The NEBOSH National Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals is a perfect choice if you want to make health and safety your career.

The syllabus has been developed with experts for experts! We consulted with over 600 people including, key stakeholders, previous Diploma learners, Learning Partners, subject experts, and employers during its development. 

The resulting qualification will give you the knowledge and practical skills you need to perform as a leading health and safety professional of the future. You will gain confidence in your capabilities to recognise and solve everyday health and safety issues and take opportunities for improvement.

This advanced health and safety qualification will support your academic and career progression.

This is a replacement qualification for the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. If you are studying the previous syllabus further information can be found here.

Who is it for? 

This qualification is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to make health and safety their career.

Building upon the foundation of knowledge provided by the NEBOSH General Certificate, it is particularly relevant for:

  • Health and safety professionals or those with aspirations to be one
  • People with health and safety responsibilities who want to gain an in-depth understanding


Employers looking for more information on how NEBOSH qualifications can benefit your organisation, can find out more on our Guidance for Employers page.

National Diploma for OHS Management Professionals

An advanced health and safety qualification that supports academic and career progression.

Developed with experts, for experts

Gives you the knowledge and skills you will need to perform as a leading health and safety professional of the future.

Course Details

The qualification deliberately looks at general workplace issues so that is can be applied in the many different sectors in which health and safety professionals may work. 

On completion of the qualification, you will be able to:

  • understand how health and safety legislation is applied in a workplace and the possible enforcement actions that could be taken
  • identify and effectively communicate relevant health and safety information
  • advise on a range of common workplace health and safety issues including how these can be assessed, controlled and monitored
  • develop a health and safety policy strategy (including proactive safety, Corporate Social Responsibility and the change management process)
  • contribute to a risk management strategy
  • promote a positive health and safety culture
  • develop and audit health and safety management systems
  • maintain individual and organisational health and safety competence
  • manage contractors and supply chains to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.

Length of course

The qualification requires a minimum of 191 taught hours, plus 144 recommended self-study hours and 140 assessment hours.

Entry Requirements

There are no mandatory qualification entry requirements but it is strongly recommended learners have undertaken the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. The syllabus assumes that learners will have this level of prior learning.

It is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

Read more about language requirements for NEBOSH qualifications.

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Choose a Learning Partner

Every learner must register with a NEBOSH accredited Learning Partner and undertake the relevant learning before taking an assessment and gaining a qualification. It is not possible to self-study for a NEBOSH qualification. 

Our global network of Learning Partners provide excellent learning and support and will help you prepare for your assessments. You can search for Learning Partners in our Where to Study section, and can filter the results by multiple factors, such as location and mode of study.

You should ensure that the Learning Partner you choose offers the qualification in the way you want to study. We recommend that you explore your options before selecting a Learning Partner as it is an important personal choice.

The factors you may wish to consider include:

  • Mode of Study – Options available include face to face, 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. NEBOSH examinations are taken in over 130 countries.
  • On-going support – Will the support provided during your course and in the run up to your assessments match your expectations?



Each Learning Partner sets their own fees to reflect the service offered. We recommend you contact a number of Learning Partners to establish what their fees are and what is included in the fee. Costs can vary depending on the mode of study, the level of support given, and the inclusion of examination registration fees, for example. 

Read more about our Learning Partner Programme and how to choose the right Learning Partner for you: Choosing a NEBOSH Learning Partner.

Professional Recognition and SQA Accreditation

Professional body recognition

We anticipate that this qualification, like its forerunners, will meet the academic requirements to apply for membership of many professional bodies including the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).  

SQA Accreditation

The NEBOSH National Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation at SCQF Level 10 with 49 SCQF credit points .

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

Existing Learners

This is a replacement qualification for the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. If you are studying the previous syllabus further information can be found here.

If you are considering moving between specifications, the transitional arrangements have been outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions document in the resources section below.

Don’t forget, your Learning Partner will be able to answer any questions about the qualification, register you for the relevant assessments, and will be a key point of contact throughout your studies.


The assessments focus on the application of knowledge to help you prepare for the health and safety tasks faced in the workplace.

Assessment Format

The qualification units are assessed in the following way:

 ND1 – Know – workplace health and safety principles

 Assignment - workplace-based tasks together with simulations and reflective statements and a research topic

 ND2 – Do – controlling workplace health issues

 Scenario-based case study

 ND3 – Do – controlling workplace safety issues

 Scenario-based case study


Each assessment is a substantial undertaking. We anticipate that it will take you around 60 hours to complete the ND1 assignment and 40 hours each for the ND2 and ND3 case studies. The time-period given for you to complete each assessment reflects this:

Unit ND1: 6 weeks (30 working days)
Unit ND2: 4 weeks (20 working days)
Unit ND3: 4 weeks (20 working days)

Assessment Dates

The first assessment dates for each unit are given below and further guidance will be provided in advance to help your preparations:


 Release Date

 Submission Date


 8 September 2021

 20 October 2021


 10 November 2021

 8 December 2021


 13 January 2022

 10 February 2022


 09 March 2022

 22 April 2022


 11 May 2022

 10 June 2022


 13 July 2022

 10 August 2022


 14 September 2022

 26 October 2022


 09 November 2022

 07 December 2022


Longer term, there will be two opportunities every year to complete each assessment. Scheduled dates will be published at the earliest opportunity.

All assessments will be checked via Turnitin plagiarism software and you will be required to have a closing interview with after each assessment.

Assessment Registration

Only Diploma learners who have enrolled with NEBOSH through an accredited Learning Partner are eligible to register for Diploma assessments. You must be enrolled before the deadline of the assessment you wish to register for. Please contact your Learning Partner directly to confirm their closing date.

Assessment Results

You will receive your results 50 working days after the submission date for your assessment. A unit certificate will be issued 20 working days after the notification date for each successful unit.  

Once you have passed all three unit assessments (ND1/ND2/ND3) your combined percentage mark will give your overall grade for the qualification (Distinction/Credit/Pass).

Distinction 226 or higher
Credit 196 – 225
Pass 150 – 195

A qualification parchment will be issued 20 working days after the results notification date for the third successful unit. 

What's Next?


Successful learners 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.

Join the NEBOSH Alumni

Its free and easy for NEBOSH Diploma holders to join the NEBOSH Alumni. There are lots of benefits to signing up including the opportunity to network, invitations to CPD events and webinars, access to exclusive resources and the opportunity to help us shape the future of NEBOSH qualifications.

For further details please click here.

Add Designatory Letters after your name

You are entitled to use the designatory letters DipNEBOSH after your name once you pass the NEBOSH National Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals.

Further Study

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

  • Diploma holders wishing to develop their environmental expertise may consider taking the NEBOSH National/International Diploma in Environmental Management.
  • National Diploma holders wishing to use their skills overseas may consider the NEBOSH International Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals.
  • In addition, NEBOSH offer specialist qualifications for Construction, Fire, Oil & Gas and Process Industry sectors, as well as a Leadership Excellence and Wellbeing.
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

For more information please click here.

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 learners to complete specific modules e.g. in environmental management.

Listed below are some universities that may accept a NEBOSH National Diploma for entry. Prospective learners should contact their chosen university directly to confirm the entry requirements and check that their specific qualifications are appropriate.

  • Loughborough University
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Salford
  • Middlesex University
  • University of South Wales

Please note that there are additional relevant university MSc courses not listed above. Their positions in relation to NEBOSH qualifications were unavailable at the time of publishing.


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

If you would like any further information please get in touch through our Contact Us page - our Customer Enquiry Team will be happy to help.



We have answered some frequently asked questions about the Diploma:

Reference Sources

References have been supplied to aid tutors when preparing their course materials and learners as part of their studies, these can be accessed by clicking the link below.  

Reference Sources


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