You are not logged in

NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Managing Stress at Work

26 March 2024



Can't see the video above? View it here

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and NEBOSH have jointly developed a new one-day qualification aimed at helping you and your organisation reduce one of the biggest causes of work-related ill health: stress.

Statistics published by HSE covering the 2020/21 period, show of the 1.7 million workers suffering from a work-related illness, 822,000 were due to stress, depression or anxiety and a  report by the global management consultancy firm Deloitte estimates that the total annual cost of poor mental health to employers has increased by 25% since 2019, costing UK employers up to £56 billion a year.

The moral and financial case to take action to reduce cases of work-related stress has never been so compelling, but employers also have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it.

However many who are tasked with managing work-related stress do not understand their legal obligations, know what to do or where to start.

Recognising this issue, HSE has collaborated with NEBOSH to develop a new one-day qualification to give organisations a solid foundation from which to work.

The course aims to identify and reduce workplace stressors in order to create a positive, healthier workplace.

"Organisations that take action to reduce work-related stress before it becomes a problem have reported improvements in productivity, staff retention and a reduction in sickness absence. It's more than that though. It's about creating the right work environment for people to thrive and if you don't look at what you are doing at the organisational level, everything else is just a sticking plaster."

Jen Webster, Occupational Psychologist at HSE

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the six key areas of work design which can cause stress
  • Know how to establish a framework to manage and address stress in your workplace
  • Understand how to identify early warning signs and provide support to individuals
  • Know about strategic interventions that address the root causes of stress in your organisation.

The course will cover

The key principles of work-related stress and its relationship to mental ill health issues, how to recognise the causes and effects of workplace stress, and the responsibilities of employers and individual roles in managing workplace stress. You will examine how to apply the HSE's Management Standards approach to assess stress risks in the workplace, how to develop suitable interventions to address stressors, reduce negative impacts, and manage the effects of stress in the workplace. You will look at ways to continually improve your organisation and create a great place to work.

Who should attend?

The qualification is suitable for anyone responsible for employee wellbeing or managing workplace stress, including health and safety professionals, human resource professionals, line managers and supervisors and occupational health professionals.

What will my employer gain from this qualification?

Investing in the understanding and prevention of work-related stress and improved wellbeing can benefit your organisation in several ways. This qualification will help you to:

  • Build valuable in-house expertise
  • Improve staff attendance levels and reduce absences
  • Boost staff performance and productivity
  • Enhance your organisation's reputation
  • Build organisational and workforce resilience
  • Reduce the threat of litigation
  • Create a safer and healthier work environment

This qualification will give you confidence that your team is trained in HSE's current approach to managing and controlling stress at work. By adopting the principles taught in this qualification you can empower your employees to create a positive workplace, and significantly reduce the causes and effects of workplace stress.

Why learn with HSE?

By learning with HSE, you will benefit from access to the experts who developed the course content who fully understand the issues of work-related stress and have experience in all stages of implementing the Management Standards approach. This means that when you come to put your learning into practice, you will be confident that you will do so in a way that is consistent with HSE's current thinking.

How is the qualification assessed?

A multiple-choice assessment is completed at the end of the course. You will be presented with a realistic workplace scenario and will answer multiple-choice questions focussed on the principles learnt throughout the course.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport. This course can be run at your site or local area by arrangement.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


£545 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

Book Course

Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

Some of our training courses can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

Back to HSE Health and Safety Training Grouped Courses

Back to the top