National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health
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NEBOSH head office
|Legal status||Private company (2698100) and registered charity (1010444)|
|Bill Nixon (acting chairman)|
The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) is a UK-based independent examination board delivering vocational qualifications in health, safety and environmental practice and management.
It was founded in 1979 and has charitable status. It offers a range of qualifications from introductory to professional level. Around 180,000 people worldwide held a NEBOSH qualification as of 2014.
NEBOSH does not deliver courses; it develops syllabuses for its qualifications and sets methods of assessment, such as examinations and practical coursework. Courses are delivered by NEBOSH accredited course providers.
Courses leading to NEBOSH qualifications attract over 50,000 candidates annually and are offered by over 600 course providers based in 40 countries around the world. In 2014/15 nearly 180,000 NEBOSH assessments were taken in 132 countries. NEBOSH qualifications are recognised by relevant professional membership bodies including the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).
In 2014 NEBOSH received the Queen's Award for Enterprise for Outstanding Achievement in International Trade.
In 1974, the Health and Safety at Work Act laid down general principles for the management of health and safety at work in Britain. This legislation, together with the establishment of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Health and Safety Commission (HSC) (now merged), led to more emphasis being placed on occupational safety and health by UK employers from the mid-1970s onwards. As a result, the role of the health and safety officer and health and safety manager became more widespread in British workplaces.
To meet a need for the provision of vocational qualifications in the area of occupational safety and health, NEBOSH was established in September 1979, operating from the offices of IOSH in Leicester.
At the time, the NEBOSH board, led by founding chairman Professor Richard Booth, set out its primary objective: "To improve the quality & quantity of people with vocational qualifications in Occupational Safety and Health".
The first NEBOSH Associate level and Member level examinations took place in June 1980. Candidates sat five papers; Law; Behavioural Science; Techniques of Safety Management; Occupational Health & Hygiene and General Science. By October 1981 membership of the NEBOSH board had grown and included representatives from IOSH UK government departments, various teaching establishments and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Recognition of NEBOSH qualifications also began to grow around this time. In June 1982, 140 people registered for their NEBOSH Ordinary level certificate and 84 for the Higher level certificate. By 1986, NEBOSH had increased the number of annual examination sessions from two to three. In February 1987 NEBOSH introduced a new qualification structure, which included a certificate and a diploma. In 1988 the diploma level qualification was changed to feature four 3-hour exams and completion of a case study. Candidates scoring over 75% achieved a distinction.
In the early 1990s, NEBOSH began to formally separate itself from IOSH. In March 1992, NEBOSH incorporated as a limited company with Companies House. In April 1992, NEBOSH registered as a charity with the Charity Commission and then appointed its first chief executive, Martin Shuttleworth, two months later. In December 1992 the NEBOSH Specialist Environmental Diploma was launched, followed shortly by the NEBOSH Construction Certificate. In June 1997 NEBOSH introduced a "credit mark" to demonstrate a high score in an exam – sitting just below a "distinction." The two-part diploma was introduced in June 1998. NEBOSH moved offices to Meridian Business Park, Leicester in 1999.
Stephen Vickers took up the position of NEBOSH chief executive in April 2000. Six months later the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) – now The Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) accredited NEBOSH as an awarding body. In March 2001, designatory letters were introduced for holders of NEBOSH higher level awards. In September 2001, almost 22 years after the formation of NEBOSH, Dolores Lavander of West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) became the 50,000th NEBOSH examination candidate. A presentation to mark the occasion was held at WMFS headquarters. Two new qualifications, the NEBOSH Fire Certificate and NEBOSH International General Certificate were launched in March 2005. Current NEBOSH chief executive Teresa Budworth took up her role in March 2006. Two months later the first NEBOSH graduation ceremony took place at the University of Warwick. A further landmark was achieved in June 2006 when the 100,000th NEBOSH General Certificate was awarded to David Marsh. In October 2006, NEBOSH moved offices to its current location of 5 Dominus Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester. The new building was formally opened by the then Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt. The NEBOSH Specialist Environmental Diploma was revised and renamed the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management in September 2008. Those holding this qualification could now apply for membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). In 2009, NEBOSH introduced two new qualifications – the NEBOSH International Diploma and the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate. In 2010, four more qualifications were launched – the NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work, the NEBOSH Health and Well-being Certificate, the NEBOSH International Construction Certificate and the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety. 
In 2011 NEBOSH as well as other UK and international professional bodies developed the scheme for the Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR), a scheme which provides a centrally held register of qualified health and safety consultants for businesses and employers to easily find and hire for their own places of work.
In 2014, NEBOSH began offering a research-based master's degree jointly with the University of Hull, with the first degrees awarded in 2015. In 2015 a taught master's degree was developed with options to focus on one or more of the disciplines of occupational health, safety and environmental management.
In 2014, NEBOSH began working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to offer a postgraduate-level qualification to new HSE Inspectors responsible for enforcement of safety law in the UK.
For the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety – A Guide to the International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety
For the Health and Safety at Work Qualification – NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work in Arabic
There are four categories of NEBOSH qualification: award, certificate, diploma and master's degree.
- An award provides awareness and an introduction to other NEBOSH qualifications.
- Certificate-level qualifications are an excellent foundation for managers, supervisors and people at the start of a career in health and safety.
- Diploma-level qualifications demonstrate professional knowledge of the subject covered.
- Master's degrees offered in partnership with the University of Hull demonstrate higher-order learning.
- NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work Qualification
- NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification
- NEBOSH Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industries Qualification
- NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
- NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
- NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
- NEBOSH National Certificate in the Management of Health and Well-being at Work
- NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management
- NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
- NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
- NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
- NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety
- NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management
- NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence
- NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
- NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
- NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management
- NEBOSH International Diploma in Environmental Management
Masters of Research (MRes) degrees
NEBOSH offers three separate Master of Research (MRes) degrees in partnership with the University of Hull:
- MRes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
- MRes in Occupational Health and Safety Management
- MRes in Environmental Management
Masters of Science (MSc) degrees
NEBOSH offers three separate Master of Science (MSc) degrees in partnership with the University of Hull:
- MSc in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
- MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management
- MSc in Environmental Management
Accredited course providers
There are more than 600 organisations worldwide delivering NEBOSH courses which lead to NEBOSH qualifications.
NEBOSH course providers must be accredited by NEBOSH. Accreditation is required for each separate qualification. The accreditation process ensures course providers have procedures and resources in place to deliver training programmes of a standard required by NEBOSH and to maintain the integrity of the assessment process.
Accredited NEBOSH course providers not only deliver courses, but organise exam sittings for candidates. Accredited course providers include educational establishments, commercial training and consultancy providers and large employers.
NEBOSH is now recognised for its qualifications, which have been taken in more than 132 countries throughout the world. It has developed five international qualifications: NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management, NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety, and NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
There are 219 NEBOSH accredited course providers permanently based outside of the UK in 45 countries around the world.
In 2014, the NEBOSH International Certificate was made available in Spanish.
In India NEBOSH courses are offered through classroom sessions as well as distance mode by Safety training institutes.
During 2014/15 overseas registrations increased to 114,536, up by 6,047 (6%)
Graduation ceremony and annual awards
Since 2006, candidates achieving a NEBOSH diploma-level qualification have been invited to attend an annual graduation ceremony, which has traditionally been held at the University of Warwick. In June 2010, more than 1,200 attended this event to see over 350 people receive their diplomas.
Best Candidate awards are also presented at the annual ceremony to candidates achieving highest marks in the year for all certificate-level qualifications, diploma qualifications and for each separate unit (A, B, C and D) of the NEBOSH National Diploma. These are acknowledged in the annual report.
- Occupational safety and health
- Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
- National Safety Council (USA)
- National Qualifications Framework
- NEBOSH Annual Report 2014
- NEBOSH website
- HSE – Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- HSE (Historical picture)
- NEBOSH IN AN NUTSHELL
- History of NEBOSH
- The Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register. OSHCR.
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- Becoming a NEBOSH Course Provider
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- NEBOSH News (Issue 31)