One question many potential applicants for the NEBOSH Diploma have is whether or not the course expires.
Like other NEBOSH courses, the Diploma does not expire. However, it is best practice to keep up to date with the latest legislation and health and safety news.
While you will only be marked on the units of the NEBOSH Diploma qualification at the time, it is crucial to remember the changing nature of the health and safety industry and what that means for legislation, laws and the implementation of health and safety in the workplace.
Some health and safety courses offer refresher courses which help to keep your knowledge up to date and refresh your memory on information taught in the first course. The IOSH Managing Safely Refresher and CITB SMSTS Certificates are just a couple of examples.
However, the NEBOSH Diploma is a graduate level qualification so there aren't any refresher courses available. That means you need to use your own initiative to keep your knowledge and skills updated.
How to keep up to date on health and safety
There are many ways you can keep up to date with the latest health and safety knowledge to make sure you are maintaining your responsibility as a dedicated health and safety professional.
1. Check the latest syllabus
Keeping check of what NEBOSH currently include in the latest Diploma course is a great way to see what (if anything) has changed at a glance. Compare this to the syllabus when you took the course and identify if anything has changed.
Keep an eye out for things like additional units, changes in theoretical frameworks, legislation or changes in the language used. All of these things will help make sure you remain a credible source of knowledge on the subject in the eyes of NEBOSH.
2. Subscribe to health and safety blogs and news
Subscribing to newsletters and blogs like NEBOSH and HSE (Health and Safety Executive) is a really great way of keeping in touch with what is happening in the health and safety industry. Not only will you find it a great source of knowledge and legislation, but you’ll also gain an understanding of what effect current affairs have on health and safety for your business.
Health and safety course providers also tend to have blogs and newsletters that are invaluable when it comes to keeping up to date and answering common questions. See the Astutis blog here and subscribe!
3. Engage with a health and safety partner
Engaging with a specialist health and safety organisation can help support you and your role as a health and safety professional for your business. They can help with training other members of staff, provide consultancy as and when needed and generally act as a conduit between your business and health and safety legislation. There are flexible consultancy options available for companies of all sizes..
4. Attend Health and Safety Events
Attending events such as SHExpo is a great way to keep on top of the latest health and safety knowledge while also getting exposure to health and safety products, networking with other professionals and learning from real-world case studies. Events like this are often held once a year and are a truly great way to keep on top of what is going on in the health and safety industry.
Granted, there is a lot to keep on top of as a health and safety individual. However there is a huge amount of information out there as well as businesses like Astutis who can support you within your health and safety role.
While you only have to take the NEBOSH Diploma once, maintaining the knowledge learned throughout the course should be ongoing so use all the resources you can, to ensure you are kept up to date!