What is the difference between IOSH and NEBOSH?

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What is the difference between IOSH and NEBOSH?

There are a few different options that you can consider if you’re looking to gain a qualification in workplace health and safety. The two most well-known institutions that offer these types of qualifications are the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Both institutions, which offer a wide selection of courses that are highly regarded, are members of OSHCR, a public register of health and safety consultants in the UK. So what is the difference between IOSH and NEBOSH?

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What is IOSH?

IOSH is a professional organisation that is designed with health and safety professionals in mind. It is a not-for-profit organisation that is entirely independent, with roots dating back to 1953.

IOSH offers a selection of health and safety courses such as IOSH Working Safely and Managing Safely.  The IOSH Working Safely course is a day-long entry-level training course that provides essential health and safety information for anyone working in an organisation. 

The IOSH Managing Safely course is a Level 3 qualification that covers hazard perception and risk assessment know-how. You can take this three-day program without any health or safety qualifications though you will need some prior knowledge of basic health and safety concepts.

What is NEBOSH?

NEBOSH was founded in 1979 and is an institution that offers numerous health and safety qualifications across a range of industries. Some of the qualifications on offer at NEBOSH includes IIRSM and IEMA.

The NEBOSH General Certificate qualification is well recognised throughout the health and safety sector, which makes it an excellent choice for individuals looking to showcase their competence in this area.

What is the difference between IOSH and NEBOSH?

There are a number of differences between IOSH and NEBOSH and what they offer candidates. NEBOSH, for example, tends to offer training programs that are more comprehensive in terms of course length and material. IOSH, on the other hand, uses a modular approach to courses that breaks the material down into smaller chunks.

A NEBOSH qualification will typically take 10 days of classroom time or 100 hours of online learning to complete. IOSH Managing Safely is a course that takes 3 days of classroom time or just 24 hours of online learning. Moreover, studying for a NEBOSH diploma can take up to 6 weeks.

IOSH offers qualifications that are designed for individuals that don’t work in health and safety but are looking to improve their knowledge and proficiency in the workplace. Conversely, NEBOSH directly targets those individuals already in the health and safety industry. Therefore, NEBOSH is more suited for health and safety professionals who are looking to advance their careers within the industry.

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