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The Diploma is designed for health and safety professionals who require a high degree of managerial and technical competence to advise on effective management of risk across the range of employment sectors. The NEBOSH National Diploma is recognised by IOSH – the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health – as fulfilling the academic requirements for Chartered Membership (CMIOSH). The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) also accept it as meeting their requirements for full membership.
There are no mandatory pre-entry qualifications required for the Diploma but candidates are advised to obtain the NEBOSH General Certificate before starting a Diploma programme. All candidates should have a good standard of written English.
The syllabus comprises four core units:
Unit A Managing health and safety Unit B Hazardous agents in the workplace
Unit C Workplace and work equipment safety Unit D Application of health and safety theory and practice
Units A - C are assessed by written examination. The examinations are held twice a year in January and July.
Work-place based Assignment (Unit D)
Unit D is a workplace based assignment. It consists of a gap analysis of a health and safety management system, a hazard survey and two risk assessments, one covering hazardous agents and the other workplace or work equipment hazards.
The course is run by distance/e-learning with the option to attend face to face revision tutorials in addition to receiving tutor support by phone and email. Students are provided with a file of notes and coursework, a memory stick containing useful resources, and a login to the ATM Safety e-learning website. Coursework can be completed online or submitted by post or email. Coursework marks do not count towards the overall grade for the qualification but students are encouraged to complete the coursework to ensure that they cover and understand each part of the syllabus. One day revision tutorials are arranged for Units A, B and C prior to the January and July exams.