NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
builds on the knowledge gained at NEBOSH Certificate level. It is based on UK law and is made up of four units which must be completed within five years:
2015 Specification Syllabus
Unit A: Managing Health and Safety - 188 Hours
- A1 - Principles of Health and Safety Management
- A2 - Principles of Health and Safety Law
- A3 - Criminal Law
- A4 - Civil Law
- A5 - Loss Causation and Incident Investigation
- A6 - Measuring and Reviewing Health and Safety Performance
- A7 - The Assessment and Evaluation of Risk
- A8 - Risk Control
- A9 - Organisational Factors
- A10 - Human Factors
- A11 - The Role of the Health and Safety Practitioner
Assessed by a three hour written exam
Unit B: Hazardous Substances/Agents - 115 Hours
- B1 - Managing Occupational Health
- B2 - Identification, Assessment and Evaluation of Hazardous Substances
- B3 - The Control of Hazardous Substances
- B4 - The Monitoring and Measuring of Hazardous Substances
- B5 - Biological Agents
- B6 - Noise and Vibration
- B7 - Radiation
- B8 - Mental Ill-Health and Dealing with Violence and Aggression at Work
- B9 - Musculoskeletal Risks and Controls
- B10 - Work Environment Risks and Controls
Assessed by a three hour written exam
Unit C: Workplace and Work Equipment Safety - 120 Hours
- C1 - Workplace Welfare Requirements and Specific Workplace Issues
- C2 - Fire and Explosion
- C3 - Workplace Fire Risk Assessment
- C4 - The Storage, Handling and Processing of Dangerous Substances
- C5 - Work Equipment
- C6 - Workplace Machinery
- C7 - Mobile, Lifting, Access and Work at Height Equipment
- C8 - Electrical Safety
- C9 - Construction and Works of a Temporary Nature - Hazards and Controls
- C10 - Workplace Transport and Managing Work-Related Road Risk
Assessed by a three hour written exam
Unit DNI: Application of Health and Safety Theory and Practice
Assessed by an 8,000 word work-based project
There are no specific entry requirements but the NEBOSH National Diploma assumes you already have knowledge gained from studying a NEBOSH Certificate, or similar course, and it is highly recommended that you should have achieved such a qualification before starting the NEBOSH Diploma course.
RRC appreciates that there are many Health & Safety qualifications throughout the world so do not want to force people to study a NEBOSH Certificate course when they already have the knowledge. To help you decide whether you already have this assumed knowledge or would benefit from studying the NEBOSH Certificate first, see our knowledge checklist - Guidance on Direct Entry to the NEBOSH Diploma.
Do not worry if you have a few gaps in your knowledge - with every RRC NEBOSH National Diploma course you will receive an electronic copy of our NEBOSH National General Certificate course materials for you to fill those gaps.
If you have any concerns as to your suitability for the NEBOSH Diploma, call us today for advice on +44 (0)20 8944 3100 or send us your questions here.
Units A, B and C of the NEBOSH National Diploma are each assessed by three-hour written examinations held in January and July each year.
Exams can be sat at one of RRC’s UK Exam centres or at one of our network of 190+ exam centres throughout the world.
- UK Exam Centres London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle
- RRC International Centres - Bahrain, Dubai, Georgia, Sudan, Tunisia
- RRC International Exam Centre Network See Here
Unit DNI is assessed by an 8,000 word work based project.
Transitional Arrangements – Key dates
- September 2016 – All course providers should begin teaching the new syllabi.
- October/November 2016 - Students who are currently enrolled on the current syllabus and have not yet completed all units will be automatically transferred to the new syllabi. The marks for any passes achieved up to that point (A/IA, B/IB, C/IC, D/ID), will be transferred over to the new syllabi. Marks achieved will count towards the new syllabi Diplomas for five years after they were achieved.
- January and July 2017 examinations – Only content common to both the current and new syllabi will be examined.
- February 2017 – First submission date for the new Unit DNI assessment (this is now a common unit for both National & International Diploma’s).
- November 2017 – The last submission date for the existing Unit D/ID assessment.
- January 2018 examinations onwards – Only content that features in the new syllabi will be examined.
- August 2018 – Last resubmission date for existing Unit D/ID assessment.
Guidance for CSP qualified students taking advantage of the cooperation agreement between NEBOSH and BCSP
Ordinarily you'd have to take a full course of study from an approved course provider (like RRC) to be able to sit the NEBOSH exams. But the agreement between NEBOSH and BCSP (Board of Certified Safety Professionals) means that you don't have to. That's the theory anyway. In practice, whilst there's some overlap in course coverage between CSP (Certified Safety Professional) and NEBOSH's Health and Safety Diplomas, there's quite a bit that's different. Added to that there are two versions of the NEBOSH Health and Safety Diploma - one for the UK and one for International (from a UK perspective, that means the rest of the world). The style of the exams and assignments is also a bit different.
It's pretty obvious that you'd probably just be setting yourself up for failure if you didn't at least review the NEBOSH Diploma content, concentrating especially on the bits that are different, and practice some exam-style questions too. I know that sounds dull after already achieving your CSP, but I hope that sounds sensible.
We at RRC like to cooperate, so we've also got a special deal. We give you access to our full e-Learning diploma programme (national or international - it's your choice) for a substantial discount. The course includes all the content you'll need, unlimited access to an online tutor and exam fees. We're not doing this entirely out of the goodness of our hearts (but we do try to be helpful). We think, with all the safety knowledge from your CSP and your experience, you'll study and get through your Diploma faster than average.
So, what do you need to do?
1. Decide which Diploma you want to study
You need to decide what version of the Diploma you want to do - National or International Diploma.
- National Diploma - if you're most likely to be working in the UK. It's got quite a lot of UK law in it which may be a challenge if you have no experience of UK law
- International Diploma - if you're mostly working outside the UK. It's based on principles and has very little in the way of law. The idea is that you'd top it up by finding out the relevant laws in the country you are operating in (though that isn't examined)
If you're doing significant amounts of working in both areas, probably best to go for the National Diploma. Both qualifications are very much aligned in terms of topics and principles (that's deliberate). Both are divided into 4 units (A, B, C, DNI). Both are assessed in the same way - 3 x 3 hour exams plus one assignment.
2. Get the NEBOSH BSCP guide, designed just for you
You can download NEBOSH's guide for you here.
3. Learn how to map read
Save yourself some time and go straight to Part 3 of that NEBOSH BSCP guide - that's the bit that especially applies to you (you can read the rest if you really want to, but it's not going to change your life). It contains a mapping document, that maps what you already have (CSP) to the NEBOSH Diploma). If you've decided to do National Diploma, look at the mapping document section 3.7. Otherwise it's section 3.8 you need for international. These are going to be very helpful maps to help you concentrate your efforts on the things that are going to make the difference. For both mapping documents it's the same idea. They use a traffic light system. Anything flagged in red (or "3") means it's probably going to be very new to you. That means you need to put more effort into studying that when going through our course material. Anything in green should be familiar to you - well, at least you should have studied it, even if you can't remember doing it (that's common as you get older, I find).
4. Get started
RRC course content follows the syllabus very closely, so that map will work when you study your course. Any problems, your RRC tutor is on hand to help.
Prepare for your exams and assignments. Exam revision and preparation is more than just studying. You need to get practice retrieving and applying knowledge under exam conditions. We give you mock exams, past exam style questions and a tutor that not only looks like they care (difficult by email) but actually does.
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