NEBOSH: What you need to know

Interested in a career in health and safety? NEBOSH could be for you…

If you’re passionate about minimising risks, figuring out ways to improve safety procedures, and generally helping others stay out of harm, starting a career in this fast growing field could be a great way to fulfil your goals. But how can you get started?

Here’s everything you need to know about NEBOSH, and how it could help you progress in the health and safety industry:


What is NEBOSH?

The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) is a UK based examination board that offers vocational qualifications in occupational health and safety, and risk management.

NEBOSH doesn’t offer training courses directly, but instead provides syllabuses, assignments, and exams for accredited course providers.


What course providers offer NEBOSH courses?

There are over 600 providers worldwide are who are accredited to deliver NEBOSH courses.

Each course an organisation offers is required to adhere to certain procedures and guidelines set by NEBOSH, meaning you can always be sure your qualification is legitimate – no matter who you’re studying with.

However, as each one may offer different learning options, venue types, prices, and support, it’s a good idea to do your research to decide with provider is right for you.

Simply visit NEBOSH’s where to study page to find out more, or browse all of our available NEBOSH courses now.


What NEBOSH qualifications are available?

There are three levels of NEBOSH qualification, including:

  • The NEBOSH Award. Providing a basic understanding and awareness of health and safety principles, these awards are perfect for beginners and offer a great introduction into NEBOSH qualifications.
  • The NEBOSH Certificate. These certificates provide an excellent foundation in health and safety, helping you to become a fully qualified professional in your chosen area of study. Whilst they’re a common choice amongst managers and supervisors, there are no specific entry requirements to start studying. Once completed, you’ll qualify for Technical Membership of IOSH (Tech IOSH), and associate membership of the IIRSM.
  • The NEBOSH Diploma. Globally recognised and highly respected, a NEBOSH diploma is vital if you want to gain Chartered (CMIOSH) status. You’ll usually need prior qualifications and experience, making these qualifications popular amongst health and safety advisors and environmental practitioners.

NEBOSH also offers Masters of Research (MRes) and Masters of Science (MSc) degrees, in partnership with the University of Hull.


What subjects can I study?

NEBOSH covers a wide range of areas within the health and safety sector. Potential areas of study include:

  • Environmental Awareness at Work
  • Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industries
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Construction Health and Safety
  • Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • Management of Health and Well-being at Work

The exact depth and length of your qualification will depend on whether you’re studying for an Award, Certificate, or Diploma – with most of the above subjects offered at all levels (just varying in intensity).


What study options are available?

There are a variety of ways to study NEBOSH, with accredited course providers offering both classroom based courses and online courses.

The potential to study online and at your own pace means that getting qualified doesn’t have to get in the way of your other commitments, and you’ll have the freedom to learn from wherever you are.

What type of course is right for me?


How long will it take to get qualified?

This will depend on the course type and method of study you choose, with NEBOSH courses generally lasting anything from a few days to a number of weeks.

For example, an online, self-paced course may specify an average duration, but how long you decide to take to complete the course is entirely up to you.

Classroom courses, on the other hand, are likely to be more defined and regimented in their duration.

It’s also likely that higher level NEBOSH qualifications (e.g. the Diploma) will take longer complete than the Award or Certificate.


Why study NEBOSH?

NEBOSH is one of the most respected and sought after qualifications for employers in the health and safety sector.

Not only could getting qualified help you break into the industry, it could also improve your career progression and enhance your earning potential. For example, positions requiring a candidate to be NEBOSH qualified have an average salary of around £49,000, whilst similar health and safety roles that don’t specify a diploma pay in the region of £42,000.

Additionally, NEBOSH is recognised by a number of professional membership bodies, making it possible to apply for entry as soon as you’ve finished studying.

These are:

  • The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)
  • The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

So whether you want to become a Health and Safety Advisor, a Construction Site Manager, a Fire Risk Assessor, or anything else, NEBOSH will help get your foot in the door.


What jobs can I do after getting a NEBOSH qualification?

There are a number of opportunities that will become available to you after you’re NEBOSH qualified.

Here are a few of the most common NEBOSH jobs:

  • Health and Safety Advisor/Officer
  • Fire Safety Officer
  • Risk Assessor
  • Quality and Safety Engineer
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Site Supervisor
  • Construction Site Manager


How can I get started?

It’s quick and easy to start learning, and with a number of courses to choose from – whether you want to study remotely or in a classroom, or full-time or part-time, there’ll be something to your learning style and schedule.

Simply view all available NEBOSH courses now to find the right one for you.

Can’t decide? No problem.

Whether you want to find out more about a particular course’s content, or you aren’t sure of its length, you can get in touch with the course provider directly to find out more details before you buy.

Additionally, our helpful Q&A section might be able to provide answers to any questions you have.


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