History of NEBOSH

Since NEBOSH was founded in 1979 we have been at the forefront of improvements to global health and safety, changes that have helped to save lives. Throughout that time, our learners, Learning Partners, partners, employers, governments, colleagues and trustees have all played a part in our successes;

  • 33 qualifications developed,
  • Over 400,000 successful learners,
  • Over 600 Learning Partners,
  • Exams in over 130 countries,
  • Over 190,000 social media followers.

Take a look at the timeline below to see some of the highlights and key milestones from over 40 years as a leader in health, safety and environmental qualifications. 

In Our stories you’ll discover stories from Learning Partners, employees and some of the thousands of learners who have achieved NEBOSH qualifications over the years. 

As we look ahead to what has already been an eventful new decade, find out what we have planned for Our future.

September 1979

Richard Booth appointed as founding Chair

June 1980

First NEBOSH exam

April 1988

NEBOSH Diploma launched

1989

NEBOSH National General Certificate launched

June 1992

NEBOSH registers as a charity

March 2001

Designatory letters introduced for holders of NEBOSH higher level qualifications

April 2005

NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is launched

May 2006

First NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony takes place at the University of Warwick

January 2009

NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety launched

December 2013

Great Britain’s regulator, the Health and Safety Executive, chooses NEBOSH to develop an accredited Diploma for its health and safety inspectors

April 2014

NEBOSH wins the Queen’s Award for Enterprise

June 2016

NEBOSH launches an Alumni association for its Diploma holders to support them with their Continuing Professional Development.

December 2016

NEBOSH achieves ISO 14001 accreditation for its efforts in environmental management

March 2018

NEBOSH is a member of the committee that develops and launches ISO 45001

March 2019

80,000 people achieved NEBOSH International General Certificate

September 2019

NEBOSH unveils new-look National and International General Certificate

July 2020

NEBOSH achieves ISO 45001 certification, the international health and safety management standard

August 2020

Learners sit the first NEBOSH open book examination (OBE)