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Risk management qualification launched by NEBOSH and IIRSM in joint initiative

Effective risk management helps you make better decisions that protect people, organisations and reputations. That’s why NEBOSH and IIRSM (International Institute of Risk & Safety Management) have partnered to develop the new NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk.  

Based around the global risk management standard, ISO 31000, this qualification  

provides a comprehensive overview of risk. Theory is backed up by real-life, case study practical applications so that learners gain a wide understanding of organisational risk management, learning how to identify, manage and communicate risk.  

Risk management is transferable to any industry, profession, organisation or country. By working together, NEBOSH and IIRSM have combined their expertise in education and risk to deliver a qualification that broadens learners thinking beyond their own discipline, enabling them to understand the important relationship between risk management and all business functions.  

Over 60 people took part in a pilot of the qualification in 2021. Pilot participants included representatives from Fujitsu, Netflix, Kier Highways, and Allianz. Paula Ireland, a Senior Health and Safety Manager at Fujitsu, said: “The NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk Course was well structured, and the training material was second to none. The relevant examples given throughout helped me gain a better understanding of the concepts covered.” 

David Towlson, NEBOSH Director of Learning and Assessment, said: “Successful organisations know how to manage risk well. And not just at Board level but through all functions and levels of the business. The NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk gives you the skills and confidence, no matter where you work, to apply business risk management principles within day-to-day operations.” 

Holly Mulvihill-Clark, IIRSM Head of Education said: “Managing risks is everyone’s responsibility, from the board to the shop-floor. Risk management helps to improve decision making, navigate times of uncertainty and should form an integral part of strategy and business planning – it aids people and organisations to be more resilient.”   

The NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk is initially available to study online only via a selection of NEBOSH’s global Learning Partners. eLearning gives learners the flexibility to study at a time and place to suit them and successful learners will also be eligible for discounted IIRSM membership. For further information visit:   


Notes to Editors 


NEBOSH is a leading global brand in health, safety, wellbeing and environmental qualifications. Internationally recognised qualifications help to raise the competence of safety and environmental professionals as well as individuals at all levels in the workplace. 

Since its inception in 1979 more than half a million people from around the world have studied for a NEBOSH qualification.  Tens of thousands join their number every year studying with our network of 600 learning partners in over 132 countries. 

NEBOSH qualifications are highly respected by governments, employers and our learners.  They build the knowledge and skills which underpin competent performance as a health, safety and environmental professional. NEBOSH qualifications are recognised by all the relevant professional membership bodies.  

In 2014, NEBOSH received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Outstanding Achievement in International Trade in recognition of our international success. 



For more information please contact: 
Jenny Pratt, NEBOSH Head of Communications 


About IIRSM 

IIRSM is a professional membership organisation for those responsible for managing risks in all their forms. 

The Institute is independent and speaks freely, championing risk management to drive positive change for both employee and organisational wellbeing. It does this through setting standards, connecting people and organisations, and providing practical education, training, advice and resources. 

IIRSM has a community of members in more than 90 countries, representing all risk disciplines from compliance, environmental management, health and safety, insurance, internal audit, quality management, security, project management and more. 



For more information please contact: 

Tim Walsh, IIRSM Communications Lead