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Resitting Your NEBOSH International General Certificate Exam

Resitting your NEBOSH General Certificate ExamThe NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) is assessed with 2 written exams for IGC1 and GC2 and a workplace assignment for GC3. You must successfully pass all three units within 5 years to achieve the full qualification.

To successfully pass a unit, you have to demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and their practical application by producing comprehensive, relevant answers. 

What do I do if I've failed my NEBOSH International General Certificate exam?

If you have received a fail in one of your nebosh international general certificate units, also known as a referral, you can either:

  • Resit the exam, or
  • Appeal your result

Resitting your NEBOSH International General Certificate exams

You can resit a failed unit providing you do so within 5 years of achieving your first successful unit. If you haven’t yet passed a unit, the 5 year time frame won't apply until you have successfully achieved a unit. 

If you want to resit a unit you have passed with the aim of achieving a higher mark, you can do so providing it is within the same 5 year period.  You must inform NEBOSH of your intention to do so within 20 days of the date the result was issued. 

You can resit your NEBOSH International General Certificate exams in one of our training centres in March, June, September or December. 

Click to learn more about booking your NEBOSH International General Certificate exam. 

Appealing your result

If you feel your result doesn’t match your reasonable expectations, you can appeal to get your unit remarked by submitting an Enquiries About Results (EAR) form within 20 days of the result being issued. 

Why did I fail my IGC exam?

The NEBOSH Examiners Reports offers insight into the key areas that learners commonly underperform. 

Common mistakes in IGC1 and GC2 written exams

  • Misinterpreting the question, providing answers relevant to the topic instead of the question
  • Command words - not providing enough content to answer the question
  • Repetition - writing the same point in different ways or providing the same answer for different questions
  • Failing to plan time effectively providing too much detail in earlier questions 
  • Not answering all the questions or providing incomplete answers for sets of questions
  • Memorising information instead of applying concepts
  • Illegible handwriting 
  • Wasting time by writing out the question

Common mistakes in GC3 practical assignments

  • Not listing enough hazards in the workplace inspection
  • Failing to recognise the consequences of the hazards listed
  • Not listing tangible, physical hazards
  • Focusing on immediate controls and missing out long-term controls
  • Writing the report based on your own work/managers preferences instead of what NEBOSH asks for
  • Writing too much
  • Introducing new elements into the report that have not been included in the inspection and control section of the assignment  
  • Lack of structure to the report

How can I improve on my IGC resit?

The NEBOSH International General Certificate Syllabus Guide details the learning outcomes for each module. These will give you a good indication of the level of knowledge you need to have for the exam and what you should be revising. 

The NEBOSH Examiners reports also offer an excellent resource to help prepare for future exams. The Examiners Reports are published yearly after March and September exams and are free to download from the NEBOSH website. Feedback is offered on exam techniques, command words and learning outcomes. 

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