Diploma of Professional Competence
The Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene is the highest professional occupational hygiene qualification awarded in the UK. Award of the Diploma qualifies the holder to become a Chartered Member of the Faculty, and demonstrates knowledge of, and competence in, assessment of health hazards and the extent of risk in various workplace circumstances, and an ability to advise on suitable control procedures.
Like the Certificate, this is also a two-part, written and oral, examination held at BOHS; exemptions apply for the Diploma Core (written) examination, but all candidates must take the Diploma Oral examination. The Core exams are usually held twice a year in March and September, and the Orals are held four times a year in March, June, September and December.
The Diploma Core (written) exams are due to be held on 21 March 2013 and 19 September 2013.
The Diploma oral exams are due to be held week commencing 11 March 2013, 3 June 2013, 2 September 2013 and 2 December 2013.
All candidates must already hold the Certificate of Operational Competence, and be able to demonstrate five years’ experience in the field of occupational hygiene.
Routes to the Diploma
There are two routes to this qualification:
You can find out whether the qualification you hold is approved for Route 1 from the list of exempted qualifications (see the Downloads box). The 'Routes To and Through The Faculty' flyer in the Downloads box gives an overview of how all of our qualifications fit together and link into Faculty membership.
Guidance for candidates
Click on the links below for guidance on the core and oral examination requirements, and how to apply. Applications and payment should be made directly to BOHS.
How to apply
Information for candidates
You need to apply directly to BOHS and send the appropriate fee.
Information is available for candidates on the examination format, requirements, oral examination and results services
Information on current examination fee which is payable to BOHS on application