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NEBOSH National General Certificate


The NEBOSH General Certificate is a well-respected qualification, recognised by employers, professional bodies and health and safety experts in the UK and around the world.

Over the course of ten days, you’ll gain the practical skills to create a safe working environment, carry out risk assessments, put health and safety measures in place and advise fellow workers in a range of scenarios ­­– from operating machinery safely to dealing with hazardous chemicals and tackling fire.

So, whether you’re embarking on a career in health and safety management, are already an advisor looking to refresh your knowledge or simply want to learn more about creating a low-risk workplace, this level-3 qualification has everything you need to know.

Although there are no formal pre-requisites for booking this training course, we recommend you have a good understanding of written and spoken English.

Please note: You’ll need access to Wi-Fi to be able to download the open book exam paper.


By the end of this 10-day NEBOSH course, you’ll have the knowledge to set up and maintain a safe workplace – protecting workers from the risk of injury and work-related health conditions. You will also be able to:

  • Explain the UKs legal health and safety requirements
  • Identify common workplace hazards and how to avoid them
  • Understand the health risks associated with unsuitable working conditions
  • Conduct a thorough risk assessment
  • Check that a site or workplace is complaint with HSE legislation
  • Put adequate safety measures in place and assess their effectiveness
  • Create a detailed action plan
  • Recommend procedures for dealing with workplace accidents
  • Foster a positive health and safety culture
  • Effectively minimise workplace risks


The NEBOSH General Certificate is split into two units, covering the following elements:

NG1: Health and Safety Management

  1. Why we should manage workplace health and safety
  2. How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
  3. Managing risk – understanding people and processes
  4. Health and safety monitoring and measuring

NG2: Risk Assessment, covering the following areas:

  1. Physical and psychological health
  2. Musculoskeletal health
  3. Chemical and biological agents
  4. General workplace issues
  5. Work equipment
  6. Fire
  7. Electricity

Health and Safety Practical Application
The course attendee must carry out a practical assessment of a workplace and prepare a management report.


To pass the NEBOSH General Certificate, you’ll need to successfully complete both of the following:

An open book exam (based on unit NG1)

This is an exam that you can complete at home or another quiet space where you can focus. You’ll be asked to carry out a series of tasks based on a given workplace scenario. This exam is designed to test your critical thinking skills. To pass, you’ll need to use evidence from the scenario along with knowledge you’ve gained throughout unit NG1 of the course.

After completing the exam, you’ll be interviewed via video call, to talk through the tasks and verify that the work you’ve submitted is your own. During the interview, which lasts around 15 minutes, the examiner will ask to confirm your identity using photo ID.

A practical assignment (based on unit NG2)

You’ll be asked to complete a practical assignment, which you’ll submit directly to NEBOSH. This is to demonstrate your knowledge and apply your skills in a practical situation.

Both assessments will be marked by an external examiner appointed by NEBOSH. All examiners have extensive experience and are considered experts in the industry.

You need to pass both assessments to achieve your NEBOSH General Certificate.

Students are notified of their results 10-12 weeks after the exams. Certification is issued by NEBOSH after results have been announced.

You are responsible for submitting your assessments within agreed timescales. If you don’t meet these deadlines, you risk failing the course.

Successful delegates will be awarded the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety on completion of the course.  The NEBOSH Certificate is accepted by IOSH – the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health – in meeting the academic requirements for Technician Membership of IOSH (Tech IOSH). It is also accepted by The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) for associate membership.

Who Should Attend?

The NEBOSH General Certificate is a mandatory requirement for most health and safety roles.

Whether you’re responsible for health and safety in the workplace or have a general interest in creating safer working practices, this NEBOSH training course will give you a wide-ranging knowledge of occupational health risks and how to minimise them.

This course is aimed at (but is not limited to):

  • Directors
  • General managers/supervisors
  • Health and safety managers
  • Health and safety representatives
  • Operational managers
  • HR managers
  • Facilities managers
  • Environmental managers
  • Public service workers

Suggested Progression

After completing the NEBOSH General Certificate, many workers go on to study the NEBOSH National Diploma.


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