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What is the National General Certification in Occupational Health and Safety?

No matter what kind of business you work in, an understanding of good occupational health and safety practice is essential in the workplace. This great-value online course awarded by The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) is designed to enable employers and individuals to create a safe work environment and protect their employees from the risks of prosecution, absence costs, litigation and loss of reputation. Establishing this is the key to ensuring greater productivity, increased staff retention and even business success.

Learning Outcomes

This certificate is designed to give you a good grounding in the strategies that will result in good practice in occupational health and safety. These include:

  •  Justify health and safety improvements using moral, financial and legal arguments
  •  Advise on the main duties for health and safety in the workplace
  •  Help your organisation manage contractors
  •  Work within a health and safety management system, recognising what effective general policy, organisation and arrangements should look like
  •  Positively influence health and safety culture and behaviour to improve performance in your organisation
  •  Do a general risk assessment in your own workplace – profiling and prioritising risks, inspecting the workplace, recognising a range of common hazards, evaluating risks (taking account of current controls), recommending further control measures, planning actions
  •  Recognise workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and effective ways to minimise those impact
  •  Develop basic safe systems of work (including taking account of typical emergencies) and knowing when to use permit-to-work systems for special risks
  •  Take part in incident investigations
  •  Help their employer to check their management system effectiveness – through monitoring, audits and reviews

Is the National General Certification in Occupational Health and Safety for me?

If you work in a managerial or supervisory role, or are responsible for implementing and managing risks and resources, this recognised NEBOSH National General Certificate is beneficial to take if you wish to develop a solid understanding of best practices used in occupational health and safety.


There are no prerequisites to enrol on the National General Certification in Occupational Health and Safety.

Where could this qualification take me next?

By becoming NEBOSH accredited, it will demonstrate your expertise in being able to implement appropriate health and safety policies in the workplace; enabling you to perform better in your current role, and any future positions you wish to pursue.  

Why choose to study with us?

  •  Qualify as an Associate Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) upon successful completion
  •  Pass your NEBOSH exam in confidence through engaging quizzes, interactive games and self-assessments
  •  Study online at a time, pace and location that suits you
  •  Technical support is available as and when you need it

Course Syllabus


  •  Why we should manage workplace health and safety
  •  How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
  •  Managing risk – understanding people and processes
  •  Health and safety monitoring and measuring
  •  Physical and psychological health
  •  Musculoskeletal health
  •  Chemical and biological agents
  •  General workplace issues
  •  Work equipment
  •  Fire
  •  Electricity

Elements 1-4 are assessed via a question paper (one 20-mark question and ten 8-mark questions)

Elements 5-11 are assessed via a practical assessment

Nebosh Exam Details

In order to sit your exam, you will first need to register with us, (please ensure all your details are spelt correctly). We will then provide you with an Examination Entry Confirmation which includes your unique learner number, as well as other essential exam information and the results process.

On the day of your exam, it is essential that you bring along your Examination Entry Confirmation, as well as a form of photographic identification (such as a passport or driving licence).

Examination Dates

Examinations are held four times per year: March, June, September and December.

  •  Date: Wednesday 3rd June 2020. Time: AM. Qualification: National General Certification. Unit: NG1
  •  Date: Wednesday 9th September 2020. Time: AM. Qualification: National General Certification. Unit: NG1
  •  Date: Wednesday 9th December 2020. Time: AM. Qualification: National General Certification. Unit: NG1.

Examination Results

Results for assessments taken in English should be received within 50 working days from your examination or assignment submission date. The specific date will appear on your examination entry confirmation.

  •  Unit NG1: Management of health and safety
  •  Unit NG2: Risk assessment


  •  Unit NG1: 
    • Assessment Type: Question paper
    • Assessment Time: 2 hours
  •  Unit NG2: 
    • Assessment Type: Practical assessment
    • Assessment Time: 3 hours

Pass Standards

  •  Unit NG1: 45 marks
  •  Unit NG2: The minimum standard required for a Unit NG2 ‘Pass’ can be found on page 8 of the NG2 Guidance for Learning Partners and Learners

A ‘Pass’ must be achieved in both units to achieve the International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

Qualification Grades

The qualification grade is based on the result from Unit NG1

  •  Distinction: 75 marks or higher
  •  Credit: 65 – 74 marks
  •  Pass: 45 – 64 marks



Course Details

Qualification = NEBOSH National General Certificate

Awarding body = Institution of Occupational Safety & Health

Location = online

Duration = Self paced

Access = 12 months


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