It is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

Recommended standards

The following guidance relates to qualifications which are delivered and assessed in English. Some NEBOSH qualifications are available in additional languages, the web page for your chosen qualification will list any language options available. 

For Award level qualifications, NEBOSH recommends that learners should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

For Certificate level qualifications, NEBOSH recommends that learners should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

For Diploma level qualifications, NEBOSH recommends that learners should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

For further information please see the latest version of the IELTS Handbook or consult the IELTS website.

A chart mapping IELTS scores to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) can be found on the British Council and IELTS websites:

Learners wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the FAQs on the IELTS website for information on taking the test.