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NEBOSH National General Certificate Syllabus

The NEBOSH National General Certificate provides a broad understanding of key NEBOSH accredited centre 807 logohealth and safety issues, covering the legal requirements for health and safety in the UK and the identification and control of workplace hazards.

The course is split into 2 units which are assessed individually - 1 through a question paper and 1 through a practical assessment.

If you're looking to study this course outside of the UK then we recommend taking a look at the NEBOSH International General Certificate course on our international courses website.

Course summary

Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Justify health and safety improvements using moral, financial and legal arguments
  • Advise on the main duties for health and safety in the workplace
  • Help their organisation manage contractors
  • Work within a health and safety management system, recognising what effective general policy, organistion and arrangements should look like
  • Positively influence health and safety culture and behaviour to improve performance in their organisation
  • Do a general risk assessment in their own workplace - profiling and prioritising risks, inspecting the workplace, recognising a range of common hazards, evaluating risks (taking account of current controls), recommending further control measures, planning actions
  • Recognise workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and effective ways to minimise those impacts
  • Develop basic safe systems of work (including taking account of typical emergencies) and knowing when to use permit-to-work systems for special risks
  • Take part in incident investigations
  • Help their employer to check their management system effectiveness - through monitoring, audits and reviews

Full course syllabus

Unit NG1: Management of Health and Safety

Element 1: Why we should manage workplace health and safety

  • 1.1 Discuss the moral, financial and legal reasons for managing health and safety in the workplace
  • 1.2 Explain how the law works and the consequences of non-compliance
  • 1.3 Summarise the main health and safety duties of employers and workers in HSWA 1974 and MHSWR 1999
  • 1.4 Explain how contractors should be selected, monitored and managed

Element 2: How health and safety management systems work and what they look like

  • 2.1 Give an overview of the elements of a health and safety management system and the benefits of having a formal/certified system
  • 2.2 Discuss the main ingredients of health and safety management systems that make it effective - general policy, organisation, arrangements

Element 3: Managing risk - understanding people and processes

  • 3.1 Describe the concept of health and safety culture and how it influences performance
  • 3.2 Summarise how health and safety culture at work can be improved
  • 3.3 Summarise the human factors which positively or negatively influence behaviour at work in a way that can affect health and safety
  • 3.4 Explain the principles of the risk assessment process
  • 3.5 Discuss typical workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and ways to minimise those impacts
  • 3.6 Describe what to consider when developing and implementing a safe system of work for general activities
  • 3.7 Explain the role, function and operation of a permit-to-work system
  • 3.8 Discuss typical emergency procedures (including training and testing) and how to decide what level of first aid is needed in the workplace

Element 4: Health and safety monitoring and measuring

  • 4.1 Discuss common methods and indicators used to monitor the effectiveness of management systems
  • 4.2 Explain why and how incidents should be investigated, recorded and reported
  • 4.3 Explain what an audit is and why and how it is used to evaluate a management system
  • 4.4 Explain why and how regular reviews of health and safety performance are needed

NG2: Risk Assessment

For this unit learners must produce a risk assessment of a workplace which considers a wide range of identified hazards (drawn from elements 5-11) and meets best practice standards ('suitable and sufficient')

Element 5: Physical and psychological health

Element 6: Musculoskeletal health

Element 7: Chemical and biological agents

Element 8: General workplace issues

Element 9: Work equipment

Element 10: Fire

Element 11: Electricity

Course Assessments

All units are compulsory and assessments must be passed to gain the full qualification. 

  • Unit NG1 is assessed by a 2 hour question paper consisting of 10 short essay answers and 1 long essay answer. 
  • NG2 is a 3-hour practical assessment is completed after sitting your NG1 exam.

Take a look at our NEBOSH General Certificate Exams and Pass Rates blog post to find out more about the exams.

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How can I study for my NEBOSH National General Certificate?

Astutis offers 3 different options for delegates wishing to study for the NEBOSH Certificate:
  • Online course - flexible and cost effective option where you learn when you like and at your own pace with online software and full tutor support - find out more.
  • In-company for groups of employees at your organisation ­- we will come to you. Save on the cost of training multiple people.

How long do I have to complete the NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification?

All units must be completed within five 5 years to achieve the full NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification.

How is the NEBOSH National General Certificate assessed?

Unit NG1 is assessed by a 2-hour written exam of 10 'short-answer', 8-mark compulsory questions and 1 'long-answer', 20 mark compulsory question. NG2 is a 3-hour practical examination carried out in your own workplace. The papers are marked by external examiners who are appointed by NEBOSH.

I am outside of the UK, is this the right course for me?

For people outside of the UK we recommend the NEBOSH International General Certificate course on our international courses website.

Should I go straight for the NEBOSH National Diploma, or start with the National General Certificate?

The NEBOSH NGC course is an ideal place to start as it gives a broad grounding in the field of health and safety. The NEBOSH National Diploma course will build on knowledge gained at this level. Whilst it is not necessary to have a pre-qualification to take the NEBOSH National Diploma, we would highly recommend it.