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The first step in building your health & safety career! This course is the latest NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus update.
The NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety is one of the most widely held health and safety qualifications in the world. It will give you the skills and knowledge to create a safe and healthy place for people to work and visit.
The course is available in two versions - national (for UK based learners) and international (for learners based outside of the UK).
The NEBOSH General Certificate is NEBOSH's most popular level 3 qualification. Both the national and international version of the qualification are recognised worldwide by employers and professional memberships.
|NEBOSH Certificate Course Key Facts|
|Learning Methods||Online, Classroom and In-company|
|Units||2 units: NG1 and NG2|
|Assessments||2 hour question paper for NG1 and a practical assessment for NG2|
|Entry Requirements||Literate in the English language|
The NEBOSH General Certificate is the most widely recognised and requested qualification in health and safety by employers.
Taking the NEBOSH General Certificate will provide you with the key knowledge to provide a safe working environment for you and your colleagues, which in turn promotes efficiency and productivity within the workplace. This can make you incredibly attractive to employers, particularly as 90% of health and safety roles specify one or more NEBOSH qualifications are required.
If you would like more information on the benefits of taking the NEBOSH General Certificate, take a look at this blog!
There are various ways to take the course which you can choose from depending on where you are looking to study.
Classroom Learning: Available to those studing in the UK only, this is ideal if you prefer supported learning and would like regular contact with a tutor and other learners. It means you need to travel to a specific location to learn and will have set training times - ideal for someone who needs a more structured approach to learning.
Classroom learning is split across two weeks. View dates.
Online Learning: If you are in a position where you are not able to take time off work or are based outside of the UK you can take the NEBOSH General Certificate online for a more flexible approach to training. This allows you to work at your own pace in your own time and is ideal for those who are self-motivated.
If you would like to know more about how to take your NEBOSH General Certificate qualification, take a look at this post.
The NEBOSH General Certificate is a great starting point when it comes to health and safety and doesn't necessarily need to be taken by those already in health and safety roles. In fact, 70% of people who take the course are in roles outside of health and safety!
The NEBOSH Certificate is divided into two units NG1 and NG2 which are assessed separately:
NG1 is broken down into four elements made up of:
NG2 is a practical risk assessment exercise demonstrating an understanding of elements 5 - 11 including:
There are two assessments for the NEBOSH General Certificate:
Exams held four times a year in March, June, September and December, but some providers run additional dates throughout the year too.
The length of time it takes to pass the NEBOSH General Certificate qualification depends on which type of training method you chose.
Online Course: This usually takes around 80 – 120 hours to complete but is flexible and can be worked around you and your commitments. You will have access to the e-learning resources and online tutor support for 12 months from the start of the course date.
Classroom Course: This usually consists of two split weeks (10 days). You'll be expected to travel to a single place of study on specific dates.
Remember to register your place for the exams 8 weeks before the exam date to ensure you get a space!
Take a look here for more information on how long it takes to complete the NEBOSH General Certificate course.
The NEBOSH General Certificate is a level-3 qualification, equivalent to a UK A-level. Those who pass the course are qualified to manage health and safety and protect people from illness and serious injuries – that’s a serious job, they don’t just hand it out to anyone!
That said, over 175,000 people have gained the NEBOSH General Certificate qualification since it was launched. So, providing you put in plenty of study time and prepare well in advance for your exams, there is no reason why you would not be able to pass.
Once you have successfully passed both units of the qualification it’s yours forever. However if you’re hoping to progress onto other NEBOSH qualifications, you’ll need to do so within 5 years.See more about how hard the NEBOSH General Certificate is here.
The cost of your course can depend on a number of things including the learning method you choose and your course provider. Usually, an online NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety costs from £450 (excl VAT and exams) with classroom learning often being slightly more expensive.
Learn more about the NEBOSH Certificate course prices in our How Much Does it Cost to Take a NEBOSH General Certificate Course blog.
There are funding options available in the UK for the NEBOSH General Certificate, however access to this funding is dependant on individual circumstances. For example, NEBOSH have teamed up with the Charities Safety Group to help qualify those who work at charities and voluntary sector groups.
If you have served in the armed forces, you can also apply for funding through Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits. The amount of assistance received will depend on how long you were in the military for, but you can get up to 80% of your course paid for through Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits.
Personal loans and CITB funding are also available for those eligible. Find out more about funding for the NEBOSH General Certificate here.
Planning how to study for your NEBOSH General Certificate before you start is an important factor and can significantly impact the results you get. At Astutis we recommend starting by creating a revision timetable to ensure you are able to cover each element within the course in a timely and organised way. Think about when your exam is and work backwards to create a timetable to ensure you are able to work your study time around your existing commitments.
Study sessions should be kept to no longer than 20 minutes to 1 hour to ensure your concentration is maintained and using study cards can be a great way of memorising the tricky details in bite sized chunks.
Answering past exam questions is also a great way to familiarise yourself with the types of questions you will be asked and gives you a chance to try answering questions under a time constraint. Remember, in the exams you will have 11 questions to answer in 2 hours so practising your timing is essential to ensure you get all the questions answered.
For tips on how to study for the NEBOSH General Certificate take a look at this helpful article.
Get in touch with Astutis today to find out all you need to know about starting your course.
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