What is a NEBOSH Course and Why it is Important?

Founded in 1979, NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) is the national examination body responsible for vocational health and safety courses. The organisation manages qualifications, although it does not directly deliver them. NEBOSH courses are delivered by a range of institutions, including educational establishments and privately run training firms. Bodies delivering the training courses must gain accreditation from the examination board in order to deliver them. The range of qualifications available is broad and the organisation offers three levels of qualification; Awards, Certificates and Diplomas.

NEBOSH Award Level Qualification

The basic level is the NEBOSH Award in Health & Safety at Work, suitable for employees at any level within a company, while the certificate is more suited to managers and supervisors; the diploma level is more in-depth and suited to managers or those with specific safety roles.

NEBOSH Certificate Level Qualifications

Most NEBOSH accredited training providers offer a range of certificate level qualifications in the area of environmental management, construction safety, fire safety and general workplace health and safety. The NEBOSH certificate level qualifications are valuable to all employees and employers, and are recognised nationally (and in some cases, internationally) as setting industry standards for safety and risk management across a whole range of industries. For small firms who lack resources and expertise in the area of health and safety, these certificate qualifications offer a simple, established route to ensuring that your employees are working safely and within required legislative standards.

There is a range of options for health and safety training at the certificate level and these offer a comprehensive set of qualifications for managers and other responsible people. They can be crucial in understanding the basic legal requirements around the legislation, but also are designed to create positive attitudes and work practices. The range of qualifications fall into a number of categories, with the NEBOSH General Certificate and International General Certificate covering safety in the workplace and managing health and safety. For those working in the construction industry there is a NEBOSH Construction Certificate, Oil & Gas Certificate for the off-shore worker and Certificate in Fire safety for those involved in fire safety and risk management.

NEBOSH Diploma Level Qualifications

The NEBOSH Diploma level qualification is aimed at professionals who work within the health and safety field itself. Diplomas are currently offered with a National or International option and include: