People often ask us about the difference between IOSH and NEBOSH, is one better than the other? which qualification should they go for? and what are IOSH and NEBOSH?
Hopefully, this article can shed some light, help you make a decision on the qualification best for you, and give you some helpful advice.
So what are IOSH and NEBOSH?
Well, they are both similar in the sense that they are awarding organisations that provide syllabuses and criteria for well respected and widely recognised qualifications. Both offer a range of qualifications, aimed at different levels and a range of industries, although NEBOSH does have some more specifically focussed industry courses.
The main difference between the two is that IOSH is also a membership organisation, the largest health and safety professional membership organisation as it goes. The main difference for you though will be in the qualifications, and you should find the qualification that suits your needs most, which won’t really come down to the awarding body.
A quick note on IOSH membership
NEBOSH doesn’t offer membership, so if you’re looking to join a membership organisation where you can network, keep up to date with health and safety, and gain advice and expertise then IOSH is probably your best option. It brings with it plenty of benefits but how much you can benefit really depends on your situation and career goals, take a look at this article for some more information, and if you’re interested, get in touch with the team at IOSH.
It’s also worth mentioning that, while anyone can become an IOSH member, to get higher levels of membership such as Associate or Technical membership you need to have a health and safety qualification. They accept quite a few different qualifications, and you can find a list here, the NEBOSH National Certificate is one of them, and with 92% of job roles asking for either the NEBOSH qualification, IOSH membership or both, it could be worth using the NEBOSH for your membership.
Both organisations offer a range of qualifications, NEBOSH seem to have more because they have qualifications targeted at a National and International level as well as at specific industries. IOSH, however, target qualifications more to the level you are in a business, regardless of industry. IOSH will approve bespoke courses for training providers though, so if you see a course offered by a provider not listed here they may have created it themselves and asked IOSH to approve it. For a full list of qualifications please see end of blog.
So should I get a NEBOSH or IOSH qualification?
The popular IOSH Working and IOSH Managing Safely courses are perfect if your main role is not health and safety, they also apply to any industry. Often companies put their staff on these courses to help improve the health and safety culture of their workplace, particularly managers and the Managing Safely course.
It’s a great way to give your managers the knowledge they need to keep staff safe, what they are responsible for, and how to make improvements. Without boring them with the information they won’t need as health and safety is not the core part of their role.
The Managing Safely is also a great starting point for people looking to start a career in health and safety.
As people progress in their careers though, or if they are more confident they progress or go straight to NEBOSH’s most popular course, the National General Certificate.
Ideal for those looking to start a career in health and safety, most job descriptions for health and safety roles require IOSH Membership and the NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification, and as mentioned above, the NEBOSH Certificate can help you gain IOSH membership.
Hopefully, this helps you feel confident when choosing your next health and safety course, however, if you are still unsure, would like some advice or would like to speak to a course tutor for more information please get in touch.
- Award in Health and Safety at Work
- Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industries Qualification
- Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification
- National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
- National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
- International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
- National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
- International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
- Certificate in Environmental Management
- International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Process Safety
- National Certificate in Management of Health and Well-being at work
- International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
- National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
- International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
- National Diploma In Environmental Management
- International Diploma in Environmental Management