The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is one of the most popular and recognised health and safety qualification of its kind in the world, first introduced in 2005 it is held by more than 75,000 people worldwide. Each year, more people take the NEBOSH International General Certificate than any other NEBOSH qualification. 

Holders of this accredited qualification are able to identify, evaluate and control a wide range of workplace hazards. The qualification encourages a pragmatic approach to managing risk and the content can be applied in workplaces anywhere in the world.  

It is widely used throughout the world by people who seek recognition for their health and safety skills and knowledge. 

Globally, employers find that the International General Certificate can improve the safety culture of their organisation by providing line management and staff with a sound understanding of the principles of risk management.

The qualification is available in several languages including English, Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Our qualifications are developed based on extensive research with health and safety professionals, employers, professional bodies and regulators to ensure that they remain relevant and 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.

IGC in Occupational Health and Safety

“I have got a clearer picture of hazards and worksite problems at a practical and management level.”

Nithin Pavithran, HSE Officer at Qatar Engineering & Construction Company

75,000 students hold the NEBOSH International General Certificate

Nearly 20% of successful students moved into a safety role as a result of achieving the NEBOSH International General Certificate

 


 Who is it for?

Individual

This qualification is for anyone who needs to gain a sound understanding of the principles of workplace health and safety, wherever in the world they may work.

For some, the International General Certificate is a crucial first step towards establishing a lifelong professional career in occupational health and safety. Many who take their International General Certificate progress on to one of our Diploma-level qualifications. Interestingly, a significant proportion of people who hold their International General Certificate are employed in roles whose primary function is not health and safety based.

The International General Certificate is now commonly seen as a very useful qualification for managers, supervisors and those who need to have a sound understanding of their health and safety responsibilities and who wish to implement sustainable health and safety improvements. 

My NEBOSH International General Certificate changed everything! Shortly after completing the certificate, I was hired for my NEBOSH qualification, not for my degree, so it turned out to be a life changing decision.” 
Maisaa Nasrallah

Employer

The International General Certificate is used by many organisations to improve the health and safety skills and knowledge of managers, supervisors and staff in order to gain sustainable health and safety improvements. Quite simply, the International General Certificate is a qualification that leads to safer workplaces.

People who hold the International General Certificate know how to reduce incidents, absence costs and loss of reputation from health and safety issues in whatever industry or country they operate. NEBOSH qualifications are held in high esteem throughout the world. Employing people who hold a NEBOSH qualification demonstrates a commitment to health and safety and provides assurance to others. It can even help you achieve recognised standards and win new business.

The International General Certificate is for anyone who needs to gain a sound understanding of the principles of workplace health and safety. It is based around best practice and international standards, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) codes of practice.

 


What you will learn 

What does the course cover?

The International General Certificate covers the principles relating to health and safety, identification and control of workplace hazards and the practical application of this knowledge. Local laws and cultural factors may form part of the study programme where relevant and appropriate. Crucially, the practical element of the course requires students to complete a health and safety inspection of their workplace and complete a report to management regarding the inspection with recommendations.

The key topics covered by the qualification are:

  • The importance of and key elements of health and safety management systems
  • Principles and practice of risk assessment
  • The identification of workplace hazards such as those associated with general workplace issues, fire, electricity etc.
  • Methods for controlling identified workplace hazards

No previous health and safety knowledge is required. Candidates should note that the assessment includes a requirement to write a short report.

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which is assessed separately: 

  • IGC1: Management of international health and safety
  • GC2: Control of workplace hazards
  • GC3: Health and safety practical application

The syllabus is mapped to the National Occupational Standards for Health and 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.

The International General Certificate can be studied and assessed in multiple languages including:

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Turkish
  • Portuguese (European) 
  • Spanish (European)
  • French

How is the qualification assessed?

Students are assessed with written examinations for each of the two taught units, IGC1 and GC2. There is also a practical assessment for unit GC3, designed to help you apply your learning at work and add value for your employer.  

Units IGC1 and GC2 are each assessed by a two-hour written examination. Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. Scripts are marked by competent external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit GC3 is assessed by one two-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate's own workplace. The aim of this unit is to assess your ability to complete a safety inspection of your workplace and prepare a report to management with recommendations and improvements. The assessment must normally be taken within 10 working days of a written examination. The practical examination is internally assessed by your course provider and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

Candidates will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a candidate has successfully completes all three units (IGC1, GC2 and GC3), 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.

Common units honeycomb

 


Entry requirements and exemptions 

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However, it is important that students’ are able to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus in the language that the course delivery and assessment will be completed in.

Whenever taken in English, NEBOSH recommends that students 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: http://www.ielts.org/institutions/test_format_and_results.aspx.

A chart mapping IELTS scores to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) can be found on the British Council and IELTS websites at: 

https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/find-out-about-results/understand-your-ielts-scores/common-european-framework-equivalencies

https://www.ielts.org/ielts-for-organisations/common-european-framework

Students wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the IELTS website for information on taking the test: http://www.ielts.org/faqs.aspx

Exemptions

The International General Certificate consists of three units: IGC1, GC2 and GC3.

Exemptions are available for Unit IGC1 from:

  • International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management - mark achieved for Unit IGC1
  • International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety - mark achieved for Unit IGC1
  • Unit IA of the International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety – capped at 45%. See the FAQ's for more information on this.

Exemptions available for Unit GC2 from:

  • National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - mark achieved for Unit GC2 or NGC2

Exemptions available for Unit GC3 from:

  • National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - mark achieved for Unit GC3 or NGC3

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. 


How to study 

Over 600 course providers across the world have been accredited by NEBOSH to offer some or all of our qualifications. Each has demonstrated that they have the procedures and resources in place to deliver training programme(s) that meet NEBOSH requirements. 

Each course provider has flexibility in delivering their programme(s) as long as it meets the core NEBOSH requirements. You should ensure that the course provider you choose offers the qualification in the manner you wish to study. We therefore recommend that you explore your options before selecting a course provider as it is an important personal choice.

The factors you may wish to consider include:

  • Mode of Study – Options available include classroom training, 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. In 2017/18 NEBOSH examinations were taken in 132 countries.
  • On-going support – Will the support provided during your course and in the run up to your exam match your expectations?
  • Cost – Each course provider sets their own fees to reflect the service offered. You may wish to contact several course providers to establish what their fees are and what is included in the fee.

The Where to Study search facility can help you to shortlist course providers that match your personal requirements. You can search for providers accredited to offer courses leading to specific qualifications. Location and mode of study preferences can also be factored into your search.

 


What does it cost and how long does it take? 

Course fees are determined by individual course providers and vary depending on the format of the course. 

For this qualification you should plan your study around a minimum of 80 taught hours and approximately 53 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 course providers accredited to offer this qualification are available in the Where to Study section. 

 


Professional recognition and SQA accreditation 

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 International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety 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 15 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.

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 International General Certificate are entitled to:

  • Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH.
  • Associate Membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

 

 


Examinations 

Examination registration

Students must be registered before they can take an examination. All examination registrations must be completed by an accredited course provider.

Examination entry confirmation

Once your course provider has registered you to an examination, they will send you an Examination Entry Confirmation that includes your student number and the regulations for you as a student. The student number is the only identification that you may use on your examination scripts – scripts must not include your name.

The Examination Entry Confirmation is essential to gain entry to the examination room, you will need to show a form of photographic identification to the invigilator and then sign the Examination Entry Confirmation. Please contact your course provider if you have not received your Examination Entry Confirmation.

Examination dates

Standard examination sittings are held four times a year in March, June, September and December as below.

Many of our course providers may also offer on demand examinations, set and marked by NEBOSH, but held on a date chosen by the course provider. You should contact your chosen course provider for more information. 

Date   Time   Qualification   Unit  
Wednesday 5 December 2018 AM International General Certificate   IGC1
Wednesday 5 December 2018 PM International General Certificate   GC
Wednesday 6 March 2019 AM International General Certificate   IGC1
Wednesday 6 March 2019 PM International General Certificate   GC2
Wednesday 5 June 2019 AM International General Certificate   IGC1
Wednesday 5 June 2019 PM International General Certificate   GC2
Wednesday 4 September 2019 AM International General Certificate   IGC1
Wednesday 4 September 2019 PM International General Certificate   GC2
Wednesday 4 December 2019 AM International General Certificate   IGC1
Wednesday 4 December 2019 PM International General Certificate   GC2

 

Examination Results 

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. 


 

What next?

Due to our unit based approach, many who pass their NEBOSH International General Certificate go on to take another more specialist Certificate level qualification, such as the International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety or the International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.

In addition, many who pass also go on to seek professional recognition. Further information can be found in the Professional Recognition and SQA Accreditation section.

Many who hold a NEBOSH International General Certificate, particularly those seeking a professional career in health safety and environmental management, progress onwards to take a NEBOSH Diploma-level qualification. Whilst 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.


Resources 

This section provides guidance and useful information in support of this qualification.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team via email info@nebosh.org.uk or +44 (0)116 2634700.

Syllabus Guide

This Qualification Guide contains the detailed syllabus, assessment requirements and example question papers for the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

Please note that the Guide is only available in English. Syllabus summaries in other languages can be found in the Syllabus Summaries section.

This Guide remains the copyright of NEBOSH. The information in this publication may be reproduced in support of NEBOSH qualifications. If it is reproduced, NEBOSH should be clearly acknowledged as the source. If it is to be used for any other purpose, written permission must be obtained from NEBOSH.

IGC OH&S Syllabus Guide

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these document - available free of charge from www.Adobe.co.uk.

If you would like any further information, please contact the Customer Services team on 0116 2634700 or email info@nebosh.org.uk

Guide to the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (November 2014)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syllabus Summaries

The learning outcomes for the qualification are summarised in these documents and are available in different languages.

Please click on the link below to access the document in the language you require.

GC3: Health and Safety Practical Application

Unit GC3: Health and Safety Practical Application - Guidance and Information for Course Providers and Candidates

This document provides comprehensive guidance on the presentation and submission of the Unit GC3 practical application. It includes guidance on the structure and style of the report, Declaration, and Work Place Risk Assessment. 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.

English

Arabic
French
Portuguese (European)
Russian
Spanish (European)
Turkish

Examiners' Reports

Examiners' Reports are available for Certificate-level qualifications and are free to download for both students and course providers (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 students and course providers to inform both tuition and revision sessions.

March 2018

National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

National Certificate in the Management of Health and Well-being at Work

International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety

International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

GC2 (National and International General Certificate)

Certificate in Environmental Management

September 2017

National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

National Certificate in the Management of Health and Well-being at Work

International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety

International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

GC2 (National and International General Certificate)

Certificate in Environmental Management

March 2017

National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

National Certificate in the Management of Health and Well-being at Work

International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety

International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

GC2 (National and International General Certificate)

Certificate in Environmental Management

 

Students and course providers 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.

Students and course providers should also make reference to the ‘Example question paper and Examiners’ feedback on expected answers’ which provides example questions and details Examiners’ expectations and typical areas of under performance. These are also available in the qualification Resources section.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team on + 44 (0)116 263 4700 or email info@nebosh.org.uk.

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 the customer services team on +44(0)116 2634700 or info@nebosh.org.uk

Certificate:

Guidance on command words - Certificate (English)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (French)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (Portuguese unified)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (Russian)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (Arabic)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (Turkish)

Guidance on command words - Certificate (European Spanish)

Diploma:

Guidance on command words - Diploma

Preparing Students for Assessment Guide

Good preparation, as well as study, is often the key to passing assessments leading to NEBOSH qualifications. 

This guide is designed to assist in your preparation for NEBOSH Certificate and Diploma written assessments. The aim is to improve assessment performance and also to give students a helpful boost in confidence ahead of their examination sitting.

Please click here to download a copy of the guide.

Policies and Procedures

View all of our Policies and Procedures by clicking here.

Qualification Progression Leaflet

NEBOSH Endorsed Books

These NEBOSH endorsed textbooks will introduce you to the fundamentals of health and safety in the workplace, whether studying for a course or in need of more information on the subject as part of your job.

International Health and Safety at Work, 3rd Edition

International Health and Safety at Work

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International Health and Safety at Work has been specially written in simple English for the thousands of students who complete the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety each year. Fully revised in alignment with the April 2015 syllabus, this third edition provides students with all they need to tackle the course with confidence.

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  • Aligned to the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Practice questions and answers to test knowledge and increase understanding
  • Complete with a companion website containing extra resources for tutors and students at www.routledge.com/cw/hughes

 

A Guide to International Health and Safety at Work

International Health and Safety at Work

Endorsed by NEBOSH ‘A Guide to International Health and Safety  at Work’ has been written by a team of health and safety experts to support students taking the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

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  • The study guide is clear, easy to follow and presented in full colour
  • Fully revised in line with the April 2015 syllabus
  • Designed to reflect the structure and intent of the NEBOSH syllabus
  • Offers new study features to assist student learning including revision checklist and study skills sections
  • Additional ILO Conventions and Recommendations reference sections
  • ISBN 978-1-906674-47-2

Student Terms and Conditions

Please see our Students Terms and Conditions below.

Student Fees List

The NEBOSH Student Fees List for 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019 is available to download below. Please use these documents in conjunction with the Question and Answer Supplement.

Student Fees List 2018-2019
Student Fees Q&A 2018-2019

Student Fees List 2019-2020
Student Fees List Q&A 2019-2020

Please note that these are the fees that NEBOSH charges. Some course providers may incorporate these fees within the overall fee you have paid to them.

For further information please contact your chosen course provider or contact our Customer Services department on +44 (0)116 263 4700.

 

 

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