NEBOSH General Certificate Before NEBOSH Diploma?
It is fair to say that a NEBOSH Diploma is a tough qualification to achieve. Its sheer size in terms of the number of study hours and work involved makes it one of the premier health and safety qualifications available in the world. In fact, its worldwide appeal has led to the introduction of the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety which aims to give people who either live or work anywhere in the world, not just in the United Kingdom, the expertise required to pursue a career as a health and safety practitioner.
There are some people who have little to no experience in the heath and safety industry or have not attended any health and safety training courses in the past, without realising that a NEBOSH Diploma qualification is roughly equivalent to a degree. This means that it would be like a person going to university to study mathematics without ever having seen a maths textbook or studying it at school. So just as someone would expect to study maths as a GCSE, then an A-Level, and THEN go on to do a degree in it, so to is it highly recommended to work up to the Diploma by first achieving the NEBOSH General Certificate. In fact the Diploma qualifications, both the national and international version, will build upon the information taught on a NEBOSH General or NEBOSH International General Certificate. Even the NEBOSH General Certificate qualification is by no means a walkover, in itself requiring a lot of dedication and commitment to learn all of the information required to pass the assessment.
So it is highly recommended to take a NEBOSH General before a NEBOSH Diploma to give you a much better chance of achieving the Diploma qualification.