NEBOSH National General Certificate - New Syllabus

For previous syllabus, see here.

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (NGC) provides a broad understanding of health & safety issues and is an essential qualification for anyone with health and safety responsibilities as part of their role or working in Health & Safety.

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.

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Benefits of achieving the NEBOSH National General Certificate:

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

RRC is an accredited NEBOSH Learning Partner offering the NEBOSH NGC throughout the world:

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

  • RRC is a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner - Guaranteeing you the best NEBOSH learning experience
  • 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
  • Teaching and support from a team of 40 expert tutors

NEBOSH National General Certificate Content

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

Unit NG1: Management of Health and Safety

  • Why we should manage workplace health and safety
  • How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
  • Managing risk - understanding people and processes
  • Health and safety monitoring and measuring

Unit NG2: Risk Assessment

  • Physical and psychological health
  • Musculoskeletal health
  • Chemical and biological agents
  • General workplace issues
  • Work equipment
  • Fire
  • Electricity

Assessment:

  • Unit NG1 is assessed by a two-hour assessment completed at your home.
  • Unit NG2 is assessed by a three 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
  • Around 115 hours of study (can be completed in 3-9 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 for offline study
  • Exams completed at your home and workplace
  • Interest Free Payment Plans
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Overview of the NEBOSH General Certificate Online Course

NEBOSH General Certificate Live Online

  • Combines live zoom classes with online study
  • Delivers a classroom learning environment in the comfort of your own home
  • Provides structured learning with scheduled dates
  • Available worldwide

Live Online Learning with RRC

  • Mobile-friendly, innovative, interactive live online study including:
  • 3-4 hours of live Zoom sessions a day with an experienced RRC tutor
  • topical presentations
  • activities that stimulate discussion with fellow learners and the tutor
  • poll questions with feedback
  • collaborative activities
  • group exercises
  • Guaranteed support until you complete your course
  • Full control of your studies - study when and where you like.
  • No time or money wasted on travelling.
  • Unlimited support from RRC’s Trainer Team & Customer Services Team throughout your studies.
  • Full PDF copy of the RRC's comprehensive study text to download to all your devices to study offline.
  • Exams completed at your home and workplace

NEBOSH General Certificate Classroom

  • Available throughout the UK: London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester & Newcastle
  • 2 week course (10 days) + assessments
  • Ideal for those who like a traditional, structured learning environment away from their workplace
  • London
    NG1: 19-23 Oct 2020
    NG2: 9-13 Nov 2020
  • BIRMINGHAM
    NG1: 19-23 Oct 2020
    NG2: 16-20 Nov 2020
  • Glasgow
    NG1: 12-16 Oct 2020
    NG2: 9-13 Nov 2020
  • LEEDS
    NG1: 12-16 Oct 2020
    NG2: 9-13 Nov 2020
  • Manchester
    NG1: 12-16 Oct 2020
    NG2: 9-13 Nov 2020
  • Newcastle
    NG1: 19-23 Oct 2020
    NG2: 16-20 Nov 2020

Classroom Learning with RRC

  • RRC is a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner - guaranteeing you the best NEBOSH learning experience
  • Expert teaching from highly experienced NEBOSH approved trainers
  • Professional training environment - providing the perfect environment to learn with refreshments throughout the day including lunch
  • World 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
  • Advice and support from the RRC Trainer & Customer Service Teams
  • RRC Guaranteed Support & Interest Free Instalment Plans

NEBOSH General Certificate Revision

  • Revision Workshops - London 1 day, ensuring you are fully prepared for the exam
  • 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

Revision Guides

RRC’s NEBOSH Certificate Revision Guides combine concise revision notes along with guidance on how to tackle the assessments - for a fully effective revision tool to help you achieve NEBOSH Exam Success. Key features are:

  • Concise overview of all the key NEBOSH syllabus topics
  • Guidance on how to successfully complete the assessments
  • Available as either printed A5 booklets or electronic PDF files

NEBOSH General Certificate Textbooks

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

RRC Textbooks

All our materials are designed to be easy to use and understand. They include:
  • Complete Coverage of the NEBOSH National General Certificate syllabus
  • Key Information summarised at the start of each section
  • Explanations of words or phrases that may be unfamiliar
  • References to sources of further information
  • Revision Questions to test your knowledge as you progress

Essential Reference

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

NEBOSH General Certificate In-Company

RRC is a fully approved NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner and can help you cost-effectively train your staff.

  • In-Company Classroom: effective and cost & time efficient, available worldwide
  • Training Contracts: send your staff to our open classroom courses in LondonBirminghamGlasgow, LeedsManchesterNewcastle or Dubai at discounted rates
  • Online: ideal for training teams across multiple sites, with discounts on standard fees for bulk licences
  • Bespoke: courses can be tailored to meet your specific sector and/or translated into any language

Why Businesses Choose the NEBOSH National General Certificate (NGC):

  • Course approved and examined by NEBOSH, an internationally recognised health & safety body
  • Certificate issued by NEBOSH, guaranteeing quality of training and delegates achievement
  • High quality training guaranteed through RRC's Gold status in the NEBOSH Learning Partner Scheme 
  • Improved productivity & profitability through:
    • Reduction in accidents and safety incidents
    • Improved workforce satisfaction through increased safety awareness throughout the organisation
    • Enhanced reputation with customers and suppliers
    • Reduction in costs arising from avoidable insurance claims and legal fees

NEBOSH General Certificate FAQs

How does the new NG1 assessment work?

NEBOSH NG1 exam format changed on 1 July 2020.

The NG1 exam is undertaken at home in what is called an “Open Book” exam.  Exam papers will be sent at a notified time and you will then have 24 hours to complete and return them. The exam should only take a few hours to complete and the 24 hours is to meet the needs of all learners in different time zones around the world.

The exam itself comprises scenario based questions, where you will be given a set scenario(s) and asked questions which test the knowledge you would have gained studying the course. You will be able to access books, but must document all the sources you reference.  This is extremely important as NEBOSH will be using software to check that answers are not just copied from textbooks.

After the exam you will be interviewed by a Tutor who will be checking that you have an understanding of the responses you gave in the exam along with checking your ID.

You must fully revise the course before taking the exam and we suggest making detailed notes to refer to as you are undertaking the assessment.

Where can I sit my exam?

Exams are sat at home and there is no need to attend an exam centre.

How does the assessment work?

There are two assessments, one per Unit and both must be passed within 5 years.

  • Unit NG1 is assessed by an open book, scenario based assessment which is completed at home and should take around 2 hours to complete
  • Unit NG2 is assessed by a practical assessment, this will be marked by NEBOSH and if you are unsuccessful you will be allowed to improve your work and resubmit at the next exam date

Pass Standards

  • Unit NG1: 45 marks
  • Unit NG2: Pass (Only Pass or Fail available for this assessment)

The qualification grade is based on the result from Unit IG1

  • Distinction: 75 marks or higher
  • Credit: 65-74 marks
  • Pass: 45-64 marks

You can however choose to resit NG1 even if you have passed to improve your grade.

Can I study NG2 before I complete NG1?

NG1 should be studied before the NG2 practical assessment is undertaken.

Whilst the NG2 assessment primarily assesses elements 5 – 11, the knowledge from elements 1.1, 1.2 and 3.4 is required to complete the assessment.

How long does the Certificate take to complete?

This will depend on how you choose to study. The Classroom course is 2 weeks (10 days) plus assessments. For Online study on average, learners complete this course in around 6 months.

What does Gold Learning Partner mean?

RRC are delighted to have been evaluated as a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner, the highest level in the NEBOSH Learning Partner programme.

NEBOSH introduced a Learning Partner Programme in September 2019 which recognises those Learning Partners that provide learners with the best possible learning experience. 

All NEBOSH Learning Partners have been classified based on their performance against the programme’s principles which represent global best practice in the provision of course tuition and support. The key principles are:

  • Ensure all learners understand what is expected of them and what they can expect from their Learning Provider
  • Create a learning environment that is engaging and encourages interaction that is appropriate for the course and type of delivery
  • Provide accurate course materials and continually update and improve them
  • Ensure tutors are qualified, knowledgeable, competent and engaging
  • Give learners feedback on their progress and provide appropriate support
  • Review course delivery and learner feedback and action as necessary

Learning Partner Status

Learning Partners can be identified as follows:

  • Gold – greatly exceeds the principles
  • Silver – exceeds the principles
  • Bronze – meets the principles

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

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

Can I pay the course fees in instalments?

Course fees can be paid in up to a maximum of four monthly instalments. For UK customers instalments can be paid over 12 months. Click here for more information.

What is the difference between online, elearning and distance learning?

Online & elearning are just different words for the same thing. Distance Learning, means learning at a distance but is commonly used to describe the more traditional paper based study, RRC do provide the complete study text which you can download and study off line thus giving you the option of how you study the course

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.

Is the Certificate I receive the same if I study Online as when I study in the classroom?

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

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.

What educational level is the NEBOSH General Certificate?

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

What happens if I fail the assessment(s)?

If you do not pass either (or both) of your assessments, you can book a resit with our exams team.

For NG2 (the practical assessment) you will receive feedback from the NEBOSH examiner which will help to improve your work. You can then resubmit at the next exam date.

Can the exams be completed online?

Exams are undertaken at home and in the workplace and are submitted online.

Can I buy past exam papers?

As NEBOSH changed the method of assessment as of 1 July 2020, previous exam papers will not be useful in your studies.

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