NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety

The NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety is a structured programme that provides the core knowledge required by today’s health and safety practitioner. All occupational health and safety practitioners need to have a common core of knowledge in order to practice effectively. This common core of knowledge must be transferable between the different occupational sectors in which they may work, ranging across all parts of industry, commerce and the public sector. The NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety provides the knowledge and understanding that underpins competent performance as an occupational health and safety practitioner. The learning approach for this course is Supported Distance Learning. Supported Distance Learning is ideal for those who require some degree of face-to-face interaction whilst retaining the flexibility offered by distance learning, Supported Distance Learning enables you to:
  • Interact regularly with your tutor and fellow students
  • Benefit from a structured programme of study with clear goals and deadlines
  • Plan your home studies to best suit your commitments.
This supported distance learning programme contains all the features of a distance learning programme but is complemented by a series of 15 face-to-face days. The course consists of four Units as follows:
  • Unit IA Managing health and safety
  • Unit IB Hazardous substances / agents
  • Unit IC Workplace and work equipment safety
  • Unit DNI Application of health and safety in the workplace
The workshops are broken down as follows; Unit A 4 Days                  Preparatory Workshop and Unit IA Workshops 1 Day                    Revision Day Unit IA Exam Unit A Exam Unit B 4 Days                  Unit IB & DNI Workshops 1 Day                    Revision Unit IB Exams Unit B Exam Unit C 4 Days                 Unit IC & DNI Workshops 1 Day                   Revision Unit IC Exams Unit C Exam Please note that the days listed above are not consecutive days. This course involves a minimum of approximately 400 hours private study, excluding workshop days. Assessment of this course consists of three written papers (Unit IA, Unit IB and Unit IC) and a written assignment (Unit DNI). Over the past years, the pass rate for SQT Diploma students has consistently out-performed the NEBOSH average pass rate for all centres. The International Diploma course syllabus covers International legal frameworks and codes of practice but our SQT course also covers Irish legislation. Other centres run the National Diploma which is based on UK legislation. A NEBOSH qualification is one of the most accredited qualifications in Health and Safety internationally.  More information on NEBOSH is available at www.nebosh.org.uk.

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    Unit A: 17 Sept, 08 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov & 03 Dec 2020 Exam: 14 Jan 2021 Unit B: 04 Feb, 04 Mar, 08 Apr, 29 Apr & 13 May 2021 Exam: 22 Jul 2021 Unit C: 16 Sept, 14 Oct, 04 Nov, 25 Nov & 09 Dec 2021 Exam: 21 Jan 2022
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What's covered?

(November 2015 Syllabus)

The course consists of four Units as follows:

  • Unit IA Managing health and safety
  • Unit IB Hazardous substances / agents
  • Unit IC Workplace and work equipment safety
  • Unit DNI Application of health and safety in the workplace

You will be provided with a detailed course timetable advising you which topics should be studied each week. There is some flexibility built into this timetable in terms of when and where you study, but it is designed to ensure you are fully prepared for the workshops and your NEBOSH assessment.

Unit IA – Managing health and safety

  1. Principles of Health and Safety Management
  2. Regulating Health and Safety
  3. Loss Causation and Incident Investigation
  4. Measuring and Reviewing Health and Safety Performance
  5. The Assessment and Evaluation of Risk
  6. Risk Control
  7. Organisational Factors
  8. Human Factors
  9. The Role of the Health and Safety Practitioner

Unit IB – Hazardous substances / agents

  1. Managing Occupational Health
  2. Identification, assessment and evaluation of Hazardous Substances
  3. The Control of Hazardous Substances
  4. The Monitoring and Measuring of Hazardous Substances
  5. Biological Agents
  6. Noise and Vibration
  7. Radiation
  8. Mental ill-health and dealing with violence and aggression at work
  9. Musculoskeletal Risks and Controls
  10. Work Environment Risks and Controls

Unit IC - Workplace and work equipment safety

  1. Workplace Welfare Requirements and Specific Workplace Issues
  2. Fire and Explosion
  3. Workplace Fire Risk Assessment
  4. The Storage, Handling & Processing of Dangerous Substances
  5. Work Equipment
  6. Workplace Machinery
  7. Mobile, Lifting, Access and work at Height Equipment
  8. Electrical Safety
  9. Construction and Works of a Temporary Nature - Hazards and Controls
  10. Workplace Transport and Managing Work-Related Road Risk

Unit DNI – Application of Health and Safety in the Workplace

Further information including the detailed course syllabus, is available on the NEBOSH Website.

Who should participate?

The NEBOSH International Diploma is designed for health and safety professionals who require a high degree of managerial and technical competence to advise on effective management of risk across the range of employment sectors.

There are no barriers to entry to the NEBOSH International Diploma programme.  However, the syllabus assumes the broad basic knowledge of health and safety that is provided by a qualification in Occupational Safety and Health, in particular the NEBOSH International General Certificate. Given the demands of diploma study, the time commitment required and the complementary nature of the NEBOSH International Certificate and International Diploma, the achievement of the NEBOSH International General Certificate or direct equivalent prior to undertaking the Diploma course is highly recommended.

Delegates will be asked to complete a pre-course application form to demonstrate prior learning and experience.

For applicants whose first language is not English, NEBOSH recommends a minimum English language competency of IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent). It is important to note that learners are not expected to have an IELTS or equivalent examination complete. Potential delegates are expected to self-assess their English language competency against the IELTS Band scores which can be found in this document.

What will I learn?

Detailed learning outcomes for the programme are included in the course syllabus under Resources.

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.


Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.


What are the entry requirements?

There are no barriers to entry to the NEBOSH International Diploma programme.  However, the syllabus assumes the broad basic knowledge of health and safety that is provided by a qualification in Occupational Safety and Health, in particular the NEBOSH International General Certificate. Given the demands of diploma study, the time commitment required and the complementary nature of the NEBOSH International Certificate and International Diploma, the achievement of the NEBOSH International General Certificate or direct equivalent prior to undertaking the Diploma course is highly recommended. 

Delegates will be asked to complete a pre-course application form to demonstrate prior learning and experience.

How will I be assessed?

Diploma students need to enrol with NEBOSH. Students have 5 years from date of enrolment with NEBOSH to successfully complete all units. Diploma students need to register with a NEBOSH approved centre to sit their exams. (SQT is a NEBOSH Approved Centre 551).

The course is assessed as follows:

Unit IA Managing health and safety - Assessed by a three hour examination
Unit IB Hazardous substances / agents - Assessed by a three hour examination
Unit IC Workplace and work equipment safety - Assessed by a three hour examination
Unit DNI Application of health and safety in the workplace - Assessed by one written assignment

NEBOSH offer two examinations sessions each year in January and July. Unit DNI assignment dates are February, May and August and November annually. Delegates must achieve the pass standard in both examination papers and in the written assignment to be awarded the International Diploma.  Please note that NEBOSH have a Policy and procedures for access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration

The NEBOSH International Diploma has been designed to be at the same level as the NEBOSH National Diploma which is rated at level 10 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The Irish awarding bodies and qualifications authorities and the UK awarding and qualifications regulatory bodies undertook an exercise to facilitate the comparison of qualifications in the qualifications framework in the UK and Ireland. The document, Qualifications can cross boundaries - a rough guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland was published, and compares SCQF Level 10 to Level 8 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. In addition there is a recently launched European-wide website, which supports this comparison of different national education.

Why train with us?

Our training is renowned for a practical, real world approach that produces stunning results. A combination of theory and practice that works.

An exceptional pass rate
SQT students Stephanie Cunningham (Pepsico) and Kevin Marley (Xerox) achieved Joint BEST Candidate (Internationally) for the NEBOSH International Diploma during 2012/2013Read Kevin’s case study.

NEBOSH - Kevin Marley
Kevin Marley and our tutor Finbarr Stapleton
at the NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony

Learn from leaders
Our tutors are genuine, accomplished practitioners, with an intimate knowledge of NEBOSH. Our Lead Tutor has visited NEBOSH headquarters in the UK to develop a deeper understanding of the type of questions they ask in their exams and how they need to be answered.

Practice makes perfect

Practice, practice, practice.  We believe the best way to learn is by doing; so we put our delegates to the test.  Past exam questions are routinely used during the course to aid learning.  We work with you, guiding you, showing you very specific approaches to answering NEBOSH questions.  An approach that is proven to deliver an exceptional pass rate.

 

A shared group experience and personal attention

We believe you learn better and faster in a group setting.  You can enjoy the dynamic of a group, learn from your peers and share your experience and insights.  Our class size for this course is limited to under 20 to ensure you get one-on-one-tutor time and the best personal attention.

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“SQT were brilliant in organising the course providing all the course material…and being only a phone call away if something needed clarification.  Our tutor Finbarr Stapleton was very knowledgeable and very experienced in the area of Health & Safety. Finbarr presented the course excellently, providing relevant and up to date material as well as allowing the students to interact with each other and discuss important topics. Finbarr provided support to all students not just throughout the training days but also in the lead up to the exams”

– Lana McGinn, Quality & Safety Officer, Aramark Food Services

“As someone who had over 10 years of experience in Health and Safety I learned a lot from the course…the group discussions were very useful and Finbarr gave us clear guidance on what was needed to get the most from the course and what skills and preparation were required to pass the 3 exams and the project (Unit D) to facilitate successful completion of this very challenging diploma.”

– Bryan Mulchinock, EHS Specialist, Biopharma Industry, Dublin

How do we train and support you?

Course Manuals

Delegates will receive a set of very comprehensive course manuals which cover all course notes

Professional body membership

On successful completion of the qualification:

  • The Diploma holder may apply for Graduate membership (Grad IOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the major UK professional body in the field (iosh.co.uk). This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner as a Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH).
  • This qualification is also accepted by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (iirsm.org) as meeting the academic requirements for full membership (MIIRSM).

Holders of the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety may use the designatory letters “IDipNEBOSH” after their name.

Nick Smyth

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