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NEBOSH Diplomas, General Certificate and Awards

NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) is a charitable organisation, which offers a comprehensive range of globally-recognised qualifications designed to meet the health, safety and environmental management needs of all places of work.

NEBOSH qualifications are recognised by people and organisations across the world, they are relevant to all kinds of situations and workplaces and they are respected by industry experts.

After more than 40 years in the industry, NEBOSH has awarded over 400,000 qualifications, in over 130 countries, through its network of over 600 accredited Learning Partners.

What does NEBOSH stand for?

NEBOSH stands for ‘The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health’.

In 2014, it was awarded Britain’s highest accolade for trade success, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for “outstanding achievement” in International Trade.

NEBOSH qualifications are recognised by the relevant professional membership bodies including the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM).

All NEBOSH examinations and assessments are set by its professionally qualified staff assisted by external examiners; most of whom are Chartered Safety and Health Practitioners or Chartered Environmentalists operating within industry, the public sector or in enforcement.

In addition, NEBOSH has achieved ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 certification from the British Standards Institution (BSI).

This video sees NEBOSH graduates talk about the workplace benefits of having a NEBOSH qualification:

NEBOSH qualifications

NEBOSH offers three core categories of qualifications – Award, Certificate and Diploma – which are taken by more than 35,000 people every year.

In addition, it also offers a range of Masters degrees, through a partnership with the University of Hull.

Several of NEBOSH’s qualifications have been developed in partnership with Great Britain’s Health and Safety Regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


NEBOSH’s Award-level qualifications provide a basic understanding of health and safety and environmental principles and practice and provide a perfect introduction to other NEBOSH qualifications. The awards currently available are:

As well as in English, the NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work Qualification can be taken in five other languages, French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Russian.

NEBOSH Certificate

In September 2019, NEBOSH unveiled its new-look General Certificate. The NEBOSH National and International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety were updated, after input from 3,000 of the sector’s leading experts and organisations.

Taking on board the comments from businesses and managers, NEBOSH said that the refresh means the qualifications now better reflect the needs of today’s workplaces, with a greater emphasis on risk management. Around 300,000 people worldwide hold a NEBOSH General Certificate, which is recognised by many high-profile organisations including Maersk, The Football Association, Thames Water, Shell, Skanska, Nestle and the Dubai World Trade Centre.

In this video, Karl Simons of Thames Water discusses how the NEBOSH General Certificate has helped the organisation upskill their workforce.

The assessment has also been updated. Learners will undertake a single question paper to assess what they know whilst a practical risk assessment will assess what they can do. This holistic approach will ensure successful learners return to work and instantly add value to their employers and colleagues.

NEBOSH’s Certificate-level qualifications give a good foundation in health and safety for managers, supervisors and staff with health and safety among their day to day responsibilities.

These qualifications are widely taken as a first step towards a career in health and safety and are accepted by IOSH – the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health – in meeting the academic requirements for Technical Membership of IOSH (Tech IOSH).

For those seeking a long-term career in occupational health and safety, Certificate level qualifications offer a progression route towards NEBOSH professional level Diplomas.

The NEBOSH Certificate-level qualifications currently available are:

NEBOSH Diploma

NEBOSH Diplomas are globally recognised qualifications aimed at professional health and safety advisors and environmental practitioners.
Previous experience of health and safety is strongly recommended and entry requirements may be set by course providers.

Completion of a NEBOSH Diploma provides an excellent foundation for further study. Diplomates are invited to the NEBOSH Graduation Ceremony. Family and friends are also able to attend to enjoy and celebrate your achievement.

All NEBOSH Diploma holders are invited to join the NEBOSH Alumni. Here, they can access exclusive events and networking opportunities and resources to support continued professional development.

Four diplomas are currently available:

NEBOSH Masters

NEBOSH exams

The University of Hull in partnership with NEBOSH are offering Masters Degrees by distance learning in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management subjects.

Six different NEBOSH Masters are available:

  • MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management;
  • MSc in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management;
  • MSc in Environmental Management;
  • MRes in Occupational Health and Safety Management;
  • MRes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management;
  • MRes in Environmental Management.

These qualifications are open to holders of a NEBOSH Diploma who wish to further their learning in Health and Safety and/or Environmental Management. They have been designed with an emphasis on flexibility for those people in full time work looking to complement their previous NEBOSH Diploma studies.

Delivered through distance learning, these qualifications are ideal for both national and international candidates wishing to gain a Masters level qualification focussed on workplace-based research.

Health and safety jobs

NEBOSH supports the health and safety jobs site, SHP4Jobs

For more information about NEBOSH and its qualifications, visit

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In this on-demand webinar, sponsored by NEBOSH, you’ll get top tips for undertaking a manual handling risk assessment.

NEBOSH launches updated Health and Safety at Work Award

NEBOSH has launched an updated Health and Safety at Work Award, designed as an introduction to workplace health, safety, and risk. 

NEBOSH National Diploma – now available online

By studying the course online, delegates can fit learning around their busy schedule and complete it at their own pace. It’s a convenient, flexible and cost effective way to study this fully accredited NEBOSH course.

NEBOSH launches new fire safety qualification for low risk workplaces

NEBOSH has launched a new globally relevant fire safety qualification to help those in low to medium risk workplaces build in-house fire safety expertise and develop practical fire safety skills that can be used to protect people, buildings and business.

NEBOSH National General Certificate now available via Virtual Classroom

Make UK has been focused on developing their range of health and safety training to offer a range of flexible virtual and face-to-face delivery options, making it as easy as possible for people to get the skills they need and build their careers in this area.

‘The end of health and safety gone mad?’ – eBook launched to highlight the profession’s positive work

“The end of health and safety gone mad?” is a new eBook investigating the way the health and safety community has evolved and adapted to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores growing positive media attention and the work performed by major health and safety associations, and asks how the profession may look going into 2021.

Dr Chris Payne appointed as NEBOSH Chief Executive

Dr Chris Payne appointed into role full time, after joining in September as an interim.

Health and safety training advice and tips

In NEBOSH’s new guide, Do Something Great: Your Health and Safety Career, 24 experts from around the world share career advice. In this article for SHP, some of these experts provide their hints and tips for making the most of your training.

NEBOSH launches new health and safety career guide

NEBOSH has created Do Something Great: Your Health and Safety Career a special, free guide for those thinking about a career in health and safety. 24 of the world’s leading health and safety thought leaders have come together to share their advice.

Advance your career in health and safety

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3 years ago

This doesn’t explain how they sit on the regulated qualifications framework adequately, and the levels associated with each, perhaps this could be revised? How does NEBOSH Certificate compare to a Level 4 RQF qualifications,for example, what about recognising prior learning from previous qualifications. A bit advertorial!

Alvin Muza
Alvin Muza
6 months ago
Reply to  ChristianH

You are a bitter person with a pile of academics and it hurts you that an organisation has come up with an initiative of empowering less privileged people academically and economically. It is a good initiative that, everyone would have something to be proud of professionally and provide for their families. Let us walk away from the mentality that stipulates that only those who are academically excelled live a spacious life.