Health and safety standards are fundamental to all working and employment environments. It is the skilled and essential work maintained by qualified professionals that ensure all reasonable and necessary steps have been taken by management to make our work places risk-free and protected. As a manger of a business the need for qualified individuals with the capacity to offer professional Occupational safety consultations is imperative, and as an employee you maybe looking to further your skills in occupational safety or considering forging a career in this arena.

The UK’s foremost qualification specifically designed for health and safety professionals is the NEBOSH National Diploma. It also provides a basis for progressing to postgraduate study. Many UK universities offer MSc programmes that accept the NEBOSH National Diploma as a full or partial entry requirement. Accredited by recognised bodies such as GCA, CEA and ACCAC the National Diploma is at level 6 in the National Qualification framework.

It remains the major professional qualification that satisfies the academic requirements of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), diploma of work health and safety the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). To ensure necessary standards for the NEBOSH National Diploma are adhered to, functions and modules are overseen by a Qualification and Technical Council with representatives drawn from national institutions.

This health and safety training course works on many levels to offer a common core of knowledge to practice efficiently and at an acceptable standard required by law. The successful graduate from this training course will be equipped to be able to transfer this acquired knowledge to whatever industry or occupational sector he may find himself within. The NEBOSH National Diploma also offers training in recognising and adapting to the different needs of different sectors such as the public, private and voluntary sector.

Understandably for such a professional and highly respected course training entry requirements are standardised. Students wishing to embark on a course leading to the NEBOSH National Diploma must already hold an approved qualification in health and safety training that is accredited at level 3 or above. In cases where students have acquired the necessary level of training for entry, but where there qualification is not recent may find they are required by the course providers to demonstrate that their knowledge is still up to date (perhaps through active occupational safety work in their current workplace).