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How hard is the NEBOSH Diploma?

Unsure of how difficult the NEBOSH Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals might be? You aren't alone! But you are in the right place

June 2019

Unsure of how difficult the NEBOSH Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals might be? You aren't alone! But you are in the right place.
This blog will unpack how hard the qualification is and what it takes to take it successfully!
If you already think you can take it and would like more information about the new course, check out Important changes to the NEBOSH Diploma.
Like with all qualifications, the NEBOSH Diploma takes time, effort and commitment. But the rewards could be incredible. 

Already having a level of health and safety understanding helps.

The NEBOSH Diploma is for health and safety professionals who want to expand their knowledge at a higher level. It's designed to give you a greater understanding of critical health and safety issues, such as workplace hazards, management systems, fault trees, reliability, event trees, fire prevention and occupational health.
We strongly recommend that you complete the NEBOSH General Certificate first. It will make sure you're familiar with crucial health and safety concepts, as well as the NEBOSH exam process. 
The course is set at an academic level, and many often compare it to an honours degree standard. You'll have to absorb a fair amount of information, and you'll have to prove that you understand it. 
Certain aspects of the course will require elements of discovery learning, putting added impetus in the learner to grasp essential health and safety topics. Like any academic course, the taught element is only a tiny part of it. You'll also have to do your independent reading and studying on topics. 

It takes time

Time is by far the biggest obstacle to overcome as the course has a recommended study time of around 475 hours. 
Each different learning mode, be it online or virtual classroom, takes its timeframe to complete. 
Finding your study plan (depending on your learning mode) is critical to success. Usually, short and concentrated study periods are more effective than long and sporadic ones. But this is very personal and needs to be fully explored before committing to a NEBOSH qualification.
For more information how long it takes to complete the NEBOSH Diploma, click here.

The assessments aren't meant to be easy

The new NEBOSH Diploma have updated assessments meant to test learners in radical new ways. 
Learners will be placed in simulated working scenarios, putting purposeful impetus in your hands as you take this critical step in your career.
The new updated syllabus is highlighted by one formal exam and two hands-on situational assessments designed to give applicants the most realistic industry experience available.
ND1: Assignment – workplace-based tasks designed to challenge learners using real-life simulations.
ND2: Scenario-based case study.
ND3: Scenario-based case study.

UNIT Notional Learning hours  
  Taught hours Self-Study hours Assessment hours Total hours CREDITS
ND1 77 58 60 195 20
ND2 60 45 40 145 15
ND3 54 41 40 135 14
TOTAL 191 144 140 475 49



The most important takeaway from this blog should be that if you want something and put the same amount of effort in, nothing will stop you! The course is meant to be challenging and is designed to test learners in proactive ways. Successful learners come out of the experience ready to a leader in health and safety; what are you waiting for? 



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