NEBOSH Diploma Update
In 1988, the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety was one of the first UK qualifications to be created specifically for professionals within the Health and Safety sector. Since then, over 10,000 candidates have successfully undertaken the qualification and the Diploma has become an important course for aspiring health and safety professionals to undertake.
The accrediting body NEBOSH have recently published a new specification for the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety entitled ‘November 2015 Specification’. NEBOSH conducted an extensive review and included feedback from students, accredited training providers and employers. From this research, NEBOSH have revised and updated the syllabus of the course and plan to implement this new course content in September 2016.
So what has changed?
After conducting extensive research, NEBOSH have decided to remove some content from the syllabus which was deemed no longer necessary and additional content has been created which they feel will be more useful for health and safety practitioners.
As a result of the above changes, NEBOSH have changed the duration of the course to 243 classroom based, taught hours and recommend that candidates conduct 257 hours of self-study, giving the Diploma course a total duration of 500 hours spread across four different units.
How will this affect me?
Do not worry if you have already started your NEBOSH Diploma course and completed some of the units. Up until the end of 2017, the assessments that you will undertake will not include the new content and your qualification will be as valid as those who undertake the Diploma course which includes the November 2015 Specification. If you wish for your course to include the new content, you will need to contact your training provider and liaise with them accordingly.
If you have yet to pass any of your units, you will automatically be enrolled onto the course including the new content as of the 31st October 2016.