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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

NEBOSH National General Certificate courses are available in London, Birmingham, Manchester and venues across the UK. 

The mostly widely held health and safety qualification in the UK, the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is an excellent first step for those assuming H&S responsibilities.

The course comprises three modules – or “Units” :
NGC1 – Management of Health & Safety
GC2 – Controlling Workplace Hazards
GC3 – Health & Safety Practical Application

The course is ideal for people who need a comprehensive knowledge of health and safety and is suitable for managers, supervisors and staff with some level of responsibility.

Those who pass gain a qualification which is comparable with an NQF Level 3 or SCQF Level 6.

This qualification meets the academic requirements for Technician membership (Tech IOSH) of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).


Course formats can vary and there is usually a break between the NGC1 and GC2 modules.  

Check the Course Outline for a specific event to verify the exact number of training days and start dates for the two classroom modules.

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Learning Objectives

On successful completion of the NEBOSH General Certificate you will be able to:

  • Understand the legal framework, moral and economic requirements together with the implications for good standards in health & safety within an organisation
  • Develop, promote and communicate an effective health & safety culture in an organisation
  • Identify the key features of a health & safety policy, the preparations and performance review of a health & safety audit
  • Understand the importance of proactive & reactive health & safety monitoring measures
  • Identify hazards in the workplace and carry out risk assessments, record findings and review procedures
  • Advise on strategies for controlling hazards, reducing risks & applying safe systems of work
  • Identify fire hazards & consequential risks, advise on measures to minimise fire risks & develop fire procedures
  • Identify ill health effects of physical processes of work & the environment & recommend suitable measures to combat risks
  • Explain the processes & procedures for investigating & reporting accidents at work


No previous health and safety knowledge is required but candidates should note the assessment includes a requirement to write a workplace related short report.


Course Content

The Management of Health and Safety (NGC1)

• Health and safety foundations

• Policy

• Organising for health and safety

• Planning

• Measuring, audit and review


Controlling Workplace Hazards  (GC2)

• The workplace

• Transport

• Muskulo-skeletal hazards and control

• Work equipment

• Electrical safety

• Fire safety

• Chemical and biological hazards and control

• Physical and psychological hazards and control


Practical Application (GC3)

Assessed assignment to be completed in the candidate’s own workplace following completion of the GC2 examination [Full briefing given during the courses]

Exams & Certification

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

Unit GC3 is assessed by one two-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate's own workplace. The assessment must normally be taken within 14 days of a written examination.  The practical examination is internally assessed by the programme organiser and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

Candidates will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a candidate has successfully completes all three units (NGC1, NGC2 and NGC3), the overall qualification parchment will be issued.


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