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
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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
“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.”
Framework HSEQ Manager, Linbrooke Services
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.”
Chief Health, Safety & Security Officer, Thames Water
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:
- NG1 - An open book examination to assess what you know. This is scenario based and will include a closing interview, you will be asked questions about your submission.
- NG2 - A practical risk assessment to assess what you can do (3 hours). Learners will complete a risk assessment and develop an action plan for their workplace – this is immediately useful and valuable.
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.
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.
A chart mapping IELTS scores to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) can be found on the British Council and IELTS websites:
Learners wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the FAQs on the IELTS website for information on taking the test.
Important note: the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (October 2018 specifications) is a standalone qualification. This means that you will not be able to use units from other NEBOSH qualifications against any part of this 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.
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 to our learners and will 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.
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 body recognitionHolders 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
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 visit the SCQF website for further information on credit and levels.
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.
NG1 - The invigilated paper-based exam is being permanently replaced by a new open-book examination (OBE).
We have confirmed the following dates for OBEs in 2021:
- Wednesday 3 February 2021 (registration closed)
- Wednesday 7 April 2021
- Wednesday 9 June 2021
- Wednesday 4 August 2021
- Wednesday 6 October 2021
- Wednesday 1 December 2021
NG2 - The practical unit NG2 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)116 2634700.
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:
NG2 Practical Guidance
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).
NGC Fact sheet
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.
Policies and Procedures
View all of our Policies and Procedures by clicking here.
Learner Terms and Conditions
Learner Fees List
The NEBOSH Learner Fees List for 1 December 2020 onwards is available to download:
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 Experience team on +44 (0)116 263 4700.