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NEBOSH International Diploma in South Africa

Want to Get Ahead in Health and Safety in South Africa?

NEBOSH Accredited Centre 807 logoThe NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the mark of a health and safety professional and is recognised by employers across the globe.

The number of people choosing the NEBOSH International Diploma in South Africa continues to grow. Economic development and improving standards in health, safety and environmental management mean holders of the NEBOSH International Diploma will have better career prospects and more opportunities.

Successfully completing the NEBOSH International Diploma course will mean you are able to apply for TechSaiosh (technical membership of SAIOSH) meaning you will hold a qualification recognised by SAQA as a designated Safety professional.

Course Overview

The NEBOSH International Diploma builds on the content covered in the NEBOSH International General Certificate.

  • The NEBOSH International Diploma is split into 4 units which are assessed individually
  • The course is 6 weeks long or 465 hours recommended remote learning
  • There are 3 units with 3 half day exams
  • You must complete an 8,000 word work-based project

What is covered?

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

Who is the NEBOSH International Diploma Course for?

The NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety qualification  is recognised across a broad range of industries including, but not limited to; Natural Resources, Construction and Manufacturing.

The course has been designed for:

  • professional health and safety advisers and
  • environmental practitioners

who wish to complete a post-graduate level industry recognised qualification.

Why take the NEBOSH International Diploma qualification?

Achieving your NEBOSH International Diploma will set you apart as an industry professional. Holding this this recognised health and safety qualification means:

  • You can demonstrate your professional qualifications with the letters ‘IDipNEBOSH’ after your name
  • You will hold a qualification that meets academic requirements for Graduate Membership of IOSH (GradIOSH) which is a first step to becoming a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner (CMIOSH)
  • You will have a qualification that is also accepted by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) as meeting the academic requirements for full membership (MIIRSM) and will let you progress to MSc programmes

With increasing competition in the jobs market, holding the NEBOSH International Diploma qualification will help you to stand out from the crowd. It will also mean that you have achieved a qualification that will allow you to apply for jobs within the international marketplace.

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NEBOSH Diploma Revision Webinars

Included in your NEBOSH International Diploma course are a series of 10 online revision webinars to complement your learning. An ideal way to help you prepare for your exams, the sessions will re-cap on the more challenging topics covered in Units A to D as well as review exam questions in a live webinar classroom experience led by our experienced tutors and NEBOSH Examiners.

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We Have a Course that will Suit Your Learning Style and Budget

In South Africa, Astutis offers the NEBOSH International Diploma via:

We have a course that will suit your learning style and budget.

A better qualified workforce means fewer lives lost, fewer injuries and greater protection from environmental damage. Holders of the NEBOSH International Diploma in Africa will demonstrate professional competence and a clear commitment to gaining a recognised health and safety qualification and improving standards in organisations across South Africa.

Get in touch today about your NEBOSH International Diploma course in South Africa.

Why Astutis?

Astutis is one of the largest providers of health and safety training worldwide and has helped thousands of individuals and organisations achieve their learning objectives.

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English is my second language. Will I be able to cope with the NEBOSH International Diploma course?

Candidates should be proficient in English before considering the NEBOSH International Diploma course. NEBOSH recommends that candidates undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests in order to be accepted onto an International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety programme. More information is available on the IELTS website.

What is my route to Chartered Membership of IOSH (CMIOSH) status through the NEBOSH International Diploma?

The NEBOSH International Diploma qualification meets the academic requirements to apply for Graduate Membership (GradIOSH) of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). It is the first step to becoming a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner as a chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH).
The next step is completing a Skills Development Portfolio. Once you have passed all the Units you will also need to maintain your continuing professional development (CPD). You will be asked to attend a Peer Review Interview.

Are there any entry requirements to taking the NEBOSH International Diploma?

Although it is not required, it is strongly recommended that you take the International Certificate before the International Diploma to improve your chances of passing. Ask about our great value Personal Development Plan if you are considering both qualifications.

How many exams must I take for the NEBOSH International Diploma?

There are 3 half day exams required of the NEBOSH International Diploma ­ each covering a unit of the course. In addition to this, candidates must  complete an 8,000 word work-based assignment.

Do I have to start with Unit IA of the NEBOSH International Diploma?

No. As the NEBOSH International Diploma course is modular, delegates are able to study individual units as they please. However, Astutis would recommend starting with Unit A as delegates will find they are able to build on knowledge gained with each Unit.

Do you have any support material for the NEBOSH International Diploma?

Astutis runs a series of online revision sessions to support delegates on one of our NEBOSH International Diploma courses. The online sessions  have been designed to reinforce learning and build on the material covered units IA, IB and IC of the International Diploma course. The sessions take place in the run up to the International Diploma examinations and are hosted by our experienced tutors and examiners.

How does the NEBOSH International Diploma compare to a university degree?

The NEBOSH International Diploma qualification has been accredited as a level 6 qualification by Ofqual - this is equivalent to a university honours degree  and is a good base from which to progress to a Masters Degree in Health and Safety.

How long will it take me to complete my NEBOSH Diploma online course?

The recommended study time for the NEBOSH International Diploma course is 465 hours. Astutis online courses have been designed to provide you with the learning materials and resources to enable you to attain the same level of learning that you would be able to achieve if you were in the classroom. Each course has a recommended study time for the classroom but because our online courses are designed for you to learn at your own pace, some people take longer than the recommended time and some successfully complete the course in less time.

What support do the NEBOSH International Diploma tutors provide?

All Astutis tutors are experienced health and safety professionals and leaders within their field. With vast industry knowledge gained from experience, our tutors are also educationalists who hold teaching qualifications, masters degrees or doctorates. Additionally, as NEBOSH examiners they are ideally placed to guide and coach delegates to ensure success.
Via our award-winning LMS, delegates are able to further interact outside of the classroom by way of our tutor-led discussion forum. Tutors are able to pose  questions and guide conversation to further develop thinking around particular topics.
Astutis delegates will be assigned a tutor on enrolment who will be on hand to answer questions on a one-to-one basis via telephone or email.