NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is the gold standard in health and safety qualifications, and the most widely respected health and safety qualification of its kind in the world. This means that it’s designed to reflect the needs of today’s employer giving learners everything they need to know and do to make their workplace safer.

Relevant to every workplace, the NEBOSH National General Certificate is ideal for managers, supervisors and anybody with health and safety management responsibilities. It’s also perfect for those embarking on a health and safety career and gives you a stepping stone to success.

Trusted by many organisations, it can help to:

  • Minimise workplace injuries and illness
  • Boost employee wellbeing
  • Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety, which can win business

Course Overview

Unit NG1: Management of Health and Safety: 

Taught Lessons: 29 hours (5 day block)

Self-Study: 20 hours (recommended)

Open Book Assessment: 4 Hours

Total: 53 hours

Unit NG2: Risk Assessment:                  

Taught Lessons: 39 hours (5 day block)

Self-Study: 20 hours (recommended)

Practical Assessment: 3 Hours

Total: 62 hours

The qualification grade is based on the result from Unit NG1

Distinction: 75 marks or higher

Credit: 65 - 74 marks

Pass: 45 - 64 marks

The NGC has two assessments; delegates must achieve a ‘Pass’ in each unit in order to be awarded the qualification. Delegates have five years to complete their qualification. The five-year period starts from the date that the first successful pass of a unit.

The cost of this course is the total cost, including all materials and examination fees.

Course Objectives

The National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (NGC) was launched in 1989 and is recognised internationally. The qualification looks at general workplace issues and can be applied in many sectors. On completion of the qualification, delegates will be able to:

  • Justify the need for health and safety improvements
  • Advise on duties under the main pieces of UK health and safety legislation
  • Help their organisation to manage contractors
  • Work within a health and safety management system
  • Positively influence health and safety culture and behaviour
  • Carry out a general risk assessment (using a 5-step approach) of their workplace
  • 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
  • Help their employer check the effectiveness of the health and safety management system through monitoring, auditing and review


The standard of English required by delegates studying for the NGC must be such that they can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

PLEASE NOTE: All those wishing to complete the NEBOSH Course need to be registered 60 days before the exam.