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NEBOSH General Certificate & Health and Safety NVQs

Two Popular Health and Safety Qualifications Achieved in Very Different Ways

Two of the most popular health and safety courses and qualifications are the NEBOSH General Certificate and the NVQ Level 3 and 5 in Occupational Safety and Health. Both the NEBOSH General Certificate and a health and safety NVQ are held in high esteem and carry great weight amongst both current and prospective employers alike, and are regarded in fairly equal terms. Despite this fact, the two are achieved in vastly differing ways.



The NEBOSH General Certificate

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is a more traditional health and safety course insofar as the information is taught which is then assessed at the end through written assessments and a practical workplace project. As the information is taught, it is suitable for those who have little or no previous health and safety training, knowledge or experience of the subject.



A Health and Safety NVQ

In contrast to a course such as the NEBOSH General, a health and safety NVQ qualification contains no teaching but instead relies upon the collection of evidence by the individual as they go about their normal workplace duties. These vocational qualifications are therefore only suitable for those who are currently in a job role where they carry out certain tasks such as performing risk assessments and writing/influencing company health and safety policy. If they are not, they will not be able to collect enough suitable evidence to satisfy the assessment criteria of the NVQ. It also means that those considering an NVQ qualification in health and safety will find it extremely beneficial to have already had some health and safety training so that they have a certain level of knowledge, although if they are in a suitable job role they are almost certain to have already had this. If not then the company is likely to be in breach of all kinds of health and safety legislation and regulations for having an untrained and unqualified person in such a health and safety role!



Which is Better?

There is no definitive answer as to whether an NVQ or NEBOSH General Certificate is "better" than the other, as it will depend upon a multitude of different factors such as a person's learning style, past experience, previous training, current job role etc.

Whilst a NEBOSH General Certificate teaches information, enrolling on an NVQ negates the need to travel and means there are no travel or accommodation costs that are likely to be incurred on a traditional training course. There are also no exams or assessments at the end as there are on the General Certificate.

Ultimately the decision depends upon the individual concerned, along with that of their current or future employers as to which qualification they recognise, respect and want the most from their new or existing employee.




NEBOSH Courses

Please see below for some NEBOSH courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Diploma is intended for safety professionals and managers who are taking on environmental responsibilities. It is designed for individuals with responsibilities for the management of environmental risk in relation to the damage caused by work activities.

Holders of the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma will be able to advise their organisation on the environmental impacts of their activities, on their legal obligations and the means of continuously improving their environmental performance as part of an integrated management approach.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

The NEBOSH Fire Certificate is aimed primarily at managers and supervisors who are responsible for fire safety within their organisation and compliance with applicable fire safety legislation.

The course aims to give delegates the knowledge to conduct and review fire risk assessments, along with fire prevention and protective measures within most workplaces.

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NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

The NEBOSH Construction Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health & Safety to give it its full title, is one of the most recognised health and safety qualificatons in the construction industry.

It is aimed primarily at managers, supervisers, CDM co-ordinators and anyone else who is responsible for making sure that construction activities under their control are undertaken safely.

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NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management to give it its full title, is an environmental health and safety course which is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who are responsible for managing environmental issues at their workplace.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification focuses on UK law, so is really only suitable for those who are based and operate within the UK.

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