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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The most popular health and safety qualification in the UK – essential for anyone wanting a successful career in health and safety. New syllabus (launched September 2019) now available. Live Online learning now available.


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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The most popular health and safety qualification in the UK – essential for anyone wanting a successful career in health and safety. New syllabus (launched September 2019) now available. Live Online learning now available.

New: Live Online Learning

Get all the benefits of structured classroom learning but with the convenience of the digital world, studying where you like.

Students join remotely using a PC, laptop or tablet and download the relevant software in advance to enable access to the tutor run class. Throughout the course, students can see and interact with the tutor and with each other. 

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Gold NEBOSH Learning Partner

A National General Certificate (NGC) is specified in most health and safety job adverts, which means that people who hold the NGC have far better job prospects. 

The British Safety Council is one of NEBOSH’s Gold Learning Partners.  This means we “greatly exceed” six key learning excellence principles.

Our pass rates are significantly higher than the national average and we produced the top candidate nationally in 2017/18.

Why choose the British Safety Council

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    We are one of the world’s leading health and safety organisations

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    Our tutors are experts in health and safety and are excellent teachers

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    No 'death by PowerPoint' – learning is student-centred and interactive

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    Study skills and examination techniques are embedded throughout

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    Pass rates are consistently above the national average

What's in it for me?

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is valued by employers.

Holders of the NGC can apply for technical membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Tech IOSH). Many students then progress to the NEBOSH National Diploma (Grad IOSH) and from there to chartered status (CMIOSH).

If you have any questions about our occupational health and safety training courses, please visit our FAQs page.

"The British Safety Council is miles ahead in all areas: tutor, materials and examination technique."
Johnny Meehan, INEOS Upstream Limited

Learning through virtual reality

Test your risk assessment skills with our new virtual reality (VR) exercise. Learn through discovery by assessing the risk of harm from a number of work activities in a virtual workplace. 

VR is available online and at select venues nationwide, including our London Hammersmith training centre. 

Information for students

Qualification Structure

The qualification comprises two units:

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




NG1: Open book examination (approximately 4 hours within a 24-hour window)

NG2: Workplace-based risk assessment task

Qualification Level

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) at Level 6 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).  For users in England, Wales

and Northern Ireland, this is comparable to a vocationally-related qualification (VRQ) at Level 3 in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).  A Level 3 VRQ is comparable (in academic terms) to an A-Level. 

Professional Recognition

The NEBOSH National General Certificate meets the academic requirements for:

  • Technical membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Tech IOSH).
  • Associate membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (AIIRSM).

Language Requirements

Assessments are available in English only.

Your standard of English must be such that you can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. 

NEBOSH recommends that non-native speakers undertaking this qualification should have a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.  For further information please consult the IELTS website:

Enrolment Period

When you start the course, we enrol you as a student with NEBOSH. Your initial enrolment period lasts for 5 years. This means that you must pass your first unit within 5 years. If you fail to pass your first unit within 5 years, you will need to re-enrol and pay another registration fee.

When you pass your first unit, your enrolment period is automatically re-set and you have a further 5 years to pass the remaining unit. In other words, your first unit has a shelf-life of 5 years. If you do not pass the remaining unit within 5 years, your first unit will expire and you will have to retake this unit in order to pass the qualification.

Learning Agreement

When you join the course, we ask you to enter into the following agreement with us:


The British Safety Council will:

  • Use suitably qualified and experienced tutors to deliver the tuition
  • Cover all the specification learning outcomes
  • Provide or direct you to the information you need to pass the qualification
  • Provide you with expert advice on revision and examination technique
  • Respond in a timely manner to any queries
  • Be diligent and courteous at all times.


You must:

  • Attend all scheduled sessions
  • Contribute to group discussions in a positive manner
  • Endeavour to be active, rather than passive in terms of learning
  • Complete the required number of revision hours
  • Pay particular attention to advice regarding revision and examination technique
  • Bring any learning difficulties to our attention at the earliest opportunity.

NEBOSH Learner Terms and Conditions

The NEBOSH Learner Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Qualification Specification

The qualification specification (syllabus) can be found here.

Learning Resources

Classroom and live online learners will receive a hard copy handbook for each unit at the start of the course.  If you are studying live online, these will be posted to your home address.  E-Learners will receive a digital copy.

You will be given access to an online portal containing the following PDF documents:

British Safety Council resources:

  • Textbook
  • Unit handbooks
  • Open book examination guidance
  • Revision tutorials.


NEBOSH resources:

  • Guide to the NEBOSH National General Certificate (‘Syllabus Guide’)
  • Open book examination learner guide
  • Open book examination technical learner guide
  • NG2 assessment template
  • NEBOSH Learner Terms and Conditions.

Tutor Support

Your tutor will provide support in relation to subject content and assessment preparation.  They can be contacted by telephone, video call or email at any time.

Results and Certificates

Results are issued 10 weeks after the assessment date.

Each unit is reported as ‘Pass’ or ‘Refer’. You must pass both units to achieve the qualification.

Qualification grades are awarded as follows:


Pass                45 – 64% in NG1 and Pass in NG2

Credit               65 – 74% in NG1 and Pass in NG2

Distinction       75% + in NG1 and Pass in NG2


Unit and qualification certificates are despatched by NEBOSH within 20 working days of the result notification date.

Queries and Complaints

Should you have any queries, please contact our Education Team (

If you are not satisfied with the service provided by your tutor or our Education Team, please contact our Customer Service Team (

You can also refer the matter to NEBOSH (

If you are not satisfied with the service provided by NEBOSH, please contact the Scottish Qualifications Authority (

How can I study?

We recognise that everyone is different, which is why we offer a choice of study routes.

Learners can attend a course at one of our training centres, complete the course live online, complete the course online or we can deliver the course in your workplace.

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New Syllabus

The NGC online programme allows you to study at your own pace and in your own time without the need to take time off work or stay away from home.

This new online programme includes tutorial videos, interactive exercises, student forums, tutor support, and practice questions to make sure you are fully prepared for the NG1 examination and NG2 risk assessment task.

Student interaction is strongly encouraged, and students can discuss ideas, help and support each other and get help from tutors in the new forums.

The open book examination can be taken online. You have 24 hours to complete the assessment which should take approximately 5 hours. 

 The workplace-based assignment is submitted one week after the examination. The first exam of the new syllabus will be held in November. 

Additional fees for NEBOSH Examination and Assessment.

Why online?

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    Structured and easy to follow programme

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    Study wherever and whenever suits you

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    Perfect for people with busy lives

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    Most cost-effective way to study for this qualification

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    Course includes comprehensive range of materials

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£400.00(exc. VAT)



Live Online

Study remotely and learn ‘live’ with a tutor just as you would in a classroom. 

Students join via the web using a PC, laptop or tablet.  The course is run using Zoom, but students don’t need to download any software.  Throughout the course, students can see and interact with the tutor and with each other.

The open book examination and workplace-based assignment are taken online.  The examination takes about 4-5 hours during a 24-hour window. 

Please note: Assessment fees are charged separately.

In your workplace

We can visit your workplace and deliver the 9-day course on dates of your choice.

This is an effective way of training a group of people as it saves on travel costs and allows learners to keep in touch with work.

The written examination is taken at your venue on the morning of Day 10.  The workplace-based risk assessment task is submitted one week after the examination.

Why in your workplace?

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    Cost-effective option for a group of learners

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    Face-to-face courses have the highest pass rates

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    Expert teaching by an experienced tutor

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    Class discussions can be company-specific

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    Allows students to keep in touch with work

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