NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification

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NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification


The NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification provides a useful introduction to environmental issues at work. It highlights the role workers can play in improving organisational environmental performance and will aid understanding of environmental impacts and risk control. It meets the training requirement for organisations implementing ISO 14001.

It is accessible to all. No prior knowledge is required and the content is relevant wherever you work around the world. There is also the option to add content relevant to the environmental impacts and issues faced by a company or sector. The qualification is an ideal first step towards progressing to the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management, which provides a more extensive and practical understanding of environmental management in the workplace.

Our qualifications are developed based on extensive research with health and safety professionals, employers, professional bodies and regulators to ensure that they remain relevant, rigorous as well as achievable and practical. You will be assessed on your ability to apply your skills and knowledge to a wide range of issues and how to deliver positive change to a real workplace.


This qualification is for anyone who needs to gain a basic understanding of environmental impacts and risk control. It provides an introduction to implementing ISO 14001. It is an environmental qualification for learners with no prior knowledge of the subject required. The qualification has global relevance and covers the principles of environmental management, not UK specific law. It may be particularly relevant for:

  • Team leaders and supervisors
  • Facilities managers
  • Anyone wishing to ensure they work positively with regard to the environment

This qualification gives you the opportunity to improve your workforce’s understanding of environmental management. By raising awareness of common environmental impacts and highlighting ways to control them, you can improve the environmental culture and performance of your organisation. Your workers should be more conscious of the impact they have on the environment at work as a result, and will be able to apply what they have learned as soon as the course is completed.

The qualification can also be tailored to the needs of your organisation. It is possible to add content to cover issues faced in your industry or sector. You can work with an established course provider to add to the content that is specified in the syllabus. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the possibility of your organisation achieving accreditation to deliver this qualification.

It is an environmental qualification for students with no prior knowledge of the subject required. The qualification, which has global relevance covers the principles of environmental management, not UK specific law. It may be particularly relevant for:

  • Team leaders and supervisors
  • Facilities managers
  • Your team!

Importantly, this qualification will provide your workers with awareness of your organization’s significant environmental aspects which is a requirement for organisations implementing and maintaining the international environmental management standard ISO 14001:2015.



Normally one day in length, the course covers basic environmental awareness and practices essential in the workplace. Topics include:

  • The meanings of basic environmental terms
  • Importance and benefits of sustainable development
  • The individual’s role in a certified Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Air, water and land pollution
  • Dealing with emergencies

 The syllabus is mapped to the environmental awareness and management published by Lantra. 


Learners are assessed by a multiple choice question assessment. The assessment can be completed online, Read more about online multiple choice question assessments: Online Multiple Choice.  Learners need to be proficient in the language in which they study and complete their assessments. A qualification parchment will be sent following successful completion of the examination.


The required teaching time for this qualification is 6 hours and approximately 1 hour of assessment preparation and assessment time.  It is recommended that you also complete 3 hours pre-course reading.It is therefore anticipated that the course can be taught in one day with the 30 minute multiple-choice examination taken at the end of the day.



In the UK – and, increasingly, worldwide – regulatory accreditation is recognised as a badge of quality, allowing our qualifications to retain their highly regarded professional status.  UK accredited qualifications provide you with certain guarantees that the qualification:

  • Meets specific quality criteria that ensure it is fit for its purpose
  • Includes relevant content
  • Uses appropriate assessment methodology
  • Is mapped to relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • Is supported by relevant stakeholders including employers

The NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation.  It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 5 with 1 SCQF credit point.


NEBOSH qualifications can play an important part in ensuring that the health and safety provision businesses have in place is effective. This may explain why so many organisations choose to include NEBOSH qualifications on their competency matrices.



Learners must be registered before they can take an examination. All examination registrations must be completed by an accredited learning partner.


Once your learning partner has registered you to an examination, they will send you an Examination Entry Confirmation that includes your learner number, and important information relating to your examination and results process. Please ensure that you check your name is spelt correctly and report this to your learning partner and NEBOSH if any changes are required.

The Examination Entry Confirmation is essential to gain entry to the examination room, you will need to show a form of photographic identification to the invigilator and then sign the Examination Entry Confirmation. Please contact your learning partner if you have not received your Examination Entry Confirmation.


EAW1 – multiple-choice question assessment.   This assessment can now be completed online, see Multiple Choice Question Assessments page for more information. 


You will receive your results within 15 working days of sitting the examination. Once you have achieved a pass a qualification parchment will be issued. This is normally within 20 working days of the confirmation of the successful unit.


The qualification provides a basic introduction to environmental management at work. If you want to progress after completing it, a further option would be the:

This qualification provides a more extensive and practical understanding of environmental management in the workplace.

Alternatively, if you want to gain a basic understanding of health and safety issues to complement the knowledge obtained from this qualification another option would be the:

The connections between our qualifications are illustrated in more detail in the Qualifications Progression Leaflet found in the Resources section below.


Our Tutors use the Virtual platform to support students around the world. Our messaging system and support forums are an excellent way to engage, where our tutors can provide expert support.

After successful completion of this IPD process student will then be eligible for Chartered membership of IOSH (CMIOSH).