While we put in the same passion and take the same pride from all of our courses, NEBOSH has a special place in our hearts. Our dedication to delivering the highest standard of NEBOSH training has made us an official NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner, and left us with hundreds of glowing reviews from successful NEBOSH learners.
The NEBOSH General, Construction and Fire courses all represent a significant commitment – both in terms of time and money – but this isn’t without reason. Here are just a few of the ways in which NEBOSH qualifications stand out from our other health & safety courses, and make an incredible addition to any CV.
While any of our courses will help to enhance your career prospects, few of them have the transformative potential of a NEBOSH course. Where many courses give you a fairly basic introduction to safety topics, or educate you in a very specific skill set, a NEBOSH course gives you a much more fundamental understanding of workplace safety.
NEBOSH graduates will know not just what safety laws are, and how to keep themselves and others safe, but how to apply their knowledge in a way that transforms their workplace. As well as identifying and rectifying hazards, a NEBOSH certificate empowers you to teach these principles to others, helping to instil a better safety culture among your peers.
As a result, NEBOSH is the gateway to more careers than almost any other safety qualification. It’s not only a way for employees within organisations to level up their safety responsibilities, but also a prerequisite for most safety specific positions, and the starting point of any health and safety trainer. If you want a career in safety at any level, either in the UK or further afield, a NEBOSH certificate will lay the foundation.
We’ve already mentioned that SAMS is a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner, but what exactly does that mean? To put it simply, the NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner programme has three tiers: bronze, silver and gold. Each tier comes with certain prerequisites, where training centres have to demonstrate that their training fulfils or exceeds certain objectives.
To obtain and keep our NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner status, SAMS must continue to ‘greatly exceed’ the following criteria:
- Ensure all learners understand what is expected of them and what they can expect from their Learning Provider.
- Create a learning environment that is engaging and encourages interaction that is appropriate for the course and type of delivery.
- Provide accurate course materials and continually update and improve them.
- Ensure tutors are qualified, knowledgeable, competent and engaging.
- Give learners feedback on their progress and provide appropriate support.
- Review course delivery and learner feedback and action as necessary.
The programme ensures that training centres aspire to the highest standards of teaching, going beyond simply passing on information to create an environment in which learners can succeed. Few other awarding bodies go to such lengths to ensure that the certificate remains a hallmark of quality, and a touchstone for best safety practices.
There are dozens of safety organisations and examining bodies out there, all with different courses, standards and methods. NEBOSH is not only one of the oldest, having been founded in 1979, but also one of the biggest globally. Over 50,000 people gain their NEBOSH certificate each year, and SAMS is one of more than 600 partner organisations worldwide offering NEBOSH training.
NEBOSH offers courses both on a national and international scale, with courses such as the NEBOSH International General Certificate being widely accepted worldwide. The standards set by NEBOSH are so high that NEBOSH qualifications are accepted as equivalent to many local qualifications around the world, and have been actively adopted by other nations without a historic safety training framework.
Safety training doesn’t always need to be long or complicated. Simple safety principles can often be taught in a day or even half a day of training, and can help to prevent injuries and save lives. The problem with these courses is that they tend to rely on individuals to identify and avoid hazards. The gap that remains is in avoiding hazards in the first place, and ensuring that everyone works safely, not just those who have had training.
NEBOSH courses will give you a more fundamental understanding of safety than shorter courses, including a primer on UK health and safety laws, meaning there are never any doubts about what should and shouldn’t be done. But they also help you to use this information effectively. Rather than just spotting and avoiding danger, you’ll learn to prevent danger through institutional change, improving attitudes and instilling safer working practices.
NEBOSH courses are a commitment, but commitment isn’t a bad thing. We find that the people who sign up for our NEBOSH courses are there to learn, take things seriously, and get the most out of the course that they can. Whether people bring that to the course or the course brings that to people, we aren’t sure. But the proof is in the pudding.
We get more feedback from our NEBOSH courses than any other course, by several magnitudes. This isn’t just about the quality of our training, though we’re pleased to say there’s plenty of that too (you’ll find some of it on our course pages). It’s also about what NEBOSH does for people, the careers it leads to and how it has turned many of our students’ lives around.
Yes, NEBOSH is a route into new and often lucrative careers, and we’ve already spoken about that. But it’s also given thousands of people an appreciation for safety that they may never have had before. By signing up for a NEBOSH course, you aren’t just ticking a box on a job application – you’re opening your mind to new possibilities, new ideas, and a new path in life.
If any of that sounds interesting to you, visit our training page and search NEBOSH to find our full range of Zoom and browser based courses. For any more information or to book over the phone, don’t hesitate to get in touch, and we’ll help you on your NEBOSH journey.