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NEBOSH International Certificate now most popular

NEBOSH has revealed that its International General Certificate has become its most popular qualification worldwide.
The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety has overtaken the NEBOSH National General Certificate when it comes to annual registrations. Between April 2011 and 2012, there were 40,775 registrations to sit units of the NEBOSH International General Certificate compared to 37,426 for the National General Certificate.
“The National General Certificate, which in one form or another has been around for 23 years, contains UK health and safety law,“ explained Teresa Budworth, NEBOSH Chief Executive. “A few years ago it became clear that people from outside the UK were also looking to gain a NEBOSH Certificate. So in 2005 we launched our international version, the International General Certificate.”
“To be honest, it’s quite staggering the level of growth in popularity of the International General Certificate.”
The International Certificate becoming more popular than the National Certificate is a further sign of NEBOSH’s growing relevance and reputation throughout the world.
When looking at NEBOSH’s current qualifications, including its three Diplomas, almost half of its registrations now come from outside the UK, compared to just a third a year ago. Of these overseas registrations, 39% come from the Middle East and 31% from Asia. Registrations from Africa are also now emerging, accounting for 12%.
Joel Nedamo, who is Health and Safety Advisor for the entire Dubai World Trade Centre complex, commented: “Taking my NEBOSH International General Certificate broadened my knowledge and gave me more confidence. It put me on the pathway to achieving my NEBOSH International Diploma and helped me secure the role I now have.”
Teresa Budworth added: “When it comes to health, safety and environmental management, NEBOSH is no longer a name that’s only recognised in the UK, but is seen as a mark of excellence everywhere.”