The NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification provides a useful introduction to environmental issues at work. It highlights the role workers can play in improving organisational environmental performance and will aid understanding of environmental impacts and risk control. It meets the training requirement for organisations implementing ISO 14001.

It is accessible to all. No prior knowledge is required and the content is relevant wherever you work around the world.

There is also the option to add content relevant to the environmental impacts and issues faced by a company or sector.

The qualification is an ideal first step towards progressing to the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management, which provides a more extensive and practical understanding of environmental management in the workplace.

Our qualifications are developed based on extensive research with health and safety professionals, employers, professional bodies and regulators to ensure that they remain relevant, rigorous as well as achievable and practical.

You will be assessed on your ability to apply your skills and knowledge to a wide range of issues and how to deliver positive change to a real workplace.


Who is it for?

Individual

This qualification is for anyone who needs to gain a basic understanding of environmental impacts and risk control. It provides an introduction to implementing ISO 14001.

It is an environmental qualification for students with no prior knowledge of the subject required.

The qualification has global relevance and covers the principles of environmental management, not UK specific law. It may be particularly relevant for:

  • Team leaders and supervisors
  • Facilities managers
  • Anyone wishing to ensure they work positively with regard to the environment

It can be studied and assessed in English and Arabic. 

“It’s an ideal first step. I think it’s given everyone a good understanding of how everything fits together, and you can easily relate the program content to your role. It certainly improves general awareness and can be taken by employees at all levels.”
Anna Ollier, Food Safety Manager, Cargill (Formerly ADM Cocoa UK )

Employer

This qualification gives you the opportunity to improve your workforce’s understanding of environmental management.

By raising awareness of common environmental impacts and highlighting ways to control them, you can improve the environmental culture and performance of your organisation. Your workers should be more conscious of the impact they have on the environment at work as a result, and will be able to apply what they have learned as soon as the course is completed.

The qualification can also be tailored to the needs of your organisation. It is possible to add content to cover issues faced in your industry or sector. You can work with an established course provider to add to the content that is specified in the syllabus. Alternatively you may wish to explore the possibility of your organisation achieving accreditation to deliver this qualification.

It is an environmental qualification for students with no prior knowledge of the subject required.

The qualification, which has global relevance covers the principles of environmental management, not UK specific law. It may be particularly relevant for:

  • Team leaders and supervisors
  • Facilities managers
  • Your team!

Importantly, this qualification will provide your workers with awareness of your organisation’s significant environmental aspects which is a requirement for organisations implementing and maintaining the international environmental management standard ISO 14001:2015.

It can be studied and assessed in English and Arabic. 

“The idea behind the Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification was to get employees to understand how their job impacts energy usage, our packaging materials waste and so on at the facility. We’ve immediately seen that our employees are being more proactive. They’re also coming forward with ideas of their own. Altogether, it’s proving very positive and given everyone a more structured approach.”
Greg McCannon, HS&E Coordinator, ADM Cocoa UK

What you will learn

What does the course cover?

Normally one day in length, the course covers basic environmental awareness and practices essential in the workplace. Topics include:

  • The meanings of basic environmental terms
  • Importance and benefits of sustainable development
  • The individual's role in a certified Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Air, water and land pollution
  • Dealing with emergencies

The syllabus is mapped to the environmental awareness and management published by Lantra. 

Further details can be found in the syllabus guide which can be found in the 'Resources' section below. 

How is the qualification assessed?

Students are assessed by a multiple-choice examination consisting of 20 questions over a 30 minute duration.

Students need to be proficient in the language in which they study and complete their assessments.

A qualification parchment will be sent following successful completion of the examination.


Entry requirements and exemptions

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however, it is important that students’ are able to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus in the language that the course delivery and assessment will be completed in.

NEBOSH recommends that candidates undertaking this qualification in English 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 further information please consult the IELTS website: http://www.ielts.org/

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

https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/find-out-about-results/understand-your-ielts-scores/common-european-framework-equivalencies

https://www.ielts.org/ielts-for-organisations/common-european-framework

Exemptions

There are no exemptions available for this qualification.


How to study

Over 600 course providers across the world have been accredited by NEBOSH to offer some or all of our qualifications. Each has demonstrated that they have the procedures and resources in place to deliver training programme(s) that meet NEBOSH requirements. 

Each course provider has flexibility in delivering their programme(s) as long as it meets the core NEBOSH requirements. You should ensure that the course provider you choose offers the qualification in the manner you wish to study. We therefore recommend that you explore your options before selecting a course provider as it is an important personal choice.

The factors you may wish to consider include:

  • Mode of Study – Options available include classroom training, distance learning, in-company training and eLearning. Has one method of learning been more effective for you in the past?
  • Course Structure – If you opt for classroom training, would you prefer day or evening classes, block release or a modular course?
  • Location – Being able to study and sit your examinations locally may be an important consideration for you. In 2017/18 NEBOSH examinations were taken in 132 countries.
  • On-going support – Will the support provided during your course and in the run up to your exam match your expectations?
  • Cost – Each course provider sets their own fees to reflect the service offered. You may wish to contact several course providers to establish what their fees are and what is included in the fee.

The Where to Study search facility can help you to shortlist course providers that match your personal requirements. You can search for providers accredited to offer courses leading to specific qualifications. Location and mode of study preferences can also be factored into your search.


What does it cost and how long does it take?

Course fees are determined by individual course providers and vary depending on the format of the course.

The required teaching time for this qualification is 6 hours and approximately 1 hour of assessment preparation and assessment time.  It is recommended that you also complete 3 hours pre-course reading.

It is therefore anticipated that the course can be taught in one day with the 30 minute multiple-choice examination taken at the end of the day.

Details of course providers accredited to offer this qualification are available in the Where to Study section.

 


Professional recognition and SQA accreditation

Maintaining professional standards

In the UK – and, increasingly, worldwide – regulatory accreditation is recognised as a badge of quality, allowing our qualifications to retain their highly regarded professional status.

UK accredited qualifications provide you with certain guarantees that the qualification:

  • Meets specific quality criteria that ensure it is fit for its purpose
  • Includes relevant content
  • Uses appropriate assessment methodology
  • Is mapped to relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • Is supported by relevant stakeholders including employers

The NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation.  It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 5 with 1 SCQF credit point.

SCQF Level 5 is comparable to RQF/CQFW Level 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

See the Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries chart issued by the UK regulators.

For UK students, the SQA Accreditation logo will appear on certificates awarded for this qualification. The SCQF logo, credit and level information will appear on the result transcript. Please click here for further information on SCQF credit and levels.

Valued by Employers

NEBOSH qualifications can play an important part in ensuring that the health and safety provision businesses have in place is effective. This may explain why so many organisations choose to include NEBOSH qualifications on their competency matrices.

NEBOSH research has shown that 85% of health and safety job advertisements in the UK insisted on candidates holding some form of NEBOSH qualification.


Examinations

Examination registration

Students must be registered before they can take an examination. All examination registrations must be completed by an accredited course provider.

Examination entry confirmation

Once your course provider has registered you to an examination, they will send you an Examination Entry Confirmation that includes your student number and the regulations for you as a student. The student number is the only identification that you may use on your examination scripts – scripts must not include your name. 

The Examination Entry Confirmation is essential to gain entry to the examination room. You will need to show a form of photographic identification to the invigilator and then sign the Examination Entry Confirmation. Please contact your course provider if you have not received your Examination Entry Confirmation.

Examination dates 

All examinations are held on a date chosen by your course provider. You should contact them for more information.

Examination results

You will receive your results within 15 working days of sitting the examination. Once you have achieved a pass a qualification parchment will be issued. This is normally within 20 working days of the confirmation of the successful unit.


What next?

The qualification provides a basic introduction to environmental management at work. If you want to progress after completing it, a further option would be the:

This qualification provides a more extensive and practical understanding of environmental management in the workplace.

 

Alternatively, if you want to gain a basic understanding of health and safety issues to complement the knowledge obtained from this qualification another option would be the:

The connections between our qualifications are illustrated in more detail in the Qualifications Progression Leaflet found in the Resources section below.


Resources

This section provides guidance and useful information in support of this qualification.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team via email info@nebosh.org.uk or +44 (0)116 2634700.

Syllabus Guide

This Qualification Guide contains the detailed syllabus, assessment requirements and example question papers for the NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification.

This Guide remains the copyright of NEBOSH. The information in this publication may be reproduced in support of NEBOSH qualifications. If it is reproduced, NEBOSH should be clearly acknowledged as the source. If it is to be used for any other purpose, written permission must be obtained from NEBOSH.

Environmental Awareness Syllabus Guide

 

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read this document - available free of charge from www.Adobe.co.uk.

If you would like any further information, please contact the Customer Services team on 0116 2634700 or email info@nebosh.org.uk

NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification Guide (November 2014 Specification)

 

 

 

 

  

Syllabus Summaries

The learning outcomes for the qualification are summarised in this document in Arabic. 

Syllabus Summary - Arabic 

Policies and Procedures

View all of our Policies and Procedures by clicking here.

Qualification Progression Leaflet

NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Course Book

Environmental Awareness at Work Course Book

NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Course Book

The course book has been designed as a study aid for students undertaking the Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification. Matched to the syllabus and written in simple English, each chapter is supported by sample questions and activities.

Copies of the book can be purchased from our shop for £15 each or £10 each for orders over 20. For orders over 20, please contact the Customer Services Team on +44 (0)116 2634700 or info@nebosh.org.uk

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Key Features

  • Includes what you need to know to achieve this qualification
  • Each syllabus element is covered in one dedicated chapter
  • Sample questions and activities
  • Produced by NEBOSH

Contents

  • Foundations of environmental awareness
  • The meaning of environment, habitats, ecosystems, pollution and sustainability
  • The importance and benefits of sustainable development
  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • Pollution, impact assessments and emergencies
  • Principles and practice of impact (risk) assessments
  • The main sources, types, controls and impacts of air pollution
  • The main sources, controls and impacts of water pollution
  • The main sources, controls and impacts of environmental noise
  • Types of waste
  • Waste management
  • Dealing with environmental emergencies

Student Terms and Conditions

Please see our Students Terms and Conditions below.

Student Fees List

The NEBOSH Student Fees List for 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019 is available to download below. Please use these documents in conjunction with the Question and Answer Supplement.

Student Fees List 2018-2019
Student Fees Q&A 2018-2019

Student Fees List 2019-2020
Student Fees List Q&A 2019-2020

Please note that these are the fees that NEBOSH charges. Some course providers may incorporate these fees within the overall fee you have paid to them.

For further information please contact your chosen course provider or contact our Customer Services department on +44 (0)116 263 4700.


 

 


 

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