There are plenty of tips and tricks that can be given on how to be a NEBOSH success, and the result you get will depend on how much effort you put in, so keep reading for advice on how to succeed!

You have to work hard, as much as a cliché as that is, and that applies to all NEBOSH courses.  A lot of the courses take between 80 – 120 hours, and the Diplomas can take over 400 hours, that’s a lot of commitment.   For each Certificate exam you should give yourself a minimum of 3 months, and each Diploma exam will need at least 6 months.

Also, investing your time in studying for the qualification, and even going further than just studying the course materials can have a great effect on your result.

One of the best ways to become a NEBOSH success is to create a study plan and figure out how many hours you will study per week, and which topics you will cover.  When creating this plan, allow yourself some extra time in case your progress isn’t as fast as planned.  By organising a distraction-free place to study and using a checklist of topics based on the syllabus, you can ensure that you work as best you can.

Use revision cards when studying, recording the notes you need in a way that works for you.  These styles can be lists, mind maps, or acronyms – if they help you to remember vital information then it’s a great way to increase your success!  This can also be a great way of training your brain to remember lists of important information quickly, which can be important in the NEBOSH exams.  Before the exam, ensure that you could explain a topic to a new student, as this is the best way of making sure you truly understand the information.

A great way of squeezing your revision into a busy schedule is to revise as much as you can: instead of watching Netflix, squeeze in 30 minutes study time over dinner, while you’re on the bus or train get your revision cards out – these short bursts of revision will add up!  If this frees up some extra time in your study plan, use the extra to practise past papers and learn exam techniques.

My final tips are surrounding the exam, and more specifically command words:

  • Give – give them what they want without any further explanation.
  • Identify – a specific list.
  • Describe – a step by step description of a task or procedure, or a physical description of an object.
  • Outline – summarise your point within a sentence, no “how” or “why” is needed,
  • Explain – this is where how or why come in, include the necessary details needed to understand.

and just for Diplomas:

  • Calculate – show all of your workings out for how you found a solution.