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NEBOSH International Diploma

  • Level 6 Qualification
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Unlike the NEBOSH National Diploma which focuses specifically on UK law, the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is intended for those who are currently, or who may in the future, be working outside of the UK elsewhere in the world.

Health and safety laws and legislation will differ from country to country. Therefore a course which tries to cover legislation for each country will not only be impractical, but would be irrelevant for anyone attending who would not be going to that country to work! The syllabus of the NEBOSH International Diploma instead concentrates on best practices and international conventions.

Who Should Enrol?

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The NEBOSH International Diploma is intended to be taken by aspiring health and safety professionals, building directly upon the foundation of knowledge provided by the NEBOSH International General Certificate.

It is designed to provide students with the expertise required to undertake a career as a safety and health practitioner and also provides a sound basis for progression to postgraduate study. There are no formal entry requirements for the NEBOSH International Diploma, however candidates should consider that this is professional level qualification, approximately equivalent to Level 6 (degree level).

Achievement of the NEBOSH International General Certificate or direct equivalent prior to undertaking this Diploma course is highly recommended. Also, candidates need to have a proficiency in English which allows them to understand and articulate the detailed content taught in the course syllabus. NEBOSH recommends a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing Score, or equivalent.

A Prestigious Qualification

A NEBOSH Diploma is a prestigious qualification

Holders of the NEBOSH International Diploma may use the designatory letters "IDipNEBOSH" after their name.

The NEBOSH International Diploma qualification meets the academic requirements to apply for Graduate Membership (Grad IOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). This is the first step to becoming a chartered health and safety practitioner as a Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH).

It also accepted by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) as meeting the academic requirements for full membership (MIIRSM).

A NEBOSH Diploma provides a sound basis for progression to MSc and postgraduate level studies. A large number of universities across the globe offer MSc programs that accept the NEBOSH International Diploma as a full or partial entry requirement.

How is the NEBOSH International Diploma Qualification Structured?

The NEBOSH Diploma syllabus is divided into four units

The NEBOSH International Diploma qualification is divided into four units, each of which is assessed separately. The units can be taken in any order, but as Unit D is a written practical assessment, it is highly advisable to have completed and passed Units A, B and C first.

  • Unit IA: Managing health and safety
  • Unit IB: Hazardous agents in the workplace
  • Unit IC: Work equipment and workplace safety
  • Unit DNI: Application of health & safety theory and practice

NEBOSH International Diploma Distance Learning

Studying the NEBOSH Diploma by distance learning

As well as the flexibility to study the course in your own time when you want to, a distance learning course also enables you to make as much or little use of the internet and a computer as you want.

The course is conducted as a typical distance learning course using textbooks and written assignments. There is also, however, a whole range of additional support and study materials available online to supplement your learning. These include live webinars, video tutorials, a discussion forum, interactive materials plus much more.


Support is provided throughout, with expert tutors being available by phone, e-mail, Skype or secure messaging. You will have a good support system in place as you progress with your distance learning studies. There is also an invitation-only Facebook Group where students can discuss topics with each other and NEBOSH course tutors.


The Unit A, B and C exams comprise a 3-hour written exam each. These exams are currently held in London, Birmingham and Manchester. For international students, exams can also be arranged for any British Council venue in many major cities across the world, however this service may be subject to additional costs.

Unit D is a written practical assessment, completed in your own time, which involves a full health and safety audit/review of a company of your choosing. There are four submission dates throughout the year for Unit D.

Candidates have five years from the date of enrollment with NEBOSH to successfully complete all units.

Cost and Additional Fees

The distance learning NEBOSH International Diploma course costs £1,295.00**. This price does not include the exams/assessments, or the NEBOSH enrolment fee. These can be booked and paid for when you are ready to take them. They are currently priced at:

  • NEBOSH enrolment fee: £60.00**
  • Written exam (Units A, B and C): £135.00** each
  • Unit D Assessment: £99.00**

**VAT at the standard rate will be charged on all invoices sent to an address within the European Union.


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Other NEBOSH Courses

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

NEBOSH General Certificate

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 Fire Certificate

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 Construction Certificate

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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