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The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) is an UK based Board found in 1979, provides a numerous education program. The NEBOSH International Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals builds on the foundation knowledge covered in the International General Certificate. This qualification is a must for those wanting a high-level career in Health and Safety.
The International Diploma is recognised and reliable and approximately 3,000 learners have achieved the qualification since its introduction. The NEBOSH International Diploma is the qualification for aspiring health and safety professionals, building directly upon the foundation of knowledge provided by the NEBOSH International General Certificate. It is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding required for undertaking a career as a health and safety professional and it also provides a sound basis for progression to postgraduate study
Benefits for your employer

By applying the knowledge and skills gained from this qualification you will be able to contribute to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace; an immediate benefit for your employer. For example, you will be able to understand the risk profile of your organisation and how risk should be managed. You will also be able to recognise a range of workplace health and safety hazards and recommend control measures so that residual risk from these hazards is as low as possible. The qualification will also equip you with professional skills such as understanding how your leadership style can affect other workers and the culture of the organisation, as well as being able to influence and negotiate with workers at all levels.

Benefits for Learner

The qualification deliberately looks at general workplace issues so that is can be applied in the many different sectors in which health and safety professionals may work. On completion of the qualification, your learners will be able to:

Understand the role of health and safety legislation, the purpose and principles of enforcement actions and the role of the United Nations’ International Labour Organization and other non-governmental bodies.
Use different types of health and safety leadership approaches and be able to influence health and safety issues at all levels.
Influence organisational and health and safety workplace culture.
Proactively manage health and safety, taking account of human failures and factors.
Manage health and safety competence (both their own and that of the organisation).
Use a range of hazard identification, risk management and loss causation techniques.
Monitor health and safety performance.
Develop their role as a health and safety professional including understanding how it links with Corporate Social Responsibility.
Effectively manage organisational change.
Manage contractors and supply chains.
Control a range of workplace health and wellbeing issues.
Control a range of workplace safety issues.
The NEBOSH International Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals is one of the most established and respected qualifications of its kind. This course provides the learner with the core understanding of Health and Safety and is the leading qualification in the world for International Health and Safety practitioners. It also provides the learner with the knowledge that is transferrable across industry and international boundaries. It covers the practical skills which is very essential for a health and safety practitioner to deliver a positive change throughout the workplace. Those who achieve this qualification find themselves in high demand in the global market.
Membership body Membership category Designatory   letters
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Graduate Member** Grad IOSH
International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) Full membership* MIIRSM
Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Exemption from sitting the ASP examination if all other requirements are met* Leads to CSP membership after completion of relevant assessments
NEBOSH is in the process of applying for membership for IIRSM and BCSP; this Guide will be updated once confirmation has been received.
IOSH are reviewing their membership grades. It is likely that Graduate membership will be rebranded as Certified member. This guide will be updated once the restructured membership grades have been published. IOSH are not currently accepting accreditation applications for new qualifications due to this membership review.
Assessment formats

To achieve the International Diploma, learners must complete and pass the following assessments:

Unit Assessment format
ID1 Assignment (in four parts – simulations, work- place based activities, reflective tasks and a research project)
ID2 Case study (simulation only)
ID3 Case study (simulation only)

Part of the Unit ID1 assessment will require your learners to undertake some workplace-based activities. Your learners will, therefore, need to ensure that they select a suitable workplace/organisation. The workplace/organisation does not have to be their own; it just needs to be suitable. The selected workplace should provide sufficient scope to carry out a range of activities. If a learner has difficulty finding a suitable workplace, you must help the learner to make arrangements. The workplace activities will be drawn from the following assessment criteria:

Assessment criteria Topic
2.3 Consultation
2.4 Health and safety culture
3.1 Competence, training, information and supervision
3.2 High reliability organisations
4.2 Sensible risk management/types of risk assessment/ implementing risk assessment actions
4.3 Risk profile
5.2 Health and safety monitoring and measuring
7.3 Organisation change
8.1 General management of contractors
Qualification Type
NEBOSH offers Vocationally-Related Qualifications (VRQs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, VRQs are known as ‘Other accredited qualifications.
VRQs provide the knowledge and practical skills required for particular job roles through a structured, study- based training programme that combines the testing of knowledge and understanding in written examinations with practical application of learning in the workplace.
VRQs are a popular type of qualification because they are nationally recognized, flexible and offer routes for progression to employment or further study.
Achieving the qualification, qualification grading and parchment issue

You must achieve a ‘Pass’ in all three units to achieve the qualification. The pass standards are given in the ‘Qualification key features’ table. The percentage marks of all three units are combined and the qualification grade is based on the following boundaries:

226+ Distinction
196-225 Credit
150-195 Pass
0-149 Refer

If you retake a unit to achieve a higher mark, the highest unit mark will be used to calculate the qualification grade (see ‘Re-sitting unit(s)’ for further information). Once the third successful unit has been completed, you will be issued with a qualification parchment. Parchments are normally issued 20 working days after the results declaration date for the third successful unit.

Qualification Key Features

Unit prefixes and titles

Unit ID1: Know – workplace health and safety principles (International)

Unit ID2: Do – controlling workplace health issues (International)

Unit ID3: Do – controlling workplace safety issues (International)


Unit ID1

Unit ID2

Unit ID3

Assessment type

Assignment Case study Case study

Assessment time

60 hours (approx.)

40 hours (approx.)

40 hours (approx.)

Pass marks

Notional 50%

Notional 50%

Notional 50%

Qualification level and number of credits  

SCQF Level 10 (Equivalent to RQF Level 6) with 48 credits


Modes of study

A full-time block release course (minimum of six weeks (30working days)) Part-time day release (spread over at least 30 weeks)

Open, distance learning, eLearning



Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements but due to there being assumed knowledge it is recommended that learners have passed the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or an equivalent SCQF Level 6 or 7 qualification.
Recommended minimum standards of   English  

Equivalent to an International English Language Testing System score of 7.0 or higher in IELTS tests



Qualification grades

The percentage marks of all three units are combined and the qualification grade is based on the following boundaries:

Distinction: 226 or higher

Credit:          196 – 225

Pass:              150 – 195

Learning outcomes

Learning outcome


Taught hours



self-study hours





You will be able to advise your organisation on the types of legislation likely to apply to the organisation and how enforcement actions could apply; the relevance of the International Labour Organization’s conventions / recommendations to the organisation; how non-government bodies and standards could influence health and safety in the organisation.  






























Unit ID1 assignment



You will be able to promote a positive health and safety culture by:

  • gaining commitment and participation; and
  • engaging, supporting, and influencing leaders (and others) to change attitudes and behaviour and make health and safety a priority.




You will be able to assess, develop and maintain individual and organisational health and safety competence.  




You will be able to understand risk management including the techniques for identifying hazards, the different types of risk assessment, considerations when implementing sensible and proportionate additional control measures and developing a risk management strategy.







You will be able to develop and implement proactive and reactive health and safety monitoring systems and carry out reviews and auditing of such systems.  




You will be able to continually develop your own professional skills and ethics to actively influence improvements in health and safety by providing persuasive arguments to workers at all levels.  




You will be able to develop a health and safety policy strategy within your organisation (including proactive safety, Corporate Social Responsibility and the change management process).  




You will be able to manage contractors and supply chains to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.  




You will be able to advise the organisation on a range of common workplace health issues/ hazards including how these can be assessed and controlled.  





Unit ID2 case study



You will be able to advise the organisation on a range of common workplace safety issues/ hazards including how these can be assessed..  





Unit ID3 case study

Notional learning hours

 The qualification has the following notional learning hours:

Unit Notional learning hours Credits
Taught hours Self-study hours Assessment


Total hours
ID1 71 58 60 189 19
ID2 60 45 40 145 15
ID3 54 41 40 135 14
Total 185 144 140 469 48


A programme of study therefore needs to be based around a minimum of 185 taught hours and approximately 144 hours of self-study for an overall total of 329 Hours (excluding assessment time).
A full-time block release course would be expected to last for a minimum of 6 weeks (30 working days and a part-time day release course would be spread over at least 30 weeks.
The tuition hours should be added to the recommended self-study hours to give the minimum number of hours for learners studying by open, distance learning or e-Learning.
Tuition time should normally be allocated proportionate to the tuition time for each element but may require adjustment to reflect the needs of a particular learner group.
Key Dates of NEBOSH IDIP:

ID 1

9TH MAR, 22.

22ND APR, 22.

ID 2 11TH MAY, 22   10TH JUN, 22  20 WORKING DAYS  19TH AUG, 22.
 ID 3  13TH JULY 2022  10TH AUG, 22  20 WORKING DAYS   20TH OCT, 22.   
ID 1     14TH SEP, 22.  26TH OCT, 22.  30 WORKING DAYS  12TH JAN, 23.
  ID 2      9TH NOV, 22.  7TH DEC, 22.  20 WORKING DAYS  24TH FEB, 23.
  ID 3      11TH JAN, 23  08TH FEB, 23  20 WORKING DAYS  13TH FRI, 23.
Re-sitting unit(s)
If a learner does not achieve a ‘Pass’, the learner may re-sit the unit(s) in which they have been unsuccessful providing that this happens within the 5-year enrolment period.
However, each re-sit will incur an additional fee. Learners may re-sit unit(s) at any time within their enrolment period. This includes re-sitting successful unit(s) to try to improve the qualification grade. When all three units have been successfully completed, learners will need to inform NEBOSH of their intention to re-sit the successful unit(s) within 20-working days of the results declaration date for the final successful unit. There is no limit to the number of re-sits which can be taken within the enrolment period.
If a learner sits a unit more than once, the highest grade achieved will count towards the final qualification grading.
If a learner registers for any unit of the International Diploma whilst awaiting a result from a previous assessment, the learner cannot then request a refund of the registration fee if the awaited resulted is a ‘Pass’ (except in the case of an Enquiry About Result).
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