Over 200,000 people hold a NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. Why? Because it’s the gold standard in health and safety qualifications.

Thousands of leading experts and organisations have helped us update the most widely respected health and safety qualification of its kind in the world. This means that it’s designed to reflect the needs of today’s employer giving learners everything they need to know and do to make their workplace safer.

Relevant to every workplace, the NEBOSH National General Certificate is ideal for managers, supervisors and anybody with health and safety management responsibilities. It’s also perfect for those embarking on a health and safety career and gives you a stepping stone to success.

Trusted by many prestigious organisations such as Thames Water, Kier and the Football Association, it can help to:

  • Minimise workplace injuries and illness
  • Boost employee wellbeing
  • Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety, which can win business

Key dates:

  • Available to study from 5 September 2019
  • Exam registrations from 30 September 2019
  • Exam sittings from 11 November 2019
If you are studying the previous syllabus, further information can be found here .

2018 NGC

87% of UK employers request a NEBOSH qualification when recruiting for health and safety roles. Why have anything else on your CV?

Helps you ‘know and do’ effective health and safety

Over 200,000 people hold a NEBOSH National General Certificate; it’s the gold standard in health and safety qualifications

The best just got better – updated in 2019 to represent the role of a real-life health and safety professional

 


Who is it for? 

Individuals

The NEBOSH National General Certificate will give you invaluable knowledge and skills AND a globally respected qualification that supports your current role and your long-term career.

The qualification is:

  • Relevant to every workplace
  • Ideal for managers, supervisors, or anybody with health and safety management responsibilities
  • Perfect for those embarking on a health and safety career – 87% of UK HSE vacancies ask for a NEBOSH qualification

“After speaking to colleagues who already worked in health and safety I found that the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety was the go-to-qualification. So I took the plunge and self-funded my studies. That decision and investment paid off because it got me my first safety advisor position. I really love what I do – going home every week knowing I’ve made a difference to frontline safety gives me real satisfaction.”

Neil Fisher
Health, Safety and Environmental Advisor, Network Rail

Employers

According to the Health and Safety Executive, workplace injuries and ill-health cost UK businesses over £15 billion per year. To go home safely at the end of the working day is a right, not a privilege.

The National General Certificate is trusted by many prestigious organisations such as Thames Water, Kier and the Football Association as well as many others.

It can help to:

  • Minimise workplace injuries and illness
  • Boost employee wellbeing
  • Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety, which can help win business
  • Strengthen your health and safety culture
  • Ensure your organisation has valuable in-house health and safety expertise

“What has happened here as a result of upskilling frontline managers is extremely powerful. It has significantly contributed to Thames Water’s achievement of reducing injuries, illness and high potential incidents leading to loss by more than 60% over the last four years.”

Karl Simons
Chief Health, Safety & Security Officer, Thames Water


What will I know and do?

What will I know?

With in-depth focus on the things that matter, the NEBOSH National General Certificate covers:

  • How to effectively manage health and safety
  • How to identify and control common workplace hazards
  • How to measure if you’ve been successful
  • The UK’s key legal requirements

What will I be able to do?

Risk assessment is central to the qualification. Through study and workplace application, successful learners will be able to:

  • Confidently carry out risk assessments
  • Develop and implement a detailed action plan
  • Manage and minimise workplace risks
  • Support and develop your company’s health and safety culture

How is it assessed?

This modern qualification combines activities, learning and interactive materials to provide you with an interesting and engaging experience. It focuses on key skills that means you can instantly apply the knowledge you gain and add value to your organisation.

Assessment is a two-step process:

  • A question paper to assess what you know (2 hours)
  • A practical risk assessment to assess what you can do (3 hours)

Both assessments are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH. These examiners are chosen for their experience and expertise to ensure that learners are assessed by the very best from our industry.


Ready to learn?

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: 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

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


How to study

 

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.

Where to study

 


What does it cost and how long does it take?

How long does it take?

The National General Certificate will involve a minimum of 68 taught hours and approximately 40 hours of private study and background reading.

It is possible for fast track learners to complete the qualification in 10 working days.

How much does it cost?

Costs will vary depending on:

  • The Learning Partner you to choose to study with
  • The mode of study you select
  • The level of support you are given

Professional recognition and SQA accreditation

Professional body recognition
Holders of the NEBOSH National 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
Maintaining professional standards
The NEBOSH National 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 11 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.

 

Examinations

Examination registration

Learners must be registered before they can take an examination. All examination registrations must be completed by an accredited learning partner.

Examination entry confirmation

Once your learning partner has registered you to an examination, they will send you an Examination Entry Confirmation that includes your learner number, and important information relating to your examination and results process. Please ensure that you check your name is spelt correctly and report this to your learning partner and NEBOSH if any changes are required.

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 learning partner 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 Learning Partners may also offer on demand examinations, set and marked by NEBOSH, but held on a date chosen by the Learning Partners. You should contact your chosen Learning Partner for more information.

Date   Time   Qualification   Unit  
Wednesday 4 December 2019 AM National General Certificate   NG1
Wednesday 4 March 2020 AM National General Certificate   NG1
Wednesday 3 June 2020 AM National General Certificate   NG1
Wednesday 9 September 2020 AM National General Certificate   NG1
Wednesday 9 December 2020 AM National General Certificate   NG1
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.

What next?

Further study

For learners wishing to continue their professional development NEBOSH offers a wide range of internationally recognised qualifications. 

Our range of Award and Certificate level qualifications offer the opportunity to learn specific industry applications – such as process safety, construction, environmental management and leadership – or hone in on specific skills such as incident investigation. 

For those wishing to study at a higher level, the NEBOSH Diplomas or Masters qualification offer the opportunity to gain one of the sector’s most prestigious qualifications. 

 


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 2018 Specification

Leaflet

NG/IG Transitional Arrangements and FAQs

Launch date of the NG and IG (October 2018 specification).  Assessments can be booked from this date:

30 September 2019

First assessments for October 2018 specification from:

11 November 2019

Last date that new learners* can be registered to the November 2014 specification:

29 February 2020

New learner registrations to the October 2018 specification only from:

1 March 2020

November 2014 specifications – registrations for existing learners** only from:

1 March 2020

Last assessment date for the November 2014 specification:

31 March 2022

* A new learner is classed as a person who has not been registered for an assessment of the November 2014 specification. 

** An existing learner is a person who has been registered for at least one unit of the 2014 specifications (status must be either studying, absent, Pass or Refer). 


 

FAQs

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Reference Sources

References have been supplied to aid tutors when preparing their course materials and learners as part of their studies, these can be accessed by clicking the link below.  

Reference Sources

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 April 2019 - 31 March 2020 is available to download below. Please use these documents in conjunction with the Question and Answer Supplement.

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

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 our Customer Services department on +44 (0)116 263 4700.

 
 
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