Courses Available Online, Virtually and Classroom
Fully Certified NEBOSH, IOSH, IEMA Accredited
7-Day Customer Service
Dafydd Jenkins MSc, BSc (Hons), FdSc, GradIOSH, SIIRSM

How long does it take to complete the NEBOSH General Certificate?

How long does it take to complete the NEBOSH General Certificate? Find out how long it will take you to complete your NEBOSH General Certificate. This updated Astutis blog covers everything from tuition hours, revision and exams. 

September 2019

This blog has recently been updated, August 2022, to reflect the latest course updates and modifications.


Most people thinking about taking a qualification want to know two things: how much will it cost me? how long will it take me? One of the many advantages of the NEBOSH General Certificate is its flexibility. Being able to take the course online or in a classroom means you can spend as much or as little time as you need to complete the course.

The NEBOSH General Certificate requires a total of 80-120 hours of study. This is broken down into ‘tuition hours’ and ‘self-study hours’. But how long it actually takes you to achieve your qualification will largely depend on your daily commitments, availability and chosen learning method. 


Tuition hours

Tuition hours are the time you spend on your core learning either through an online course or in a classroom. The NEBOSH General Certificate has a minimum of 68 tuition hours.

Online courses offer the most flexibility. You’ll have all the materials you need for your core learning hours, but when and how long you study for is up to you. 

Ideally you should factor in time to study every day, including weekends. If you can’t then it may take you longer to complete the course and feel confident to sit your exams. Most course providers will put a limit on how long you have access to your online course and support for so always check this before you start.

Online courses are available for the national and international version of the course. 

As well as the time spent in the classroom, you’ll also be expected to complete homework and your own additional study in the break between your sessions, so make sure you factor in time for this.

It is also important to factor in your preferred learning method, as different methods can sometimes have different durations. 

  • If you choose to study the course in the Online format, it will take your approximately 110-125 hours to complete the NEBOSH General Certificate. 
  • The course is also available in the Astutis exclusive Virtual Classroom, which infuses the structured and traditional feel of classroom learning with the flexibility and comfort of virtual learning. If you choose to study in the Virtual Classroom, the course should take approximately ten working days which is split over two weeks.
  • The OnlinePlus+ format balances the flexibility of online learning whilst providing a more structured training plan and exclusive workshop events. The NEBOSH General Certificate should take approximately 113 hours. Which is split into sixteen hours of live tutor-led tutorials and over 90 hours of self-study. 
  • Companies can also opt to train their staff on the NEBOSH General Certificate at their premises. which should take no longer than ten hours to complete.  


Self-study hours

As with any qualification, you’ll be expected to dedicate a certain amount of time to your own research. You’re recommended to spend approximately 40 hours on private study. This can be anything from reading journals and websites, to attending webinars, completing homework and watching videos.

Additional resources – like interactive activities, past exam questions and links to relevant research – are all included within your online course, so you’ll have everything you need to complete your self-study hours in one place.

If you’re studying in the classroom, you’ll be given printed course materials and workbooks, as well as recommendations on where to find additional information. 


Exams

There are 2 assessments for the NEBOSH General Certificate.

NG1/IG1 is an online open-book exam to assess what you know.

NG2/IG2 is a practical risk assessment to assess what you can do. It can be completed in your own time and submitted by email or post. You're recommended to spend around 3 hours on this assessment. 

If you're studying in a classroom, your exam will usually be scheduled for the week after your last session. If you're studying online, you'll need to let your course provider know when you're ready to sit your exam and they'll make all the arrangements for you.

All information about the NEBOSH General Certificate exams can be found on our Exam Hub.

Access the latest NEBOSH General Certificate Syllabus here.


How long is your NEBOSH General Certificate valid for?

There’s no expiration date on your NEBOSH General Certificate. Once you’ve passed it, that’s it!

Saying that, if you want to progress onto other NEBOSH qualifications, like the NEBOSH Diploma or specialist NEBOSH Certificates, you’ll need to do so within 5 years of passing your NEBOSH General Certificate.

This blog post has been updated in to reflect the changes in the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus. 

Related Blogs

  • How to Communicate in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS): A Practical Guide Image
    William Gaunt

    How to Communicate in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS): A Practical Guide

    Occupational health and safety is the bedrock of every successful organisation. We boil down its essential elements and list three things you absolutely have to know. Additionally, find out why it matters and how OHS professionals are trained.
    21.02.24
  • Research Suggests 3 Reasons UK Failed Car Charging Station Goals Image
    Enock Ebbah

    Research Suggests 3 Reasons UK Failed Car Charging Station Goals

    The UK Government has failed to meet its goals for installing electric vehicle charging stations nationwide in 2023. We list some key reasons why and explain the frustrating impact this will have on their Net-Zero mission.
    16.02.24
  • What is Occupational Health & Safety? 3 Things You Need to Know Image
    William Gaunt

    What is Occupational Health & Safety? 3 Things You Need to Know

    Occupational health and safety is the bedrock of every successful organisation. We boil down its essential elements and list three things you absolutely have to know. Additionally, find out why it matters and how OHS professionals are trained.
    14.02.24
  • Who is Responsible for Health and Safety in the Workplace? Image
    William Gaunt

    Who is Responsible for Health and Safety in the Workplace?

    We look at who is responsible for health and safety in the workplace and what employees and employers should prioritise when creating their health and safety plan for their organisation. Click to find out more.
    09.02.24
  • Climate Crisis as Net-Zero Targets Missed In 2023 (Expert Opinion) Image
    Enock Ebbah

    Climate Crisis as Net-Zero Targets Missed In 2023 (Expert Opinion)

    Our Net-Zero expert, Enock Ebbah, delves into the seismic challenge in front of our planet to decrease the rate of global warming after the UK fails to meet its projections for 2023 - revealing the potentially devastating implications.
    07.02.24
  • Fighting Climate Change: Why COP28 Is Important Image
    Enock Ebbah

    Fighting Climate Change: Why COP28 Is Important

    Sustainability and Net-Zero expert, Enock Ebbah, breaks down the relevance of COP 28 and why it is an important opportunity for nations to take action to implement climate plans. 
    31.01.24
Section Curve
Case Studies

Real Life Stories

Find out how learners look back on their training with Astutis. Our case studies give our learners, both individual and corporate, a platform to share their Astutis experience. Discover how training with Astutis has helped past learners and delegates make the world a safer place, one course at a time.
More Image
Bottom Curve
What People Say

Hear What Our Learners Have To Say

We're always there for our customers. 98% of our learners rated their overall experience as good or outstanding. We will always pride ourselves on our customer service. But don’t take our word for it, here is what our customers have to say
  • "I felt a divine prompting to seek my Boss's recommendation when considering another learning partner, and she graciously suggested Astutis. Choosing Astutis turned out to be a decision without regrets. Even when I didn't pass the RA on my first attempt, the Director's response to my inquiries boosted my confidence to request a remark, which was facilitated at no extra cost thanks to the Director's advocacy. Astutis provided unwavering support throughout my journey, from inception to completion. I eagerly anticipate enrolling in additional courses and pursuing a diploma with them."

    Femi
    20.02.2024
  • "Nebosh need to be consistent with the marking, I felt the marking can be somehow subjective. Different marker graded same script differently. I failed the first time because someone(marker) didn't understand the guideline and the second marker did mentioned something different. Good study material and content."

    Femi
    20.02.2024
  • "Provided all necessary supporting documentation alongside the virtual training."

    Jodie
    20.02.2024
  • "I found the NG1 course particularly useful in understanding what was required for the exam."

    Jodie
    20.02.2024
  • "Good communication, helpful and friendly"

    06.02.2024
  • "Interesting and relevant."

    06.02.2024
  • "ASTUTIS has good customer care. They trustworthy and coordinative .They work as a team. A special thanks goes to madam Hilary for the great work rendered."

    Rogers
    06.02.2024
  • "I thought the course was so easy but I found it even tougher than IGC but interesting when you get used to it."

    Rogers
    06.02.2024
  • "Easy to deal with - course materials good"

    Rick
    06.02.2024
  • "10 days seems a long time for the syllabus Also the class sizes are quite large leading to logistical issues"

    Rick
    06.02.2024