which nebosh course should i do?

Which NEBOSH course should I do?

Choosing a NEBOSH Course

Completing NEBOSH courses can provide your career with a major boost. These qualifications are considered a must for many people with health and safety roles, and they are also recognised by professional membership bodies such as the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

However, if you’re to get the very most from your studies, it’s important that you select the right course. To narrow down your options, it’s helpful to ask yourself the following questions.

Which topics do you need to cover?

NEBOSH training programmes cover a variety of different subject areas, and it’s crucial that you choose the one most suited to your line of work. For example, do you want to focus on occupational health and safety, fire risk management, construction safety or oil and gas operational safety? Before you sign up to a particular course, make sure you read the details of the syllabus carefully.

Certificate or diploma?

NEBOSH diplomaIt’s not only the subject matter that will determine your choice of course. You’ll also need to consider whether you wish to complete a NEBOSH certificate or diploma. Certificates are the UK’s most popular health and safety qualification and, depending on the course you sign up to, they can take from two weeks to three months to complete.

Diplomas are a more rigorous and demanding option, but they can be well worth the extra effort. They are highly respected and prestigious, and they ultimately enable you to achieve the status of chartered membership of IOSH. These courses typically take anywhere between nine and 36 months to complete.

National or international?

Another issue to consider is whether you want to complete a national or an international course. If you work in the UK and don’t have many dealings with organisations based overseas, a national course is almost certainly the best option. However, if you are working abroad now or you plan to in the future, the increasingly popular international certificates and diplomas may be better. These replace UK-based laws with international management systems and standards.

Online or classroom-based?

Last but not least, you’ll need to decide whether to opt for a classroom-based course or an online training programme. If you prefer the traditional approach and believe you would benefit from dealing with tutors and fellow learners face to face, you are probably best off opting for conventional courses.

However, if you feel you would benefit from the added flexibility and convenience, not to mention cost savings, associated with remote study, e-learning courses might suit you better.

How Much do NEBOSH Course Costs?

NEBOSH courses range in price depending on which level you decide to study. NEBOSH  Certificate level training usually costs in the mid-hundreds, where as NEBOSH Diplomas can range from several hundred to thousands of pounds whether you choose to study by eLearning or within the classroom. eLearning costs are usually much cheaper in comparison to classroom taught courses. This is a great area where you can save money whilst developing your skill-set, you should always be mindful and choose the best option for you.

Don’t rush

Don’t be tempted to rush the process of selecting your NEBOSH courses. By taking your time, considering all your options and doing plenty of research about the various options available, you can guarantee you’ll choose the best programme for you.

You can find out more about the courses we offer by taking a look around our website, and our team are just an email or a phone call away if you have any questions.

10 replies
  1. Israel Okon Silas
    Israel Okon Silas says:

    I am from akwa ibom state, Nigeria. My state is building a seaport that might be operational in 3 years. I am looking a nebosh course that is maritime related which will give a career advantage in the maritime sector, please candidly advice. Thanks.

    • SHEilds Health and Safety
      SHEilds Health and Safety says:

      Hello Israel, thanks for a great question. As there are no directly maritime-related NEBOSH qualification(s), we would recommend the NEBOSH IGC (International General Certificate) to get the overall understanding of health & safety needs and the best practices for that sector, as those will apply regardless of land or sea based industry/operations. One of our advisors will contact you personally, so you get the best advice for your situation.

  2. Allan Kwero
    Allan Kwero says:

    I am grateful happy with the explanations and advice or guidance offered above. I am interested in taking up the course and will take time to select the right one. However do you have a branch in Abu Dhabi – UAE?

    • SHEilds Health and Safety
      SHEilds Health and Safety says:

      Hi Andrew,

      Thank you for getting back in touch with SHEilds. Further to our conversation and emails, I am happy to confirm that as this is elearning, we do not have a dedicated office in Ghana at the moment, but instead, we have an exam center, making it easy to study online with our expert support and then completing the exams locally in Accra.

      You can simply follow the instructions I have emailed to to enroll, or contact me any time and I will be happy guide you through your enrollment process.

      Kind regards,


  3. Babedi Sefho
    Babedi Sefho says:

    Hello Pasi, we talked yesterday and can you please email me the information on how i can enroll for next year January. Thank you

    • SHEilds Health and Safety
      SHEilds Health and Safety says:

      Hi Babedi, thank you for getting back in touch with us and letting me know. I did send the details to my colleague in our South African office to contact you and I have just send the details to my colleague, who is the manager of the South African office, I am sure he will contact you very soon. Kind regards, Pasi

  4. Emeribe Anthony
    Emeribe Anthony says:

    Hello, I’m a Nigerian with the following certification: B.Sc Industrial Chemistry , professional M.Sc Environmental and Petroleum Tech. Mgt. , PGD Maritime Environmental Studies (in view ) and I’m presently doing an internship at Nigeria Air force as Aircraft Maintenance officer….. Please, i wish to know the BEST NEBOSH course that will embrace all the degrees mention above and the cost if possible…thanks

    • SHEilds Health and Safety
      SHEilds Health and Safety says:

      Good afternoon Emeribe,

      Thank you for interacting with SHEilds.

      There are many NEBOSH courses available which makes a huge number of possible combinations available. From the limited information provided I would suggest that your best education route would be to enrol on a fast track SHEilds career development plan comprising of the NEBOSH IGC and NEBOSH IDIP. To establish if this is the correct route it would be advantageous to arrange a suitable time that you can enter into a professional discussion with one of our experienced course advisers who will determine the best course of action based upon your personal goals and ambitions.

      To do this you can either contact our South African office using our contact form, visiting our offices or by telephone. Our South African office can be contacted at:

      Whitethorn Office Park 606 Kudu Street
      Constantia Kloof,
      Post/Zip code:1715
      South Africa
      Telephone: +2711 675 4177



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