More than 18,000 health and safety professionals have completed the Diploma since it was introduced in 1980. Considered the gold standard of health and safety qualifications, it is the highest-level training NEBOSH offers.
It is rated at NQF/QCF Level 6 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, equivalent to SCQF Level 10 in Scotland.
Who is the NEBOSH Diploma for?
The NEBOSH National Diploma is an ideal qualification for health, safety and environmental practitioners who wish to advance their careers. This includes safety managers, advisors and consultants.
The Diploma also acts as a stepping-stone to postgraduate study, as many UK MSc programmes accept it as a full or partial entry requirement.
While there are no formal entry requirements, before registering for the National Diploma, it is recommended to first completing one of the following courses:
- NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety
- NEBOSH Construction Certificate in Health & Safety
Where Does the Diploma Fit in With Other NEBOSH qualifications?
When combined with further professional development, the NEBOSH National Diploma meets the standards required to achieve Chartered Safety Practitioner (CMIOSH) status. It builds directly on the knowledge gained in the NEBOSH National General Certificate and the NEBOSH National Construction Certificate.
On completion of the NEBOSH Diploma, you will be entitled to use “DipNEBOSH” after your name and apply for Graduate Membership with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (GradIOSH). It also allows full membership to the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
GradIOSH and IIRSM membership increases your employability with organisations looking for skilled and knowledgeable health and safety personnel.
What Are the Benefits of the NEBOSH Diploma?
This qualification assists in the development of professional competence, increasing candidates’ ability to help organisations manage risk and meet regulatory requirements.
The NEBOSH Diploma covers the practical skills that are essential to health and safety professionals. We assess candidates’ ability to apply their knowledge in real-world settings and teach them how to deliver positive change in the workplace.
Course Programme and Duration
The course is split into three separate units with taught content, plus a practical workplace-based assessment:
- Unit A: Managing Health and Safety.
- Unit B: Hazardous Substances/Agents.
- Unit C: Workplace and Work Equipment Safety.
- Unit DNI: Application of health and safety in the workplace. This unit involves a workplace-based assessment that tests the practical application of knowledge gained in units A-C.
The key topics covered by the qualification are:
• Management of health and safety at work.
• The key legal frameworks for health and safety in the UK, including the key elements of health and safety systems.
• The identification and control of risk associated with hazardous agents, workplace issues and equipment.
• Management of stress at work.
• The importance of human factors in reducing incidents.
The distance learning qualification can be completed in 450 – 500 hours.
Assessment and Certification
Units A, B and C are tested in a written three-hour written examination for each unit. Exams are held at Phoenix Health and Safety venues in:
We are also able to provide exams in major cities located all over the world at British Council venues, subject to extra charges.
Unit DNI is assessed by an 8,000-word work-based project, including a full health and safety audit/review of a company of your choosing (ideally your own).
Distance learning benefits
The principal advantage of undertaking the NEBOSH Diploma distance learning course is flexibility.
You can study at your own pace, in your own time, and fit the studies around work and other commitments. Furthermore, there is no need to complete the course in one sitting. This makes it straightforward to suspend study then come back to it when convenient.
What does distance learning with Phoenix involve?
This NEBOSH Diploma course has been designed by Phoenix to bridge the gap between traditional distance learning courses and e-learning.
The way the programme materials are delivered can be modified to meet the preferences of different students. For example, those who do not wish to use computers can choose a more traditional distance learning style with textbooks, written assignments and telephone support. We would, however, recommend making the most of our online resources.
Candidates who are comfortable with online learning have a wide variety of extra support, including:
- Regular live webinars with a Phoenix tutor discussing Diploma programme content and students joining in the discussion as it happens.
- Webinars are recorded for other students to watch later.
- Interactive materials with activities, mind maps and video tutorials.
- Lists of website links to further reading and related online articles and documents.
- A Facebook group where Phoenix Health and Safety distance learners can discuss the course and connect.
- The Phoenix Health and Safety YouTube channel with video clips and presentations.
- Telephone, email and Skype support from expert tutors.
- Online revision interactions to test knowledge.
Alternatives to distance learning
The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety is also available as an e-learning course.
The course fee includes course materials, assessment and lifetime access to online client support.
In addition, there is a £60.00 enrolment fee, a charge of £135.00 plus VAT per written exam, and £99.00 plus VAT for Unit DNI (NEBOSH exam costs detailed below).
When studying via distance learning you don’t pay for your exam(s) upfront — you choose your preferred exam dates and pay later directly with the training provider after you’ve booked the course.
Exam Prices for Distance Learning Students
- 1 x Written exam (NGC1, GC2, FC1, NCC1, EC1, IGC1): £99 exc. VAT (held at one of our venues)
- Practical Assessment (EC2, FC2, GC3, NCC2): £50 exc. VAT
- Oil & Gas Certificate (IOG1): £120 exc. VAT (held at one of our venues)
- NGC Open Book Exam (NG1, IG1, NGC1, IGC1): £120 exc. VAT
- NGC New syllabus practical assessment (NG2 IG2): £85 exc. VAT
- NEBOSH Diploma Enrolment Fee: £60
- NEBOSH Diploma written exam fee per unit: £135 excl. VAT (held at one of our venues)
- NEBOSH Diploma unit DNI exam: £99 excl. VAT
When and how will I receive my results?
They are emailed by NEBOSH and take 10 to 12 weeks.
When will I receive the certificate?
Certificates arrive around 12 weeks after the results.
Are there any entry requirements?
No, but we would advise all candidates to have a good grasp of the English language.
Do I need to pay for the exam?
Yes. As detailed above, the NEBOSH Diploma course price does not include the exam costs, these are additional.
What happens if I fail the assessment?
You have to pay the exam fees again if you need to to retake exams or assessments, but the extra study is free with the Phoenix Pass Pledge.