The NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management is a useful qualification for those aiming to develop and implement effective environmental management systems within their organisations.  The qualification focuses on the main elements of UK and EC legislation for environmental protection and general principles of the management of environmental and pollution control.

It also looks at the key components and structure of an environmental management system. It is designed for those whose careers focus strongly on environmental management at work.

Those who hold the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma are able to implement strategies and systems that help their employers demonstrate environmental excellence and social responsibility, as well as avoiding prosecution, litigation and loss of reputation.

Holders will have a set of high level skills that bring real value to the modern workplace.

Those who pass their Environmental Diploma are entitled to use designatory letters EnvDipNEBOSH.

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.

National Environmental Diploma

“What I learned has supported the launch of our Group-wide environmental policy.”

Catherine Casey, Global Group Environmental, Health and Safety Lead at UDG Healthcare plc

Successful students will meet the academic requirements for Practitioner level membership of IEMA (PIEMA)


Who is it for?

Individual

The Environmental Diploma is designed for aspiring environmental management professionals, building directly upon the foundation of knowledge provided by the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management.

Health and Safety practitioners commonly have environmental managements as an additional responsibility. The National Environmental Diploma can equip the Health and Safety Practitioner with the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil this part of their role.

"I knew of NEBOSH from the health and safety side, so that’s why I decided to look more closely at the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management. I thought if I was going to do something, it may as well be something that was recognised as a proper qualification. The qualification has helped immensely."
Melanie Eaves, Quality & Environmental Systems Manager, Dr Oetker

Employer

People with the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management help their employers not only avoid prosecution, litigation and loss of reputation, but demonstrate key social responsibility and ethics. 

Holders of this Diploma can advise their employers on the environmental impacts of their activities, on their legal obligations and on the means of continuously improving their environmental performance. They could also help the organisation to integrate the environmental management with other key management systems.

This qualification also provides professional level environmental assurance which can help employers achieve certification against recognised management standards such as ISO 14001, which in turn could help to win new business. 

"We have complete confidence in NEBOSH’s environmental management courses because of their high quality and their ability to successfully upskill thousands of working professionals each year.”
Tim Balcon, Chief Executive, IEMA

 


What you will learn

What does the course cover?

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management covers environmental management principles, multilateral treaties relating to environmental management and ways to prevent and control pollution. The syllabus is designed to provide students with the relevant expertise wherever in the world they may be working, and to empower them to positively influence environmental management standards and practice at every organisational level.

Key topics covered by this qualification include:

  • Benefits, limitations and structure of an environmental management system
  • Environmental aspect identification and control
  • The principles and drivers for environmental sustainability
  • Waste minimisation strategies

The qualification is divided into two units, each of which is assessed separately:

  • Unit ED1: Controlling environmental aspects
  • Unit NDEM2: Environmental Regulation

The syllabus is mapped to the Environmental awareness and management published by Lantra. These are maintained on a database which is managed by Skills Development Scotland www.ukstandards.org.uk/Pages/Search.aspx 

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

How is the qualification assessed?

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

Managing environmental aspects: Unit ED1 is assessed by a three-hour written examination. Students choose to answer 5 out of 8 questions. Examination papers are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH. 

Environmental regulation: Unit NDEM2 is assessed by a written assignment of approximately 8000 words, designed to test knowledge across the syllabus. The assignment is marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Students must successfully complete both parts of the assessment (assignment and examination) within five years of the result declaration for the first unit successfully completed in order to achieve the qualification.  

A copy of the syllabus guide or further guidance concerning Unit NDEM2 can be downloaded from the 'Resources' section

 


Entry requirements and exemptions

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however candidates should consider that this is professional level qualification, equivalent to SCQF Level 10. Achievement of the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management or direct equivalent prior to undertaking the Environmental Diploma course is highly recommended.

It is also vital that students have an appropriate standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained within the syllabus.

NEBOSH recommends that candidates undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

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

http://www.ielts.org/institutions/test_format_and_results.aspx.

Students wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the IELTS website for
information on taking the test:

http://www.ielts.org/faqs.aspx

Exemptions

Unit ED1 is a ‘common unit’ and also forms part of the International Diploma in Environmental Management. Students are able to use Unit ED1 as an exemption against the same unit of the International Diploma in Environmental Management  (September 2016 Specification) as long as the declaration date for Unit ED1 is within 5 years of the submission date for Unit IDEM2 of the International Diploma in Environmental Management.

 


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. 

For this qualification you should plan your study around a minimum of 119 taught hours and approximately 112 hours of private study.

Further information on taught hours can be found in the syllabus located in the 'Resources' section below.


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 National Diploma in Environmental Management 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 10 with 24 SCQF credit points.

SCQF Level 10 is comparable to RQF Level 6 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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

Where appropriate, the SQA Accreditation logo will appear on certificates awarded for this qualification. The SCQF logo, credit and level information will appear on the unit result notification. 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.

Professional Body Recognition

The NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management meets the requirements for:

  • IEMA Practitioner (PIEMA) level membership and will have their application fast tracked, provided that they apply within three years of achieving their Diploma.
  • Specialist Membership (SIIRSM) of International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

IOSH CPD Participants may allocate CPD credits for attendance at this course.

Those who pass their NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management are entitled to use the designatory letters EnvDipNEBOSH.  

The Environmental Diploma provides a sound basis for progression to MSc level: A number of UK universities offer MSc programs that accept the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management as a full or partial entry requirement.

 


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

Please note that new students will be taught based on the 2016 specification. However examinations and assignments based on the 2010 specification will continue to run for students currently studying to this specification.

The 2010 specification of the qualification is to be withdrawn by 31 December 2019 (following the results declaration for any EARs). However, this does not affect the recognition of the qualification.

Examinations for Unit ED1 are held on the below dates. 

Date Qualification   Unit  
Monday 14 January 2019 National Diploma in Environmental Management   ED1 (2016 Specification)
Monday 14 January 2019 National Diploma in Environmental Management   NED1 (2010 Specification)
Monday 15 July 2019 National Diploma in Environmental Management   ED1 (2016 Specification)
Monday 15 July 2019 National Diploma in Environmental Management   NED1 (2010 Specification)

 

Examination results

For written examinations, the date by which you should receive a written result notification is stated on your examination entry confirmation.

Practical Submission Dates

Practical units for the National Diploma in Environmental Management must be submitted by the below dates

 
Date Qualification   Unit  
Wednesday 20 February 2019 National Diploma in Environmental Management   ED2 (2010 Specification)
Wednesday 27 February 2019 National Diploma in Environmental Management   NDEM2 (2016 Specification)
Wednesday 29 May 2019 National Diploma in Environmental Management   NDEM2 (2016 Specification)
Wednesday 21 August 2019 National Diploma in Environmental Management   ED2 (2010 Specification)
Wednesday 28 August 2019 National Diploma in Environmental Management   NDEM2 (2016 Specification)
Wednesday 27 November 2019 National Diploma in Environmental Management   NDEM2 (2016 Specification)

What next?

Graduation

Successful students are invited to attend the NEBOSH Graduation and Awards Ceremony in the summer following successful completion of their Diploma. 

For further details please click here.

Other NEBOSH qualifications

NEBOSH offers a range of qualifications that bring you success and advancement in your chosen field.

  • Environmental Diploma holders wishing to develop their health and safety expertise may consider taking the NEBOSH National or International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety qualifications. 
  • In addition, NEBOSH offer specialist qualifications for the Construction, Fire, Oil & Gas and Process Industry sectors, as well as a Leadership Excellence and Management of Health and Well-being.
Learning at Masters level, with an emphasis on practice-led research

In partnership with NEBOSH, the University of Hull is offering Masters Degrees in Occupational Health, Safety and Environment subjects.

The following taught MSc qualifications in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management are available to NEBOSH Diploma holders:

  • MSc in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
  • MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • MSc in Environmental Management

Master of Research (MRes) qualifications have been designed to complement the learner’s career through research directly relevant to their own work. The following qualifications are available to Diploma holders:

  • MRes in Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • MRes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
  • MRes in Environmental Management

For more information please click here.

Additional Masters Programmes

A number of universities offer MSc programs which accept the NEBOSH Diplomas as a full or partial entry requirement. Some MSc courses may require additional qualifications/expertise, such as a degree, further significant work experience or expect students to complete specific modules e.g. in environmental management.

Listed below are some universities that accept NEBOSH Diplomas for entry. Prospective students should contact their chosen university directly to confirm the entry requirements and check that their specific qualifications are appropriate.

Environmental Diploma

  • University of Derby

Please note that there are a number of additional relevant university MSc courses not listed above. Their positions in relation to NEBOSH qualification were unavailable at the time of publishing this page and will be updated in due course.

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 (2010 specification)

This Qualification Guide contains the detailed syllabus, assessment requirements and example question papers for the NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management.

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.

Guide to the NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management (September 2010)

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these 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 has recently released a revised version (2016 Specification) of this qualification, which course providers will be teaching from September 2017. For students who have studied the 2010 specification, the following transitional arrangements have been put in place:

2010 specification examinations
  • NED1 examinations will be held twice a year in January and July until July 2019. 
  • NED1 examinations will test content from the 2010 specification only.
2010 specification projects
  • NED2 projects can be submitted twice a year in February and August until August 2019
  • NED2 projects will continue to be marked by accredited course providers.

The 2010 specification of the qualification is to be withdrawn by 31 December 2019 (following the results declaration for any EARs). However, this does not affect the recognition of the qualification.

Syllabus Guide (2016 Specification)

EDIP Syllabus GuideNEBOSH is delighted to announce the publication of the new specification for the National Diploma in Environmental Management.  We are also launching a new international version of the qualification (the NEBOSH International Diploma in Environmental Management). This is an environmental qualification for students who are based overseas.  The National and International qualifications share a common unit ED1 (the examination unit). For further information on this International qualification please click here 

The syllabus has been revised in line with its normal development cycle and following consultation with employers and NEBOSH’s accredited course providers.  

The Guide to the NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management (September 2016 specification) 

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these 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 has also tried to anticipate some of your queries by producing a guidance document on the syllabus changes.

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.

The first assessments for the 2016 specification will take place in 2018:

Examination sittings will take place in January and July each year from January 2018 onwards.

Assignment submissions will take place in February, May, August and November each year from February 2018. 

ED2: Practical Application (2010 specification)

This document provides comprehensive guidance on the presentation and submission of the Unit ED2 practical application. It includes guidance on the structure and style of the report. Candidates should study this document carefully before submitting their practical application.

The guidance should be read carefully in conjunction with the practical application mark scheme, which is attached at the end of this guidance document, to provide a clear guide to the requirements of the practical application.

ED2 Guidance and information

Declarations

Project cover sheet

Audit proforma

NDEM2: Practical Application (2016 Specification)

This document provides comprehensive guidance on the presentation and submission of the Unit IDEM2 practical application. It includes guidance on the structure and style of the report. Candidates should study this document carefully before submitting their practical application.

The guidance should be read carefully in conjunction with the practical application mark scheme, which is attached at the end of this guidance document, to provide a clear guide to the requirements of the practical application.

NDEM2 Guidance and Information

Examiners' Reports

These reports provide feedback on the following key areas; examination technique, command words and learning outcomes and is designed to assist candidates and course providers prepare for future assessments. 

Environmental Diploma Examiners' Report July 2018

Environmental Diploma Examiners' Report January 2018

Environmental Diploma Examiners' Report July 2017

Candidates and course providers should also make reference to the ‘Example question paper and Examiners’ feedback on expected answers’ which provides example questions and details Examiners’ expectations and typical areas of under performance, these can be downloaded in the 'Resources' section.

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

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Team on + 44 (0)116 263 4700 or email info@nebosh.org.uk.

Guidance on Command Words

NEBOSH Command Words

NEBOSH has prepared “Guidance on command words and question papers” for Certificate and Diploma-level qualifications. This document is available to download below.

This guidance provides:
  • A concise definition of each command word used on NEBOSH Certificate and Diploma-level question papers
  • Example responses both to everyday scenarios and typical Certificate and Diploma-level questions

If you require any further information please contact the customer services team on +44(0)116 2634700 or info@nebosh.org.uk

Certificate:

Guidance on command words - Certificate (English)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (French)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (Portuguese unified)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (Russian)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (Arabic)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (Turkish)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (European Spanish)

Diploma:

Guidance on command words - Diploma

Preparing Students for Assessment Guide

Good preparation, as well as study, is often the key to passing assessments leading to NEBOSH qualifications. 

This guide is designed to assist in your preparation for NEBOSH Certificate and Diploma written assessments. The aim is to improve assessment performance and also to give students a helpful boost in confidence ahead of their examination sitting.

Please click here to download a copy of the guide.

Policies and Procedures

View all of our Policies and Procedures by clicking here.

Qualification Progression Leaflet

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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