fire, risk management, construction, oil and gas and the environment.

They provide a more focused insight into health and safety management within the respective industry.

Diplomas

Diploma level qualifications are one of the highest levels of qualifications that can be obtained.

These are the benchmark of a competent health and safety practitioner.

Those who pass the NEBOSH Diploma can apply for Chartered Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (CMIOSH).

You can also gain Membership of the International Institute Risk & Safety Management (MIIRSM).

Who might benefit from the qualifications?

NEBOSH  and similar qualifications have long been regarded as fundamental to those with responsibility for health, safety or environment.

Ranging from dedicated Health and Safety Officers to General Management and those who have had health and safety incorporated into their responsibilities.

Typical job roles which require NEBOSH qualifications are:

  • Health and Safety Officer/Advisor/Manager/Consultant
  • Environmental Officers/Advisor/Manager/Consultant
  • Human Resources Manager
  • General Manager
  • Site Supervisor/Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Contract Manager

Primarily, the courses are suitable for anyone looking to develop health and safety skills and knowledge.

They are assets to improve job security and/or for those are looking to develop a career in health and safety.

The type of qualification taken will be determined by how advanced you would like your knowledge to become.

 Why Take a NEBOSH Qualification?

There is a variety of reasons you may choose to take a NEBOSH qualification, depending on your circumstances.

90% of health and safety job advertisements specify one or more NEBOSH qualifications. This shows that they can offer career progression and security as a starting point.

NEBOSH qualifications are designed to improve knowledge and understanding of key elements of health and safety.

Such as hazards, risk assessment and legal compliance.

The courses are designed to help you to manage risks in all types of workplaces, either in a health and safety or operational management role.

Improved knowledge leads to improved skills.

NEBOSH 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 will help you develop the ability to influence and change behaviour through educating your colleagues.

NEBOSH qualifications also look to improve your written communication skills.

As a result, you will be able to prepare reports and documents to report on the health and safety of your workplace in a clear and concise way.

These are transferable skills that can be used outside of health and safety.

Which Course should you take?

Health and Safety Courses

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 it do for you?

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is highly valued by employers.

Gaining this qualification will boost your career prospects across a wide range of fields.

The most important part for many, is that 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.

This is 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 manage H&S in construction activities.

As a result, it is designed to cover general health and safety issues within a construction context as well as placing emphasis on the specific construction issues that make it a high risk industry.

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.

This 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 prerequisite entry requirements for the National Fire Certificate level qualification.

Although students will find it helpful to have already achieved certification of the NEBOSH National General Certificate first as this greatly improves a students’ potential end-result.

This 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.

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.

The course 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.

50% of health and safety job adverts specify a NEBOSH Diploma. 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 enhance your employability.

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.

Environmental Courses

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 upskill 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  environmental courses.

Let’s take a look at what they can offer…

1. NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate

As the NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification is recognised 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. 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.

However, students will find it helpful to have already achieved certification in either the NEBOSH General Certificate or NEBOSH International General Certificate.

This greatly improves a students’ potential end-result. Students should 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 background knowledge as a health & safety practitioner and/or the ability to study at this level.

You may feel due to your previous experience within an Environmental/Safety orientated role, that you possess the necessary skills to undertake study for this qualification.

International Courses

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 high 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.

However, students will find it helpful to have already achieved certification of a NEBOSH International Award level qualification first as this greatly improves a students’ potential end-result.

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 and recommendations and documented best international practices for managing health and safety in the workplace.

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 and to develop the knowledge and skills in order to become an international health & safety practitioner.

FAQ’s

Can I take NEBOSH training?

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is an ideal starting point for people looking to begin a career in health and safety management or to formalise previous training. It’s a Level 3 qualification, equivalent to A Level.

Both this and the NEBOSH International General Certificate do not require any previous health and safety knowledge but 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 via distance learning including the NEBOSH National Diploma.

Online training, which allows the course to be completed at a time that better suits the student.

This means that training can be completed without interfering with a busy schedule.

We have teamed up with the UK’s foremost online NEBOSH training provider, SHEilds.

Workplace study is also available if a number of staff require the same training. In this case a tutor can visit your place of work, tailoring the course to your company.

NEBOSH Examiner’s Reports

NEBOSH 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.

Also, it provides insight into areas of under-performance that you can target in your revision.

Free downloads and guidance on NEBOSH Examinations

NEBOSH Examiners Reports 2017

FAQs

Why choose NEBOSH training?

Achieving a NEBOSH qualification will mean that you hold an internationally recognised health and safety qualification.
It will offer you a platform on which to build a successful career in health and safety.
Investing in a NEBOSH qualification shows that you are committed to achieving a positive health and safety culture within your organisation.

IOSH Membership  & your route to CMIOSH status

If your ultimate goal is to become a chartered health and safety professional, NEBOSH qualifications will definitely help you get there.
One route to CMIOSH status would be to achieve the entry level NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety followed by the NEBOSH Diploma in in Occupational Health & Safety.

Where can I study for a NEBOSH qualification?

If you are looking for an online course or distance learning option, you are able to study from anywhere as these courses are supported by a network of exams.

Take a look at what to expect from a NEBOSH exam

NEBOSH Examiners 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.

Also, it provides insight into areas of under-performance that you can target in your revision.

Examiners Reports 2017

International General Certificate March 2017 265.1 KB

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202 National General Certificate March 2017 279.8 KB

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1,451 National Fire Certificate March 2017 305.2 KB

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101 National Construction Certificate March 2017 262.8 KB

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100 Environmental-Certificate-March-2017 264.6 KB

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