NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work

The qualification meets the training requirement for organisations implementing ISO 14001.

Course Overview

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.

Who is it for?

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


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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however, it is important that learners are able to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus in the language that the course delivery and assessment will be completed in.

NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification in English should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

Unit EAW1: Environmental Awareness

Element 1. Foundations of environmental awareness

1.1 Identify the meaning of: the environment; weather; climate; habitats; ecosystems; biodiversity; pollution; sustainability
1.2 Identify the importance and benefits of sustainable development
1.3 Identify an environmental management system’s main components and the certification process.

Element 2. Pollution, impact assessments and emergencies

2.1 Outline the principles and practice of impact assessments
2.2 Identify the main sources, types, controls and impacts of air pollution
2.3 Identify the main sources, controls and impacts of water pollution
2.4 Identify the main sources, controls and impacts of environmental noise
2.5 Identify waste types
2.6 Identify the waste hierarchy and ways to effectively manage waste
2.7 Outline the measures that need to be in place when dealing with emergencies.


Unit EAW1 is a taught unit assessed by an online 30 minute multiple-choice exam.

The question paper consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. Each question is worth one mark and has one correct and three incorrect responses available. The question paper covers the whole syllabus with at least one question per element and all questions are compulsory.

The multiple choice assessment must be accessed and completed via NEBOSH’s Online Assessment Platform and completed within a 24-hour assessment window. Learners can begin their assessment at any time within the 24-hour window but, once they have started the assessment, they must complete it within the designated time frame for the unit (30 minutes for EAW1). These assessments will also be remotely proctored to ensure their integrity.

Online multiple choice assessments will take place four times per year – upcoming dates can be found here:


Course Format

The NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work qualification is usually delivered as a fully face-to-face instructor-led course delivered over 1 day [with some pre-course study].

Please see our course calendar for dates.

In-House Course Fees

This course is only available in-house.

This course can be delivered in-house both by live online/remote learning (using Zoom) or face-to-face. Please contact us for a quote.

Course Dates and Venues

Please see our course calendar for all of our current course dates.

E-Learning Course

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Learner Training Needs Assessment

Please complete and return this Learner Training Needs Assessment to us when you contact us to help us better understand your individual training needs: Learner Training Needs Assessment

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NEBOSH Resources

The NEBOSH resources for this qualification, including the course syllabus and NEBOSH Learner Terms and Conditions, can all be downloaded from the NEBOSH website here:

NEBOSH Certificate Verification Service

NEBOSH receives regular requests from employers, recruitment agencies, Higher Education institutions, and other similar bodies to verify that an individual actually holds a NEBOSH qualification.

You can now verify NEBOSH certificates using their free self-service verifications platform: NEBOSH Verifications.

If a certificate was issued before 1991, or if the online platform cannot verify the certificate with the information you have provided, you may still need to contact NEBOSH directly in line with their Verifications Policy here: