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NEBOSH General Certificate

Course Length:

12 days including examinations for NGC1 and NGC2
Some private study is also required

Course Overview

The National General Certificate is the most widely held health and safety qualification in the UK with over 143,000 people having gained the award since it was launched in 1989.

The NEBOSH National General Certificate meets the academic requirements for Technician membership (TechIOSH) of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

Who Should Attend

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.

Course Structure/Content

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which is assessed separately:

Management of Health and Safety (NGC1)
  • Foundations in health and safety
  • Policy
  • Organising health and safety
  • Promoting a positive health and safety culture
  • Risk assessment
  • Principles of control
  • Monitoring review and audit
  • Incident and accident investigation and reporting
Controlling workplace hazards (NGC2)

Hazards and control:

  • Movement of people and vehicles
  • Manual and mechanical handling
  • Working equipment
  • Electrical
  • Fire
  • Chemical and biological health
  • Physical and psychological health
  • Construction activities
Health and safety practical application (NGC3)

The aim of t his unit is to assess a candidate's ability to complete successfully two activites:

  • Carry out, unaided a safety inspection of a workplace, identifying the more common hazards, deciding whether they are adequately controlled and, where necessary, suggesting appropriate and cost-effective remedial action
  • Prepare a report that persuasively urges management to take appropriate action, explaining why such action is needed (including reference to possible breaches of legislation) and identifying, with due consideration of reasonable practicability, the remedial measures that should be implemented.

Units NGC1 and NGC2 are taught units each assessed by one 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 NGC3 is assessed by one two-hour practical examination. This is held on a date set by the course provider and must be taken within 14 days of a written examination. The practical examination is internally assessed by the course provider and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

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