Big changes ahead for the NEBOSH Diploma

Santia training NEBOSH Diploma

Following an extensive consultation exercise, NEBOSH will soon be rolling out what has been described as the biggest change to the NEBOSH Diploma in many years. 

A new syllabus was launched at the end of 2015, which saw significant reinterpreting and restructuring of material in all parts of both the National, and International Diplomas, in Occupational Health and Safety.

Important changes to the NEBOSH Diploma

Key points for students to consider include:

  • The qualifications will continue to be structured around three main Units; A, B and C, but the practical assignment (Unit D) is set to be replaced with the new common Unit DNI (Unit D for the National and International Diplomas)
  • There will be a transition phase between the existing specification and the new specification. The January and July 2017 examination sittings for Units A, B and C will only assess content which features in both the current and new specifications
  • In November 2016, students who have already enrolled onto the existing specification (and have yet to complete their studies) will be transferred by NEBOSH to the revised version
  • Any student who is enrolled after the July 2016 examinations will automatically be enrolled to the new specification
  • From January 2018, students will be only assessed against the new specification syllabus content
  • Students will be allowed to submit their Unit D assignment until (and including) the November 2017 submission date.  They will also be allowed to resubmit their Unit D assignment until (and including) the August 2018 submission.
  • Students can choose to submit their assignment against the new specification Unit DNI guidance from February 2017. Unit DNI submissions must be made electronically.

Andrew Regel, Technical Lead for Training at Santia Consulting, commented:

"The process of updating Santia’s course materials is well underway.  We plan to teach the new specification in the New Year, in what will effectively be a transition phase between the two specifications.

Andrew RegelAt this stage, candidates will, naturally, ask themselves how this transition will affect them, and whether it would be better to complete the course now or wait for the new specification.  For anyone who hasn’t completed the course by November 2016, this decision will be made for them, and they will automatically be transferred over.

In terms of course administration, the pass standards and grading structure will remain unchanged.  As for the course’s content, some things have disappeared from the syllabus, and consequently, the recommended teaching times for Units B and C have decreased.  

However, due to restructuring and the addition of new content, the teaching time for Unit A will be increasing. On the whole, the recommended teaching times for the course will remain unchanged.”


Why change the NEBOSH Diploma?

So what is the reasoning behind the changes?  Andrew Regel went on to comment:

The NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety has long been regarded as the flagship qualification for aspiring health and safety professionals. It is widely recognised and understood by employers and fulfils the academic requirements for graduate membership of IOSH. 

Recent research by NEBOSH found that where job applicants were required to hold the Diploma qualification, the average top end salary was more than 16% higher than the average top-end salary when a Diploma was not specified. Overall, 83% of job advertisements insisted on candidates holding some form of NEBOSH qualification, with 54% of these specifying the NEBOSH Diploma.

Naturally, NEBOSH are keen to build on this and the changes which they’ve made are part of an effort to ensure that the course is relevant for the future.  A new element has been introduced into Unit A which solely concerns the role of the health and safety practitioner and significant material has been added in relation to health and safety leadership.  It is hoped that through these changes, candidates will get more practical use out of the course in terms of both helping them in their day-to-day jobs, as well as in the broadening their long-term career opportunities.

The NEBOSH Diploma is a challenging qualification which is why it is so highly valued, and Santia’s bespoke training materials are designed to take candidates through every step of that challenge. Whether this be in the classroom or at home via our best-in-class e-learning system; our expert tutors will be on hand to provide all the support that candidates need in order to achieve success.”

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Post date: 11 May 2016

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