NEBOSH or IoSH

FakeSheikh2

Old-Salt
Looking to do a self funded NEBOSH or IOSH qualification in Health & Safety.
Mainly to get brain working but also as a way of being more employable in case current job goes south.

Background in MoD with ADR/Hazmat so a basic in H&S.

Also was going to look at IIRSM & ROSPA, but which Board & Qualification is looked at as being better.

Doing driver related or logistic qualifications are to late for me as my experience seems to get me a job, over logistic qualification's at the moment, but it seems a few have asked about what I have in H&S training & qualifications.
 
Nearly all entry level H&S jobs say "NEBOSH certificate or Equivalent", and the IOSH stuff is considered equivalent. They are pretty much interchangeable, but most seem to list the NEBOSH.

But competition is stiff. I was trying for 10 years, with a long list of evidenced successes and the like, built up working in a previous position, and I didn't get anywhere.
 
What @Listy said, the two are more or less equivalent with NEBOSH probably being the better known.

However, basic NEBOSH will just tell you the legislation and you will need to consider what area you want to specialise in and then gain a more specialist qualification.

There are also varios NEBOSH levels. The basic one is ... well ... basic and you'll need to go to level 2 or 3 to make it worthwhile.
 
What @Listy said, the two are more or less equivalent with NEBOSH probably being the better known.

However, basic NEBOSH will just tell you the legislation and you will need to consider what area you want to specialise in and then gain a more specialist qualification.

There are also varios NEBOSH levels. The basic one is ... well ... basic and you'll need to go to level 2 or 3 to make it worthwhile.
I've only ever seen Certificate and Diploma. Are you talking about membership levels? As in my experience, it tends to be NEBOSH cert then Diploma, and IOSH membership.
 

Original_Punk

Old-Salt
Got both, but NEBOSH tends to be the preferred choice by employer as IOSH has never got me anything, apart from 1 less line on my CV.
 
I've only ever seen Certificate and Diploma. Are you talking about membership levels? As in my experience, it tends to be NEBOSH cert then Diploma, and IOSH membership.
Certificate > Diploma > MSc depending on how much time you have and how far you want to go.

But there are multiple certificates and some have 2 levels e.g. NG1, NG2.

It's important to decide which particular sector is important to you as the General Certificate is just what it says and the more useful ones are the industry sector and specific ones such as the Fire Safety & Risk Management or the Construction Health & Safety qualifications.

Obviously need to factor in the amount of time taken to do each course.

Qualifications and Courses
 

Mrsheeny

War Hero
I’ve done the IOSH and it was 5 days at HSS, pretty simple really but teaches you a bit. My manager was on the NEBOSH which is a couple of steps up.

So in my opinion, depends which role you’re going for. Supervisory - IOSH, Managerial - NEBOSH.

What’s the price difference? I’d presume NEBOSH a lot more expensive and time consuming?
 
While unable to work due to a back injury and little prospect of returning to my previous type of work, I took the Job Centre advice to take a NEBOSH course. Initially, they suggested that they would fund the course but when they found out the cost, they immediately backtracked.

I did the Construction certificate by e-learning and spent 6 weeks studying 12 hours per day, 7 days per week to get through the course. By the time all the fees, books, exam and travel costs were factored in, the cost came close to £1000.

The other way to get through would have been to attend a two week course at about twice the price. I can't see how anyone attending the classroom course would cover all the subjects on the syllabus so I'm left with the opinion that they were coached on the exam questions and didnt cover 95% of the syllabus.

Having obtained the Certificate, you then find that it doesn't get you a job. It might give you an advantage over someone with similar other qualifications and experience but that's about as far as it goes. Many employers seem to put more store in the TechIoSH post nominals that you can rent after having got the certificate. If you're young, that might be a worthwhile investment. I'm not young so I swerved that option.

The General certificate seems to be more welcomed than the alternatives but, from what I've seen, it's only the Diploma that stands a reasonable chance of securing a job.
 

Q_Man

Old-Salt
NEBOSH is a higher level. I was put in for IOSH while already having NEBOSH and it's definitely lower level.
 

FakeSheikh2

Old-Salt
Been looking more in to it and think I will go for the NEBOSH Ward in Health & Safety at Work Course.
The shocker is buying the course book from NEBOSH/RMS Publishing(ACT) has book £22 BUT P&P £8!

So anyone have a good bookshops to look at?
Amazon, Wordery, Gardner Books & everyone else have it as Out of Print.
Hence NEBOSH & publisher RMS can coin it in for the book!

Award looks like a good grounding but not impressed with trying to buy the book to study first.
 
If you are looking to head into H&S as a career then you need to consider NEBOSH as it is a higher qualification and looks into the law a lot deeper, it is considered more specialised and takes longer to complete. I completed an IOSH course over 5 days to give gravitas to my position as an engineering manager, our H&S manager is NEBOSH trained and considered the authority on Health & Safety matters. There are also different levels of NEBOSH which give additional insights and qualifications , as I haven’t done NEBOSH I couldn’t tell you about the content or length, I just know it’s expensive and long. If you have served in HM Forces and left less than 10 years ago you might be entitled to Learning Credits, I used mine to gain my IOSH.
 
Been looking more in to it and think I will go for the NEBOSH Ward in Health & Safety at Work Course.
The shocker is buying the course book from NEBOSH/RMS Publishing(ACT) has book £22 BUT P&P £8!

So anyone have a good bookshops to look at?
Amazon, Wordery, Gardner Books & everyone else have it as Out of Print.
Hence NEBOSH & publisher RMS can coin it in for the book!

Award looks like a good grounding but not impressed with trying to buy the book to study first.
Beware buying course books from other than NEBOSH - the course content changes so on-line sellers or second-hand shops may not be selling the current version. The same applies for CITB and C&G books.

I'm not conversant with the H&S Award but given the course length, I very much doubt that it will assist in job-seeking. You may be better off spending more for a qualification that appears in a job specification, i.e. Certificate as a minimum. You can broaden the Certificate later by adding additional modules at a reduced price.
 

FakeSheikh2

Old-Salt
Beware buying course books from other than NEBOSH - the course content changes so on-line sellers or second-hand shops may not be selling the current version.
A lesson that cost me £30.
But the company have be given bad feedback for fleecing me!
 

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