National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety


Designed to provide students with the expertise required to undertake a career as a safety and health practitioner and also provides a sound basis for progression to postgraduate study.

All occupational health and safety practitioners (OHASPs) need to have a common core of knowledge in order to practise effectively. The NEBOSH National Diploma aims to provide the knowledge and understanding that underpins competent performance as an OHASP.

The NEBOSH National Diploma is the qualification for aspiring health and safety professionals, building directly upon the foundation of knowledge provided by the NEBOSH National General Certificate. It is designed to provide students with the expertise required to undertake a career as a safety and health practitioner and also provides a sound basis for progression to postgraduate study.

The qualification meets the academic requirements to apply for Graduate Membership (Grad IOSH) of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner as a Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH). It also accepted by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) as meeting the academic requirements for full membership (MIIRSM). Holders of the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety may use the designatory letters “DipNEBOSH” after their name.

Those who hold the NEBOSH National Diploma are eligible to apply for the CSCS Academically Qualified Person (AQP) yellow/white card whilst they gain vocational qualifications or membership of a recognised professional body. This card is valid for five years and is currently non-renewable. All applicants must still pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.

Unit A – Managing Health and Safety

Element A1: Principles of health and safety management
Element A2: Principles of health and safety law
Element A3: Criminal law
Element A4: Civil law
Element A5: Loss causation and incident investigation
Element A6: Measuring and reviewing health and safety performance
Element A7: The assessment and evaluation of risk
Element A8: Risk control
Element A9: Organisational factors
Element A10: Human factors
Element A11: The role of the health and safety practitioner

Unit B – Hazardous Agents in the Workplace

Element B1: Managing occupational health
Element B2: Identification, assessment and evaluation of hazardous substances
Element B3: The control of hazardous substances
Element B4: The monitoring and measuring of hazardous substances
Element B5: Biological agents
Element B6: Noise and vibration
Element B7: Radiation
Element B8: Mental ill-health and dealing with violence and aggression at work
Element B9: Musculoskeletal risks and controls
Element B10: Work environment risks and controls

Unit C – Workplace and Work Equipment

Element C1: Workplace welfare requirements and specific workplace issues
Element C2: Fire and explosion
Element C3: Workplace fire risk assessment
Element C4: The storage, handling and processing of dangerous substances
Element C5: Work equipment
Element C6: Workplace machinery
Element C7: Mobile, lifting, access and work at height equipment
Element C8: Electrical safety
Element C9: Construction and works of a temporary nature – hazards and controls
Element C10: Workplace transport and managing work-related road risk

Unit DNI: Application of health and safety management in the workplace

Units A, B and C are each assessed by one three-hour written examination. All questions are compulsory. Unit DNI is assessed by a written assignment of approximately 8,000 words, designed to test knowledge across the syllabus by assessing application of health and safety theory and practice (Unit D).

Students may choose to take individual units in any order over a five year period and will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed.

Course programme:

Block Release (Full Time) course – Total course is 7 x 1 week blocks, plus 6 days exam & revision.

The Block Release (Full Time) course duration can vary from 12 months to 60 months, depending on when you choose to study each core unit. The average course duration is about 18 months.

E-Learning course – 243 hours e-learning, 225 hours self-study, plus 2 days exam & revision per core unit.

Please see our course calender for dates.

Open Course Locations and Prices:

Carlisle – Esk Suite, Gallery House, Harraby Green Business Park, Carlisle

Edinburgh – Edinburgh Capital Hotel, 187 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh

Please note that all the NEBOSH National Diploma examinations and revision days are always held at our examination venue in Carlisle.

If bought individually, the unit cost for each delegate is as follows:

Unit A & D [17 Days] costs £2,395.00 + VAT = £2,874.00
Units B [12 Days] costs £1750.00 + VAT = £2,100.00
Units C [12 Days] costs £1750.00 + VAT = £2,100.00

If purchased as a package, the cost of the full course per delegate is £5,500.00 + VAT = £6,600.00.

The above prices include the course book, additional notes, NEBOSH fees, refreshments and lunches.

Please see our course calender for dates.

Prices vary for delegates on our discounted Resettlement and ELC Funded Training Package Scheme. For more information please go to the following webpage: http://woodward-group.co.uk/military-resettlement/

E-Learning Course:

The e-learning course includes all the learning materials you will need for:

Unit A: Managing Health and Safety,

Unit B: Hazardous Agents in the Workplace

Unit C: Workplace and Work Equipment Safety

Unit DNI: Application of Health and Safety Theory and Practice

The e-learning materials also include revision and exam support materials. Each course booking initially comes with a 2 year licence for the learning and support materials, allowing you plenty of time to learn the material at a pace to suit you.

The course materials for the e-learning package costs £1,800.00 + VAT.

In addition to buying the e-learning materials you would need to pay the NEBOSH Enrolment and Registration Fees as well as our administration / invigilation fees when you decide you are ready to sit one or more of the examinations.

These examinations are held in Carlisle in January and July each year. The deadline for NEBOSH Enrolment and Registration is usually about 6 weeks before the examination date. More precise information on the  booking deadlines can be found on the NEBOSH website here: https://www.nebosh.org.uk/students/currently_studying/default.asp?cref=173&ct=2

The NEBOSH Enrolment Fee is currently £55.00 (no VAT). In addition to that fee, for each Unit Examination [A, B and C] you wish to sit you also need to pay a NEBOSH Registration Fee of £81.00 (no VAT) and our Per Unit administration / invigilation fee of £50.00 + VAT.

For the Unit DNI Examination, you again need to pay a NEBOSH Registration Fee of £81.00 (no VAT) and you also have the option of purchasing Unit D Support Services from our experienced Unit D Examiner for £150.00 + VAT.

Finally, you also have the option of attending revision workshops during the examination week to help you prepare for your examinations. The Unit A revision workshop is a full day costing £150.00 + VAT. The Unit B and Unit C revision workshops are ½ day sessions costing £75 + VAT each.