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NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety (New 2021) Online


This NEBOSH Fire Safety course replaces the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.

Study your NEBOSH training course online, at your own pace, with access to e-learning resources and tutors available via video call.

E-Learning is a cost-effective and convenient way to take your next Health and Safety training course from home. All learning materials, revision guides and student support are available our online platform.

Online courses allow for a flexible, student-led approach. All you need to complete our Health and Safety e-learning courses is a computer, tablet or smartphone and an internet connection.

Our e-learning courses include interactive activities, real-life scenarios, and practice exam questions. Learners don’t have to complete the courses in one go. The programmes can be bookmarked, making it easy for people to pick up where they left off.

Our short health & safety courses also help employers to demonstrate that they have fulfilled their legal duties to ensure their personnel have been adequately trained.

Once the courses have been completed, a confirmation of results can be saved or printed as evidence. This can then be kept on record as evidence of suitable training.

If you already hold a NEBOSH General Certificate, you can choose to study the older syllabus with our NEBOSH Fire Certificate Conversion course.

Who is this course suitable for?

The NEBOSH Fire Safety Certificate course is perfect for those who have fire safety responsibilities at a low to medium risk workplace (such as an office), including Facilities Managers and Health & Safety Managers/Representatives.

It is also suitable for individuals who wish to build a career as a fire safety adviser.

Duration of this eLearning course = 48 hours (excluding exams)

What's Included

All learning materials, revision guides and student support are available our online platform. Interactive activities, real-life scenarios, and practice exam questions included.

The NEBOSH Fire Safety Certificate course consists of two assessments:

  • (FSC1) An open book examination - Candidates will have 24 hours to complete this written examination from home. 
  • (FSC2) A practical fire risk assessment - Candidates are required to complete a practical fire risk assessment at their workplace, using frameworks and standards, such as the Home Office fire guidance and PAS79-1:2020. There is no time restriction for the risk assessment, but three hours is recommended to compile a comprehensive risk assessment.

NEBOSH external examiners will evaluate both parts of the assessment.

More Information

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the management of health and safety
  • Manage fire safety protocols in their workplace
  • Understand the principles of fires and explosions
  • Identify the causes and preventions of fires and explosions
  • Identify and implement fire prevention and protection in buildings
  • Manage the safety of people in the event of a fire
  • Conduct a fire safety risk assessment
  • Promote a fire safety culture 


There are no entry requirements, which makes the NEBOSH Certificate an ideal starting point for your health and safety training. Learners must have a suitable standard of English language to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.  

Course Content

  • Health and safety management
  • Managing fire safety
  • Principles of fire and explosion
  • Causes and prevention of fires
  • Fire protection in buildings
  • Safety of people in the event of a fire
  • Fire safety risk assessment

Exam Information

What is an Open Book Exam?
An open book exam assesses the same learning outcomes as an invigilated, paper-based exam. With an open book exam, you can have access to textbooks, course notes and the internet.

You can complete an open book exam in your own home, or another suitable location. You will have up to 24 hours to complete the NEBOSH open book exam, but we find that most candidates only take 4 – 5 hours.

The open book exam will assess your ability to apply your knowledge, as well as testing your analytical and critical thinking skills.

What is a closing interview?
Following the open book exam is a short closing interview, which takes approximately 15 minutes. The purpose of the interview is to confirm that the work you have submitted is your own and that you did not have any assistance in completing your NEBOSH assessment.

The closing interview takes place via video call, which you can access via smartphone, tablet or computer.

The interviewer will ask to see identification, you need to provide either your passport, driving license or national identity card. The interviewer needs to see the room that you are in to ensure you don’t have access to notes during the interview.

The interviewer will ask you questions based on your open book exam, your work and your submission.

Your closing interview is not an assessment, so you won’t receive a mark. If the interviewer is happy that the work is your own, your mark will be published in line with NEBOSH timeframes.

For more information, visit the NEBOSH guide to Open Book Exams.

External examiners mark both assessments and are appointed by NEBOSH.

Each examiner is chosen for their experience and expertise, ensuring candidates are assessed by the best in our industry.

When and how will I receive my NEBOSH results?
Results are notified by NEBOSH after completing the course. NEBOSH send out the results 10-12 weeks after the exams. Your certificates will arrive after the results have been announced.

When and how will I receive my results and NEBOSH certificate?
NEBOSH send out the results 10-12 weeks after the exams. Your certificates will arrive from us 10-12 weeks after the results have been announced.

NEBOSH Certificates are level 3, which is equivalent to an A level qualification. NEBOSH Diplomas are level 6, which is equivalent to an Honours Degree.

Next steps

Many students also progress to the NEBOSH National Diploma (Grad IOSH) and, from there, to chartered status (CMIOSH).

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