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NEBOSH - International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety course syllabus.

Course Description

Is the International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety course accredited by an official body?

Yes, this course is Accredited and certified by  :  The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH). This means that all training providers advertising their courses on this site must be an approved centre.
In most cases the awarding body (NEBOSH) will audit the centre to ensure the correct standard of teaching. Visit NEBOSH web site

What is the NEBOSH - International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety course?

Category: Health-and-Safety

Level: Advanced

As globalisation gathers pace NEBOSH has seen the need for a common and consistent standard for achieving and maintaining the health and safety of workers in all parts of the world.

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety has been recognised for many years as a leading qualification in the field of health and safety in the UK, providing the specialist knowledge and understanding, combined with the application of the expertise required to undertake a career as a Safety and Health Practitioner. The NEBOSH International Diploma will fulfil the same objectives in other countries around the world.

How much does it cost and how long does it take?

Course fees are determined by individual course providers and vary depending on the format of the course. You should plan your study around a minimum of 241 taught hours and approximately 234 hours of private study and background reading.

What are the benefits for employers?

Management of health and safety in the workplace is not only a legal obligation and a moral imperative, it also makes good business sense. The International Labour Organisation estimated annual cost of occupational injury and ill-health to the world economy is $1000 billion.

Qualified health and safety professionals are an asset to their organisations, reducing costs by preventing accidents and ill health of employees, without incurring unnecessary expense by over-reacting to trivial risks.

Courses leading to the NEBOSH International Diploma can be taken in a variety of formats and at a pace to fit around the needs of the business. Its unitised structure recognises success as the student progresses. Its practical approach promotes the application of the knowledge acquired on the course to problem solving in the students own workplace.

The NEBOSH International Diploma has been designed to be at the same level as the NEBOSH National Diploma which is set at level 6 under the UK National Qualifications Framework (NQF), developed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although the NEBOSH International Diploma is a vocationally related award, the NQF permits comparison with academic qualifications. It is examined at the same level as the Level 6 National Diploma which broadly equates to an honours degree-level qualification under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

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Who is the NEBOSH - International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety course designed for?

The NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the qualification for aspiring health and safety professionals building directly upon the foundation of knowledge provided by the NEBOSH International General Certificate. It is designed to provide students with the expertise - wherever in the world they may be working - required to undertake a career as a safety and health practitioner. It also provides a sound basis for progression to an MSc or more specialist study (such as the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management).

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, though the achievement of the NEBOSH International General Certificate or direct equivalent prior to undertaking the Diploma course is highly recommended.

The standard of English required by students studying for the NEBOSH International Diploma must be such that they can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

What subjects does the NEBOSH - International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety course cover?

The NEBOSH International Diploma (August 2011) is modelled on the NEBOSH National Diploma The key difference between the two awards is in the applicability of legal requirements. Rather than be guided by a specifically UK framework, the International Diploma takes a risk management approach based on best practice and international standards, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) codes of practice, with special reference to model such as the ILO's "Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems" (ILO-OSH 2001). Underpinning knowledge of legal frameworks is included and local laws and cultural factors should form part of the study programme where relevant and appropriate.

It provides the core health and safety knowledge which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner.

The qualification is divided into four units, each of which is assessed separately:

Unit IA: International management of health and safety
Unit IB: International control of hazardous agents in the workplace
Unit IC: International workplace and work equipment safety
Unit ID: International application of health and safety theory and practice

Students may choose to take individual units in any order over a five year period.

How is the NEBOSH - International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety course assessed?

The qualification is divided into four units, three assessed by written examinations of three hours duration (Units IA, IB and IC) with the assignment unit designed to test knowledge across the syllabus, assessing application of health and safety theory and practice (Unit ID/Unit DNI).

Students will receive a unit certificate for each unit passed.

On successful completion of all units making up the NEBOSH International Diploma, students will receive the overall qualification parchment.

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