NEBOSH HSE Certificate


Process Safety Management (PSM)




This qualification aims to provide holders with the knowledge and understanding of process safety management to ensure that they can contribute to the effective management of process safety risks.



​Course Duration

Minimum unit (PSM1) tuition time:  28 Hours

Entry requirements

NEBOSH does not set specific formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Modes of Study

F - Full Time Block Release

E - External Students

P - Part Time & Evening

O - Open & Distance Learning


Who can take this Course?

The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management is suitable for supervisors, newly appointed managers, junior managers, safety representatives and newly qualified health and safety advisors within the process industries.

Course Content 

The qualification is a one unit qualification with Unit PSM1 being divided into four elements.

Unit PSM1: Process Safety Management


  • Process safety leadership

  • Management of process risk

  • Process safety hazard control

  • Fire protection and emergency response

Unit assessment

The Certificate in Process Safety Management is a one unit qualification.

Unit PSM1: Process safety management

Unit PSM1 is a taught unit, assessed by a 90 minute multiple-choice question (MCQ) paper.

  • The question paper consists of 40 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

Unit pass standard

The pass standard for the unit/qualification is 60% (24 correct questions out of 40).

Time restriction for achieving the qualification

There is no time restriction for passing the Certificate in Process Safety Management as this  is a one unit qualification.


Benefit for learners

Knowledge – The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management is designed to provide a sound breadth of knowledge that will allow you to contribute to the effective management of process safety risks.

Career development – Process Safety Management is of vital importance in hazardous process industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, plastics and pharmaceuticals. 

Benefits for employers

The process safety industry is high hazard so having qualified people to manage activities within the industry will lead to safer workplaces. This will help to prevent loss of life but will also help to protect valuable assets and help organisations avoid prosecution and ultimately loss of reputation.

Qualification level

This qualification is broadly comparable to a Vocationally-Related Qualification (VRQ) at Level 4 in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), comparable to A-Level standard.


Re-sitting unit/s

A candidate can re-sit if a 'Refer' result is received. Candidates must register and pay the current fee/s by the registration closing date for the relevant examination sitting.

Distance Learning - ​​Advantages of Distance Learning Mode

  • Perfect for people who can’t take time out of their busy day to attend a course.

  • Costs less than a full-time study

  • Allows you to fit your learning around your work and home life

  • No need to gather in classroom which prevents learners from getting infected from viruses , especially these days

  • Please note that the mode of study [“Open & Distance Learning Mode” ] is nowhere mentioned in the certificate

Course Material: Hard copy of NEBOSH text book  will be sent to you by courier.

Exam administration

Exam for this qualification PSM1 is administrated by British Council.

Qualification grade

Once candidates have achieved a Pass in Unit PSM1, they are deemed to have completed the qualification. The only grade available for successfully completing this qualification is ‘Pass’.

Issue of certificates

Once a candidate has achieved a Pass they are normally considered to have completed the qualification and a qualification parchment will be issued, usually within 20 working days of the confirmed date of the passed unit.

NEBOSH HSE Certificate in

Process Safety Management (PSM)

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