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NEBOSH Diploma

NEBOSH International Diploma in South Africa

Accelerate your health and safety career

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Now is the time to advance your career. Enhance your risk management and reporting skills. Develop your strategic thinking. Drive change and take on a larger role in your company. 

Whatever your goal - the NEBOSH Diploma will help you get there.

Recognised employers and leading professional body, SAIOSH, the NEBOSH Diploma will give you the advanced knowlegde to reach Head of Health and Safety - and beyond!

NEBOSH Diploma Course Facts
Learning methods Online or Distance
Duration NEBOSH recommend 500 hours
Units 3 units covering health and safety management, hazardous agents and work equipment safety
Exams 3 written exams held in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Bloemfonteim
1 practical assignment
What's included? 3 years access to the full course
Tutor support
10 revision webinars
3 mini mock exams

What is the NEBOSH International Diploma?


The NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (often called the NEBOSH Diploma) is a leading, advanced qualification for professionals outside the UK. 

As globalisation increases, governments and employers recognise the need for a consistent high-standard in health and safety for people in all parts of the world. 

Based on international standards, the NEBOSH International Diploma provides a recognised body of knowledge that helps improve standards and advance the profession on a global scale.

You can find out more about the NEBOSH International Diploma here.   

Why take the NEBOSH International Diploma?


The NEBOSH Diploma will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to:

  • Protect people from injury in dangerous, complex environments
  • Super-charge company performance with an effective health and safety strategy
  • Drive change and lead a safety-focused workforce on a global scale
  • Apply for senior health and safety jobs across South Africa and beyond

Find out why other professional just like you took the NEBOSH Diploma in our video here. 

Who is the NEBOSH International Diploma for?


The NEBOSH Diploma is for ambitious professionals already working in health and safety and looking to take their skills to a strategic level. 

You should already have a foundation-level qualification like the NEBOSH General Certificate or SAMTRAC, or have at least 5 years’ work experience.

What's covered in the NEBOSH International Diploma?


The NEBOSH International Diploma teaches health and safety management on senior-level. It's based on best practice and international regulation, such as the International Labour Organisations (ILO) codes of practice.

The course has three taught-units, each with 9-10 elements, and one practical assignment unit:

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

Read the full NEBOSH International Diploma syllabus

NEBOSH International Diploma Learning Outcomes


The NEBOSH Diploma is designed to raise your competence across all areas of health and safety. By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Review health and safety policies and procedures within an organisation and produce justified recommendations to reduce risk and improve health and safety performance.
  • Manage health and safety at an operational level and reduce the costs associated with accidents and ill-health of employees. 
  • Recognise and control all major aspects of health and safety within a workplace.

How is the NEBOSH International Diploma assessed?


The NEBOSH Diploma is assessed with three x 3-hour written exams, one each for Units IA, IB and IC.  You need to achieve at least 45% in each exam to pass. Remember, practice makes perfect. You'll get plenty of practice exam questions, webinars, mock exams, and tutor guidance to help prepare you for these exams. 

Written exams are held twice a year in January and July in an exam centers. Our South African exam centers are in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Bloemfontein.  

Unit DNI is an 8000 word practical assignment. Practice assignments can be typed and submitted to us in February, May, August or November. You need to achieve at least 50% in your practical assignment to pass. 

You can read all about what to expect from the NEBOSH Diploma exams here. 

Is the NEBOSH Diploma recognised in South Africa?


Absolutely! The NEBOSH Diploma is listed as an essential qualification for senior health and safety roles all across South Africa. It meets the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (SAIOSH).

The qualification is also recognised by other global professional membership bodies including:

  • The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • The International Institute of Risk Management (IIRM)
  • Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)
  • The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

Find out more about where the NEBOSH International Diploma is recognised here. 

What's the difference between the NEBOSH International Diploma and NEBOSH National Diploma?


Both versions of the NEBOSH Diploma offer an advanced look into health and safety management. They follow the same syllabus and have the same exams. 

The main difference between the two courses is the regulation and legislation. The NEBOSH National Diploma is based on UK legislation, so it's great for anyone working inside the UK. 

The NEBOSH International Diploma takes a risk management approach based on best practice and ILO codes of practice. Local laws and cultural factors are also included. It's perfect for anyone working outside the UK, or in a multinational organisation. 

How to study for the NEBOSH International Diploma


Astutis offers the NEBOSH International Diploma in the following learning methods:

  • Online learning - our market leading interactive course for modern, practical learners
  • Distance learning - traditional, reading-based course for traditional learners

Both courses come with CMIOSH tutor support, webinars, and lots of exam preparation! 

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NEBOSH Diploma Online Course

Interactive online course with tutor support 
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NEBOSH Diploma Distance Course

Traditional learning with tutor support 
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