Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
Courses Available Online, Virtually and Classroom
Fully Certified NEBOSH, IOSH, IEMA Accredited
7-Day Customer Service
Brenig Moore MCIEH CEnvH CMIOSH

What is the difference between the NEBOSH Diploma and NEBOSH Certificate?

This blog will explore the main differences between the NEBOSH Diploma and the NEBOSH Certificate. Both are accredited health and safety training courses with the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), a leading qualification body.

September 2019

This blog will look into the main differences between the NEBOSH Diploma and the NEBOSH Certificate. Both are accredited health and safety training courses with the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), a leading qualification body.
 

1. Course Content

 

Learners would benefit from studying the NEBOSH Certificate before the NEBOSH Diploma. The NEBOSH Diploma builds on the knowledge gained from the NEBOSH Certificate. Content introduced in the General Certificate is explored completely in the NEBOSH Diploma.
 
However, in the streamlined 2018 syllabus NEBOSH Diploma course, these topics have been removed to ensure information overload is eliminated. Instead, learners will find these areas of studying in the NEBOSH Certificate, meaning it is the ideal and perfect course to undertake before the NEBOSH Diploma!
 

2. Entry Requirements

 

For the NEBOSH Certificate, there are no entry requirements. Learners can apply and study at any point in their career.

Although there are no formal requirements for the NEBOSH Diploma, the course itself expands on the topics covered in the NEBOSH General Certificate. It's always recommended that you complete the NEBOSH General Certificate before taking on the NEBOSH Diploma.
 
Suppose you haven't completed the NEBOSH General Certificate. In that case: 

  • You should have at least five years of experience working within health and safety.
  • Have completed another level-3 qualification to make sure you have an understanding of essential health and safety topics.
If you are looking for more information on the entry requirements for the NEBOSH Diploma you can read our blog here.

 

3. Course level


The NEBOSH Diploma is similar to an honours degree. It's recognised worldwide as a level 6 vocational qualification within the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). 

The NEBOSH General Certificate is a level 3 vocational qualification, like a UK A-level. It's recognised as a level 6 with 15 credits in the Scottish Qualification Authority.
 
It doesn't require as many learning hours - 133 hours in total as a foundation level course. But make no mistake, it's still a challenging course to complete. You'll be expected to put in 53 hours of private study and complete a risk assessment project and an open-book exam.

4. Recognition 


Both the NEBOSH Diploma and NEBOSH General Certificate are recognised by employers, governments and professional memberships worldwide.
 
The NEBOSH General Certificate is considered an essential qualification for the management level. At the same time, the NEBOSH Diploma is a minimum requirement for more senior health and safety roles.
 
The NEBOSH Diploma is accepted as a route to entry by professional organisations and certifying bodies such as
  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)
  • South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (SAIOSH)

 Making it a truly global recognised qualification and a perfect option for those who have just finished the NEBOSH Certificate!
 
The revisions in the new NEBOSH Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals make this qualification incredibly influential in the health and safety industry. NEBOSH continues to rewrite the health and safety rulebook, don’t fall behind, push forward and join the most prominent health and safety community in the world!

 

Related Blogs

  • The Future of Astutis: Redefining our DNA Image
    Steve Terry

    The Future of Astutis: Redefining our DNA

    Our Managing Director, Steve Terry, analyses the recent rebrand and the updated website. 
    03.12.21
  • The Spirit of the Union Image
    Toby Howell BA PGDip

    The Spirit of the Union

    This year marks the 50TH Anniversary of UAE National Day or the Spirit of the Union. Find out more here.
    02.12.21
  • What is the NEBOSH Open Book Exam? Image
    Ruth Williams DipCAM MCIM

    What is the NEBOSH Open Book Exam?

    Unclear about open book exams? This blog covers everything you would need to know about OBEs and how to answer them.
    25.11.21
  • What is sustainable business? Image
    Steve Terry

    What is sustainable business?

    Read a special piece from our Managing Director about sustainable business and how our continued enivronmental efforts are making a difference.
    08.11.21
  • Top Five Tips on How to Combat Stress in the Workplace Image
    Rachel Haines

    Top Five Tips on How to Combat Stress in the Workplace

    It is easy to become overwhelmed at work. No matter what the role, it can be a high pressured, fast-paced environment that, over a period of time, can cause stress. Read our top five tips on how to combat workplace stress, for a happier, healthier work-life.
    04.11.21
  • How the NEBOSH General Certificate innovates careers Image
    Toby Howell BA PGDip

    How the NEBOSH General Certificate innovates careers

    11.10.21
Section Curve
Case Studies

Real Life Stories

Find out how learners look back on their training with Astutis. Our case studies give our learners, both individual and corporate, a platform to share their Astutis experience. Discover how training with Astutis has helped past learners and delegates make the world a safer place, one course at a time.
More Image
Bottom Curve
What People Say

Hear What Our Learners Have To Say

We're always there for our customers. 98% of our learners rated their overall experience as good or outstanding. We will always pride ourselves on our customer service. But don’t take our word for it, here is what our customers have to say
  • "Clear and detailed information with points examples from the ongoing changes in the environment"

    Antoniya Petkova
    01.11.2021
  • "It's very early days for me but everything is fine so far."

    Jaki Walsh
    11.10.2021
  • "Currently doing the General Cert & have found Astutis to be an excellent training provider, with great lessons & resources."

    Justin
    10.10.2021
  • "So far the course material appears thorough and informative, that being said I only staterted the course one week ago"

    Peter Medhurst
    06.10.2021
  • "Still going through it. Will be able to reply after completing it"

    SHYAM
    04.10.2021
  • "Excellent course. Thanks."

    Musaad AlShammari
    22.09.2021
  • "I'm enjoying the course so far."

    Mark Sharp
    16.09.2021
  • "the course is good and on a good standard but It is some how expensive comparing the income of different people mainly in Africa."

    Tugiriyera Valens
    15.09.2021
  • "Fantastic course with first class interactive features."

    Ronnie Smith
    08.09.2021
  • "Only just started but good so far!"

    04.08.2021