The NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk will help you develop risk management skills that can be used in any organisation, industry, and job, anywhere in the world!

We are living in very uncertain and disrupted times, so it has never been as important to reduce threats and maximise opportunities or, to put this another way, to manage organisational risk!

Effective risk management helps ensure better decisions are made that will protect people, organisations, and reputations. NEBOSH and IIRSM have combined their expertise in education and risk to deliver a qualification that can help you achieve this.

Who is it for?

The NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to be able to identify, evaluate, and manage risks and understand their impacts for an organisation. It will help you develop risk management skills that can be used in any organisation, industry, and job, anywhere in the world!

This qualification is particularly relevant for risk professionals looking to gain a broader view of risk beyond a specialism such as health and safety, quality, or business continuity.

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

IIRSM feedback

"The course was well structured and the training material was second to none. The relevant examples given throughout helped me gain a better understanding of the concepts covered."

Paula Ireland, Senior Health and Safety Manager, Fujitsu

"The NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk, helps learners gain the knowledge and tools required to build an integrated system so that opportunities and threats can be better understood and managed."

James Bird, Senior SHE Manager - Strategic Risk and Behavioural Safety, Kier Highways

"This qualification was jointly developed by NEBOSH and IIRSM so it was always going to be relevant, engaging, and rewarding! The content is both interesting and "on-point" for anyone involved with the management of risk."

David Brown, Health, Safety & Risk Manager University of East Anglia

Course Details

This qualification is available via eLearning, which means you can complete your studies at a time, place, and pace convenient to you.

The eLearning course provides a comprehensive overview of business risk, and through your studies you will learn:

  • the principles of risk and risk management
  • the risk management process and framework based on ISO 31000
  • the relationship between psychology and decision-making
  • how to analyse the environment in which an organisation operates, identifying potential risks and opportunities
  • the relationship between risk management, business continuity, crisis management and organisational resilience.

The content is explained in more detail in the qualification syllabus guide which can be downloaded from the Resources section below.

Length of Course

It will take a minimum of 28 hours to complete the NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk eLearning course and a further 1 hour for the assessment. The standard enrolment period for the course is 90 days from receipt of your joining instructions, and the assessment needs to be completed within this period.


Your knowledge and understanding of the syllabus are tested by an onscreen multiple-choice examination.

This assessment is available on-demand, which means once you have completed the eLearning course, you can attempt the assessment at any time and will receive your results immediately. If you pass, you will be awarded a NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk and will be able to print off your certificate straightaway.


The NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk eLearning course can be purchased from licensed Learning Partners who will be able to share pricing information with you. This eLearning course fee includes the eLearning course itself, up to two attempts at the assessment and your certificate.

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Click on the link below to find Learning Partners licensed by NEBOSH to offer the NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk eLearning course


Professional recognition and SQA Accreditation

SQA Accreditation

The NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk is not accredited by SQA Accreditation. However, it is broadly comparable to Level 6 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), and comparable to RQF Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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

Professional Recognition

Holders of the NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk will be eligible for Associate membership of IIRSM. You will be entitled to a 25% discount off your first year’s subscription. Your Learning Partner will explain how to secure this discount.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

However, the course is currently only available in English, so 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 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

Read more about language requirements for NEBOSH qualifications.

What next?

If this is your first NEBOSH Certificate-level qualification, you may be interested in taking another NEBOSH Certificate qualification, such as the NEBOSH National or International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. View all NEBOSH qualifications.

For those wishing to study at a higher level, the NEBOSH Diplomas or Masters qualification offer the opportunity to gain one of the sector’s most prestigious qualifications.


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.


The leaflet for this qualification is available to download;


THE NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk eLearning course provides everything you need to complete your studies and prepare for your assessment. However, we know that some learners like to also have a workbook they can refer to during and after their studies! We have therefore developed a workbook to accompany this course. 


Download the Course book extract

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This is an optional resource and is not an essential purchase to complete the qualification. Learners studying this qualification may receive a copy from their Learning Partner.

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