Choosing Staff Training – Which NEBOSH Course?
The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), is well known for providing training courses of a high standard. Their courses are recognised across the world and over 35,000 students per year choose to complete a NEBOSH course to further their knowledge and qualifications.
NEBOSH health and safety courses focus on specific sectors including construction, environmental awareness and fire safety. It is imperative that staff working in these areas understand their legal responsibilities as well as the importance of correct health and safety for themselves and their colleagues.
There are 3 levels of NEBOSH course for staff to choose from, depending on their course history and experience prior. These allow you to progress as your career does.Each level of course is comparable to the NQF framework.
Basic Award Course
This is the most basic level and are pitched for beginners as an introduction to health and safety. These courses only last around three days. Suitable for those students looking for a primer in certain areas of health and safety, they also make excellent foundations on which to base the learning available in the more advanced NEBOSH courses.
Certificate level courses are the next level. They last around 11 days and are the most popular choice for candidates.
These arethe more advanced courses for specialists in certain areas. A diploma is a great choice for those looking to push to the top of their field. Enrolment on diploma level courses does usually require completion of a certificate level course or equivalent beforehand.
General or Specialist?
You’ll need to consider whether your staff will need to sit General or Specialist NEBOSH courses. In this way, staff can sit courses that apply most closely to their specific roles and career goals.
General courses are designed to brief health and safety professionals in occupational issues that are relevant across lots of different work environments. The focus here is on the key aspects of health and safety such as how to organise, review and audit areas of potential risk. Courses also include a chance to put knowledge and understanding gained to use in a practical way.
Specialist courses follow a similar structure to General courses, but train candidates on risks specific to certain industries or areas such as fire, construction,environment or oil and gas.these will be industries that prove to have a greater occupational health and safety risk than other, more general industries.
Most NEBOSH courses (including the Certificate and Diploma) follow a modular format. This means that the learning is split into themed sections, making it easier to engage with the information and when it comes to revision. Many providers offer the opportunity to study one module at a time, meaning that you can easily fit your study around home, work and financial commitments. In addition, the modular format means that if retakes do become necessary, you can save time, money and effort only retaking the necessary, individual modules and not the entire course.
Practical Training Options
It’s possible to study NEBOSH courses either face to face or from a distance via an e-learning course. In situations where staff cannot attend a face to face then distance learning gives the option to study remotely through a longer time period.
· Organised Training Courses
These are run at providers' locations throughout the UK, you can attend a NEBOSH Certificate Course with other candidates. The learning is led by a qualified NEBOSH instructor and you get the benefit of their experience and the opportunity to interact with others in the group.
· Distance Learning
You pay the course fee and the materials are then sent out to the candidate to work through at their own pace. The exam date is also often negotiable. This type of course particularly suits self -motivated learners and those who cannot attend an organised course. The trainer will be NEBOSH qualified and still provide support via email and messaging services.Quite a saving can also be made on the fees for an e-learning course compared to a face to face options.
National & International Options
NEBOSH courses are available on both National (UK) and International levels. National courses are designed to address all relevant UK legislation,whereas International courses skip the UK specifics to be more relevant to those who wish to work overseas for long periods.
Choosing the Right Course
Deciding which course will be the best for staff can often be confusing, so if you are in any doubt it may be a good idea to contact us for advice on which course would be most suitable. We are open Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 5:30pm and can be reached directly on 01933 233884, or email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org