The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate Explained
Like all of the NEBOSH courses, the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate
is divided into modules. The first of these is the NEC1. This module is concerned with imparting knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and how to minimise the impact of these from the business you are working with. The specific topics that the course covers are; which type of energy to use, the efficiency of your chosen source, assessing and managing the impact on the environment of your business, minimising pollution to air, noise and water and how to put a plan in place for any emergencies that may arise. This module is assessed by a short, two hour written exam. The exam consists of one essay style question and ten shorter questions making eleven in total. There are no optional questions on the exam and they all must be completed within the time limit to give you the best chance of passing.
The second module in the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate
is the NEC2, which is concerned with the practical application of the knowledge and understanding gained in NEC1. This module is assessed by completing a report assessing the environmental impact of the business you are working in. This must be done within a fortnight of the NEC1 module to be valid and count towards your NEBOSH accreditation.
Currently the NEC2 module has the higher pass rate with 90% of candidates passing from April to June 2011. The NEC1 also has a high pass rate, but it is slightly lower than the NEC 2 module at 74% for the same time period. NEBOSH hold exams at specifically scheduled times, so before booking this course it is advisable to check when these are with your training provider. Make sure you factor in enough time after the NEC1 exam to complete and submit the NEC2 report on time.
As this qualification is a national certificate, the focus is on UK environmental legislatiopn and this is reflected in the teaching. Although there is currently no NEBOSH international general environmental certificate, NEBOSH certificates do hold kudos internationally.
The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate
usually lasts between five or six days depending on the provider that is running the course and it is relevant to all sectors of industry from construction and manufacturing to retail.
After completing the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate
many people chose to progress to the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma which goes into greater depth on the issue of sustainability. If you are looking to advance your career in environmental management, these courses provide an excellent and well respected qualification route.
If you elect to attend an in-house course, some training providers will include examples of how environmental risk can minimised for your business specifically. If you are having trouble deciding whether attending an open course or an in-house course will be the most cost effective option, why not contact a online search facility? They will be able to provide dates and locations for the open courses as well as get personalised quotations to suit your needs for the in-house courses. In this way you can compare the price and the service offer for each course, ensuring you are getting the best deal possible.