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NEBOSH National Diploma vs NEBOSH International Diploma: Which Course is Right for You?

February 2024


The NEBOSH Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals is globally regarded as one of the most comprehensive health and safety training qualifications money can buy. The training can help propel pivotal health and safety understanding and enhance career advancement.

It should not be forgotten the density of the qualification. It is not a small task. If taken entirely seriously and with the right motivation, the course will save lives and change lives.

The course comes in two similar, yet different, versions;

1, NEBOSH National Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals (for UK learners)

2, NEBOSH International Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals (for learners outside of the UK)

This blog will look at the core differences between the two different incarnations of the qualification to help you identify which version is best and more applicable to you.


What are the Main Differences Between the NEBOSH National Diploma and NEBOSH International Diploma?

The first thing to remember is that we traditionally advise our learners that the International Diploma is probably the correct version if they are based outside of the UK.

One of the main differences stems from the regulatory bodies and geographical law. For instance, a learner from Germany or Saudi Arabia wouldn't maximise the impact of their training if they were studying UK health and safety regulations. Instead, the International Diploma trains learners on international best practices.

So, the course content is the same. The only aspect of the course that changes are addressing regulation and law. So, in short, if you work in the UK and see yourself remaining there, the National Diploma is best for you. On the other side, the International Diploma is best for you outside the UK. 

The assessment process is the same for both qualifications. All learners will have three assessments, structured in three different units, DN1, DN2 and DN3, in the UK (DI1, DI2 and DI3 for the international course).

Governments and businesses worldwide recognise the International Diploma, and the reputation the qualification offers the learner is accepted as the benchmark.


Price Breakdown of the NEBOSH Level 6 Diploma: National vs International

Despite the courses being very similar, there are some price differences. Learners can purchase the NEBOSH International Diploma from £1490.00 ex. VAT. Meanwhile, learners based inside the UK can buy the NEBOSH National Diploma from £1760.00 ex. VAT. 

TABLE OF PRICES (All prices are excluding VAT)

 

NEBOSH International Diploma

NEBOSH National Diploma

Learning Formats

 

 

Virtual 

£5770.00

£5770.00

Online

£1885.00  

£2415.00

Distance

£1490.00

£1760.00

Classroom

N/A

£6560.00

 

Learning Formats Availability

Both courses allow learners to train in their desired learning formats and make the most out of their experience. However, one notable difference is that only the NEBOSH National Diploma is available in the classroom format.

TABLE OF LEARNING METHODS

NEBOSH National Diploma

NEBOSH International Diploma

 

 

Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom

Online

Online

Distance

Distance

On-Site*

On-Site*

Classroom**

 

*Price is dependent on the needs and requirements of the enquiring business.

**Exclusive to the NEBOSH National Diploma course


Conclusions

The course is an ideal next step to learners coming off a successful training experience with the NEBOSH National/International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. 

It's more than just Geography. The International Diploma incorporates a wide array of legislation that allows it to apply to every country in the world, outside of the UK. It is a one size fits all qualification that genuinely makes an international qualification. 


 Take a closer look at our two NEBOSH Diploma courses here:

1. NEBOSH National Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals (for UK learners)

2. NEBOSH International Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals (for learners outside of the UK)


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