Where is the NEBOSH Diploma recognised?

7 minute read | 14 June 2019 10:30:00 BST

Where is the NEBOSH Diploma recognised?

NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) is a leading examining body for the health and safety industry. They continuously work with organisations across the world to help protect people and improve health and safety standards in all types of workplaces.

The NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is their flagship qualification. It helps expand the skills and knowledge of active health and safety professionals using global best practice, such as the ILO codes of practice, UK legislation and OHSAS1800/ISO45001 management systems. 

It’s this best practice approach which makes the NEBOSH Diploma so popular amongst employers, governments and professional bodies all around the world. Learners in over 100 countries have taken the NEBOSH Diploma including the UK, UAE, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. 

Below are just a few professional bodies from around the world and the level that the NEBOSH Diploma can help you reach. 

The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Level: GradIOSH and CMIOSH

IOSH is the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership organisation. As the voice of the profession, they guide the industry by setting codes of conduct, professional development standards and policies to help keep people safe and healthy in all areas of their work.

IOSH works with members and health and safety organisations across the world. They currently have membership networks in the Caribbean, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, UAE, Oman, Qatar, the Isle of Man, Ireland and Singapore, as well as their UK networks.

They also have 16 specialist industry groups and collaborate with a number of international networks on projects all around the globe.  They’re a founding member of INSHPO (the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organisations) and ENSHPO (the European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations).

IOSH is the only Chartered body for health and safety professionals. Holders of the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety are able to apply for GradIOSH membership, and after completion of IOSH's Initial Professional Development Scheme, Chartered Membership (CMIOSH).

The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board

Level: Certified OHS Practitioner and Certified OHS Professional

The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board was established in 2011 after they identified the need for generalist OHS professionals to be professionally certified.

They believe that OHS professional education should be based on strong scientific and technical concepts, evidenced-informed, delivered by suitably competent persons and so recognised by the profession, government, industry and the community. They review university-level OHS professional education programs and gives recognition for those programs that meet their criteria.

The Board also engages with government agencies involved in OHS policy and regulation, the Higher Education sector, and supports recognition awards as an important part of promoting OHS education.

The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board has placed the NEBOSH Diploma as equivalent or slightly above the Australian Advanced Diploma in OHS/WHS. It also meets the requirements for certification as an OHS Practitioner.

If you have your Chartered Membership of IOSH, you’ll also be eligible to take the Alternative Knowledge Assessment and the Australian OHS law exam, which would enable you to apply for certification as an OHS Professional.

Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)

Level: Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) and Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)

The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals is a membership association for the health and safety profession in Canada. They certify qualified safety practitioners as Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP)®.

The CRSP® certification is a widely accepted form of recognition by industry and government in Canada. Many employers require the CRSP® certification in order to qualify for a safety position. 

In 2018, a new Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) was introduced to support the constant evolvement of the industry. A CRST is someone who has met the requirements for registration set out by the BCRSP Governing Board. They’re known for supporting a safe working environment by maintaining OHS administrative processes, conducting training, and using state-of-the-art processes and common practice solutions to reduce OHS risks. They oversee and drive monitoring and compliance in relation to technical and behavioral risk controls. To become CRST certified, you must meet the qualification standards, including education and experience, and pass the CRST examination.

Holders of the NEBOSH Diploma are eligible for certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST). For those with greater workplace experience and additional qualifications, BCRSP also offers a streamlined route to Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) certification for people with a NEBOSH International Diploma.

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

Level: Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) sets and certifies technical competency criteria for safety, health and environmental practitioners worldwide in the United States. They set standards, evaluate academic and professional qualifications and certify practitioners in the safety profession.

The value of a safety certification continues to grow. In the U.S., numerous laws, regulations and standards cite it. More importantly, many companies include it in position standards, government agencies rely on it, and contracts for safety services require it.

A Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is a safety professional who has met education and experience standards and demonstrated the knowledge that applies to health and safety professional practice. They’re known for performing least 50% of professional level safety duties, including making work site assessments to determine risks, assessing potential hazards and controls, evaluating risks and hazard control measures, investigating incidents, maintaining and evaluating incident and loss records, and preparing emergency response plans.

New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM)

Level: Graduate Level

NZISM is a national organisation dedicated to Health and Safety Practitioners and Professionals throughout New Zealand.

Their mission is to build quality health and safety practitioners and promoting industry excellence. They also assist in determining standards for health and safety in New Zealand and consulting with the likes of the New Zealand Government via our association with the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ).

NZISM members are internationally recognised and highly valued in occupational health and safety. A membership to NZISM puts you among the top health and safety professionals and practitioners in New Zealand. 

Holders of the NEBOSH Diploma meets the academic requirements for Graduate Level of NZISM.

South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (SAIOSH)

Level: Technical membership (TechSAIOSH)

SAIOSH is recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as the professional body to register Occupational Health and Safety Practitioners in South Africa. They work to enhance and progress the OHS profession in South Africa through research, promotion, education, training, guidance and building relationships with other global networks.

SAIOSH has more than 10,000 members from a wide range of industries in the private and public sector in South Africa.  

The NEBOSH Diploma will give you academic requirements to apply for Technical Membership of SAIOSH, helping you to showcase your competence and commitment to health and safety to employers.  

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Rosie Thomas

Rosie is the International Marketing Executive at Astutis. After graduating with a degree in Business and Management from Aberystwyth University, she joined the Astutis team to work closely with our learning development team and health and safety consultants to create useful content for our readers. Since taking her Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing online, Rosie particularly enjoys writing how-to-guides and career posts, using her own experience of online learning and professional development to offer advice to those thinking of taking a health and safety career. Rosie has also taken her NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.