NEBOSH Diploma New vs Old

The New NEBOSH Diploma FAQ

How does it affect me? The New NEBOSH Diploma FAQ

There are lots of changes happening with NEBOSH courses at the minute. SHEilds are receiving a lot of questions about the new NEBOSH Diploma for 2021 and we’d like to share how the changes will affect the students. Based on the most common FAQs, we’ve put together a list of questions and answers to make it easier for students to understand the changes. This page will be updated with new questions and answers as we receive them.

Differences between the New NEBOSH Diploma (2021) vs Old version

The new NEBOSH Diploma 2021 version is scheduled to be released in June. SHEilds are ready the launch the new Diploma, 1st June on our eLearning systems, which is the earliest date the qualification can be studied.

When searching for potential training providers, it’s important to note, the new NEBOSH Diploma also has a new official name. The qualification has changed slightly, from previously being called:

  • “NEBOSH International / National Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety” to “NEBOSH International / National Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals”.

Keep reading to learn more… or see the current International / National Diploma version on offer.

old vs new nebosh diploma 2021 FAQ


When will the new NEBOSH Diploma course be available?

The International Diploma course will be available to study from June 2021 with the National Diploma course following soon after.

What if I am currently studying the old syllabus, will I be able to change onto the new NEBOSH Diploma course?

Yes, however, you will need to re-register with NEBOSH onto this new syllabus, which will incur a new enrolment fee of £60, please speak to your course advisor about this.

If I am studying the old syllabus, do I have to change onto the new one?

No, you can continue to study as you are and sit the examinations as normal twice a year in January and July, for Unit DNI submissions, the dates will be February, May, August, and November. The examinations will continue to be available until May 2026 for DNI and July 2026 for units A, B & C.

If I sign up to the diploma now, will I be expected to take the old or the new syllabus?

You will be given the option to move over to the new syllabus.

If I have passed a unit in the old syllabus, but want to move to the new syllabus, will my passed unit transfer to the new syllabus?

Unfortunately not, there are no exemptions for the new examination format.

If I have passed a unit in the old syllabus, but want to move to the new syllabus, will my passed unit transfer to the new syllabus?

Unfortunately not, there are no exemptions for the new examination format.

Will I have to pay SHEilds again for the new course?

No, existing customers will not be charged for moving over to the new NEBOSH Diploma course, however, your remaining course access duration will remain the same.

What are the examination and registration fees for the new NEBOSH Diploma?

The new NEBOSH exam fees are GBP £130 per Unit (3 x units = £390), plus a GBP £60 registration fee.

Where can I sit the exams for the new NEBOSH Diploma course?

The examinations are in an open book style and can be taken in your own home or workplace.

How many examinations are there in the new NEBOSH Diploma course?

The new syllabus is made up of 3 units, the DNI unit has been removed from the new syllabus, the assessment is reduced to:

  • ID/ND1 Assignment – approximately 60 hours
  • ID/ND2 Case study – approximately 40 hours
  • ID/ND3 Case study – approximately 40 hours

When are the exam dates for the new NEBOSH Diploma qualification?

Course deadlines for each unit of new the NEBOSH Diploma are as follows:

Unit Assessment Release Date Completion Deadline
Unit ID1 8th Sep 2021 20th Oct 2021
Unit ID2 10th Nov 2021 8th Dec 2021
Unit ID3 13th Jan 2022 10th Feb 2022

Am I required to have prior Learning?

Yes, you are expected to have completed the NEBOSH NG or IG certificate qualifications prior to enrolling onto the new NEBOSH Diploma course, you will be tested on this in the new examinations.


For more information on the new NEBOSH Diploma in occupational health and safety for professional’s qualification: click here or email success@sheilds.org