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NEBOSH General Certificate

NEBOSH General Certificate


The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health has been recognised for many years as the basis for a sound, broad introduction to the fundamentals of occupational health and safety. It is designed to provide a basic knowledge and understanding of occupational safety and health for managers, supervisors, employee representatives and those making day-to-day health and safety decisions. 

Level 3 Qualification

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority for delivery across the UK. It is rated within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework at SCQF Level 6 (Equivalent to RQF Level 3) Unit NG1: 5 credits, Unit NG2: 6 credits 


A Global Demand

The NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety & Health), National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health is a globally recognised qualification offered by an established independent UK internationally recognised examination board with over 30 years experience in providing health and safety awards in the UK and world wide including the Middle East, the West Indies and Southeast Asia. 


The Course is For 

Managers, supervisors and employees who require a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety principles and practices.  The qualification focuses on standards and management systems, enabling candidates to effectively discharge workplace health and safety responsibilities in any employment sector, in all parts of the world.  The Nebosh National General Certificate is also suitable for those embarking on a career in health and safety, providing a valuable foundation for further professional study. 


What will successful learners be able to do?

The NGC looks at everyday solutions for general workplace health and safety issues. 

When you have completed the qualification, you will be able to:

• Justify the need for health and safety improvements;

• Advise on duties under the main pieces of UK health and safety legislation;

• Help your organisation to manage contractors;

• Work within a health and safety management system;

• Positively influence health and safety culture and behaviour; 

• Carry out a general risk assessment (using a 5-step approach) of your workplace;

• Recognise workplace changes and their impacts and understand how to minimise these impacts;

• Develop basic safe systems of work that include emergency arrangements and know when to use 

a permit-to-work system;

• Take part in incident investigations; and

• Help your employer check the effectiveness of their health and safety management system through monitoring, auditing and review. 


Benefits for your employer

When you achieve the NGC, you will be a huge asset to your employer. You will make a real difference 

in the workplace. You will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to help protect the health 

and safety of all workers. You will also be able help your employer to comply with the law and good 

practice, as well as help them avoid the huge costs from incidents and ill-health.


Training is undertaken by experienced Chartered Safety & Health Practitioners with a vast practical & professional knowledge in this sector. 


Full information on the Nebosh General Certificate including syllabus content can be found on the Nebosh website at


What You Will Study:

The syllabus is divided into 2 units comprising 11 elements. 

NG1 covers the Management of Health and Safety whilst NG2 covers Controlling Workplace Hazards. 


Unit NG1 (Management of health and safety) is common to the NEBOSH National General Certificate, the National Certificate in Construction and the Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management, enabling students to combine units across NEBOSH qualifications.



Element 1.   Why we should manage workplace health & safety

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

Element 3.   Managing risk: Understanding people & processes

Element 4.   Health & safety monitoring & measuring 


Element 5.   Physical & psychological health 

Element 6.   Musculo-skeletal health 

Element 7.   Chemical & biological agents

Element 8.   General workplace issues 

Element 9.   Work equipment 

Element 10. Fire 

Element 11. Electricity


Examination & assessment

Unit NG 1: Management of health & safety is assessed by an “Open Book Examination” undertaken in the learners own home.


Unit NG 2: Controlling workplace hazards is assessed by a “Practical Assignment” undertaken by means of a risk assessment undertaken in a learners own workplace upon completion of the course.


Both assessments are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH. If you have a referral in either unit (NG 1 or NG 2), you have up to 5 years to re-sit or re-submit. A pass must be achieved in both units to be awarded the National General Certificate in Occupational H&S


Course Duration

This course is taught over a period of 12 days. This can be in weekly blocks with additional revision days or the less intense approach of 1 or 2 days a week. The written examinations and practical assessment application is in addition to the above. Nebosh recommend a minimum of 40 hours private study / revision by each delegate.


Professional Body Memberships

Holders of the NEBOSH General Certificate qualification are entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). This qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH. 


What are the entry requirements? 

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.


NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.


For further information please see the latest version of the IELTS Handbook or consult the IELTS website:


Assessment of learner’s current learning needs: Learner pre-course information


This can be discussed prior to course enrolment. The purpose of this is to ensure that the training course suits your specific requirements. You will be asked some questions so that any specific needs are identified A Learner pre-course information form may be used for this.



It is NEBOSH policy that all candidates should be given access to fair and equal assessment. NEBOSH “Policy and procedures for access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration” ensures that no candidate is placed at an unfair disadvantage, or advantage, over other candidates. Below are examples of arrangements available;

Access arrangements allow candidates with special educational needs, disabilities and temporary injuries to access assessment.  For example; by providing a reader, scribe or a word processor.

Reasonable Adjustment can be made where a candidate, who is disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, would be at a substantial disadvantage in comparison to someone who is not disabled.  NEBOSH is required to take reasonable steps to overcome that disadvantage.  For example a Braille paper which would be a reasonable adjustment for a visually impaired person who could read Braille or additional time in an examination for a person diagnosed with dyslexia.

If you have any questions regarding the above this can be discussed prior to enrolment.



What we will do for you: Learning Advisor

If you are interested in undertaking the Nebosh General Certificate please read the above information on the course and the leaflet and NGC Learner Guide provided on the Nebosh website.


Jim Gant will act as your Learning Advisor and contact you to have a discussion prior to potential enrolment to ensure that this is the correct course for you. He will also be happy to discuss any areas of concern and answer any questions you may have whether this is regarding the course or your individual learning requirements.


He will also explain the terms and conditions and booking procedures relating to the course.


Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have a question or query.

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Thank you got contacting Jim Gant Associates. We will endevour to return business enquiries within 5 working days. If you have a H&S matter needing urgent attention, please contact Jim on 0747044944

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