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NEBOSH or IOSH which is better?


How can you determine the qualification that suits your needs most?

Which is better for your career development?

This largely depends upon what you want to do. If you want to become a health & safety professional and get a better understanding of how the law is applied to Health and Safety and the environment, then NEBOSH is probably better. If you are totally new to Health and Safety then maybe start with a short IOSH course like IOSH Managing Safely.

National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (or NEBOSH)

NEBOSH is purely an awarding organisation and has globally recognised qualifications in Health and Safety, and the Environment.  NEBOSH offer a number of vocationally-related qualifications that meet the health, safety, environments and risk management requirements related to all work places positioned in both the private and public sector. The courses are intended to provide Managers, Supervisors and Employees who require a broader knowledge of risk management and understanding of principles and practices of health and safety. It gives core knowledge of the Health and Safety Management System as well as practical knowledge of Workplace Hazards Control Methods in daily occupational work.

NEBOSH is an independent board of examination based in the UK that provides syllabus and assessment criteria for both nationally and internationally recognised occupational health and safety certifications. NEBOSH courses are delivered by NEBOSH accredited course providers like RISK.

Institution of Occupation Safety and Health (or IOSH) Courses

IOSH Courses are for non-health and safety expert personnel who have to manage risk and resources. Managers, supervisors and any individual with responsibilities in health & safety in any sector and any organisation – It is designed to get managers up to speed on the practical actions they need to take to handle health and safety in their teams.

IOSH is the Chartered body for health and safety professionals.

IOSH is the world's biggest professional health and safety membership and is also the only Chartered body for health and safety professionals. A world leader in health and safety training, with approximately people 160,000 taking their courses every year.

Both are equally good, but most people prefer to take NEBOSH Qualifications for career progression

It’s not uncommon for individuals to have to take an entry level IOSH course, before they can progress to a NEBOSH qualification. NEBOSH is crucial for all health and safety practitioners, it offers a more in-depth insight and qualification that helps to enhance the knowledge required to deal with health and safety issues in the work place.. IOSH has different membership category and has set criteria to become a member. Having a NEBOSH Qualification helps you to gain that membership. Becoming an IOSH member will help boost your career within the Health and Safety Profession.

Need more help and advice?

If you are in any doubt you can call upon RISK to provide health & safety advice on the best qualifications for your career development or company - as well as the very highest standards of industry relevant training.