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The NEBOSH National General Certificate is aimed at Managers, supervisors and staff from all types of organisations who need a broad understanding of health and safety issues. The certificate helps them manage risks effectively. Many people take the NEBOSH National General Certificate as a first step in a career in health and safety. It provides a valuable overview, and is a sound basis for further professional study.
The NEBOSH National General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. No previous health and safety knowledge is required but candidates should note the assessment includes a requirement to write a short report.
The qualification is divided into two units, each of which is assessed separately:
The new specification recommends 113 hours of learning compared to 133 hours.
Delegates studying the previous specification have up to 31 March 2022 to complete the assessments.
You’ll have 5 years to complete your NEBOSH General Certificate. This time frame starts from when you pass your first exam.
The standard of English required by candidates studying for the NEBOSH National General Certificate must be such that they can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. It is important to stress that the onus is on accredited course providers to determine their candidates’ standards of proficiency in English. NEBOSH recommends to accredited course providers that candidates undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests in order to be accepted onto a National General Certificate programme.
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
Candidates wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the IELTS website for information on taking the test: https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/two-types-of-ielts-test
The National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is a standalone qualification i.e. it does not share units with or allow exemptions from other NEBOSH qualifications.
In order to ensure the interaction between the learners and the tutor is spread evenly and effectively, the maximum number of learners allowed on a course is twelve.
Unit NG1 is a taught unit which is assessed by a two-hour written examination. This written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. All questions are compulsory. The exam takes an 'open book' format which enables learners to sit their assessment in their own home or another safe and suitable location. Learners are given 24 hours to research and complete the examination. All NG1 Open Book Exam dates are currently set by NEBOSH.
Unit NG2 is assessed by a three-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate's own workplace. The assessment must normally be taken within 10 working days of a written examination.
Both 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.
Candidates will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a candidate has successfully completed both units (NG1 and NG2), the overall qualification parchment will be issued.
NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.
Holders of NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety 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 the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH – www.iosh.co.uk) and Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM – www.iirsm.org).
A safer workplace – Health and safety is important. It protects people from injury and loss of life. People with a NEBOSH General Certificate know how to help their employer avoid prosecution, litigation, absence costs and loss of reputation, wherever they operate.
Assurance – Employers whose staff are NEBOSH qualified is an employer committed to health and safety. A NEBOSH General Certificate provides an assurance of safety - something that can help employers achieve recognised standards and can even win new business.
Return on investment – An employee with a NEBOSH General Certificate has a practical set of skills that brings real value to the modern global workplace.
The modular qualification structure and variety of available course formats enables candidates and employers to arrange training around the needs of the business. Many NEBOSH training providers will offer in-company courses, to allow the inclusion of material specifically relevant to the organisation’s workplace.
Holders of the 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 and Associate Membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
The NEBOSH National General Certificate has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). 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 NQF/QCF Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. See the “Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries” chart issued by the UK regulators, available here: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/QualificationsCanCrossBoundaries.pdf
Where appropriate, the SQA logo will appear on certificates awarded for this qualification. The SCQF logo, credit and level information will appear on the unit result notification. For further information on SCQF credit and levels see: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/71374.html.