National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

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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.

Entry Qualifications

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.

Course Content

The syllabus comprises three core units and a workplace assignment:

Unit A Managing health and safety                              Unit B Hazardous substances/agents

Unit C Workplace and work equipment safety            Unit DNI Assignment


Units A - C are assessed by written examination. The examinations are held twice a year in January and July.  Exams can be taken in Chipping Campden or by special arrangement at other venues in the UK. 

Work-place based Assignment (Unit DNI)

The Unit DNI assignment requires a review of the arrangements for managing health and safety in a workplace in order to produce justified, proportionate recommendations to improve health and safety performance. A written report must be submitted to NEBOSH electronically for assessment.

Course programme

The course is run by distance/e-learning with the option to receive tutor support by phone and email.  Students are provided with a file of notes and coursework, and a login to the ATM Safety e-learning website.  For students who do not have access to the internet special arrangements can be made.  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.  

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