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Understanding the International Nebosh Diploma

Did you know that from 2018 to 2019, 145 UK employees got fatally injured at work? Fortunately, the number of employees injured critically on the job has decreased steadily since 1981.

This decline is due to changes in industry composition and better workplace safety standards. Today's employers recognise their strategic role in health and safety management. This role demands an appropriate level of professional qualification.

That's why individuals who hold the NEBOSH diploma remain in high demand around the world.

Are you looking for a prestigious qualification? One that will help you go further in your professional career while making a positive difference? Then, consider working towards NEBOSH qualification. 

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the NEBOSH international diploma and whether it's right for you. 

Workplace Safety Management 

Employee fatalities have dropped since the shift away from the most dangerous industries. These industries include:

  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Other heavy industry

Of course, this factor remains just one of many when it comes to workplace safety. 

How do we know this to be true? Take a look at a comparison of fatal injury statistics from 1974 and 2017 through 2018. After adjusting for differences in industry coverage, statistics still show a decline in fatalities of 85 per cent.

What happened in 1974 to establish this trend? The introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act

Who implements Health and Safety at Work Act regulations? Employees trained in risk mitigation and workplace hazards. Finding these employees has often been difficult. Some employers have even had to provide this training. 

Over the years, employers have come to appreciate the essential nature of their role in maintaining safer working environments. That's why they continue to turn to NEBOSH graduates to guarantee the safety of their employees.

What is a NEBOSH diploma? How does it prepare employees to take on the responsibilities of workplace health and safety management? Let's take a closer look.

What is the NEBOSH?

The NEBOSH qualification provides students with professional competence in risk management.

It enables students to help organisations make more sensible decisions. Decisions proportionate to meeting business objectives, regulatory requirements, risk management, and other requirements.

Who designed the diploma? Qualified health and safety professionals. These individuals understand the needs and risks associated with the modern workplace. For example, check out these ten common office hazards.

The result? A line of study that's both thorough and achievable.

The NEBOSH International Diploma represents a university degree-level qualification. It also offers a route to Masters-level study.

This qualification is an achievement to feel proud of receiving. You can rest assured your efforts (following your studies) will help make employees safer by identifying workplace hazards.

As the certification becomes more sought after globally, many diploma holders are bringing safety initiatives to workplaces all over the world. In the process, they're improving standards for working individuals on a worldwide scale.

What Does the NEBOSH Cover?

Students pursuing the NEBOSH International Diploma receive training in practical skills. These skills are essential to health and safety professionals. Students get assessed on their ability to apply these skills and knowledge in the workplace. 

Qualifications for the NEBOSH have been developed based on extensive research. This research represents a collaboration between health and safety professionals. Other collaborators include professional bodies, employers, and regulators.

The inclusion of these varied stakeholders ensures that NEBOSH studies are rigorous and relevant. Yet, skilled educators also make them achievable and practical. 

Critical topics covered by the program include:

  • The identification and management of risks associated with workplace issues, equipment, and hazardous agents
  • The maintenance of safety and health at work
  • The management of stress at work
  • The exploration of human factors related to workplace incidents.

Students of the NEBOSH gain a thorough understanding of the practical and theoretical skills associated with safety. This prestigious certification contains the underpinnings necessary to mitigate workplace risks and threats.

How Does the NEBOSH Course of Study Work?

How are these varied elements presented during study? The NEBOSH divides qualifications into four units. Each of these units get assessed individually. 

They include:

  • International maintenance of health and safety - Unit IA
  • International management of hazardous agents in the workplace - Unit IB
  • International workplace and work equipment safety - Unit IC
  • International application of safety and health practice and theory - Unit DNI.

During a five-year enrollment period, students may take individual units in any order they prefer. They'll get rewarded a certificate each time they complete a unit.

Who Qualifies for NEBOSH Training?

There are no formal entry requirements before opting into the Nebosh International Diploma field of study. Yet, we recommend pursuing the NEBOSH Certificate (International General) or an equivalent first.

Interested students should have a mastery of English. They should be able to articulate and understand the syllabus and instructor. 

How is language proficiency measured? Students should score an English equivalent of 7.0 or higher on an International English Testing System (IELTS) assessment. For further information on these language requirements, visit the IELTS website.

Interested learners should also remember that this represents a professional level of qualification. One set at an SCQG Level 10.

How Do You Study for the NEBOSH?

NEBOSH relies on a network of global Learning Partners to prepare students for degree assessment. These Learning Partners ensure the quality standards of the programme.

This programme recognises partners who follow global best practices associated with:

  • Innovative course delivery
  • Course support
  • Quality tuition
  • International application of safety and health practice and theory - Unit DNI.

Learn more about NEBOSH's Learning Partner Programme. 

As a learner, what should you look for in a partner? One that equips you with the most effective path to qualification. While finding such a partner might require additional research, you'll find the time spent well worth it as you pursue your studies. 

Factors to Consider Before Selecting a NEBOSH Programme

As you research the best partner to guide you through the certification process, here are a few things to explore:

  • Mode of study
  • Course structure
  • Location
  • Cost
  • On-going support availability

A closer look at these criteria will help you make the best decision when it comes to the NEBOSH.

Mode of Study

The mode of study refers to how you'll receive course information. It also encompasses how you'll take assessments and interact with instructors and classmates. Options include distance learning, face-to-face classroom experiences, in-company training, and eLearning. 

As you make a decision, consider other educational experiences you've received in the past. Have you found one method of information delivery better suited to your learning needs?

You'll also want to factor in your current situation. Are there lifestyle circumstances that preclude you from some modes of study? Or, make some more suitable than others?

Course Structure

As for course structure, think about how and when you'll take classroom training if you opt for a face-to-face experience. Do you prefer evening classes, modular courses, or block release? 

Earning a NEBOSH certificate or diploma requires hard work and dedication. You'll need to devote a significant amount of time to completing your coursework and studying for assessments. 

What does this dedication of time look like? You'll need to carve out at least 231 hours for taught learning and 225 hours for private study. Of course, these numbers will vary by the individual. 


For face-to-face courses, find a location near your work or residence. NEBOSH examinations get administered in more than 130 countries. When it comes to finding a convenient location, you've got options.


Understand that each Learning Partner sets unique fees. These fees reflect the services that each programme offers. They also vary depending on the format of the course.

Before deciding on a programme, contact the partner to find out more about their fees and what they include.

On-Going Support

On-going support is another critical factor. Consider it as you explore the right NEBOSH programme.

Learn more about the fees charged by a partner and what they cover. Then, ask yourself this question. Will I receive the support I need to complete my studies?

You need the right support to complete the NEBOSH course of study and prepare for assessments. Don't settle for anything less. You deserve a programme that satisfies your learning expectations and requirements. 

NEBOSH Accreditation 

How can you be sure, as a student, that the NEBOSH International Diploma maintains the highest level of quality? Through regular accreditation. Consider this process a badge of quality that helps the NEBOSH maintain its highly regarded professional status. 

The NEBOSH International Diploma is accredited by a variety of authorities worldwide. These accreditations guarantee that the NEBOSH:

  • Includes relevant content
  • Meets quality criteria that ensure it's fit for its purpose
  • Uses appropriate assessment methodology
  • Is supported by relevant stakeholders, including employers
  • Is mapped to critical National Occupational Standards (NOS)

NEBOSH qualifications play a crucial role in the health and safety of workplaces across the UK and around the world. No wonder this study requires rigorous accreditation!

The accreditation process explains why NEBOSH graduates are sought-after around the world. 

Post-NEBOSH Training and Professional Recognition

Students who finish the program will have the education they need to deliver positive workplace changes. 

What happens once a student receives a NEBOSH International Diploma? They may use the designatory letters IDipNEBOSH. 

Alumni will receive yearly invitations to NEBOSH's annual Graduation and Awards ceremony. They'll also receive an invitation to join NEBOSH's prestigious (and growing) Alumni network. Through this network, they can maintain relationships with other professionals in the field.

NEBOSH graduates will also gain membership to professional bodies associated with this work. Holding the NEBOSH International Diploma allows individuals to apply for:

  • Member status (MIIRSM) in the Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)
  • Graduate membership (Grad IOSH) in the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Registered membership (RMaPS) in the Association for Project Safety (APS)

Graduate membership to the IOSH can also open other doors. It's a first step to becoming a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner as a Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH). 

As for membership to the APS? If you hold the NEBOSH National or International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, you may also join. 

What Comes After the NEBOSH Diploma?

The NEBOSH International Diploma provides a secure foundation for further study. Many universities offer MSc level studies. These studies cover occupational and workplace health and safety.

These institutions accept the Nebosh International Diploma as a part of their entry requirements. Don't take committing to continued education lightly, though. It will require both fortitude and perseverance. 

That said, the NEBOSH offers a range of qualifications to help with career advancement and success. These programmes were designed for:

  • NEBOSH International Diploma holders who wish to use their skills in the UK
  • Diploma holders who want to develop their environmental expertise
  • NEBOSH graduates who would like to earn specialist qualifications

Do you want to work in the UK? Then, the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety will help. It'll ensure you're up-to-date on restrictions and regulations impacting UK worksites.

For students interested in the pursuit of environmental expertise? Enrol in the NEBOSH International Diploma in Environmental Management. Securing this credential will take your career to the next level. 

The NEBOSH also offers specialised qualifications. These areas of speciality include the Management of Health and Well-Being. You can also seek specialisation in Construction, Fire, Oil & Gas and Process Industry sectors. 

The NEBOSH International Diploma and Redhat Safety

When you're ready to begin working towards a NEBOSH International Diploma, look no further than Redhat Safety for your educational needs. What does Redhat Safety offer? Full educational support in the form of:

  • 30 days of classroom training
  • An exclusive Redhat Safety Learning APP for learning anytime and anywhere
  • Access to learning materials, including exam sample papers
  • Only Nebosh-approved tutors
  • Takeaway homework for daily topic revisions
  • RRC study materials
  • Unlimited coaching for candidate referrals
  • And more

Redhat Safety also offers on-the-spot test-taking as well as:

  • Exam Preparation - 3 Model Exams
  • Exam Preparation- 2 Quizzes
  • Exam Preparation - 3 Unit Tests

Don't waste a moment when it comes to preparing for your new career. Check out Nebosh IDIP's upcoming training and exam schedule dates below.

Exam Date

  • 14,15,16-Jan-2020
  • 21,22,23-July-2020
  • 12,13,14 - Jan-2021


  • 02-05-2020 to 06-06-2020
  • 01-11-2020 to 05-12-2020

The dates listed above will arise before you know it, so what are you waiting for? Apply for classes today.

Ready for a Successful Career?

Because we believe in the importance of cultivating a learning community for our students, we also offer a variety of ways to network and stay in touch with other students pursuing the NEBOSH diploma. We offer an HSE Community Exchange, and you can join our FB group (HSE Jobs and Information) with over one lakh HSE professionals.

To stay updated on Redhat Safety's latest news, follow our Facebook page and join our WhatsApp groups for information exchange.


Are you ready to put your career in health and safety on the fast track? Then, enrol now.

Learn more about the diploma's objectives, requirements, and structure. Book a call at 9003059977. Don't forget to download the Redhat safety learning APP from Google Playstore so that you can take advantage of the convenience of learning anytime and anywhere.