NEBOSH receives almost 200,000 examination registrations every year from people living in 125 different countries, each seeking to achieve one of various qualifications.
As well as career professionals, people with many different workplace roles and responsibilities now hold NEBOSH qualifications. Health, safety and environmental management is increasingly seen as an important skill for all kinds of employees to possess, from company directors to construction workers, insurance advisors, HR personnel and more..
NEBOSH examinations and assessments are set by professionally qualified staff and assisted by external examiners, most of whom are Chartered Safety and Health Practitioners or Chartered Environmentalists operating within industry, the public sector or in enforcement..
NEBOSH does not deliver courses themselves. Instead, these are offered by NEBOSH Accredited Course Providers, of which there are more than 620 throughout the world. They provide the training and education needed to achieve a NEBOSH qualification..
A good starting point for finding a NEBOSH course or Accredited Course Provider is the ‘Where to Study’ section of the NEBOSH website at www.nebosh.org.uk/studying/ To understand what is involved, this video is an example of a practice exam question:.
There are currently three different categories of NEBOSH qualification – Award, Certificate and Diploma. In addition, through a partnership with the University of Hull, NEBOSH also now offers a range of Masters degrees.
An Award qualification demonstrates basic understanding of the subject covered and may be used as an introduction to other higher level NEBOSH qualifications. NEBOSH offers three Award level qualifications :
Employers in particular are attracted to this level of qualification, as they help to improve overall health and safety culture. A significant number of employers have fully integrated these Awards into their training programmes to become mandatory foundation qualifications. One of the key benefits for employers is the flexibility of course structure and content, which can be tailored to different industries and individual workplaces, and therefore having a positive and rapid impact on performance.
As well as in English, the NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work can be taken in five other languages, French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Russian.
NEBOSH Certificate level qualifications demonstrate broad knowledge of the subject covered. There are nine NEBOSH Certificate level qualifications:
For those seeking a long-term career in occupational health and safety, Certificate level qualifications offer a progression route towards NEBOSH professional level Diplomas.
However, both the NEBOSH International and National General Certificates in Occupational Health and Safety are also increasingly seen as an important core qualification for general management in the workplace. In fact, around 80% of people who take a NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety qualification are employed in roles where the primary function is not actually health and safety.
The NEBOSH International General Certificate can be taken in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Turkish, in addition to English. It is split into three units: Two written exams. One practical assessment within the workplace.
As well as rigorous examinations, NEBOSH Certificate level qualifications also feature practical assessments, designed to help candidates apply their learning at work and at the same time adding value for their employers.
Diploma level qualifications demonstrate professional knowledge of the subject covered. There are three NEBOSH Diploma qualifications:
NEBOSH Diplomas are recognised globally as the flagship professional qualification for aspiring health and safety professionals. Those who pass their NEBOSH Diploma are entitled to use designatory letters, such as DipNEBOSH for the NEBOSH National Diploma.
Subsequently, they may also qualify for membership of professional bodies, including Graduate (Grad IOSH) and Chartered (CMIOSH) membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and member status (MIIRSM) of the Institute of Risk and Safety Management.
Every year, more than two hundred NEBOSH Diploma students from around the world gather to celebrate their success at a Graduation and Awards Ceremony currently held at the University of Warwick in the UK. Recently qualified NEBOSH Diploma candidates travel from around the UK and many other countries to attend. Awards are also presented to top candidates for both Certificate and Diploma qualifications
NEBOSH offers three Master of Science (MSc) degrees and three Master of Research (MRes) degrees in partnership with the University of Hull:
These postgraduate degrees are designed for those wishing to extend their academic achievement beyond the level of a NEBOSH Diploma qualification, in order to further advance their professional careers.
The MSc programmes consist of taught modules on advanced topics relating to health, safety and environmental management and research dissertations relevant to a candidates own place of work. The MRes programmes consist of online distance-learning courses that cover research methodology and literature searches, as well as a research project completed in the workplace.
Undertaking any exam can be daunting. For example, the NEBOSH General Certificate consists of two, two-hour exams as well as a practical workplace assignment to complete. The article will draw examples from the NEBOSH General certificate, however the principles covered will be beneficial for all NEBOSH certificate level exams, and for many other exams.