The NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety is firmly established in the UK as a leading health and safety qualification for the construction industry. First introduced in 1993 the qualification is held by over 20,000 learners.
Holders of this accredited qualification are able to identify, evaluate and control a wide range of construction workplace hazards. The qualification encourages a pragmatic approach to managing risk and covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, including an understanding of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.
Many employers in construction and other related industries, such as utilities, find that the National Construction Certificate can improve the safety culture of their organisation. It provides a sound understanding of the principles of risk management.
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.
NC in Construction Health and Safety
This qualification is designed for people working in construction, civil engineering, utilities, facilities, broadcasting, property management and more. It is particularly suitable for managers, supervisors, principal designers and principal contractors who require the right level of skills and know-how to fulfil their health and safety responsibilities.
For some, the National Construction Certificate can be a crucial first step towards establishing a lifelong professional career in the field of occupational health and safety within their chosen industry. Many who take the National Construction Certificate progress on to one of our Diploma level qualifications. Many health and safety diploma holders also want to take this qualification to broaden their knowledge of construction health and safety risks and controls.
"The NEBOSH Construction qualification gives employers what they’re looking for. For me personally, my NEBOSH qualifications have given me an immense amount of confidence to be able to go it alone and crack on.”
The National Construction 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 National Construction Certificate is a qualification that leads to safer workplaces.
People who hold the National Construction Certificate will understand organisation’s legal requirements and will know how to reduce absence costs and loss of reputation from health and safety incidents. Employing people who hold a NEBOSH qualification demonstrates a committed to health and safety and an assurance to others. It can even help you achieve recognised standards and win new business.
NEBOSH is highly regarded in the construction industry. Our qualifications are what employers seek when it comes to health and safety. The NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety is supported by the construction industry Sector Skills Council (SSC) ConstructionSkills.
The National Construction Certificate is suitable for anyone who needs to gain a sound understanding of the principles of workplace health and safety in construction and related industries. It covers the principles of health and safety according to UK specific law.
What does the course cover
The National Construction Certificate covers the main legal requirements relating to health and safety in UK construction work, including an understanding of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. It includes identification and control of construction workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge.
Crucially, the practical element of the course also ensures that participants can carry out, unaided, a safety inspection of a construction workplace and complete a report to management regarding the inspection with recommendations.
The key topics covered by the qualification are:
- The key legal requirements for managing health and safety at work including Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
- The importance of and key elements of health and safety management systems
- The particular duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 of clients, designers, principal designer, principal contractors and contractors
- Principles and practice of risk assessment
- The identification of construction workplace hazards such as those associated with excavation, work at height, demolition and workplace transport safety
- Methods for controlling identified workplace hazards within the construction industry
The qualification is divided into three units, each of which is assessed separately:
- NGC1: Management of Health and Safety
- NCC1: Managing and controlling hazards in construction activities
- NCC2: Construction health and safety practical application
The syllabus is mapped to both the Health and Safety (PROHSS) units and Manage health, safety, welfare and environmental factors. 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 in the Resources section below.
How is the qualification assessed?
Students are assessed with a written examination for each of the two taught units, NGC1 and NCC1. There is also a practical assessment for unit NCC2, designed to help you apply your learning at work and add value for your employer.
Units NGC1 and NCC1 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. Scripts are marked by competent external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.
Unit NCC2 is assessed by a two-hour practical examination carried out in the student's own workplace to test the application of taught health and safety principles in a construction workplace. It will 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.
Students will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a student has successfully completes all three units (NGC1, NCC1 and NCC2), the overall qualification parchment will be issued.
A qualification parchment is issued following successful completion of the three units.
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.
Learners wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the FAQs on the IELTS website for information on taking the test.
Exemptions are available for Unit NGC1 from:
- National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management - mark achieved for Unit NGC1
- National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - mark achieved for Unit NGC1
- National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Unit A or whole qualification) – capped at 45%, see our FAQ's for more information on this.
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.
We rely on our global network of Learning Partners to provide excellent learning and support to our learners and to 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 106 taught hours and approximately 58 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.
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 Construction 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 17 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 National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety 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)
- Satisfies the requirements for Construction Safety Associate membership (AaPS) of the Association for Project Safety (APS)
- Counts as a significant contribution towards the points required for Registered Membership (RMaPS) of the Association for Project Safety (APS)
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.
NGC1 - The invigilated paper-based exam is being permanently replaced by a new open book examination (OBE).
The first OBE was held on 6 August 2020. We have now confirmed new dates in 2020 and 2021:
- Wednesday 28 October 2020 (registration closed)
- Wednesday 2 December 2020
- Wednesday 3 February 2021
- Wednesday 7 April 2021
- Wednesday 9 June 2021
NCC1 - 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.
NCC2 - The practical unit NCC2 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 Construction Health and Safety go on to take another Certificate-level qualification, such as the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or the National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.
In addition, many who pass also go on to seek professional recognition as per the Professional Recognition and SQA Accreditation section.
Many who hold a NEBOSH Certificate, particularly those seeking a professional career in health safety and environmental management, progress to take a NEBOSH Diploma-level qualification in health and safety or environmental management. While successful completion of one of our Certificates is not mandatory in order to enrol on a NEBOSH Diploma, it is strongly recommended given that our Diploma syllabus assumes knowledge equivalent to having undertaken such a programme of study.
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 Construction Health and Safety.
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Open Book Examinations
We want people to feel safe when organising or attending a NEBOSH assessment. Following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have brought forward and expanded plans to offer remote and online assessments for our range of qualifications and courses.
Open Book Examinations have been confirmed for units NG1, IG1, NGC1 and IGC1. These units are part of the National and International General Certificate, the National and International Certificate in Fire Risk Management, and the National and International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety.
We have put together more information and resources for Open Book Examinations, including how to prepare, sample papers, and answers to frequently asked questions:
NCC2: Construction Health and Safety Practical Application
NCC2: Construction Health and Safety Practical Application - Guidance and information for candidates
This document provides comprehensive guidance on the presentation and submission of the Unit NCC2 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
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Preparing learners 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 learners a helpful boost in confidence ahead of their examination sitting.
Please click here to download a copy of the guide.
Policies and Procedures
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Learner Fees List
The NEBOSH Learner Fees List from 1 April 2019 is available to download below. Please use these documents in conjunction with the Question and Answer Supplement.
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.
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