Preserving and improving
health, safety and the
environment in the
NEBOSH (the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety
and Health) is a charitable organisation and international awarding
body first established in the United Kingdom in 1979.
rom the very beginning, the aim of NEBOSH has been
to provide highly respected and relevant vocational
qualifications to help improve standards.
A little under 36 years ago, in June 1980, the first ever
NEBOSH examinations were taken by only a handful of
health and safety professionals in Britain. Since then,
NEBOSH has significantly extended its offering, with 16
qualifications in its portfolio that can be taken worldwide,
• 3 at award level – providing a basic understanding of the
subject covered and suitable for all workers.
• 9 at certificate level – offering an excellent foundation
for managers, supervisors and anyone starting a career in
health and safety.
• 4 at diploma level - professional qualifications that are the
equivalent level to a degree. Designed to help students
gain the skills and confidence to be successful in
this demanding but rewarding field.
Recently, NEBOSH has also added Masters qualifications,
offered in partnership with the University of Hull, in Health,
Safety and Environmental Management.
All NEBOSH qualifications are designed by experts and
based on extensive research and consultation with a wide
variety of interested parties, including employers, to ensure
they are fit for purpose.
NEBOSH now receives almost 200,000 exam registrations
each year, with applicants from 125 different countries
across the world seeking to hold one of NEBOSH’s health,
safety and environmental qualifications.
NEBOSH’s vision is to preserve and improve health,
safety and the environment in the workplace, worldwide.
The organisation raises competence in health, safety
and environmental management through a framework
of qualifications, rigorous awarding procedures and the
promotion of high quality education.
Analysis of job opportunities in the UK has consistently
revealed that more than 75% of health and safety managers
are expected to hold a NEBOSH qualification by employers.