NEBOSH National General Certificate VS. NEBOSH Diploma

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Choosing the right qualification to study can be a challenge. This is especially true when it comes to health and safety. There are a lot of different courses out there you can study for, whether you’re hoping to pursue a career in health or safety or if you’re already within the industry and would like to progress. That is why in this blog discusses the NEBOSH National General Certificate and the NEBOSH Diploma… what qualification is right for you?

What Qualification Is Right For You?

If you’re seeking for a career within the health and safety industry or would like to further develop your career, you’re probably considering the NEBOSH National General Certificate or the NEBOSH Diploma. Both of these qualifications can help bring your career to the next level, yet what one you choose to study will depend on a variety of factors, which we will be going through in this blog.

What Experience Is Needed For The NEBOSH Courses?


NEBOSH Certificate – The NEBOSH National General Certificate is the most prevalent health and safety qualification in the UK and requires no formal entry requirements. The certificate can be attained by managers, supervisors and operational staff. Attaining a NEBOSH certificate can improve career progression for those within or seeking a career within the health and safety sector.


NEBOSH Diploma – The NEBOSH Diploma is designed for those who are either working within the health and safety sector or have previous experience being employed in this sector. The course is also suitable for those who are not working in the health and safety industry but would like to pursue a career in this field and may already possess a level 3 qualification.

Duration Of Courses

The NEBOSH National General Certificate course requires a minimum of 68 taught hours and approximately 40 hours of private study – the course duration is split across 2 weeks. The NEBOSH Diploma takes much longer to complete. There are 191 teaching hours, 144 recommended self-study hours and 80 assessment hours to complete the NEBOSH Diploma. It breaks down into 3 major units, each with an assessment. The teaching hours roughly add up to 30 days, and most people spread their study over many weeks and aim to complete the qualification over months.

What Are Your Best Learning Methods?

Everyone learns differently. Some people prefer leadership and a rigid structure, while others excel when they are self-reliant and handle most tasks independently. The NEBOSH Diploma is a taught course either by distance learning or in a classroom environment. The NEBOSH National General Certificate can be studied online or in class, where you’ll be expected to complete two written exams and a workplace assignment

Advantages Of The NEBOSH Diploma VS. NVQ Level 5

There are various benefits of taking the NEBOSH National General Certificate or the NEBOSH Diploma.

For example, with the NEBOSH diploma you’ll benefit from:

  • A degree level qualification
  • Being able to study in a teaching led environment
  • A qualification which is essential for many employers in the health and safety industry
  • Building on other NEBOSH courses you may have taken

By taking on a NEBOSH General Certificate you’ll benefit from;

  • A Level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to an A-Level standard
  • Have a solid foundation of knowledge if you decide to go on to study the Diploma
  • Not necessarily having to take time off for teaching
  • Receiving a qualification which is recognised worldwide
  • The ability to create effective management within an organisation, via a solid understanding of risk management

NEBOSH National General Certificate vs NEBOSH Diploma

Deciding which qualification to take on is a challenge. However, evaluating your current situation with your career, or the career you would like to attain is a great start. Nevertheless, taking a NEBOSH course will greatly benefit you with attaining a career with health and safety or excelling with your current career. Here with Project Skills Solutions we offer NEBOSH courses, delivered by our expert trainers at our nationwide training centres, with competitive rates. We’re happy to help with any queries you may have with a NEBOSH course, so don’t waste anytime and book onto your NEBOSH course today!

Why PSS?

  • Nationwide courses
  • Low prices
  • Expert trainers
  • Group discounts

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