Important notice: The National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety is being withdrawn. On 15 March 2021 we launched our new certificate, Health and Safety Management for Construction (UK) as a replacement.

  • Last date that new learners can be registered to the November 2014 specification, 30 September 2021
  • New learner registrations to December 2019 specification only from 1 October 2021
  • Last assessment date for the November 2014 specification 21 July 2023.


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

“What I learnt could be transferred directly onto site.”

Balbinder Garcha, Health and Safety Officer at Clovemead

A ‘must-have’ for the construction industry; over 20,000 people hold a NEBOSH Construction Certificate

Nearly a quarter of successful learners took on a new role as a result of achieving the NEBOSH Construction Certificate


Who is it for?


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.” 
Dave Meacock


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 you will learn

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 

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.

Common units honeycomb


Entry requirements and exemptions

Entry requirements

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.


How to study

Choosing a Learning Partner

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 and will help you prepare for your assessments. You can search for Learning Partners in our Where to Study section, and can filter the results by multiple factors, such as location and mode of study.

You should ensure that the Learning Partner you choose offers the qualification in the way you want to study. We 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?

Find a Learning Partner


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. Costs can vary depending on the mode of study, the level of support given, and the inclusion of examination registration fees, for example. 

Read more about our Learning Partner Programme and how to choose the right Learning Partner for you: Choosing a NEBOSH Learning Partner.


What does it cost and how long does it take?


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. 


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 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.

Examination dates

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).

We have confirmed the following dates for NGC1 assessments:

  • Wednesday 01 December 2021
  • Wednesday 02 February 2022
  • Wednesday 02 March 2022

Find out more about the NGC1 examination.

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. 

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 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.

If you would like any further information please get in touch through our Contact Us page - our Customer Enquiry Team will be happy to help.

Syllabus Guide

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

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.

NC Construction H&S Syllabus Guide

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If you would like any further information, please contact the Customer Services team on 0116 2634700 or email

NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety Syllabus Guide








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:

Find out more 

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. 

NCC2 Guidance and information
NCC2 candidate report template
NCC2 candidates observation sheet
NCC2 Declarations

Examiners' Reports

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.


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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.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Enquiry Team; Contact us.

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.


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)


Guidance on command words - Diploma

Policies and Procedures

View all of our Policies and Procedures by clicking here.

Learner Terms and Conditions

Please see our Learner Terms and Conditions below.

Learner Fees List

The NEBOSH Learner Fees List for 1 December 2020 onwards is available to download:

Learner Fees List

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.


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