The NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management is designed for people who have fire safety responsibilities at work. It provides the knowledge and understanding, when combined with relevant experience, to carry out an effective fire risk assessment, as well as embed good practice in the workplace.
Holders of this accredited qualification help their organisation meet its fire safety responsibilities. It leads to a safer environment for employees and visitors to premises and an improved fire safety culture for employers and building managers.
Fire safety is important. It protects people from injury and loss of life. It protects your property, your assets and your investment. People with the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management know how to help their employers avoid the damaging and sometimes catastrophic losses that result from fire.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management is being withdrawn. On 1 March 2021 we launched the new NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety.
- Learning Partners can register Learners for either specification up until 31 September 2021*.
- From 1 October 2021*, new learners can only register onto the April 2020 specification.
- Final exams for 2014 specification – 21 July 2023
* You will be updated on the revised date during the first half of 2021. You should note that any new learner registered to the November 2014 specifications after this date will automatically be transferred to the new specification and the learner must take the assessment for that qualification.
NC in Fire Safety and Risk Management
The NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management qualification provides the underpinning knowledge required by people with fire safety responsibilities at work. It is particularly relevant for those who contribute to or review fire risk assessments within low to medium risk workplaces.
For many who already have responsibility for other compliance issues, such as health and safety or environmental management, gaining specialist knowledge of fire safety can further expand their capabilities and help bring success and advancement to their career. The same applies to others in general management positions in the workplace.
“In similar job roles to mine, the NEBOSH Fire Safety qualification is an essential requirement and so I feel like I’ve definitely achieved career security.”
In the UK, employers and owners of buildings have legal responsibilities to control the risk of fire, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. A key part of this is having the knowledge available to conduct suitable and sufficient fire risk assessments.
As well as providing the underpinning knowledge required to conduct suitable and sufficient fire risk assessments, the NEBOSH Fire Certificate includes a practical element. This ensures that participants have the knowledge to carry out, unaided, a fire risk assessment of a low to medium risk workplace and prepare a recommendations report for management.
Employing people who are NEBOSH qualified demonstrates a commitment to safety and risk management and provides assurance to others. It can even help you achieve recognised standards and win new business.
What does the course cover?
The NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management covers the following key topics:
- Managing health and safety
- Managing fire safety
- Principles of fire and explosion
- Causes and prevention of fires and explosions
- Fire protection in buildings
- Safety of people in the event of fire
- Fire safety risk assessment
Learners will be able to complete a fire safety risk assessment of a workplace. In particular, to:
- Identify fire hazards in the workplace
- Identify people who could be at risk should a fire start
- Assess the adequacy of existing fire safety measures to control risk
- Assess the risk of fire occurring
- Assess the speed at which fire and smoke could spread once started
- Assess the risk to people from fire
- Where necessary, recommend additional fire safety measures to further reduce risk
No previous health and safety or fire safety knowledge is required.
The qualification is divided into three units:
- NGC1: Management of Health and Safety
- FC1: Fire Safety and Risk Management
- FC2: Practical Fire Risk Assessment
The syllabus is mapped to National Occupational Standards in both health and safety and fire safety. These are maintained on a database which is managed by Skills Development Scotland www.ukstandards.org.uk/Pages/Search.aspx
Further details can be found in the syllabus guide which can be downloaded from the 'Resources' section.
How is the qualification assessed?
Students are assessed with a written examination for each of the two taught units, NGC1 and FC1. There is also a practical assessment for unit FC2, designed to help you apply your learning at work and add value for your employer.
Units NGC1 and FC1 are taught units each assessed by a two-hour written examination. Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. Examination scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.
The aim of the fire safety practical application (Unit FC2) is to assess your ability to complete a fire safety risk assessment in your workplace.
The practical assessment must normally be completed within 10 working days of a written examination. It is internally assessed by the course provider and will be marked by an experienced and qualified safety professional.
Students will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a student has successfully completed all three units (NGC1, FC1 and FC2), the overall qualification parchment will be issued.
Our unit based approach
Our unit-based approach allows you to achieve new qualifications without having to study or be assessed on topics that you have already passed.
Some of our Certificate-level qualifications include ‘common units’. For example, Unit NGC1 forms part of our National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, and also part of the National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management and the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.
If you have already passed unit NGC1 as part of your previous studies you will not be required to pass NGC1 again when studying for another certificate qualification it features in, provided that the declaration date (the date printed on your unit certificate) is within five years of the examination date for the new qualification.
This applies to all Certificate-level qualifications with common units, and also in some cases across our national and international variants. See Exemptions below for further information.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.
NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.
For further information please see the latest version of the IELTS Handbook or consult the IELTS website.
A chart mapping IELTS scores to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) can be found on the British Council and IELTS websites:
Learners wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the FAQs on the IELTS website for information on taking the test.
The NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management consists of three units: NGC1, FC1 and FC2.
Exemptions are available for Unit NGC1 from:
- National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - mark achieved for Unit NGC1
- National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety - mark achieved for Unit NGC1
- Unit A of National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety - capped at 45%. See the FAQs for more information on this.
Exemptions available for Unit FC2 from:
- International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management - mark achieved for Unit FC2
However, you will need to have passed the above qualifications within the last five years. The five years start from the results declaration of your first successful unit or qualification.
NEBOSH recognises that great learning experiences equip learners to make a difference to health, safety and the environment in the workplace. We are therefore committed to ensuring that our qualifications and courses offer the best learner experience by putting your needs first.
Every learner must register with a NEBOSH accredited Learning Partner and undertake the relevant learning before taking an assessment and gaining a qualification. It is not possible to self-study for a NEBOSH qualification.
Our global network of Learning Partners provide excellent learning and support to our learners and will help you prepare for your assessments. Our Learning Partner Programme is a quality assurance programme that aims to recognise those Learning Partners who can prove that they meet the principles that represent global best practice in the provision of course tuition and support. You can find further information on our Learning Partner Programme by clicking here.
The Learning Partner Programme introduces a standard that must be met by all Learning Partners and we also ask our Learning Partners to commit to continuously improving the learner experience. This will allow us to recognise our leading Learner Partners for their quality tuition, innovative delivery and excellent learner support.
You should ensure that the Learning Partner you choose offers the qualification in the way you want to study. We therefore recommend that you explore your options before selecting a Learning Partner as it is an important personal choice.
The factors you may wish to consider include:
- Mode of Study – Options available include face to face, distance learning, in-company training and eLearning. Has one method of learning been more effective for you in the past?
- Course Structure – If you opt for classroom training, would you prefer day or evening classes, block release or a modular course?
- Location – Being able to study and sit your examinations locally may be an important consideration for you. NEBOSH examinations are taken in over 130 countries.
- On-going support – Will the support provided during your course and in the run up to your assessments match your expectations?
- Cost – Each Learning Partner sets their own fees to reflect the service offered. We recommend you contact a number of Learning Partners to establish what their fees are and what is included in the fee.
The Where to Study search facility can help you to shortlist Learning Partners that match your personal requirements. You can search for partners accredited to offer courses leading to specific qualifications. Location and mode of study preferences can also be factored into your search.
Course fees are determined by individual learning partners and vary depending on the format of the course.
For this qualification you should plan your study around a minimum of 69 taught hours and approximately 51 hours of private study and background reading.
Further information on taught hours can be found in the syllabus located in the 'Resources' section below.
Details of learning partners accredited to offer this qualification are available in the Where to Study section.
Valued by Employers
NEBOSH qualifications can play an important part in ensuring that the health and safety provision businesses have in place is effective. This may explain why so many organisations choose to include NEBOSH qualifications on their competency matrices.
Professional body recognition
Holders of the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management are entitled to:
- Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technician Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH.
- Associate Membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
- Technician Membership (TIFPO) of the Institute of Fire Prevention Officers (IFPO) and the qualification meets the academic requirements for Associate Membership (AMIFPO). Holders with the relevant skills and experience may also apply to join the IFPO Fire Risk Assessors Register.
Maintaining professional standards
In the UK – and, increasingly, worldwide – regulatory accreditation is recognised as a badge of quality, allowing our qualifications to retain their highly regarded professional status.
UK accredited qualifications provide you with certain guarantees that the qualification:
- Meets specific quality criteria that ensure it is fit for its purpose
- Includes relevant content
- Uses appropriate assessment methodology
- Is mapped to relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)
- Is supported by relevant stakeholders including employers
The NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation. It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 6 with 13 SCQF credit points.
SCQF Level 6 is comparable to RQF/CQFW Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
See the Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries chart issued by the UK regulators.
Where appropriate, the SQA Accreditation logo will appear on certificates awarded for this qualification. The SCQF logo, credit and level information will appear on the unit result notification. Please click here for further information on SCQF credit and levels.
Confirmation of registration for open book examinations
Once your learning partner has registered you to an open book examination (OBE), NEBOSH will send you a Confirmation of Registration email that includes your learner number, and important information relating to your OBE. Please ensure that you check your name is spelt correctly and report this to your learning partner and NEBOSH if any changes are required. If you have not received this email please remember to check your spam folders.
Login details for open book examinations
Following receipt of your Confirmation of Registration email for your OBE, NEBOSH will send you a further email containing your Username and Password for the NEBOSH online examination platform. If you have not received this email please remember to check your spam folders.
Standard examination sittings are held four times a year in March, June, September and December as below.
Many of our learning partners may also offer on demand examinations, set and marked by NEBOSH, but held on a date chosen by the learning partner. You should contact your chosen learning partner for more information.
The invigilated paper-based exam is being permanently replaced by a new open book examination (OBE).
We have confirmed the following dates for NGC1 assessments:
- Wednesday 09 June 2021
- Wednesday 04 August 2021
- Wednesday 06 October 2021
- Wednesday 01 December 2021
- Wednesday 02 February 2022
- Wednesday 02 March 2022
FC1 - Invigilated paper based exam.
Exam dates will be decided and arranged by Learning Partners. Please speak to your Learning Partner for the next available date and to register.
FC2 - The practical unitFC2 will continue to be assessed as usual, please speak to your Learning Partner for further information.
All results for assessments taken in English (including those for the practical application) should be received within 50 working days from the date of the examination or submission of assignment. The specific date is written on your Examination Entry Confirmation.
For assessments taken in any language other than English, all results (including those for the practical application) should be received within 70 working days.
Certificate-level practical assessments must normally be taken within 10 working days of a written examination, so the practical result will be included with the result for the written examination.
Due to our unit based approach, many who pass their NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management go on to take another Certificate level qualification, such as the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or the National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety.
In addition, many who pass also go on to seek professional recognition.
NEBOSH Certificate holders, particularly those seeking a professional career in health safety and environmental management, can progress and take a NEBOSH Diploma level qualification. While successful completion of one of our Certificates is not mandatory in order to enrol on a NEBOSH Diploma, it is strongly recommended.
The connections between our qualifications are illustrated in more detail in the Qualifications Progression Leaflet found in the Resources section below.
This section provides guidance and useful information in support of this qualification.
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This Qualification Guide contains the detailed syllabus, assessment requirements and example question papers for the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.
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Open Book Examinations
NEBOSH has introduced digital assessments for a number of certificate-level qualifications. All new or updated assessments will maintain the rigour and recognition people expect from a NEBOSH qualification.
We have put together more information and resources for our digital assessments, including guidance to help you prepare, sample papers, and answers to frequently asked questions:
FC2: Fire Safety Practical Application
FC2: Fire Safety Practical Application - Guidance and information for candidates
This document provides comprehensive guidance on the presentation and submission of the Unit FC2 practical application. It includes guidance on the structure and style of the report. Candidates should study this document carefully before submitting their practical application.
The guidance should be read carefully in conjunction with the practical application mark scheme, which is attached at the end of this guidance document, to provide a clear guide to the requirements of the practical application.
Examiners' Reports are available for Certificate-level qualifications and are free to download for both Learners and Learning Partners (see below).
These reports include:
- Questions used in the papers (strengths and weaknesses of candidate responses to each question with examples of good and more limited responses)
- Some examples of what Examiners were expecting, particularly for those questions that candidates found most challenging
- Information and guidance on examination technique and command words
The reports will not include mark schemes or sample answers and should be used by Learners and Learning Partners to inform both tuition and revision sessions.
Learners and Learning Partners will also benefit from using the appropriate syllabus guide, which can be downloaded from the resources section of each qualification web page. In particular, the guide sets out in detail the syllabus content and tutor reference documents for each element.
Additional guidance on command words is provided in ‘Guidance on command words used in learning outcomes and question papers’ which is also available in the Resources section below.
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Sample New-look Questions Papers
These sample papers are available to download free of charge. They contain questions relevant to the NEBOSH qualification and are in a format that learners will see in their final exam from the end of May 2019.
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Guidance on Command Words
NEBOSH Command Words
NEBOSH has prepared “Guidance on command words and question papers” for Certificate and Diploma-level qualifications. This document is available to download below.
This guidance provides:
- A concise definition of each command word used on NEBOSH Certificate and Diploma-level question papers
- Example responses both to everyday scenarios and typical Certificate and Diploma-level questions
If you require any further information please contact us.
Policies and Procedures
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Qualification Progression Leaflet
Learner Terms and Conditions
Learner Fees List
The NEBOSH Learner Fees List for 1 December 2020 onwards is available to download:
Please note that these are the fees that NEBOSH charges. Some Learning Partners may incorporate these fees within the overall fee you have paid to them.
For further information please contact your chosen Learning Partner or contact us.