National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

ATM Safety & Environment

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Important information

Typology Short course
Methodology Distance Learning
  • Short course
  • Distance Learning

Suitable for: Health and safety professionals who require a high degree of managerial and technical competence to advise on effective management of risk across the range of employment sectors.

Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

There are no mandatory pre-entry qualifications required for the Diploma but candidates are advise to obtain a level 3 qualification such as the NEBOSH General Certificate before starting a Diploma programme. All candidates should have a good standard of written English.

Course programme

NEBOSH National Diploma

The NEBOSH National Diploma is at level 6 in the National Qualification Framework, and is accredited by QCA, CEA and DELLS. The NEBOSH National Diploma is recognised by IOSH - the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health - as fulfilling the academic requirements for Chartered Membership (CMIOSH) conferring the official title of Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner. The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) also accept it as meeting their requirements for full membership.

Course Content

The syllabus comprises four core units:

  • Unit A: Managing health and safety
  • Unit B: Hazardous agents in the workplace
  • Unit C: Workplace and work equipment safety
  • Unit D: Application of health and safety theory and practice.


Units A - C are separately assessed by written examination. The examinations are held twice a year in January and July. ATM Safety & Environment hold examinations in Coventry but if required it is often possible to sit examinations elsewhere in the UK. Overseas students can take examinations at any local British Council Office and at other venues by special arrangement.

Workplace Based Assignment (Unit D)

Unit D is a workplace based assignment. It consists of an audit of a health and safety management system and two risk assessments, one covering hazardous agents and the other workplace or work equipment hazards. The assignment can be submitted to NEBOSH in either March or September.

Distance Learning Materials

Students are provided with notes, coursework and some key text books. UK students are sent the course materials for the first unit, the other two units are given out at the tutorials. Overseas students are sent all three units. Students are encouraged to complete the coursework and submit this to ATM Safety & Environment for marking by post or email by the submission dates. The coursework does not count towards the award.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Reference Material

HSE publications are free and available from the HSE website and are an extremely useful source of reference for the course and for completing the Unit D assignment. Priced publications were previously available through membership of HSE Direct but this closed at the end of 2009 following the HSE Board's decision to make the previously priced publications available free of charge from the HSE website.

Course Programme

ATM Safety & Environment teach Unit A in the Autumn term, Unit B in the spring term and Unit C in the Summer term and students can join the course at the start of any one of these terms. Each term there are two one day tutorials that all students must attend. The tutorial dates for the tutorial group starting in January 2010 are given below.

NEBOSH National Diploma

Course Starting January 2010 (Tutorial Dates):

  • Agents 1: 28 January 2010
  • Agents 2: 25 February 2010
  • Workplace and work equipment 1: 15 April 2010
  • Workplace and work equipment 2: 6 May 2010
  • Managing health and safety: 16 September 2010
  • Managing health and safety 2: 4 November 2010

Students in this group will be able to take the Unit B and C exams in July 2010, and the Unit A exam in January 2011. The Unit D assignment should be submitted in March 2011. However, ATM Safety & Environment will support students for a further six months after they have completed their tutorials if they wish to defer taking some or all of the exams to the next sitting, or if they wish to defer submitting the assignment.

Payment Options


Students resident in the UK will generally pay NEBOSH enrolment and examination registration fees directly to NEBOSH. However, these can be added onto the course fee if required. Overseas students may pay NEBOSH fees through ATM Safety & Environment .


The application form should be returned with a cheque made payable to ATM Safety & Environment or sent with an official purchase order.

Payments may also be made by electronic transfer. Please contact us for bank details.

Payments can be made by most debit/credit cards (not American Express). We reserve the right to charge 2.5% on balance amounts paid by credit card.

Value Added Tax (VAT):

VAT currently at 17.5% is charged on all courses purchased in the UK. EU customers do not pay VAT if the course is purchased for business use. Overseas students outside of the EU do not pay VAT. VAT is not charged on NEBOSH examination fees.

Additional information

Payment options: The course fee is £1500 + VAT (£1762.50) payable on enrolment, the fee does not include NEBOSH fees. National Diploma (Coventry): Enrolment Fee: £50 Examination Fee: £75 per unit x3 Venue Fee: No Charge1 Assignment Fee: £75 Total Fee: £350 National Diploma (Other UK Venues): Enrolment Fee: £50 Examination Fee: £75 per unit x3 Venue Fee: Payable Locally Assignment Fee: £75 Total Fee: £350 National Diploma (Overseas Venues): Enrolment Fee: £50 Examination Fee: £1003 per unit x3 Venue Fee: Payable Locally Assignment Fee: £75 Total Fee: £425.

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