Health & Safety Career Advice

New Syllabus for the National and International Diploma

Written by Phoenix Health & Safety
30th September 2021
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As you may be aware NEBOSH have recently introduced a new syllabus for the National and International Diploma which will be known as NEBOSH National and International Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals (July 2020 specification).  We appreciate you may have questions regarding the new qualification and how this may affect you.  Therefore, we have provided some details below.

Why has NEBOSH reviewed the syllabus?

NEBOSH has reviewed the syllabus in line with the normal qualification development cycle, along with consultation with key stakeholders, including Learning Partners, employers, Trade Unions, standard setting organisations, past and present learners.

What are the differences between the 2014 specification and the 2020 specifications?

The biggest changes to the specifications are:

  • The teaching time has been reduced by 14%. So, a classroom course that was previously taught over 35 days, can now be taught in only 30 days.
  • Content from the November 2015 specification that also forms part of the National
  • General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is now classed, as ‘prior learning ‘and is not included in the July 2020 specification.
  • There are three instead of four assessments. ND/ID 1, 2 and 3.
  • All assessments can be completed remotely ie, do not require you to attend an invigilated examination venue.

Has the grading structure for the qualification changed?

Once you have achieved a pass in each of the unit assessments (ND1/ID1, ND2/ID2, ND3/ID3)

you will have completed the qualification which will then be graded. The grading is based on the

combined percentage mark for the 3 units and the following grading boundaries are then applied:

Distinction 226 or higher

Credit 196 – 225

Pass 150 – 195

How does this affect you?

I have already registered and/or taken an exam for my National or International Diploma

If you have enrolled or taken an exam for this qualification (you are registered as a NEBOSH student and have a NEBOSH student number) NEBOSH will not allow you to transfer units between the old and new qualifications.  The assessments are too different to be able to do this. Therefore, you will be required to complete your full qualification by

Unit A/IA, B/IB, C/IC: July 2026

Unit DNI: May 2026

If you do not complete within this timescale, you will need to register for the new qualification.

Exam costs will be applied when you book your exams.

You will also need to transfer onto the new syllabus, which will include the new materials for £325 including Enrolment fee.

I have not enrolled or registered for an exam for my National or International Diploma

If you have not enrolled with NEBOSH, you have an option to either stay on the existing course, or transfer to the new course.  

Should you wish to continue with the 2015 syllabus please ensure that you have completed your enrollment prior to the 30 November 2021.  This means that we will be unable to accept new enrollments to the November 2015 specifications from 1 December 2021 onwards.

For any learners who have booked through the UK office -

Should you wish to transfer to the new syllabus please contact our training team on training@phoenixhsc.co.uk, The Transfer cost will be £325 including enrollment fee. 

For any learners who have booked through the South Africa Office –

Should you wish to transfer to the new syllabus please contact our training team on sasales@phoenixhsc.co.za, The Transfer cost will be £350 including enrollment fee. 

Please be advised that costs quoted are accurate at time of email and could be subject to change.

Exam booking

Please advise when booking your exam which qualification you are registering for.

Additional Information

To find out more about the NEBOSH National and International Diploma course please visit: https://www.nebosh.org.uk/qualifications/national-diploma-for-safety-and-health-management-professionals/#resources