NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Get your NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety qualification on this market-leading 10-day course with TSW Training, a NEBOSH Gold approved provider. Available online, in a classroom or via e-learning.

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Course Facts

Duration: 10 Day/s
Assessment: An open book exam (NG1) and a practical risk assessment (NG2)
Entry Requirements: No entry requirements except English language
Accredited By:
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What is NEBOSH?

NEBOSH is an examination board specialising in providing internationally recognised occupational safety and health (OSH) training to workers across a range of industries.

The full range of NEBOSH certification takes students from entry-level understanding to becoming fully qualified health and safety professionals.

Over 50,000 people take NEBOSH qualifications every year. Currently, a total of 170,000 people hold the NEBOSH General Certification. But fewer still have gone on to complete the gold standard diploma course.

The General Certificate is designed to improve the quality of OSH knowledge in employees, managers, and anyone who holds health and safety responsibilities.

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What Does NEBOSH Stand For?

NEBOSH stands for the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health.

Since its inception in 1979, NEBOSH has been synonymous with providing high-quality OSH training to employees worldwide.

In fact, NEBOSH now delivers safety courses in more than 130 countries to over 600 learning partners.

While many of the examinations offered by the body are focused on developing OSH professionals, they also deliver courses for Construction Safety, Fire Safety and Risk Management, and Environmental Management, among other industries.

What is the NEBOSH National General Certificate?

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is the most widely recognised health and safety qualification of its kind and it is considered the industry standard.

It is designed for managers and staff in the UK who need knowledge and skills in health and safety management.

Awarded by The National Educational Board in Occupational Health and Safety (NEBOSH), a globally respected awarding body, the NEBOSH NGC is a level 3 (equivalent to a GCE A level) qualification designed to develop your health and safety knowledge and skills and give you a highly respected and practical qualification covering:

  • Management of workplace health and safety
  • Controlling common workplace hazards
  • Managing and minimising workplace risks (including carrying out risk assessments)
  • Prevention of accidents and injury

If you choose to take the NEBOSH National General Certificate, it signals to your would-be employers and peers that you have a proven standard of health and safety.

*Rated 4.8 out of 5 by learners on Coursecheck, we are a widely respected Health and Safety Training provider that has been approved to NEBOSH’s highest level and awarded NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner Status.

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This helpful table shows a full rundown of NEBOSH courses and their level of education.

Qualification

Level

Delivery Methods

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Level 3

In the classroom, Live Online, E-learning

NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Level 3

In the classroom, Live Online, E-learning

NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction (UK)

Level 3

In the classroom, Live Online, E-learning

NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

Level 3

In the classroom, Live Online

NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation

Level 2

In the classroom, Live Online

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

Level 6

In the classroom, Live Online, Distance Learning

Although the General Certificate is low on the NEBOSH framework, the exam is still seen as an intermediate qualification.

Alternatively, if you’re new to the safety sector, an excellent place to start with OSH accreditation is with IOSH courses, which are more aimed at entry-level learners.

Many learners complete the IOSH Working and Managing Safely courses before moving into the more safety-industry-specific NEBOSH certificates.

It’s also worth mentioning that there are National and International versions of the NEBOSH General Certificate. Although these tests are similar, the national connotation focuses more on specific UK safety laws such as the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) (HASWA).

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Who is the NEBOSH General Certificate Course For?

Here’s a quick overview of who this course if for:

For Individuals:

  • The NEBOSH National General Certificate is designed for managers, supervisors and any person with health and safety management responsibilities.

  • It is the perfect first step toward a successful health and safety career, it’ll put you on track for further professional study, such as the NEBOSH National Diploma.

  • Plus, the qualification is delivered in formats to suit any type of learner, whether you prefer a classroom course, a virtual course, or an e-learning/online course.

  • The NEBOSH National General Certificate gives you knowledge of health and safety issues according to UK law. If you’re looking to take an International General Certificate, find out more about the key differences in our article “What’s The Difference Between The International And National NEBOSH General Certificate?“.

For Employers:

  • Perfect for any organisation that needs to ensure they have in-company health and safety expertise.

  • For organisations that need to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety, by developing a knowledgeable, skilful workforce and a safe workplace.

  • A sound investment for any business that wants to develop a sustainable health and safety culture, resulting in fewer workplace injuries and illnesses, and boosted employee wellbeing.

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What NEBOSH General Certificate Jobs Can I Get?

What Does The NEBOSH General Course Cover?

The NEBOSH National General Certificate syllabus tackles the UK’s key legal requirements for health and safety.

World-class health and safety experts and learning providers build and review the course contents. The syllabus reflects employer needs, so the skills you learn are immediately relevant regardless of the industry you work in. It represents current legislation and reflects health and safety challenges faced by every industry. 

In this course, you will hone your health and safety skills and explore how to effectively manage health and safety, learning to identify and control common workplace hazards. It also shows you how to measure your success. 

Course Content

The NEBOSH General Certificate is split into two units, NG1 and NG2:

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 in risk management
  • 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

Read our guide “NEBOSH General Certificate Syllabus & Course Content“ for more information.

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NEBOSH General Learning Outcomes

The NEBOSH NGC is relevant for any organisation and can significantly impact health and safety.

By studying the concepts contained in the course, learners will gain improved health and safety knowledge and skills, and the ability to contribute to organisation-wide performance.

Individual Learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding how to manage workplace health and safety effectively
  • Identification and control of common workplace hazards
  • Utilising methods to measure success
  • Awareness of the UK’s key legal requirements for health and safety
  • Skills to carry out accurate and detailed risk assessments
  • Ability to manage and minimise workplace risk
  • Aptitude in the development and implementation of detailed action plans
  • Knowledge, skills and tools to develop your organisation’s health and safety culture

Organisational Impact and Outcomes

  • Reducing workplace injuries and work-related illnesses
  • Signalling your organisation’s commitment to creating a safer workplace
  • Improving your organisational reputation and securing more business
  • Creating a better working environment, leading to increased motivation and performance
  • Acquiring in-house expertise, meaning a more proactive approach to safety and occupational health and safety

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How Long Does it Take to Complete the NEBOSH General Certificate Online?

Because the NEBOSH General Certificate is more in-depth than other accreditations like the IOSH Managing Safely course, it takes longer to complete.

Where the IOSH course takes around 3 days to complete, the NEBOSH General Certificate is a 10-day course.

Put another way, this course requires 80-120 hours of study on average.

However, with TSW Training, you do have the freedom to complete your studies in your own time via a classroom course, virtual sessions, or through an e-learning process.

Everyone learns in different ways and at different paces. Some opt for a few hours of dedicated study per week, whereas others prefer an intensive learning schedule condensed into a shorter period.

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NEBOSH General Learning Outcomes

The NEBOSH NGC is relevant for any organisation and can deliver a significant positive impact on health and safety.

By studying the concepts contained in the course, learners will gain improved health and safety knowledge and skills, and the ability to contribute to organisation-wide performance.

Individual Learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding how to manage workplace health and safety effectively
  • Identification and control of common workplace hazards
  • Utilising methods to measure success
  • Awareness of the UK’s key legal requirements for health and safety
  • Skills to carry out accurate and detailed risk assessments
  • Ability to manage and minimise workplace risk
  • Aptitude in the development and implementation of detailed action plans
  • Knowledge, skills and tools to develop your organisation’s health and safety culture

Organisational Impact and Outcomes

  • Reducing workplace injuries and work-related illnesses
  • Signalling your organisation’s commitment to creating a safer workplace
  • Improving your organisational reputation and securing more business
  • Creating a better working environment, leading to increased motivation and performance
  • Acquiring in-house expertise, meaning a more proactive approach to safety and occupational health and safety

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What Can I Do With a NEBOSH General Certificate?

A NEBOSH General Certificate offers various career opportunities in occupational health and safety and the broader job market.

If you aim to manage others in an OSH setting, want to study other aspects of health and safety, or would simply like to improve your management of risks, then this is the perfect place to start.

But there are other benefits to taking a NEBOSH General Certificate, including:

  • Career-long injury prevention: The skills learned in this course will remain and empower you with the knowledge to make any workplace safer.

  • Learn how to conduct risk assessments: In addition to just learning how to conduct an assessment, you’ll also take on transferable skills like hazard recognition and prevention.

  • Enhance employability: Enhance your CV with internationally renowned accreditations. 

  • Improve salary expectations: According to research by NEBOSH, roles that feature a NEBOSH diploma as a requirement for employment offer 16% higher salaries than those that don’t.

  • Potential for career longevity: A recent survey found that just 9% of health and safety professionals are between 20-30 years old. If you start your OSH career in your 20s, you could have a long career with (potentially) less role competition.

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How is the NEBOSH National General Certificate Course Assessed?

The course is assessed in two parts; you will need to sit an online open-book exam and a practical risk assessment. To gain the NEBOSH National General Certificate, you’ll need to pass both. 

Find out more about the NEBOSH National General Certificate assessments in our comprehensive guides:

NEBOSH Open Book exams are run once every month, throughout the year. The exam is a digital assessment that you will access at 11 am on the chosen exam date and have 24 hours to complete.

Results and Certificates

NEBOSH National General Certificate results are released for each of the two assessments around 50 working days following the chosen assessment date.

For example, if you sat the exam on the 2nd of November, you would expect to receive your results by the 20th of January.

For NG1 Results:

The NG1 open book exam is marked out of 100 and has a pass mark of 45.

Learners are provided with their mark plus a ‘pass’ or ‘referred’ grading based on their score.

For NG2 Results:

The NG2 practical assessment is marked by NEBOSH and you are provided with either a ‘Pass’ or ‘Referral’.

If you receive a referral, you are provided with a feedback report on your practical assessment paper, outlining the areas you need to develop to achieve a pass.

Getting Your NEBOSH Qualifications and Certificate

To gain your NEBOSH General Certificate you must complete and pass both NG1 and NG2 assessments.

Once you receive a ‘pass’ in both of the assessments you will receive your NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

An example of an awarded NEBOSH National General Certificate

Once you have a NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety you can:

  • …apply for Associate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Also known as ‘AIOSH’).
  • …upgrade to Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH – With the NEBOSH General you will have met the academic requirements required

After this, you may decide to proceed to other NEBOSH courses, such as the  NEBOSH National Diploma (making you eligible for Graduate IOSH status) and then on to chartered status (CMIOSH), the premier qualification and status for safety professionals.

“We know assessments can be challenging, but our expert training team will be on hand to support you with any concerns and make sure you are ready to sit the assessment.

Don’t worry – we’ll make sure you have everything you need!” – Stuart Davies, Managing Director at TSW Training

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Is NEBOSH Hard to Pass?

The NEBOSH General Certificate is designed to prepare people to manage health and safety in the workplace. Therefore, you can expect it to be a challenge.

Of course, exam difficulty can vary from person to person. But as a NEBOSH Gold Standard Learning Partner, we offer leading assistance to give you the best chance of passing.

What is the NEBOSH General Certificate Pass Rate?

Since NEBOSH introduced the open-book examinations in 2020, the national average pass rate has risen from approx. 50% to 60-70%.

However, you could drastically improve your chances of passing by getting us on your side. Our gold partner status means we have reached the highest standards in delivering occupational health and safety training courses.

In addition, TSW has been delivering leading OSH courses for nearly six decades. It’s this knowledge and commitment that has seen our pass rate for IOSH courses move to over 99%.

What is the Pass Mark for the NEBOSH General Certificate?

A score of 45 and above is enough for a pass on your NEBOSH General Certificate. However, there are grade brackets to be aware of:

  • Distinction: 75+
  • Credit: 65-74
  • Pass: 45-64
  • Refer (Fail): 0-44

The course is split out over two core areas a- written exam NG1/IG1 and NG2/IG2 which is a practical risk assessment.

You are given 24 hours to complete the first section (NG1/IG1), which ordinarily takes around 3 hours. But it’s worth mentioning that you cannot move on to NG2/IG2 until you have passed that first section.

The examination board will send out your results within 50 working days of sitting the second assessment.

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What are the Next Steps After This Course?

Following the NEBOSH National General Certificate, you can continue on the NEBOSH educational pathway and work towards a Diploma or Masters qualification. But, you don’t need to stick with NEBOSH to further your skills and knowledge.

Why Choose TSW as a Training Provider?

NEBOSH Gold Logo #1. TSW Training is a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner

  • We are a widely respected Health and Safety Training provider that has been approved to NEBOSH’s highest level and awarded NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner Status.

#2. Our Achievement Rates

  • We successfully deliver hundreds of health and safety qualifications each year, helping learners to achieve their NEBOSH Certification and further their health and safety careers.
  • Our exam pass rate is well above the national average, a testament to the level of support and learning we provide to learners.

#3. Tutor Support

  • Working towards your NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety with TSW Training gives you access to our quality-assured network of health and safety experts.
  • Our Head of Health and Safety is always on hand to help and support learners. He has been a registered member of the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (created by the HSE) since its inception and is a chartered health and safety practitioner.
  • Awarded the standard of Recognised Safety Practitioner by IIRSM, he spends spend a lot of time mentoring H&S practitioners in the industry for IOSH.

Read our latest course reviews

I find virtual courses / learning very challenging and not ideal for my learning techniques, but Luke is very engaging and supportive. And made the course as good as it could be for me personally.
Owain D May 9, 2024
I found that Luke was able to recognise his audience with a balance of professionalism and humour. His knowledge and wisdom was exceptional and spot on. The content and resources were exceptional.
Tom R May 9, 2024
I found interesting and thought provoking
Francis D May 9, 2024
A very interesting and well delivered course. I think a few mock questions to be answered as a group could have better prepared us for the NG1 paper. This is a small detail, but something that could be fed back. Chris is an excellent teacher. Supportive patient and is willing to give his time to support the whole class.
Richard H April 8, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

The International and National NEBOSH General Certificate are very similar – they’re both level 3 qualifications that give you a Technical IOSH Membership.

The qualifications differ when it comes to legislation and laws – the National is focused on the UK’s key legal requirements.

The National General Certificate will serve your career well wherever you work in the world. If you have no plans to work overseas, you don’t need to take the International qualification.

To find out more about the similarities and difference, take a look at our article “What’s The Difference Between The International And National NEBOSH General Certificate?

Your course materials and books are included in your course fees and we’ll post them to you ahead of your start date. If you would like to do some wider reading, make sure it’s relevant to the current syllabus – you can run books and materials past your trainer to check they’re going to help your studies.

The NEBOSH NG1 open book exam is completed on an exam date of your choosing, but we will advise you on a date that aligns with your studies. Day 1-5 of the course focuses on the NG1 subject matter, so your exam is best sat shortly after the completion of day 5 of the course.

You’ll complete the NG2 risk assessment as soon after the last study day as possible. On days 6-10 your NEBOSH trainer will guide you through working examples, the principle from which you’ll apply in your own workplace risk assessment.

Some of the job roles you may be eligible for with a NEBOSH National General Certificate include:

  • Health and Safety Officer: As a health and safety officer, you’ll be responsible for implementing health and safety policies, conducting risk assessments, and ensuring compliance with regulations in the workplace.
  • Health and Safety Advisor: Similar to a health and safety officer, a health and safety advisor provides advice and guidance to the organisation on health and safety matters.
  • Health and Safety Coordinator: In this role, you would be responsible for coordinating health and safety activities, conducting training, and maintaining records.
  • Health and Safety Manager: As a health and safety manager, you would oversee the development and implementation of health and safety policies across an organisation.
  • HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) Specialist: This role involves managing health, safety, and environmental issues within a company, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and standards.
  • Risk Assessor: Risk assessors identify potential hazards in the workplace and assess the level of risk they pose to employees and others.
  • Site Supervisor or Manager: In construction and other industries, a NEBOSH National General Certificate can qualify you to oversee safety on job sites.
  • Compliance Officer: Compliance officers ensure that the organisation complies with health and safety laws, regulations, and industry standards.
  • Safety Trainer: With the certificate, you could become a health and safety trainer, delivering training sessions to employees on safety best practices.
  • Health and Safety Consultant: As a consultant, you can provide expert advice and support to various organisations on their health and safety practices.

Public Course Booking Options

This course is available on our open programme, with a calendar of virtual and classroom events. You can book a place for yourself, for an employee or for a group of staff.

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This course can be delivered exclusively for your organisation, in any location or virtually through Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Read more on our in-house training services.

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