The NEBOSH National Diploma is the most popular and recognised health and safety qualification of its kind. First introduced for health and safety professionals in 1980, over 18,000 students have completed the various versions since its inception.

This qualification assists in the development of professional competence, increasing students’ ability to help organisations make sensible and proportionate decisions in order to manage risk, meet business objectives, and meet regulatory and other requirements. Thorough but achievable, the qualification is designed to meet the needs of the modern workplace. It is a university degree-level qualification to be proud of, which offers a route to Masters-level study. 

The qualification covers the practical skills that are essential to health and safety professionals. It assesses a student's ability to apply their skills and knowledge and deliver positive change throughout the workplace.

Those who pass the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety are entitled to use the designatory letters DipNEBOSH. The NEBOSH National Diploma meets the academic requirements to apply for membership of many professional bodies as outlined in the Professional body recognition section. Diplomates are invited to NEBOSH’s annual graduation and awards ceremony and can join NEBOSH's growing Alumni network.

In the UK, nearly half of all advertised health and safety positions ask for applicants who hold a NEBOSH Diploma. UK employers increasingly see health and safety management as a strategic role demanding an appropriate professional level qualification.

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.

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“Thanks to NEBOSH I have the know how to take on any kind of challenge.”

Darren Culshaw, Health and Safety Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia

A NEBOSH National Diploma helped more than a 40% of successful students to achieve a salary increase

Over 94% of students would recommend the NEBOSH National Diploma

 


Who is it for?

Individual

Health and safety practitioners work in a diverse and challenging global workplace. To be the best, they need the best qualifications. the NEBOSH National Diploma is ideal for people who are seeking a successful long-term career and who wish to be recognised as a professional in their field.

This qualification is designed for aspiring health and safety professionals and builds directly upon the knowledge provided by the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.  It provides a sound basis for progression to postgraduate study.

Thousands of health and safety professionals throughout the world have worked to achieve NEBOSH’s National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

"Taking and passing the Diploma has made a huge difference to me. Obviously there is the knowledge you gain, but it also validates who you are and what you know and how you are qualified to give out information."
Gary Browne, Walkers Shortbread

Employer

Qualified Health and Safety professionals are an asset to their organisations. Employing NEBOSH-qualified staff demonstrates a strong commitment to health and safety, as well as professional-level competence. This can help employers to achieve recognised standards and win new business. 

The NEBOSH National Diploma is one of the most recognised and respected professional qualifications for health and safety practitioners. It encourages holders to take a pragmatic approach to managing risk. An employee with a NEBOSH National Diploma has a proven set of high-level skills and knowledge that bring real value to the modern workplace

NEBOSH Diplomates assist employers in protecting against injury and loss of life. This helps to maintain a healthy workforce, avoiding prosecution, litigation, absence costs and loss of reputation.

"Without doubt, the NEBOSH Diploma is what employers look for on CVs. It demonstrates that a candidate possesses a depth of knowledge, quality, consistency and determination to achieve."
Nigel Clamp, Senior SHE Manager, Hanson UK

 


What you will learn

What does the course cover?

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety provides core health and safety knowledge that is applicable across all sectors. When combined with understanding and appropriate application, it underpins the competent performance of an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner.

The key topics covered by the qualification are:

  • Management of health and safety at work
  • The Key legal frameworks for health and safety in the UK, including the key elements of health and safety systems
  • The identification and control of risk associated with hazardous agents, workplace issues and equipment
  • Management of stress at work
  • The importance of human factors in reducing incidents

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

  • Unit A Managing health and safety
  • Unit B Hazardous agents in the workplace
  • Unit C Workplace and work equipment safety
  • Unit DNI Application of health and safety management in the workplace

Students may choose to take individual units in any order during their 5 year enrolment period and will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed.

The syllabus is mapped to the Health and Safety Practitioner units. 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 below.

How is the qualification assessed?

Units A, B and C are each assessed by one three-hour written examination consisting of 2 parts. The questions in Part A are all compulsory. For Part B students must answer 3 out of the 5 questions featured on the paper. Candidate scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit DNI is the final element of the assessment which gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a workplace situation. We have provided further guidance to help students who are completing the Unit DNI Assignment. 

Our unit based approach

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

  • Unit A: Managing health and safety
  • Unit B: Hazardous agents in the workplace
  • Unit C: Workplace and work equipment safety
  • Unit DNI : Application of health and safety theory and practice

Students may choose to take individual units in any order during their 5 year enrolment period and will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed.

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

 


Entry requirements and exemptions

Entry requirements

There no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however students should consider that this is professional level qualification, equivalent to SCQF Level 10. Achievement of the NEBOSH National General Certificate, or direct equivalent, prior to undertaking the 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 in the syllabus.

NEBOSH recommends that students 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.

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

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

Exemptions

Exemptions available for Unit DNI:

  • International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety - mark achieved for Unit DNI

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 243 taught hours and approximately 257 hours of private study.

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

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 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety 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 51 SCQF credit points.

SCQF Level 10 is comparable to RQF/CQFW 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 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety meets the academic requirements to apply for:

  • Graduate Membership (Grad IOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner as a Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH).
  • Member status (MIIRSM) of the Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)
  • Holders of either the NEBOSH National or International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and either the NEBOSH National or International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety meet the headline entrance criteria requirements for Registered Membership (RMaPS) of the Association for Project Safety (APS).

Those who pass their NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety are entitled to use the designatory letters DipNEBOSH.

Successful students are invited to the annual NEBOSH Graduation and Awards Ceremony in the year following the successful completion of their award.

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


Examinations

Examination registration

Only Diploma students who have enrolled with NEBOSH through an accredited course provider are eligible to register for Diploma examinations and assignments. You must be enrolled before the deadline of the examination you wish to register for. Please contact your course provider directly to confirm their closing date.

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 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 results

You will receive your results 12 weeks after your assessment date.  

Students will receive their Unit DNI assignment results as follows:

August 2018 submissions by Friday 09 November 2018

November 2018 submissions by Friday 15 February 2019 

Students who are successful in an individual unit will be issued with a Unit Certificate, normally within 20 working days of the result notification date. Units are not graded and the unit certificates will show a ‘Pass’ only. 

Once a student has achieved a Pass in all four units and the overall qualification grade awarded, a qualification parchment will be issued, normally within 20 working days of the result notification date. 

Examination dates 

Examinations are normally held each year in the third full week of January and in the first full week of July unless prior notice has been given beforehand.  Papers for Units A, B and C are usually offered on the mornings of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively. 

Date Qualification   Unit  
Tuesday 15 January 2019 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   Unit A
Wednesday 16 January 2019 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   Unit B
Thursday 17 January 2019 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   Unit C
Tuesday 16 July 2019 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   Unit A
Wednesday 17 July 2019 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   Unit B
Thursday 18 July 2019 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   Unit C

 

Assignment submission dates

DNI assignments must be submitted by the below dates.

Date Qualification   Unit  
Wednesday 28 November 2018 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   DNI
Wednesday 27 February 2019 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   DNI
Wednesday 29 May 2019 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   DNI 
Wednesday 28 August 2019 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   DNI 
Wednesday 27 November 2019 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety   DNI 

 


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.

  • Diploma holders wishing to develop their environmental expertise may consider taking the NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management. 
  • National Diploma holders wishing to use their skills overseas may consider the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. 
  • 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

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.

Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

NEBOSH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BCSP during December 2015. BCSP were formed in 1969 and its sole purpose is to certify practitioners in the safety profession based in the United States and other countries around the world. Obtaining CSP demonstrates to other health and safety professionals and employers around the globe that you have met rigorous educational, experiential and examination requirements.

The MOU allows holders of either the NEBOSH National or International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety to sit directly for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) assessment as long as they meet BCSP’s eligibility criteria.

The MOU also allows CSP holders to take the National or International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety without sitting a course of study with a NEBOSH accredited course provider. CSP holders will be required to enrol with a NEBOSH accredited course provider and take and achieve a ‘Pass’ in all four unit assessments in order to be awarded the qualification.

Further information has been included in the following document: Information on the NEBOSH Health and Safety Diplomas and BCSP’s Certified Safety Professional certification.

Students requiring further information should contact NEBOSH’s Customer Services Department on +44 (0)116 263 4700 or info@nebosh.org.uk.

Accredited course providers requiring further information should contact NEBOSH’s Accreditation Department at accreditation@nebosh.org.uk.

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 may accept a NEBOSH National Diploma for entry. Prospective students 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 a number of additional relevant university MSc courses not listed above. Their positions in relation to NEBOSH qualifications were unavailable at the time of publishing.

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 (November 2015)

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

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.

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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 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Syllabus guide (November 2015 specification)

 

 

 

 

 

Assignment Brief Unit DNI

Unit DNI is a combined Unit for both the National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and the International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

The assignment gives students the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding gained from their studies of Units A/IA, B/IB and C/IC of the National/International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety syllabus in a vocational setting.

The aim of the assignment is for candidates to carry out a review of the arrangements for managing health and safety in a workplace and to produce justified, proportionate recommendations to improve health and safety performance.

Please download the latest DNI Guidance and Information for candidates below. This document provides comprehensive guidance on the presentation and submission of the Unit DNI assignment report and should be studied carefully before commencing.

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

Your course provider will be able to confirm your eligibility to take the Unit DNI assignment and will formally issue students with their assignment brief. 
 Unit DNI Candidate Guidance

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. 

Unit A Examiners' Report July 2018
Unit B Examiners' Report July 2018
Unit C Examiners' Report July 2018

Unit A Examiners' Report January 2018
Unit B Examiners' Report January 2018
Unit C Examiners' Report January 2018

Unit A Examiners' Report July 2017
Unit B Examiners' Report July 2017
Unit C Examiners' Report July 2017

Unit A Examiners' Report January 2017
Unit B Examiners' Report January 2017
Unit C Examiners' Report January 2017

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.

Diploma Enrolment Extension

The NEBOSH National and International Diplomas in Occupational Health and Safety have a five year enrolment period. NEBOSH will provide students with an annual update of their enrolment to help students plan their studies, examination sittings and assignment submissions. It is important that this information is reviewed and a completion timetable is discussed with their course provider to prevent students being unable to complete their qualification due to their enrolment expiring. 

NEBOSH does appreciate that there are some circumstances that prevent students from continuing their studies for a period of time. To allow students the opportunity to complete their qualification NEBOSH does allow students to apply for an extension to their unit validity period*. Full details of the enrolment rules for the National and International Diploma can be found in the Enrolment Policy for NEBOSH Diploma Level Qualifications

Please refer to this document to make sure you are eligible to apply. Applications for an enrolment extension can be submitted within the final year of the original enrolment period but no later than 20 working days before the expiry date. Requests cannot be accepted without prior authorisation from their course provider, evidence to support the reason for application and a completion timetable.   

To apply for an extension students must contact their course provider directly to discuss their requirements. If the course provider agrees that the student is able to complete their qualification within the extension period they should contact NEBOSH on the students behalf to request an extension. Requests without consent from the student’s course provider cannot be accepted. 

The enrolment extension request (and ACP transfer request if applicable) must be received before the final date for enrolment for the relevant examination sitting/assignment submission.

*A unit is valid for five years from the declaration (the date printed on the unit certificate.) 

 

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