Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we receive. If the question you have is not answered here, please get in touch by clicking on Contact Us.
You may wish to resit your Certificate level qualification at a standard examination sitting (March, June, September and December). However, many of our Learning Partners also offer on demand examinations, set and marked by NEBOSH but held on a date chosen by the Learning Partners, who would be happy to accept external resit learners.
If you would like to search for an examination on a date and at a location suitable to you, please visit the Where to study area of our website and select 'Find an Examination'. Alternatively you can contact our Customer Enquiry Team; Contact us.
Unit Certificates and Qualification Parchments are normally issued within 20 working days of the result declaration date stated on the Result Notification letter.
Please note, we are no longer issuing unit certificates for NEBOSH Certificate level qualifications, learners will receive one parchment on completion of the full qualification.
All results are emailed to learners directly. The timings for receiving your assessment results depends on the qualification you are studying.
Award Level qualifications
Results for Award Level qualifications are issued within 22 working days for examination taken in English and 32 working days for non-English Assessments from the assessment date
Certificate Level qualifications
Results for Certificate Level qualifications are issued within 50 working days of the assessment date, this is for English and non-English assessments.
Results for open book examinations will also be sent within 50 working days.
Diploma Level qualifications
Results for Diploma Level qualifications are issued within 50 working days from the assessment date.
Each Learning Partner sets their own course timetables, and in the case of certificate level qualification can choose their own examination date. Please see each Learning Partner's entry on our website or contact them directly for further details.
For more information on Learning Partners visit the Where to Study section of the website.
For a broad comparison of qualification levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with those in Scotland and Ireland please see the “Qualifications can cross boundaries” leaflet.
All Learning Partners must meet the minimum requirements in order to achieve and maintain accreditation with us.
We cannot make a recommendation to you and nor do we disclose examination pass rates for individual Learning Partners.
Learning Partners differ in their teaching formats, the amount of support they provide, venue type and location and hence cost. We recommend that you contact a number of partners to discuss their services so you can make a choice of which best suits you.
Details of our Learning Partners are available by looking at the Where to Study section of the website.
In the UK:
- IOSH the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
- APS the Association for Project Safety
- IFPO the Institute of Fire Prevention Officers
- IIRSM the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
For details of qualifications accepted by each professional body see the FAQ "How do I acquire professional status with a membership body?".
As a starting point, we would suggest the NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work. It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 5 with 3 SCQF credit points. SCQF Level 5 is comparable to NQF/QCF Level 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or GCSE level.
This 3-day course covers the basic health and safety principles and practices essential in the workplace. These include:
- Understanding risk assessments and control strategies;
- Applying these control strategies to a number of common workplace hazards, including fire, electrical, transport and manual handling.
Further information can be found on our Qualifications Page.
Once this has been achieved post-16 learners may consider progressing to our Certificate-level qualifications such as the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.
NEBOSH qualifications are primarily intended for adult (post-19) learners operating in the workplace and have not been designed to meet national technical, funding and other criteria for vocational qualifications that can be offered to 14-19 learners in UK schools.
For further information on the restrictions on qualifications that can be offered in schools in the UK, please consult other FAQs in this section regarding learners aged 14-19.
NB: It is the responsibility of maintained schools and academies to check the suitability and eligibility of qualifications offered on school premises or during school time or school-funded activities with the relevant local authority and/or national education department (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland).
No liability is accepted by NEBOSH for information provided by external websites or for any decisions made on the basis of information given here.
Established in 1995, the Association for Project Safety (APS) is a multi-disciplinary membership body for professionals who operate in, or have an interest in, Health and Safety Risk Management in the Construction Industry. Amongst APS members are the country’s leading surveying, health and safety, architectural, project management and engineering professionals. Many of the country’s leading practices are also APS Corporate Members. Together the membership of the Association is committed to shaping and sharing best practice in construction health and safety risk management.
Further information can be found on the APS website.
The Institute of Fire Prevention Officers (IFPO) is a fire safety professional membership body. The IFPO’s aims and objectives include:
- To promote the advancement of fire safety education generally
- To maintain high professional standards amongst members
- To direct anyone with a need for fire safety information to those members with the skills and knowledge to satisfy that need
- To encourage appraisal, evaluation, research and study in the field of fire safety
- To represent the interests of members on bodies and committees dealing with statutory controls, regulations, standards and codes of practice
- To promote international liaison amongst fire safety professionals
- To maintain an approved Competency Council Register of Fire Risk Assessors
Further information can be found on the IFPO website.