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NEBOSH National General Certificate Course

NEBOSH accredited centre 807 logoWhere 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.

NEBOSH Certificate Course Key Facts
Learning Methods E-learningClassroom and In-company
Units 3 units: NGC1; GC2; GC3
Assessments 2 half day exams for NGC1 and GC2 plus a practical for GC3
Duration Dependent on learning method

Course information

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.

What is covered?

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

  1. NGC1 Management of health and safety 
  2. GC2 Controlling workplace hazards 
  3. GC3 Health and safety practical application 

For more information about the course click to read the NEBOSH Certificate syllabus.

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. Click here to book your NEBOSH Certificate exams.

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

With Astutis you can take the NEBOSH Certificate in 2 different ways:

With these options you can pick the learning method to suit your time and budget.

Why take the NEBOSH Certificate with Astutis?

The many benefits of taking your NEBOSH Certificate with Astutis include:

  • 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

How to start your NEBOSH Certificate course

Get in touch with Astutis today to find out all you need to know about starting your course.

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How long do I have to complete the NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification?

All 3 units must be completed within five 5 years to achieve the full NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification.

How can I study for my NEBOSH National General Certificate?

Astutis offers 3 different options for delegates wishing to study for the NEBOSH NGC:
  • Classroom learning - delegates can attend the 10 day classroom course, completing their training within 2 weeks at one of our 18 UK training venues.
  • E-learning - learn at your own pace and in your own time, with online software and full tutor support.
  • In-company for groups of employees at your organisation ­- we will come to you. Save on the cost of training multiple delegates.
Discuss the best option for you and your organisation today!

Should I go straight for the NEBOSH National Diploma, or start with the National General Certificate?

The NEBOSH NGC course is an ideal place to start as it gives a broad grounding in the field of health and safety. The NEBOSH National Diploma course will build on knowledge gained at this level. Whilst it is not necessary to have a pre-qualification to take the NEBOSH National Diploma, we would highly recommend it.

How is the NEBOSH National General Certificate assessed?

Units NGC1 and GC2 are assessed by two 2-hour written exams of 10 'short-answer', 8-mark compulsory questions and 1 'long-answer', 20 mark compulsory question. GC3 is a 2-hour practical examination carried out in your own workplace. The papers are marked by external examiners who are appointed by NEBOSH.