Mark Littlejohns, our Director of Health & Safety, recently attended the NEBOSH graduation ceremony to congratulate our successful students. They all demonstrated drive and commitment, and it was a pleasure to celebrate their hard work with them at the recent ceremony at Warwick University.  Here are Mark’s thoughts on the course and assessment process.

What is NEBOSH?

For those of you who’ve ever wondered, NEBOSH stands for the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health.

They are, as their name suggests, an examination board. They don’t deliver health and safety training courses – but they do produce syllabuses, examinations and assignments. They also scrutinise assessments rigorously, to ensure the quality and integrity of their qualifications, both nationally and internationally.

How do NEBOSH develop courses?

NEBOSH accredited course providers (like Capital People) prepare course materials, based on NEBOSH syllabuses. They then deliver these accredited courses to prepare learners for the assessments set by NEBOSH.

NEBOSH certificate qualifications are often minimum requirements for working in Health & Safety. Attaining the Diploma can mean serious career progression – many of our delegates have seen pay increases/promotions after graduating.

What is IOSH?

The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the professional body for Safety practitioners, and has different membership levels, linked to qualifications. For example, certificate courses lead to TechIOSH, while diplomas lead to GradIOSH – if, after successful completion, the delegate applies to IOSH. After a bit more work, Graduate members can apply to become chartered.

What are the courses useful for?

Certificate level courses are ideal for any non-safety individuals who’re moving into the world of safety, either through choice or due to demands of their job. There are no formal entry requirements and, while it helps to have a bit of understanding of health and safety, it’s not necessary. The most important factors are willingness to learn, motivation and dedication.

The Diploma is a very popular course. It’s very intensive, requiring over 30 days classroom based training and more work at home throughout the four units of assessment. Not all delegates have completed the certificate before embarking on the diploma, but it is recommended. Again, interest, motivation and commitment are key factors in a delegate’s success.