What is a NEBOSH course and which one will benefit me most?
What is a NEBOSH course?
NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) have been offering training course specialising in health and safety education for the last 13 years.
Currently the following 14 NEBOSH courses are available throughout the UK: NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work Qualification , NEBOSH Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industries qualification, National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, NEBOSH Fire Safety and Risk Management Certificate, National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management, NEBOSH National Certificate in the Management of Health and Well-being at Work, NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety, NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management, NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management.
While there is a large a range of general and specialised NEBOSH courses on offer, finding a course that most closely matches your needs can be done easily, just by by asking yourself a few key questions
Question number one, whether to do a national or international course?
Consider you career plans, will you be working outside of the UK on your next project or do you aim to go overseas later in your career? If so, you may wish to consider an international course. With all the kudos associated with NEBOSH courses, specifically designed for a non – UK environment, NEBOSH internationals are an excellent way of preparing for an overseas career in health and safety.
If your career plans mean you are likely to stay in the UK, then consider a NEBOSH national course. Designed specifically with current UK legislation in mind, you can be sure that you will be up to date with a one of the selection of national NEBOSH courses.
Question number two, which level course?
NEBOSH courses are split into three levels diplomas, awards and certificates. Diploma NEBOSH courses are the highest level course available. They sit at NQF level 6 and are estimated at approximately 200 to 450 hours of study divided between home and taught time, depending on the course. The certificate level course is at a NQF level 3 and take approx 120 hours of study, divided between study and taught time. The is also an award level course available, which is an shorter, introductory level course suitable for those beginning their careers in health and safety.
Question three, a general or a subject specific course?
Making the choice between a general or subject specific course, will also depend on your career path. General courses suit those with a concern for health and safety in environments such as offices and non high risk environments. Subject specific NEBOSH courses available include fire and safety, construction, environmental management and oil and gas. Each of these is designed to cover the particular issues of concern within these specialised fields, and some such as the construction and fire courses also include a general introduction to health and safety practices as well know as NGC1 module. Completing this has the added advantage that if you wish to do another course with the same module, you can do a conversion course, rather that the full course again.