NEBOSH National General Certificate

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (NGC) is an essential qualification for anyone working in or wanting to work in safety & health, as well as those with health and safety responsibilities within their roles.

Methods of Study: Online, Classroom, In-Company, Revision, Textbooks
The NEBOSH NGC is the UK's most popular health and safety qualification
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The NEBOSH Certificate is highly respected by employers in all sectors and is a vital first step for those wanting a long and successful career in HSE. The NEBOSH NGC is based on UK legislation and is the UK's most popular health & safety qualification. 


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Benefits of achieving the NEBOSH National General Certificate:

  • Boost your career prospects; NEBOSH Certificates are valued by employers globally.
  • Meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (TechIOSH)
  • Entitled to Associate Membership of the IIRSM (AIIRSM).

RRC is an accredited NEBOSH Course Provider offering the NEBOSH NGC throughout the world:

RRC offer you more than any other NEBOSH General Certificate provider:

  • Over 85% of RRC students have successfully completed their NEBOSH National General Certificate
  • 90 years experience in training & education
  • 45 years experience in delivering health & safety training
  • Choice of learning methods
  • Above NEBOSH average exam pass rates
  • Teaching and support from a team of 40 expert tutors

NEBOSH National General Certificate Course Content

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is based on UK law.  It is made up of three units which must be successfully completed within five years to achieve the NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification:

Unit NGC1: Management of Health and Safety

  • Foundations in Health and Safety
  • Plan
  • Do
  • Check
  • Act

Unit GC2: Control of Workplace Hazards

  • Workplace Hazards and Risk Control
  • Transport Hazards and Risk Control
  • Musculoskeletal Hazards and Risk Control
  • Work Equipment Hazards and Risk Control
  • Electrical Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Chemical and Biological Health Hazards and Risk Control
  • Physical and Psychological Health Hazards and Risk Control

Unit GC3: Health and Safety Practical Application


Units NGC1 and GC2 of the NEBOSH National General Certificate are each assessed by two-hour written examinations. Unit GC3 is assessed by a two-hour practical assessment carried out in your workplace (or another suitable workplace).

Exams are held in March, June, September and December each year.

NEBOSH General Certificate ONLINE

  • Available 24/7 Worldwide
  • Course Duration - 130 hours + exams (can be completed in 3-12 months)
  • Ideal for those whose lifestyle needs a really flexible high quality learning method

Online Learning with RRC

  • RRC Guaranteed Support & Money Back Guarantee
  • Mobile-friendly, innovative, interactive online study including videos, animations, quizzes, tests and reviews of your progress
  • Unlimited tutor support by a team of expert tutors
  • Full PDF copy of the study text to download
  • Over 190 exam centres available throughout the world
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Overview of the NEBOSH General Certificate Online Course

NEBOSH General Certificate Classroom

  • Available at 6 UK venues - London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle
  • Course Duration - 2 weeks (10 days) + exams
  • Ideal for those who like a traditional, structured learning environment away from their workplace
  • London
    8-12 Jul 2019
    12-16 Aug 2019
    14-18 Oct 2019
    11-15 Nov 2019
  • Glasgow
    7-11 Oct 2019
    4-8 Nov 2019
    3-7 Jun 2019
  • Manchester
    7-11 Oct 2019
    18-22 Nov 2019
  • Newcastle
    21-25 Oct 2019
    11-15 Nov 2019

Classroom Learning with RRC

  • Expert teaching from experienced NEBOSH approved trainers.
  • Modern, professional training environment - providing the perfect environment to learn.
  • First class learning resources - access to RRC’s online resources from the moment you register, and full colour printed 
    study texts supplied on the first day of your course.
  • Refreshments throughout the day including lunch.
  • Advice and support from the RRC Trainer & Customer Service Teams.

NEBOSH General Certificate Revision

  • Revision Workshops - London 1 day (NGC1 AM, GC2/3 PM)
  • Revision Guides - Concise notes and exam practice, available as printed books or PDF downloads
  • Ideal for those who would like additional support with their exam preparation
NEBOSH General Certificate Revision Books

Revision Workshops

Led by RRC’s expert tutors, RRC’s NEBOSH NGC Revision Workshops are designed to re-enforce key topics that feature
regularly in exams, and look at how to tackle the exam questions. Over the course of a workshop you will:

  • Review key topics from across the course
  • Discuss revision and exam techniques
  • Work through exam-style questions and receive tutor feedback
  • Learn how to avoid common mistakes in the exam
  • Resolve any last-minute technical queries
  • Swap study tips and ideas with fellow students

Revision Guides

RRC’s NEBOSH NGC Revision Guides combine concise revision notes with exam-style questions and model answers - for
a fully effective revision tool to help you achieve NEBOSH Exam Success. Key features are:

  • Concise overview of all the key syllabus topics, structured to follow the NEBOSH syllabus, enabling easy mapping to 
    your course textbook
  • A variety of NEBOSH exam-style questions with sample answer plans and model answers so you can effectively 
    prepare for the exam
  • Guidance on how to successfully complete practical assessment (GC3)
  • Available as either printed A5 booklets or electronic PDF files

NEBOSH General Certificate Textbooks

  • Designed to support students throughout their studies.
  • Full colour, fully illustrated textbooks aligned to the NEBOSH National General Certificate syllabus.
  • Developed by a team of expert NEBOSH tutors working closely with educational experts and including feedback from our students and customers.
NEBOSH General Certificate Textbooks

RRC Textbooks

All our materials are designed to be straight forward to use and understand. They include:
  • Key Information boxes, providing an overview of the key facts, ideas and principles of each section.
  • Glossary boxes, explaining words or phrases that may be unfamiliar.
  • More boxes, containing sources of further information.
  • Hints and Tips boxes, containing simple ideas that can help you as you work through the book.
  • Revision Questions to test your knowledge as you progress.
  • Practice Exam-Style Questions with step by step guidance on how to answer them.

Essential Reference

The RRC Guide to Health & Safety Law – covering all the UK legislation you will need to reference to effectively study the
NEBOSH National General Certificate.

NEBOSH General Certificate FAQs

Do you offer evening/weekend courses?

We do not offer evening or weekend classroom courses, however this course can be studied by e-learning at any time.

Is the Certificate I receive the same if I study by e-learning as when I study in the classroom?

Yes, the Certificate is the exact same. You cannot tell the method of study from the Certificate.

Can I pay the course fees in instalments?

Course fees can be paid in up to a maximum of four monthly instalments. The final instalment must be received at least one month before the start of the course for classroom courses, or the exams.

What is the difference between the National and International General Certificate?

The National Certificate is based on UK legislation and is recognised worldwide. The International Certificate is based on International Standards of Best Practice and is recognised by employers outside of the UK.

What can I study once I have completed the Certificate?

If you are looking to study a higher level H&S qualification, the NEBOSH Diploma will be the most suitable course to study.

Do I have to study the Award course first?

No. The Certificate can be studied by students with no prior health and safety experience.

Do I have to study the Certificate before I can study the Diploma?

It is strongly recommended that all students complete the NEBOSH General Certificate (or equivalent qualification) before studying the NEBOSH Diploma, as the Diploma builds upon the knowledge gained at Certificate level, however this is not essential in all cases. For further information, view our Guidance on Entry to the Diploma.

How long does the Certificate take to complete?

This will depend on how you choose to study. On average, students complete this course in around 6 months.

What educational level is the NEBOSH General Certificate?

The General Certificate is a level 3 qualification (EGF) which is the equivalent to A-levels in the UK.

What happens if I fail the exams?

If you do not pass your exams, you can book a re-sit with our exams team. 

How long are the exams?

Units NGC1 and GC2 are each assessed by a two hour exam.  GC3 is assessed by a 2 hour work based practical assessment. 

Can the exams be completed online?

Exams need to be completed at one of our assessment centres. This will be pre-arranged with our exams team.

Can I buy past exam papers?

Pass papers are not available for any NEBOSH courses; however you can access an example question paper with examiners feedback on expected answers on the Nebosh website.

Can I try the e-learning course before I enrol?

Yes, you can sign up for a free e-learning trial here.

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