NEBOSH Certificate


The NEBOSH Certificate covers the key legal requirements for health and safety in the UK and the identification and control of workplace hazards. No previous health and safety knowledge is required.

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety is the most requested qualification in health and safety by employers. It will provide you with a broad understanding of key health and safety issues and is the first step in building a career in health and safety career.

The course is split into 3 units which are assessed individually – 2 online learning units and a work-based assignment to complete which will demonstrate your application of the knowledge you have gained over the course of the previous units.


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This is the nationally recognised qualification for people with health and safety responsibilities including:

  • Safety Officers
  • Health and Safety Representatives
  • Managers / Supervisors who have a health and safety role within their organisation

Where will the NEBOSH Certificate take me?

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety (NGC) is the most widely held health and safety qualification in the UK. It will provide you with a broad understanding of key health & safety issues and is the first step in building your career.


Overall learning outcomes


On completion of each unit, you should be able to demonstrate your understanding of the domain knowledge covered by:


The application of knowledge to familar and unfamiliar situations The critical analysis and evaluation of information presented in both quantitative and qualititative forms N.B. Each element will have additional specific learning outcomes.


Full course syllabus

Unit NGC1: Management of Health and Safety


Element 1: Foundations in Health and Safety


1.1 The scope and nature of occupational health and safety

1.2 The moral and financial reasons for promoting good standards of health and safety

1.3 The legal framework for the regulation of health and safety including sources and types of law

1.4 The scope, duties and offences of employers, managers, employees and others under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

1.5 The scope, duties and offences of employers, managers, employees and others under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations

1.6 The legal and organisational health and safety roles and responsibilities of clients and their contractors Element 2: Health and Safety Management Systems 1 ­- Policy


2.1 Key elements of a health and safety management system

2.2 Purpose and importance of setting policy for health and safety

2.3 Key features and appropriate content of an effective health and safety policy Element 3: Health and Safety Management Systems 2 ­- Organising


3.1 Organisational health and safety roles and responsibilities of employers, directors and managers

3.2 Concept of health and safety culture and its significance in the management of health and safety in an organisation

3.3 Human factors which influence behaviour at work

3.4 How health and safety behaviour at work can be improved

3.5 Emergency procedures and the arrangements for contacting emergency services

3.6 Requirements for, and effective provision of, first-aid in the workplace Element 4: Health and Safety Management Systems 3 ­- Planning


4.1 Importance of planning

4.2 Principles and practice of risk assessment

4.3 General principles of control and a basic hierarchy of risk reduction measures

4.4 Sources of health and safety information

4.5 Factors that should be considered when developing and implementing a safe system of work for general work activities

4.6 Role and function of a permit-to-work system Element 5: Health and Safety Management Systems 4 – Measuring, Audit and Review


5.1 Active and reactive monitoring

5.2 Health and safety auditing

5.3 Investigating incidents

5.4 Recording and reporting incidents

5.5 Review of health and safety performance Unit GC2: Controlling workplace risks


Element 1: Workplace Hazards and Risk Control


1.1 Health, welfare and work environment requirements

1.2 Violence at work

1.3 Substance misuse at work

1.4 Safe movement of people in the workplace

1.5 Working at height

1.6 Excavations

Element 2: Transport Hazards and Risk Control


2.1 Safe movement of vehicles in the workplace

2.2 Driving at work

Element 3: Musculoskeletal Hazards and Risk Control


3.1 Work-related upper limb disorders

3.2 Manual handling hazards, risks and control measures

3.3 Manually operated load handling equipment

3.4 Mechanically operated load handling equipment Element 4: Work Equipment Hazards and Risk Control


4.1 General requirements for work equipment

4.2 Hand-held tools

4.3 Machinery hazards

4.4 Control measures for reducing risks from machinery hazards Element 5: Electrical Safety


5.1 Risks associated with electricity

5.2 Control measures

Element 6: Fire Safety


6.1 Fire initiation, classification and spread

6.2 Fire risk assessment

6.3 Fire prevention and prevention of fire spread

6.4 Fire alarm and fire-fighting equipment

6.5 Evacuation of a workplace

Element 7: Chemical and Biological Health Hazards and Risk Control


7.1 Forms of, classification of, and health risks from hazardous substances

7.2 Assessment of health risks

7.3 Workplace exposure limits

7.4 Control measures

7.5 Specific agents

7.6 Safe handling and storage of waste

Element 8: Physical and Psychological Health Hazards and Risk Control


8.1 Noise

8.2 Vibration

8.3 Radiation

8.4 Stress


What is covered?

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


NGC1 Management of health and safety

GC2 Controlling workplace hazards

GC3 Health and safety practical application


How is the NEBOSH Certificate assessed?

There are 2 half day exams for the NGC1 and GC2; GC3 is assessed with a 2-hour practical application carried out in the workplace.


Why take the NEBOSH Certificate?

It is the most requested qualification in health & safety by employers. It provides a sound basis for further study and becoming a health & safety specialist and is considered a core qualification for general management.


You will be confident with the knowledge and practical skill set to provide a safe working environment and the cost, time saving and reputational benefits this brings to organisations.


Is the NEBOSH Certificate for me?

The NEBOSH Certificate is aimed at those working in health and safety and want to develop a career in safety management. It is suitable for managers, supervisors and operational staff from all functions not just health and safety, from organisations in all sectors.


Further qualification recognition

This qualification meets academic requirements for Technical Membership (TechIOSH) of IOSH and Associate Membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).


Course learning methods

Interactive e-learning

80-120 hours approximately required for completion



Success with excellent pass rates consistently from 90-100% Expert tutor support from CMIOSH trainers including NEBOSH Certificate examiners Effective and interactive learning with experience of applying it to workplace scenarios Confidence that you are well prepared for all exams with revision materials and exam question practice Reassurance with continued support on all aspects of your learning Comprehensive online/offline resource centre Sharing your learning with online forums with tutors and delegates

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