The NEBOSH National General Certificate is the most popular and recognised health and safety qualification of its kind. First introduced in 1989, it is held by more than 190,000 people.

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 covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK.

Many employers find that the National General Certificate can improve the safety culture of their organisation by providing line managers and staff with 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 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 ability to deliver positive change to a real workplace.

National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

“We opted for the NEBOSH National General Certificate because it offered an industry leading approach to competence management.”

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

200,000 students hold the NEBOSH National General Certificate, making it one of the most widely recognised safety and health qualifications in the world

9/10 students told us the NEBOSH National General Certificate was the only qualification they considered appropriate for their goals

 


Who is it for? 

Individuals

This qualification is for anyone who needs to gain a sound understanding of the principles of workplace health and safety. It also covers UK specific health and safety law.

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

The National General Certificate is 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.

“Not only did my National General Certificate fill in so many blanks as far as my knowledge was concerned, the qualifications gave me so much confidence and helped me, and still does help me almost every day, to demonstrate my competence.”   
Victoria Casey, Risk Consultant, Aviva

Employer

The National 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 National General Certificate is a qualification that leads to safer workplaces.

People who hold the National General Certificate will understand organisation’s legal requirements, will know how to reduce absence costs and loss of reputation from health and safety incidents, in whatever industry they operate. Employing people who hold a NEBOSH qualification demonstrates a commitment to health and safety and an assurance to others. It can even help you achieve recognised standards and win new business.

The National General Certificate is for anyone who needs to gain a sound understanding of the principles of workplace health and safety. It covers the principles of health and safety according to UK specific law.

"We chose NEBOSH because it is recognised globally and that has made it an easy sell for us, in terms of saying ‘why wouldn’t you take this course?’. It’s intense, as our managers have discovered, but it is certainly worth the effort, both for them and for Thames Water.” 
Karl Simons, Thames Water Head of Health, Safety, Security and Well-being Director

 


What you will learn

What does the course cover?

The National General Certificate covers how health and safety can be effectively managed, the main legal requirements for health and safety in UK, identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge.  Crucially, the practical element of the course requires students complete a health and safety inspection of their workplace before producing a management report outlining inspection findings and recommendations.

The key topics covered by the qualification are:

  • The key legal requirements for managing health and safety at work
  • 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. Students 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: 

  • NGC1: Management of health and safety 
  • GC2: Controlling 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 below.

How is the qualification assessed

Students are assessed with written examinations for each of the two taught units, NGC1 and GC2. There is also a practical assessment, Unit GC3, which is  designed to help you apply your learning at work and add value for your employer.  

Units NGC1 and GC2 are assessed by a two-hour written examination. Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. Candidate scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit GC3 is assessed by one two-hour practical carried out in the candidate's own workplace. This must normally be completed within 10 working days of a written examination. The practical 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 completed all three units (NGC1, 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 have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

NEBOSH recommends that students 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

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

Exemptions are available for Unit NGC1 from:

  • National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management - mark achieved for Unit NGC1
  • National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety - mark achieved for Unit NGC1
  • National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety - capped at 45%. See our FAQ's for more information on this.

Exemptions available for Unit GC2 from:

  • International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - mark achieved for Unit GC2 or IGC2

Exemptions available for Unit GC3 from:

  • International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - mark achieved for Unit GC3 or IGC3

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 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 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. 

NEBOSH research has shown that 85% of health and safety job advertisements in the UK insisted on candidates holding some form of NEBOSH qualification.

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
  • 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 National General Certificate   NGC1
Wednesday 5 December 2018 PM National General Certificate   GC2
Wednesday 6 March 2019 AM National General Certificate   NGC1
Wednesday 6 March 2019 PM National General Certificate   GC2
Wednesday 5 June 2019 AM National General Certificate   NGC1
Wednesday 5 June 2019 PM National General Certificate   GC2
Wednesday 4 September 2019 AM National General Certificate   NGC1
Wednesday 4 September 2019 PM National General Certificate   GC2
Wednesday 4 December 2019 AM National General Certificate   NGC1
Wednesday 4 December 2019 PM National 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 mentioned in the 'What you will learn' section, many who pass their NEBOSH National General Certificate go on to take another more specialist certificate-level qualification, such as the National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety or the 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 National General Certificate, particularly those seeking a professional career in health safety and environmental management, progress onwards to 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 given that our Diploma syllabuses assume 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.


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 National General Certificate.

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.

NGC OHC 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

 

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Syllabus Guide

 

 

 

 

 

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

Introduction to Health and Safety at Work, 6th Edition 

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.

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Introduction to Health and Safety at Work covers the fundamentals of occupational safety and health for the thousands of students who complete the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety each year. Fully revised in alignment with the April 2015 syllabus, this sixth edition provides students with all they need to tackle the course with confidence. The highly illustrated content covers all of the essential elements of health and safety management, the legal framework, risk assessment and control standards and also includes checklists, report forms and record sheets to supplement learning.

 

 

  • Aligned to the NEBOSH National 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

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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