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NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

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Begin the journey into health and safety management and realise your true potential with the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. The course is a comprehensive foundation course designed to benefit all learners in all stages of their health and safety careers.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate is designed to apply to all industries across the globe. The international version is ideal for learners outside of the UK and those looking to further their understanding in international health and safety law. 

Learning Methods



110-125 hours

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements

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NEBOSH International General Certificate Explained

The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is an ideal first step into health and safety and is perfect for transitioning into management. It will gift learners pivotal philosophies and understanding in baseline health and safety.

The International course also comprises two central units that will cover critical topics such as health and safety management fundamentals and different types of workplace risk.

The International version of the NEBOSH General Certificate is a broader qualification ideal for learners outside of the UK. The course is engineered to apply to international regulations and law, making it widely transferable.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is recognised by employers and professional memberships in over 180 countries around the world! It introduces learners to the crucial Plan-Do-Act-Check model, which continues to positively influence international workplace safety.

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  • IG1

    Management of Health and Safety

  • IG2

    Risk Assessment


  • IG1: Online Assessment

    IG2: Practical risk assessment based on a workplace

Course Length

  • Virtual: 10 days delivered as 2 split weeks

    Online: approx 110-125 hours (12 months access provided)

Learning Methods

  • Online

    Instant access

  • Virtual


  • On-Site

    Delivered on-site


There are no entry requirements, but we recommend that all learners be literate in English.

Management of Health and Safety Underlines the core strategies designed to implement and manage a successful health and safety system in the workplace.
Risk Assessment Assessment module

NEBOSH International General Certificate Syllabus Guide

NEBOSH Progression Pathways

NEBOSH General Certificate Course Guide

The IG1 open book exam is completed electronically and submitted through the NEBOSH exam portal.  You have 24 hours from 11am (UK time) on exam day to complete and submit your exam paper.  The pass mark is set at 45 marks.

The IG2 is a practical risk assessment based on a workplace.  This can be completed at a place of work or at home, and is submitted by email according to deadline.

You’ll be awarded a grading for the IG1, as outlined below; and for IG2 either a pass or refer (fail).  Your overall qualification grade will be based on the mark you achieve in your IG1 open book exam:

Pass: 45-64 marks
Credit: 65-74 marks
Distinction: 75+ marks

You must successfully pass both units to achieve your full NEBOSH International General Certificate.

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Do you have a suitable standard of English?
Learners must have a suitable English language standard to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification reach a minimum English standard equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 or higher in the IELTS test.
Do you have the time to commit to the course?
The NEBOSH General Certificate may not be the longest course available; we still advise learners to understand the commitment required. NEBOSH recommend 110-125 hours of study hours. If you need a flexible study schedule, consider the new syllabus online option that contains the latest study tools such as Study Smart, Mock Exams, Interactive learning and access to revision materials.

Choosing a provider for a course like the NEBOSH General Certificate can be really difficult for 2 reasons.

  1. Because there are so many providers
  2. Because you want to ensure you get the best value for money

There are many ways to help you choose which provider is best for you. We always recommend looking at online reviews and testimonials to understand things such as course quality and level of customer service. However, it is also important to consider things like the types of learning they provide, what course material you will be provided with and how much tutor support you'll get.

Finally, pass marks are also important to consider. You need to have confidence that your provider will help you gain that all important pass mark so ensure you check out what their pass rates are and how students are prepared for their exams at the end of the course.

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The NEBOSH IGC course is an ideal place to start as it gives a broad grounding in the field of health and safety. The NEBOSH International Diploma course will build on knowledge gained at this level. Whilst it is not mandatory to have a pre-qualification to take the NEBOSH International Diploma, it is very highly recommended you have either the NEBOSH International General Certificate or at least 5 years health and safety work experience.

The NEBOSH National General Certificate and NEBOSH International General Certificate are both versions of the NEBOSH General Certificate. The National General Certificate couse is available in the UK only and the International General Certificate is available to all countries outside of the UK.

They’re the same level, have the same units, elements and learning outcomes and they both follow the same exam structure and grading system.

The course content isn’t that much different either. They both teach you how to manage health and safety based on the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” management system. But they reference different legislation and regulation in the finer details.

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NEBOSH International General Certificate for Your Workforce

Develop your people for a better organisation.

By applying the knowledge and skills gained from the NEBOSH International General Certificate qualification, you will be able to contribute to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

Our training has been tried and tested by 100,000 health and safety professionals. We offer a range of learning options, including virtual classroom, online and on-site classroom courses delivered at premises of your choice on a day of your choice.

Benefits Of Staff Training At Your Organisation

Cost and time saving benefits for larger number of staff
Your own dedicated account manager to organise all aspects of your training
Relevant training for your staff can be tailored to company requests
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Dependent on staff availability, location, budget and your company needs, choose from the options:

Online - Our interactive and multimedia rich courses for staff to fit in around their commitments

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Classroom - Expert tutor-led delivery that is hosted in a professional training environment across 6-sites within the UK.

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Independent and practical consultancy support provided by our Chartered Health and Safety, and Environmental practitioners.

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