A NEBOSH diploma is one of the most prestigious health and safety qualifications available in the world. Founded in 1979, NEBOSH have become one of the largest health and safety awarding bodies in the world, and, one of the most respected. Their qualifications are taken by approximately 35,000 people each year.
Of all the qualifications that they offer, the NEBOSH diploma qualifications are the most comprehensive. These qualifications are designed for professional health and safety advisers, and require a large amount of time and dedication to complete. As an example, NEBOSH estimate that for the National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, candidates should expect 241 hours of taught tuition and 234 hours of self study and reading. They are so comprehensive that many universities will accept the qualifications as part of the entry requirements for MSC programmes!
Because of the sheer amount of work involved, a NEBOSH diploma is only suitable for those who are serious about obtaining it, and are prepared to put the work in. Anybody who is not prepared to put the work in from the outset should not take the qualification. Many companies and organisations will put certain employees on a health and safety course, either because it is a legal requirement or they think it will be a benefit to the company to have a person or people qualified in health and safety. In some of these cases, the person may be a bit reluctant to go on the course, particularly if they are being forced to against their will by their company. If they do not 100% want to be there, they will not give their full attention to the information being taught, or complete the required homework or reading. For a short course or one that is not accredited, they may be able to get by and learn enough to pass. For a NEBOSH diploma qualification though, this is just not an option. Only a person who is totally committed to obtaining the qualification will be able to get through the hundreds of hours of taught tuition and self study required to pass; it is not a qualification that you can force someone to do!
The comprehensive nature of the qualification also means that it is not suitable as a first qualification for someone who has no previous health and safety training. Although it may seem more appealing to pay once for the most comprehensive qualification, candidates will struggle with a diploma without this previous knowledge. Most health and safety training providers will require those wishing to enrol on the course to have a qualification such as the NEBOSH General Certificate as a pre-requisite before they will even consider them. THE NEBOSH diploma qualifications are equivalent to degree-level qualifications, and just like degree courses, students need to be able to show that they have the required foundation knowledge before enrolling.
As well as being some of the most comprehensive, NEBOSH diploma courses are also some of the most expensive, which is another reason why they should only be undertaken if you can give full commitment to it in order to put in the hours required.