What is the highest safety qualification?

Health and safety officers have a qualification in health and safety. To join the NHS as a health and safety officer you often need a degree level qualification. This could be, for example,

  • the International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from NEBOSH. There are no set entry requirements but you are expected to have some knowledge of health and safety and/or the NEBOSH General Certificate
  • the National Compliance and Risk Qualifications (NCRQ) level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety. You’ll usually need level 3 qualifications to get onto this degree-level programme
  • a relevant degree such as environmental health or occupational safety and health
  • a postgraduate diploma or Masters

Degree courses are three years full time. To get onto a relevant degree course you usually need

  • two or three A levels along with up to five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English, maths and science

or alternative qualifications, including

  • BTEC, HND or HNC
  • relevant NVQ
  • access course
  • equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications

To get onto a postgraduate course you usually need an honours degree, a NEBOSH qualification or professional experience.