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NEBOSH Construction Certificate Syllabus

NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction Syllabus

The NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction course, previously known as the NEBOSH Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, is a level-3 risk management qualification.   

Launched in March 2021, the updated syllabus reflects the role of a modern safety professional working within the construction industry. It’s aligned to the latest Construction (Design and Management) 2015 regulations, but with a focus on best practice.

The course is made up of 1 unit and covers CDM roles and responsibilities, risk management, culture, and common workplace hazards.

Overall learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Advise on duties and manage construction risks under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.
  • Justify the need for health and safety improvements.
  • Produce or contribute to a construction phase plan.
  • Help your organisation to manage contractors.
  • Positively influence health and safety culture and behaviour.
  • Carry out a risk assessment of a construction site and manage a range of construction hazards.
  • Recognise workplace changes and their impacts and understand how to minimise these impacts.
  • Develop basic safe systems of work that include emergency arrangements and know when to use a permit-to-work system.
  • Take part in incident investigations.

Full course syllabus

Unit NC1: Managing Construction Safety

Element 1: The Foundations of Construction Health and Safety

  • Morals and money
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
  • Types, range and issues relating to construction activities
  • Site assessment and control measures
  • Site order and security
  • Management of temporary works
  • Other construction issues including welfare arrangements

Element 2: Improving Health and Safety Culture and Assessing Risk

  • 2.1 Health and safety culture
  • 2.2 How human factors influence behaviour positively or negatively
  • 2.3 Improving health and safety culture
  • 2.4 Assessing risk

Element 3: Managing Change and Procedures

  • 3.1 Managing change
  • 3.2 Safe systems of work for general work activities
  • 3.3 Permit-to-work systems
  • 3.4 Emergency procedures
  • 3.5 Learning from incidents

Element 4: Excavation

  • 4.1 Excavation work hazards and assessments
  • 4.2 Control measures for excavation work
  • 4.3 Safe working in confined spaces

Element 5: Demolition 

  • 5.1 Demolition and dismantling hazards
  • 5.2 Purpose and scope of pre-demolition, deconstruction or refurbishment survey

Element 6: Mobile Plant and Vehicles

  • 6.1 Safe movement of people
  • 6.2 Safe use of vehicles and plant
  • 6.3 Work-related driving

Element 7: Working at Height

  • 7.1 Working at height hazards and controls
  • 7.2 Safe working practices for access equipment and rood work
  • 7.3 Protection of others

Element 8: Musculoskeletal Health and Load Handling 

  • 8.1 Musculoskeletal disorders and work-related upper limb disorders
  • 8.2 Manual handling hazards and control measures
  • 8.3 Load-handling equipment

Element 9: Work Equipment

  • 9.1 General requirements for work equipment
  • 9.2 Hand-held tools
  • 9.3 Machinery hazards and control measures
  • 9.4 Working near water

Element 10: Electricity

  • 10.1 Hazards and risks
  • 10.2 Control measures
  • 10.3 Control measures for working underneath or near overhead power lines
  • 10.4 Control measures for working near underground power cables

Element 11: Fire

  • 11.1 Fire principles
  • 11.2 Preventing fire and spread
  • 11.3 Fire alarms and fire-fighting

Element 12: Chemical and Biological Agents

  • 12.1 Hazardous substances
  • 12.2 Assessment of health risks
  • 12.3 Control measures
  • 12.4 Specific agents

Element 13: Physical and Psychological Health

  • 13.1 Noise
  • 13.2 Vibration
  • 13.3 Radiation
  • 13.4 Mental ill-health
  • 13.5 Violence at work
  • 13.6 Substance abuse at work


The NEBOSH Construction Certificate is assessed with an Open Book Exam. You’ll be presented with a typical workplace scenario and asked to complete several short tasks and one long risk assessment task relating to the situation. 

The exam tests your ability to apply your learning practically, so your answers should always relate back to the scenario you’re presented with. 

The exam is taken entirely online. You’ll have 48 hours to download your question paper, complete your answers, and submit them on the NEBOSH portal. 

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