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NEBOSH International General Certificate now available in Portuguese

NEBOSH’s most popular worldwide qualification, the International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, can now be taken in the Portuguese language.

Portuguese is spoken by more than 250 million people across the world, including of course in Portugal itself. Portuguese is spoken in parts of Africa and there are close to one million Portuguese speaking people in North America quite apart from Brazil where it is the first language. The language also has a significant presence in two regions of India - Goa, and Daman & Diu.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate qualification is popular in all regions of the world. The number of International General Certificate examination registrations in the last year was more than 65,000, roughly 60% higher than the previous year.

NEBOSH Chief Executive Teresa Budworth commented: “Our qualifications demonstrate sound knowledge and practical skills in occupational safety and health. They are well recognised and have a strong global reputation, which is why we are seeing record international demand. Of course, this includes demand from non-English speaking people.

“We have been steadily expanding the range of languages our qualifications can be taken in. These include Arabic, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Turkish. Now we are keen to respond to demand in territories such as mainland Europe, Africa and the Americas.”

Teresa added: “Portuguese is an ideal choice, as it caters for some of the newer developing parts of Africa such as Mozambique and Angola, parts of India and of course a significant region of Europe, in Portugal.”

The NEBOSH International General Certificate covers a wide range of workplace hazards and methods of control. It includes international standards for safety and health management including International Labour Organisation (ILO) codes of practice. Importantly, the qualification also features a practical workplace assessment, to help apply what is learned at work, adding further value for employers.  

The first International General Certificate exams in Portuguese (European) will be available from 22 July 2013.