What you can do with your NEBOSH qualification

Nebosh By Matthew Coombes

A little about NEBOSH:

NEBOSH Qualifications are one of the most sought after qualifications by recruiters in the health and safety industry. At ACT we offer a wide range of qualifications that cover the ever-expanding areas of health and safety, these courses range from award through to level 6 diplomas which are equivalent to a degree. We are a gold standard NEBOSH learning partner, so you can be assured that our training is of the highest quality.

Levels of NEBOSH Qualifications that we offer at ACT:

  • Award Level
  • Certificate Level
  • Diploma

NEBOSH qualifications are a great way to get into health and safety as a career or to improve the safety of your workplace, they provide a comprehensive and approachable understanding of the topic that they cover.
Award level NEBOSH courses are a great starting point for those that are looking to get clued up on health and safety, or those looking to progress through the qualifications to get into a health and safety based career. Health and Safety applies to all workplaces regardless of size, operations or budget, so there’s something from ACT for everyone.

What you can do with your NEBOSH qualification often depends on the qualification that you’re taking and the responsibilities that you hold as in your workplace.
Courses such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate can be brilliant qualifications for managers who have the responsibility of looking after the health and safety of their employees, the course provides a great broad understanding of many topics in Health and Safety.


Award level qualifications are a valuable tool for anyone looking to gain a basic understanding of health and safety, or for an employer looking to improve the health and safety of a workplace by training employees to a good standard. Some awards are designed to teach specific skills in an important area of health and safety such as the NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation.


The NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation is a qualification designed to teach a person the essential skills that they need to be able to properly investigate incidents, such as proper interview techniques and how to prevent recurrence of an incident.


NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work is an environmental qualification that requires no prior knowledge of the subject, it highlights the meanings of environmental terms, the importance of sustainability and more topics such as dealing with environmental emergencies.

Health & Safety:

NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work is a perfect introduction to the topic of health and safety at work. The course is taught over three days and covers essential topics such as why we manage health and safety, and how to stop incidents and ill-health before they happen.

NEBOSH General Certificate


At ACT we offer several NEBOSH Certificate qualifications, each are designed to apply to different parts of workplaces.
The most popular of these are:


NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety – this qualification is your go-to general health and safety qualification. If you’re looking to manage the health and safety of other people at your workplace, go on to study other aspects of health and safety or even just better your management of risks then this is the qualification for you.


NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management – is designed for people who have the responsibility to manage fire safety at work.


NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety – this qualification is perfect for anyone that needs to identify, control and evaluate a wide range of construction workplace hazards.


NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management – a globally recognised qualification that is designed to cover the principles of how your organisation can reduce its impact on the environment.

Health & Well-Being:

NEBOSH National Certificate in the Management of Health and Well-being at Work – This certificate qualification was very popular with HR, worker representatives and managers managing occupational health, however it has been replaced with a new award level qualification, NEBOSH Working with Wellbeing, which focuses on the importance and benefit of effectively managing wellbeing in an occupational setting.

If you’re looking to take your education in Health and Safety further, the NEBOSH National General Certificate is a great qualification to have, especially if you are looking to take a NEBOSH Diploma, or even a Level 5 NVQ.


The NEBOSH National Diploma is an extensive qualification, it’s level 6 in the National Qualification Framework (NQF) which is equivalent to a degree. The diploma is split into 3 units, ND1, ND2 and ND3. To obtain the qualification you need to successfully complete all three units, and as you complete each unit you will know more about important health and safety topics such as hazardous substances and agents, and workplace and work equipment safety.
The NEBOSH National Diploma isn’t your average qualification, it’s designed to meet the needs of the ever-changing modern workplace, and is a route that you can take if you are looking to study a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety.

Further study:

Following successful completion of a NEBOSH National Diploma there are a number of universities that may accept the qualification for entry onto these masters qualifications:

  • MSc in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
  • MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • MSc in Environmental Management

Job Roles:

There is a large variety of roles that you can apply for with a NEBOSH health and safety qualification, such as:

  • Health and Safety Advisor
  • Health and Safety Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Health and Safety Consultant
  • Compliance Manager

A vast majority of these roles name a form of NEBOSH qualification as one of the preferred requirements for applicants.

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