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,
  • Almost 550,000 successful learners,
  • Over 600 Learning Partners,
  • Exams in over 130 countries,
  • Over 300,000 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. 

September 1979

Richard Booth appointed as founding Chair

June 1980

First NEBOSH exam

April 1988

NEBOSH Diploma launched


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 community 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

First digital assessment introduced for the NEBOSH General Certificate

May 2021

NEBOSH launches The Michael Adamson NEBOSH Diploma Scholarship, for aspiring health and safety professionals

October 2021

NEBOSH hosts first Online Conference, welcoming thousands of virtual attendees

November 2021

NEBOSH wins Awarding Organisation of the Year at Federation of Awarding Bodies annual awards ceremony

March 2023

The NEBOSH Alumni reaches 6,000 members.

May 2023

NEBOSH announce new Ofqual regulation for the NEBOSH Level 6 National and International Diplomas for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals