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Why is a NEBOSH General Certificate Advisable Before a NEBOSH Diploma?

Introduction

We have already seen on the page entitled "NEBOSH General Certificate Before NEBOSH Diploma?" how the information taught on a NEBOSH National Diploma course builds upon the foundation level of knowledge provided by the NEBOSH National General Certificate. It is for this reason why the majority of reputable health and safety training providers will insist upon - or at least strongly recommend - that anyone contemplating enrolling upon a NEBOSH Diploma course should already have achieved the NEBOSH General Certificate.


Self Study Element of a NEBOSH Diploma

As well as building upon the knowledge provided, another important reason for insisting upon this minimum requirement is that the NEBOSH National Diploma is not an entirely taught course in the same way that other lower level accredited health and safety courses are. Other courses such as the IOSH Managing Safely or SMSTS Site Managers course to name just two examples will be aimed at and suitable for those who have little or no knowledge of health and safety in a workplace, meaning that the course tutor will cover everything required to successfully pass the assessment(s) at the conclusion in order to obtain the accredited certificate.

Whilst the Diploma has a large number of taught hours (the most of any of the health and safety courses which we offer in fact!), it also incorporates a large element of self-study. Without a suitable level of knowledge already acquired from completing the NEBOSH General Certificate these candidates will struggle to conduct suitable self-study on topics, issues or legislation which they do not know a great deal about.


Don't Run Before You Can Walk for a Health and Safety Qualification!

There is no doubt that when a person decides that they want a health and safety qualification the majority will desire to achieve the highest one possible. After all, if you are going to dedicate time, effort and money into achieving something then you may as well get the best available.

However jumping straight into a NEBOSH Diploma is a bit like going straight from GCSEs to a university degree without first achieving A-levels (incidentally, the NEBOSH National Diploma is in fact equivalent to a degree-level qualification). Just as many will struggle with jumping from GCSE maths to degree-level mathematics, going straight to the Diploma from little or even no previous health and safety training is a stretch too far and often a waste of money. Health and safety in this respect is not simply a case of using common sense to avoid obvious hazards. The NEBOSH Diploma will expect you to have detailed in-depth knowledge of health and safety law and legislation, policy creation and suitable implementation, risk assessments and correct reporting procedures, and many more. Not already having a fairly comprehensive level of knowledge of such areas will make achieving a NEBOSH Diploma qualification extremely difficult, and is why the NEBOSH General Certificate is a tough but manageable starting point for those wishing to progress up to Diploma level.




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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