NEBOSH Award, Certificate or Diploma?
Its no mean feet, deciding which NEBOSH
course for is for you! There are currently 14 on offer and they range across different levels, subjects and are classified as for professionals in the UK or overseas. Don’t panic though, read through our quick run through below to help you make your decision.
Lets take a look at the introductory level NEBOSH
courses first. These are known as award courses and NEBOSH currently offer two. The first is the National occupational health and safety award A three day course comprising of two modules and a one hour multiple choice exam, this NEBOSH training
course is aimed at providing a good introduction to those unfamiliar with health and safety in the workplace.
A relatively quick course, it provides an excellent foundation for further learning in the NEBOSH program and is well recognised in the health and safety Industry. The first module contains 10 elements, which focus on specific hazards and health and safety policy. While the second module is a practical work based assessment.
The other course that NEBOSH offer at the award level is the NEBOSH environmental award. This course is made up of a singe unit known as HSEP1. It covers health and safety systems, work equipment, electrical safety, hazardous substances, fire, manual handling, emergency response, transport and contamination. The course is assessed by a 60-minute multiple choice exam.
Now lets look at the NEBOSH Certificate Training
on offer. With 9 courses available, they represent the widest selection available at a single level. You might be thinking, how can I pick the right one for me, but it’s easy. Its based on whether you have specific or general needs and whether you want to work in the UK or not.
For example if you want to work in the UK as a fire prevention officer then a NEBOSH national fire course a good choice. But if you want to work overseas as a general health and safety officer then the NEBOSH international certificate is for you.
Lets now take a peek at them all individually in brief.
THE NATIONAL GENERAL
This NEBOSH certificate
course lasts around 12 days and covers three modules in this time. The first in NGC1 which focuses on management of health and safety and the second is NGC2 which is controlling workplace hazards. The third is NGC3 which along with a written paper for the other two units serves as a practical assessment, where candidates are asked to apply their learning.
THE NEBOSH FIRE COURSE
national fire course is similar in structure to the general nation course and shares the first module NGC1. It also includes FC1 and FC2. FC1 concerns fire safety and risk management, while FC2 is the practical workplace assessment. There is also a written assessment with short and essay type questions.
THE NEBOSH CONSTRUCTION COURSE
Again for the NEBOSH construction course
we see the use of the NGC1 module. In fact all courses that contain this module can be done as conversions, if the candidates already hold the module. This means that it is cheaper and quicker ads you do not have to repeat a module that you have already done.
In addition to NGC1 the national construction course is made up of NCC1 Control of hazards in construction work and NCC2 the practical element which takes the form of a risk assessment. Like the other NEBOSH training
courses described here there is also a written exam.
All three courses mentioned above can also be done as international as well as national courses. You should consider doing an international course if you will spend a the majority of your career outside the UK. This is because the international courses omit all the UK relevant legislation.
THE NEBOSH CERTIFICATE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
The NEBOSH environmental certificate
comprises of two modules EC1 and EC2. EC1 is the Management and control of environmental hazards and EC2 is the practical assessment. The aim of the course is to enable candidates to assess systems of environmental management in line with UK legislation and deal effectively with environmental risk.
THE NEBOSH OIL AND GAS COURSE
This is an international course, as many oil and gas specialist work either abroad or off shore. There is one module of learning on this course, split into five elements: Safety and Environmental management in the Oil and Gas Industry, Hydrocarbon process safety 1 and 2, fire protection and emergency response and logistic and transport operations. There is no practical assessment for this course, only a written exam.
THE NEBOSH HEALTH AND WELL BEING AT WORK COURSE
The aim of this NEBOSH training
course is to reduce absence, help employees’ return back to work and deal with employee health issues. It comprises of two modules NHC1 Managing Health and well being in the workplace and NHC2 the practical assessment. NHC1 covers issues such as employees; health and how it effects their work, employees work and how it effects theory health, managing attendance, mental health, musculoskeletal disorders, and promoting health in the workplace. Again the course is assessed by exam and practical assessment.
Lastly let us take at look at the most advanced NEBOSH courses
on offer. There are three to choose from the including the national general diploma, the international general diploma and the diploma in environmental management.
Both the national and international diplomas are made up of four units, Unit A: management of health and safety, unit B: control of hazardous agents in the workplace, unit C: workplace and work equipment safety, and unit D: application of health and safety theory and practice. The only difference being that the international courses does not contain the UK specific legislation that the national does. As well as unit D, the practical assessment, each unit is assessed by written exam.
The environmental diploma NEBOSH
course differs from the general in that it only contains two modules - ED1 and DE2. ED1 is the management of environmental risk and contains fifteen elements that cover both the processes of environmental safety and the hazards involved. ED2 is the practical module, that takes the form an environmental assessment. This is completed as well as a written exam.