You are here: 

NEBOSH International Diploma Syllabus

NEBOSH Accredited Centre 807 logoThe NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is a level-6 qualification for those looking to advance their skills and knowledge in health and safety outside of the UK.

The course is split into 4 units and builds on the knowledge gained from the NEBOSH General Certificate.

Learning Outcomes

The NEBOSH International Diploma will provide you with the ability to:

  • Review health and safety policies and procedures within an organisation and produce justified recommendations to reduce risk and improve health and safety performance.
  • Manage health and safety at an operational level and reduce the costs associated with accidents and ill-health of employees. 
  • Recognise and control all major aspects of health and safety within a workplace.

Each element in each Unit also has it's own learning outcomes. 

Full Course Syllabus

Unit IA: International Management of Health and Safety

This unit provides an in-depth understanding of the key areas for managing health and safety on an international scale, covering moral, economic and societal drivers, health and safety management systems and regulating health and safety standards in a global economy.

  • IA1 - Principles of health and safety management
  • IA2 - Regulating health and safety
  • IA3 - Loss causation and incident investigation
  • IA4 - Measuring and reviewing health and safety performance
  • IA5 - The assessment and evaluation of risk
  • IA6 - Risk control
  • IA7 - Organisational factors
  • IA8 - Human factors
  • IA9 - The role of the health and safety practitioner

Unit IB: Control of Hazardous Agents in the Workplace

Unit IB covers all major aspects of managing chemical, biological, physical and physiological hazards in the workplace.

  • IB1 - Managing occupational health
  • IB2 - Identification, assessment and evaluation of hazardous substances
  • IB3 - Control of hazardous substances
  • IB4 - The monitoring and measuring of hazardous substances
  • IB5 - Biological agents
  • IB6 - Noise and vibration
  • IB7 - Radiation
  • IB8 - Mental ill-health and dealing with violence and aggression at work
  • IB9 - Musculoskeletal risks and controls
  • IB11 - Work environment risks and controls

Unit IC: Workplace and Work Equipment Safety

Unit IC provides a thorough understanding of how to create and manage safe working environments, covering welfare, fire, dangerous substances, work equipment, electricity, construction and transport. 

  • IC1 - Workplace welfare requirements and specific workplace issues
  • IC2 - Fire and explosion
  • IC3 - Workplace fire risk assessment
  • IC4 - Storage, handling and processing of dangerous substances
  • IC5 - Work equipment (general)
  • IC6 - Work equipment (workplace machinery)
  • IC7 - Mobile, lifting, access and work at heigh equipment
  • IC8 - Electrical safety         
  • IC9 - Construction hazards and controls
  • IC10 - Workplace transport and driving for work

Unit DNI: Application of Health and Safety Theory and Practice

Unit DNI is an 8000 word assignment where you'll demonstrate the application of the knowledge you've gained throughout the course. Submission dates for Unit DNI assignments are in February, May, August and November each year.

Unit Assessments

All four units are mandatory and there are no optional units. You can choose to take all units at the same time, or study single units at different times. 

Units IA, IB andI C are each assessed by a 3-hour written exam. The exam consists of 2 sections; Section A includes 6 short-answer questions, while Section B includes 3 short-answer questions. Each exam paper covers the whole unit syllabus - with at least one question per unit element. Unit DNI is a assessed through a work-based project. 

Futher Information

Choosing to study for your qualification with Astutis means you can undertake the NEBOSH International Diploma course in either of the following ways:

Contact us for more information

Choose how to learn

Online Course

Interactive online course with tutor support
Discover the benefits of Astutis' online learning

Distance Learning Course

Ideal for independent learners with limited budget
Find out more