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What is NEBOSH?
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What is NEBOSH?

Health and Safety remains an ever-popular career choice, with tens of thousands of ‘Health and Safety’ job vacancies available monthly in the UK.

The average salary for a Health and Safety professional is just over £28,000*, making this a good career choice for those looking to train towards a career change.

When it comes to official Health and Safety training, we recommend NEBOSH training, as these qualifications are aimed at those either already working in the industry or considering a full-time career in Health and Safety.

We explore our range of NEBOSH training courses below and compare NEBOSH qualifications with IOSH qualifications, to help you decide which is right for you and your career goals.  

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What does NEBOSH stand for?

NEBOSH stands for the ‘National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health’, and they are a UK-based examination board that offers health and safety training courses and qualifications. NEBOSH was founded in 1979.

What is NEBOSH training and why is it important?

NEBOSH provide the training syllabus and exams for training providers like e-Careers. NEBOSH courses are varied and cater to different industries and levels.

NEBOSH training courses offer nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, which are excellent entry-level courses for those looking to get started in this sector, or those looking to work towards becoming a fully qualified health and safety professional.

We offer two NEBOSH training courses:

NEBOSH Syllabus

You will cover the below topics throughout your NEBOSH training:

  •    Why we should manage workplace health and safety
  •    How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
  •    Managing risk – understanding people and processes
  •    Health and safety monitoring and measuring
  •    Physical and psychological health
  •    Musculoskeletal health
  •    Chemical and biological agents
  •    General workplace issues
  •    Work equipment
  •    Fire
  •    Electricity

How long does the NEBOSH general certificate last?

Your NEBOSH qualifications will not expire. When you have earned your qualifications, they are yours to keep. That said, to achieve the full qualification, you must pass both assessments within 5 years.

NEBOSH vs. IOSH

If you’re considering a career in health and safety, you would have weighed up the options of studying towards a NEBOSH and IOSH qualification. Both are excellent choices but which one you choose depends on what you are looking to do career-wise.

NEBOSH and IOSH both provide industry recognised training and qualifications in health and safety, however, there are some key differences between the two.

NEBOSH

NEBOSH is an awarding body, and the NEBOSH General Certificate is highly recognised throughout the industry. It demonstrates that a candidate has a strong understanding of health and safety. NEBOSH training courses are comprehensive in both duration and depth of knowledge and understanding, making it a great choice for those looking for a career in health and safety.

NEBOSH qualifications were developed for health and safety professionals or those wanting to further their career in the industry and achieve professional certifications.

We offer two NEBOSH training courses:

IOSH

IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) is a health and safety membership organisation for professionals, a not-for-profit institution, and an awarding body. IOSH training is typically completed quickly (we offer a 3-day Virtual Classroom course).

IOSH qualifications are typically designed for non-health and safety individuals looking to increase their efficiency in the workplace and manage risks.

We offer two IOSH training courses:

Comparison summary

NEBOSH

  •    Developed for professionals currently working within a health and safety role.
  •    Suitable for those looking to further a career within health and safety.
  •    Longer than IOSH training and offers a higher-level qualification at the end.
  •    Certificates are a Level 3 qualification and provide a good foundation in health and safety principles.
  •    Diplomas are a Level 6 qualification and are more advanced than IOSH courses and NEBOSH Certificates.

IOSH

  •    Suitable for non-health and safety individuals looking to manage risk and resources.
  •    Smaller qualifications which can be used to quickly build higher-level knowledge and practical skills.
  •    Provides health and safety awareness in the workplace for those who don’t work in health and safety.
  •    Suitable for team members and managers wanting to understand health and safety fundamentals.

What are the different NEBOSH training course options?

We offer two different NEBOSH qualifications – the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety, and the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety. Both NEBOSH training courses including the online training course and exams, so you have everything you need to complete your training and earn your certificates.

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is regarded as the standard qualification in health and safety. Throughout this NEBOSH training course, you will learn how to manage health and safety practices effectively, understand the UK’s legal requirements in health and safety, and learn how to identify and control the key workplace hazards.

NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety

This International General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety is awarded by National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), and through this training, you can create a safe workplace on an international level. This leads to not just a safer, happier workplace but higher performance-enhanced credibility and even increased profitability.

How much is a NEBOSH course?                              

Our NEBOSH training courses include the online training course and exams, and we work with a NEBOSH Gold Partner to provide you with high quality training materials.

If you’re ready to enrol, simply look through our NEBOSH training courses to see which one is right for you. Everything you need can be found there, including the latest syllabus and prices.

If you would like to speak to someone in more detail before deciding, call us on +44 (0) 20 3198 7700 and one of our Health and Safety Course Consultants will assist you further.

*Source: Payscale.

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