IOSH vs NEBOSH

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Which qualification should you choose, IOSH or NEBOSH. Courses from Project Skills Solutions.

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 focused 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

Manager Marvin to save you money on in-house trainingNEBOSH 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.

Qualifications

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 most common qualifications are NEBOSH National General Certificate and IOSH Managing Safely.

Table Comparing IOSH vs NEBOSH table

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.

 

NEBOSH Qualifications

  • ­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

IOSH Qualifications

34 Responses to “IOSH vs NEBOSH”

  1. Matthew Kennedy

    Do you run courses in London. If so what are the dates . I live near Kingscross and St.Pancras. I am interested in the Nebosh Diploma as I work in Construction and eventually want to become a Health and safety Officer.

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi Matthew,

      We are about to schedule some courses in London (Limehouse) for Autumn 2018, but that will be the NEBOSH Certificate, not Diploma. We are looking to run the Diploma in the future, and if we do we will let you know. All the best with the transition to health and safety officer, if there’s anything else we can help with please let us know.

      Sam

      Reply
  2. Glenn

    How to obtain NEBOSH certificate.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi Glen,

      All you have to do is attend and pass the NEBOSH Certificate course, there is some homework and self-study too but we support you all the way.

      I’ll ask the team to send over some more information.

      Thanks,
      Sam

      Reply
  3. Julius Bryan Celestra

    I’m still unsure sir what to take iosh or nebosh because I’m only a beginner working labor in an oil and gas industry and I want to change my life by becoming a safety officer or engineer what should i be preferred to take and I want to make it one time to think nebosh tuition is much higher than a iosh tuition
    Hoping for your good advice
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi Julius,
      There aren’t any prerequisites to sit the NEBOSH course so you can go on it as a beginner if you have no health and safety experience though you may find it easier to sit the IOSH Managing Safely course first.
      If you’re only taking one course and want to become a health and safety officer NEBOSH is probably the way to go, I’d speak to your employer though and see what they suggest.
      Thanks,
      Sam

      Reply
  4. Husain Alfraid

    I am Occupational Health and Safety Management graduate (Bachelor degree), i have been working in the field for 5 years now. What would be the best Courses to improve my safety career?

    Regards,
    Husain

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi Hussain,

      As a graduate, your degree is a higher level than both the IOSH Managing Safely and the NEBOSH National General Certificate. I think you’d be best off speaking with your employer, and asking them what they would expect to see from you as you advance. Or, you could look at some potential job advertisements for roles you are looking to go for.

      Thanks,
      Sam

      Reply
  5. Kay Solloway

    Hi,

    I am about to take over the role of Health and Safety Coordinator dealing with sub contractors who work on new build developments. Which course would you suggest for me as a beginner?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi Kay,

      It’s hard to say without knowing more about your situation, however, a lot of Health and Safety Coordinators we deal with have a NEBOSH National General Certificate.

      As a rule of thumb if a lot of your role is to do with health and safety the NEBOSH certificate is a great starting point, it teaches you about risk assessments, improving health and safety, and your legal responsibilities as an individual and company.

      I hope this helps, if you have any questions please let me know.

      Sam

      Reply
  6. mano

    i have done NEBOSH course .. does IOSH also need to study.?

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi Mano,

      You can do both, however, most people would start with the IOSH Managing Safely before the NEBOSH General Certificate. As the IOSH is a level 2 qualification and NEBOSH a level 3.

      It depends what you need it for, but generally, I’d say you’d be fine with the NEBOSH only.

      Hope this helps,
      Sam

      Reply
  7. Jhony

    I am working as a Facility Manager, what will be best for me to make my CV more professional.
    IOSH or NEBOSH

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Jhony,

      For your role as a Facility Manager, I would advise you to search for various positions as a facility manager from different companies, in order to have an idea of the experience and level of knowledge required for the role.

      Both IOSH and NEBOSH courses will help further your career within health and safety. An IOSH course helps to increase one’s workplace efficiency, manage risk and resources. A NEBOSH course helps those who already have a career within the health and safety industry, to achieve a professional certification at a high level. Depending on the type of role who would like to attain, it could be either of the two courses which could benefit you.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
  8. Nikolaos Stamoudis

    Greetings and happy new year!

    I have a MEng in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering plus an MBA. I work as a Superintendent Engineer in a Shipping Company (Vessel Manager). I would like to add a Safety dimension to my CV. I was looking for an MSc in Safety Engineering but then I fear I would render myself overqualified. Therefore NEBOSH international Diploma looks promising. Is that suitable for me?

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Nikolaos,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I believe the qualifications you attain depend on the career path you would like to pursue. In this case, I would advise you to speak to somebody within your desired career field.

      You may find an MSc in Safety Engineering may be better suited for you however aforementioned I would seek advise from a professional within this field.

      If you are seeking to attain a career within health and safety, I would note how a NEBOSH Diploma is a highly respected qualification for aspiring health and safety professionals who want to develop their career within health and safety. Hence the NEBOSH Diploma would most definitely add a safety dimension to your CV as it is classified as a very high qualification with the health and safety industry.

      I would say the qualification you choose to take should be dependent on the job role your seeking to attain, as you may find a NEBOSH Diploma is more than enough for the health and safety qualification you require.

      Here at Project Skills Solutions we offer the NEBOSH National General Certificate which you may also find suitable for you. You will receive an email shortly from our customer service team, who will provide you with further details on this course. All of PSS courses are available at our nationwide training centres at competitive rates, which you can book now.

      I hope I have been able to clarify some of your concerns.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
  9. Mabs Nasro

    I’m working within the railway industry as Safety Critical (Controller of site safety) and I am looking to climb higher and start my career in H&S on both railway and construction… and eventually go for the diploma.

    Can you advise me between NEBOSH Occupational & NEBOSH Construction… and define which one is higher and must I need either of two to pursue the diploma?

    Also, is IOSH Managing safety a good course to enter IOSH?

    Many thanks

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Thanks for commenting, NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, and in Construction are both Certificates. So the same level.

      You do not have to achieve the certificate before you take the diploma, some people go straight into the diploma and are successful. However, a lot of people find it helpful to take the certificate first it’s down to personal preference, if you don’t have much experience in H&S then I’d suggest doing the certificate first.

      Lastly, the IOSH Managing Safely is a very popular course, however, it doesn’t provide a route to IOSH membership. For that, you will need to take a level 3 qualification, NEBOSH certificate is a very common path to IOSH membership. You can read more about that on our IOSH Membership blog.

      I hope that helps, if you need anything else please let me know.
      Sam

      Reply
  10. Youssef

    could you please advise whats the difference between the NEBOSH Diploma & the Britsh Safety Council international HS Diploma,

    Many thanks in advance,

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Youssef,

      Thank you for your comment. The International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health is a prestigious degree-level qualification for health and safety professionals, covering international standards and ideal for people operating in work environments outside the UK or in multinational organisations. The course is for a duration of six 1-week blocks.

      The NEBOSH National Diploma is considered as the ‘Gold Standard’ in health and safety qualifications. The diploma is valued by employers and is an essential qualification for those seeking a senior position in health and safety management. The course is followed by three, 3 hour written examinations and an 8,000 word work-based project.

      Both the International Diploma and the NEBOSH National Diploma are high level qualifications. However here at Project Skills Solutions we offer the NEBOSH National General Certificate, which is a qualification aimed for those working in health and safety and seeking to develop a career in safety management. The course will provide you with a broad understanding of key health and safety issues. For further details on the NEBOSH National General Certificate click here.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Many thanks,

      Nisha

      Reply
  11. Karthik Shastri

    i wanted to know the difference between NEBOSH International Diploma for H&S and ISO 45001 Lead Auditor course are they equivalent or supplement each other

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Karthik,

      Thank you for your comment.

      The NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is a highly respected academic qualification designed to help health and safety professionals develop strategy, raise standards to improve safety and drive change in their organisation. The NEBOSH International Diploma builds on the training module taught in the NEBOSH International General Certificate and the diploma requires a total of 466 study hours, which is broken into ‘taught hours’ and ‘private study’ hours.

      The ISO 45001 Lead Auditor Training course teaches delegates the fundamental auditing principles and practices, in conformance with national and international accepted norms and regulations relating to OH&S requirements. The course is for a duration of five days.

      In regards to your query, please note the NEBOSH International Diploma is a suitable for those seeking a career within health and safety management, whereas the ISO 450001 Lead Auditor course is for those seeking to learn how to manage a ISO 450001 system. I would say the H&S and ISO 450001 Lead Auditor course is supplementary to the NEBOSH International Diploma course, as it will give delegates a solid knowledge of health and safety. As a result, the course/s you choose to take should be based on the career path you are seeking to attain. In addition, please visit the official NEBOSH website by clicking here and the official ISO website by clicking here where you’ll be able to find further information on the courses.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
      • Amit

        Hello Nisha Mam I want To Become safety engineer through IOSh/Nebosh As you prefered me, i have done my B.tech in mechanical Field n My experience in sales engineer so could you please help me which course is better and after course where i can apply for job

        Reply
        • Nisha Dhingra

          Hi Amit,

          Thank you for your comment. In order to attain a career as a Safety Engineer you will need a Bachelor’s degree within the safety or technical engineering field of study. However, alongside a degree an IOSH or NEBOSH course can improve your health and safety knowledge, yet both courses are not enough to gain a role as a Safety Engineer. IOSH courses better suited for those with roles as an employee or manager without specific responsibility, whereas NEBOSH courses are a higher level qualification and better suited for those seeking a career within health and safety management – which you may find to be more applicable to you. A member from the training team will send you further information on the IOSH and NEBOSH courses we offer shortly.

          In addition, I am unable to give you specific advice on where to apply for jobs, however a great way to start is by searching online where you’ll find a range of websites with job listings you can apply for.

          I hope I have been able to help.

          Kind regards,

          Nisha

          Reply
  12. Hassan

    Hi.
    I have done bachlors in Electrical Engg. and someone told me to have a NEBOSH certificate. As far as i have heard NEBOSH will make sure that i get a job in UAE. Should i go for NEBOSH or is my qualification already heavier than NEBOSH?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Hassan,

      Thank you for your comment. Please note a bachelor’s degree is a significantly higher level qualification in comparison to a NEBOSH qualification.

      It is important to understand there are a few variations of a NEBOSH qualification including a NEBOSH certificate and diploma. The NEBOSH certificate is a crucial step towards establishing a lifelong professional career in occupational health and safety. Whereas the NEBOSH Diploma is a much more intense course covering the practical skills essential to health and safety professionals, whilst assessing a student’s ability to apply their skills and knowledge and deliver positive change throughout the workplace.

      Electrical engineering is the design, building and maintenance of electrical control systems, machinery and equipment. Although an electrical engineering degree does not focus on health and safety, attaining a NEBOSH qualification will help increase your awareness of health and safety within a workplace. If you are seeking a career within health and safety I would advise for you to take a NEBOSH course and depending on the type of role would determine whether a NEBOSH certificate or diploma is more suitable.

      In addition I would advise you to carry out some research on what qualifications are needed for a job before applying, as this may help you decide whether you would require a NEBOSH course or your Bachelors in Electrical Engineering is enough.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
  13. Adebayo Michael

    Hi,
    i have Bsc in Environmental Engineering and trying to venture into safety and environmental management job opportunities: However, i was thinking if i could do some certifications to buttress my resume but as now i do not what to do. Could you please advise me which of the certifications to consider that would meaningful and attractive on my resume. thanks

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi Adebayo,

      If you’re looking to get into a Health, Safety and Environment Manager role the NEBOSH certificate would be a great starting point, the IOSH Managing Safely probably wouldn’t be in depth enough or be good enough to get you a role alone on a CV.

      Realistically you’d get the NEBOSH Certificate and perhaps IOSH Membership (which you can achieve with the NEBOSH) and go for roles, perhaps Health, Safety and Environment Advisor to get experience. Most management roles would ask for some experience before stepping into the management role.

      Hope this helps,
      Sam

      Reply
  14. Jeedula Mohan

    I have diploma in Industrial Safety Management.
    Next Iam selecting any one additional course in IOSH or NEBOSH please help me

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Jeedula,

      Thank you for your comment.

      In terms of deciding what course you should take, this will depend on what you are seeking to learn. IOSH courses are aimed at employees and managers who do not have any specific responsibility for health and safety or are working in a lower-risk industry. NEBOSH courses are aimed at people who are seeking a career in health and safety management – they lead to nationally-recognised qualifications.

      It is important to note there are a range of IOSH courses designed for delegates with different roles within an organisation. Here at Project Skills Solutions we offer a range of IOSH courses, which you can view by clicking here. As you have completed a diploma in Industrial Safety Management, you may find a course focused on management is suitable for you such as the IOSH Managing Safely course or the NEBOSH National General Certificate course. However the NEBOSH National General certificate course is a much more intense course in comparison to the IOSH Managing Safely course, which you may find better suited for you.

      I would advise for you to look at the links provided in order to gain a better understanding of the courses. In addition a member from our customer service team will send you further information of our courses, which you will receive by email shortly.

      I hope I have been able to help. In addition feel free to visit the IOSH and NEBOSH website to view all all health and safety qualifications available.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
  15. Fouad Farooq

    Hello.
    I am really impressed regarding your replies to all the quires asked by people regarding IOSH and NEBOSH. I hope you can help me regarding mine.
    I am a military aviator and now at the verge of my retirement. I have been associated with Air Safety for the last one year and have gone through a diploma in Flight Safety Course. I want to seek a qualification which could earn me a job of Director Flight Safety or Manager Flight Safety in some airline in the aviation industry. What qualification you will advise for me ? NEBOSH or IOSH ? Which could make my CV to be considered these levels of job ?
    Profound regards.

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Fouad,

      Many thanks for your feedback and comment. IOSH courses are aimed at employees and managers who don’t have specific responsibility for health and safety or are working in a lower-risk industry. NEBOSH courses are aimed for those seeking a career in health and safety management. After completion of a NEBOSH course, you will gain a nationally-recognised qualification.

      If you’re seeking for a senior/managerial role within the Flight Safety industry, I would advise you take a NEBOSH course due to the greater detail the course will cover and it being catered for a senior role. However, for the job role you are seeking to attain, it is most likely you will need other supporting qualifications for your role. A member from our training team will contact you shortly and provide you with greater detail of the courses you should take to attain the role you would like.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
  16. Gabriel

    Hi.
    I’m much interested in Health and Safety. I hold a Diploma in Education and I want divert to other field of work which course will help me as a beginner IOSH/NEBOSH?

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Gabriel,

      Thank you for your comment. In regards to your query please note IOSH courses can be a duration of 1-2 days, whereas the NEBOSH National General Certificate course is for a duration of 12 days. IOSH courses are aimed at employees and managers who don’t have specific responsibility for health and safety or are working in a lower-risk industry. NEBOSH courses are aimed for those seeking a career in health and safety management. After completion of a NEBOSH course, you will gain a nationally-recognised qualification.

      Depending on the type of role you would like to attain, it could be either of the two courses which could benefit you. If you are seeking a beginner’s knowledge on health and safety I would recommend you to take an IOSH course. For further information click here for more information on our IOSH courses and click here for the NEBOSH course we provide. In addition, a member from our training team will email you shortly with details of both courses.

      I hope I have been able to help & have a great day.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply

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