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NEBOSH National General Certificate

The NEBOSH National General Certificate has an updated syllabus.

The NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is one of the UK’s most popular and widely respected health and safety qualifications. It is currently held by more than 200,000 people and is recognised as the gold standard. There is now an updated syllabus, reflecting the reality of life as a health and safety professional in the 2020s.

The NEBOSH General Certificate course provides a valuable overview of the core aspects of occupational health and safety, equipping you with the skills to manage workplace risks effectively. Relevant to every workplace, it is ideal if you are a manager or supervisor and have health and safety management responsibilities. The course is also recommended if you are embarking on a career in health and safety, or wish to build your knowledge and skills to advance your career. It can also lead to further qualifications, such as the NEBOSH Diploma.

The National Educational Board in Occupational Health and Safety (NEBOSH) is an independent examination board delivering vocational qualifications in health, safety and environmental practice and management. 87% of UK employers ask for a NEBOSH qualification when they are recruiting for health and safety roles.

What has changed with the new syllabus?

The NEBOSH General course now consists of only two units, resulting in a small reduction of the overall study hours. The content has been restructured and updated to reflect modern health and safety practices.

This includes a change to the way the NEBOSH National General Certificate is assessed, with only one exam and one practical assessment.

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Learning Objectives

  • Effectively manage health and safety.
  • Identify and control common workplace hazards.
  • Measure if you’ve been successful.
  • Understand the UK’s key legal requirements.
  • 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.

What can the NEBOSH National General Certificate lead to?

 Many people who have passed the NEBOSH certificate progress to studying the NEBOSH National Diploma, which is a degree-level qualification.

Course Content

The NEBOSH General Certificate classroom course lasts for for two weeks and takes place over 9 or 10 working days. 

NEBOSH General Certificate programme

Unit NG1: Management of Health and Safety

Element 1 - Why we should manage workplace health and safety.

Element 2 - How health and safety management systems work and what they look like.

Element 3 - Managing risk - understanding people and processes.

Element 4 - Health and safety monitoring and measuring.

Unit NG2: Risk Assessment

Element 5 - Physical and psychological health.

Element 6 - Musculoskeletal health.

Element 7 - Chemical and biological agents.

Element 8 - General workplace issues.

Element 9 - Work equipment.

Element 10 – Fire.

Element 11 – Electricity.

Exams & Certification

This career-enhancing qualification combines activities, learning and interactive materials, creating an engaging experience. It provides knowledge you can put into action immediately, adding value to your organisation.

The updated course now consists of two assessments:

  • Unit NG1 is an Open Book Exam that you can do from home.
  • Unit NG2 is a practical risk assessment, carried out at your workplace, to assess your ability to apply that knowledge. This is longer than the previous GC3 assessment.

Both assessments are marked by external examiners, appointed by NEBOSH and chosen for their experience and expertise. You will be assessed by the very best in our industry.

This qualification is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), as well as the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

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