NEBOSH has joined forces with Great Britain’s Health and Safety Regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), to develop the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management.
This process safety management qualification is the result of the unique collaboration which combines the advanced technical ‘high hazard’ expertise of HSE with NEBOSH’s ability to deliver strong vocational OSH qualifications.
This qualification is designed to equip delegates with a broad understanding of the accepted principles and recognised industrial practices for the management of process risk. This will ensure that they can recognise and contribute to the control of process safety hazards.
Our qualifications are developed based on extensive research with health and safety professionals, employers, professional bodies and regulators to ensure they are relevant and rigorous as well as achievable and practical.
“It is a real pleasure to co-develop this new qualification with NEBOSH. We hope that by combining our strengths, this qualification will help to significantly improve understanding and further reduce health and safety risks in the process industries worldwide.”
Karen Russ – Science and Commercial Director - Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
Cert HSE PSM
People from all around the world who work in process industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, plastics and pharmaceuticals.
Ideal for managers, safety representatives and health and safety advisors working within the process industries, both inside and outside the UK.
It is not designed for chemical and process safety engineers experienced in the specification, design and maintenance of process plant.
It is recommended that students should already have an underpinning knowledge of health and safety issues, and many will have gained another NEBOSH qualification.
The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety management benefits companies working in the process industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, plastics and pharmaceuticals who are seeking to implement effective process safety management.
It is used effectively by industry to help keep people safe from injury and loss of life. For employers this also means protecting valuable assets and avoiding prosecution, litigation and loss of reputation.
People who hold the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management have practical knowledge that brings real value, wherever they operate. This can help employers achieve international standards and can even help win new business.
What does the course cover?
The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management is designed to cover a range of issues affecting process industries.
Key topics covered by this qualification include:
- Establishment of process management systems
- Asset management and maintenance strategies
- Safe start-up and shutdown of process plant
- Performance standards for safety critical systems and equipment
- Hazards and controls for:
- Chemical reactions
- Bulk storage of dangerous substances
- Fire and explosion
- Purpose and features of emergency plans
This unit is divided into the following four key elements:
- Process safety leadership
- Management of process risk
- Process safety hazard control
- Fire and explosion protection
Further details can be found in the syllabus guide which can be downloaded in the Resources Section below
How is the qualification assessed?
Students are assessed by a 90 minute, 40 question multiple choice examination. There is no practical element to this qualification.
NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management exams take place on a date chosen by your course provider. You should contact your chosen course provider for more information.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification, but’ it is recommended that students should already have an underpinning knowledge of health and safety issues, and many will have gained another NEBOSH qualification.
It is also important that students have a suitable 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 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.
For further information please see the latest version of the IELTS Handbook or consult the
Students wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the IELTS website for
information on taking the test:
No exemptions are allowed for Unit PSM1.
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.
Course fees are determined by individual course providers and vary depending on the format of the course.
You should plan your study around a minimum of 28 taught hours and approximately 20 hours of private study.
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 HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management is not accredited by SQA Accreditation. However it is intended to be broadly comparable to Level 7 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), comparable to RQF Level 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
All examinations are held on a date chosen by your course provider. You should contact them for more information.
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.
If this is your first NEBOSH Certificate level qualification, you may be interested in taking another NEBOSH Certificate qualification, such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.
The connections between our qualifications are illustrated in more detail in the Qualifications Progression Leaflet found in the Resources section below.
This section provides guidance and useful information in support of this qualification.
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This Qualification Guide contains the detailed syllabus, assessment requirements and example question papers for the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management.
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Qualification Progression Leaflet
NEBOSH HSE Process Safety Management Course Book
Process Safety Management follows the syllabus for the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management. It provides the knowledge you need to help you gain the qualification.
See extract (Edition 1 - September 2017)
The book contains activities, examples/case studies, ‘thought provokers’ and gives definitions for key process safety management terminology; these help to illustrate the relevant area of the syllabus being covered. It can be used as part of your studies during a taught course or as a study aid for e-learning, distance learning and revision sessions.
The information is also valuable as a reference source for those putting process safety management principles in to practice at work. For example the book provides information on types of start-up and shut-down processes which are used in the process industries.
- Process safety leadership
- Management of process risk
- Process safety hazard control
- Fire and explosion protection
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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.
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