NEBOSH NATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE
Course Date: 05/02/2018 – 16/02/2018
Duration: 10 days (full time) or 20 weeks (part time)
Certification: Level 3 Qualification
The NEBOSH General Certificate is a nationally recognised health and safety qualification which enables delegates to manage health and safety effectively, whilst also fulfilling the legal duties employers have to seek competent health and safety advice in accordance with Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The National General Certificate is the most widely held health and safety qualification in the UK with over 175,000 people having gained the award since it was launched in 1989.
What kind of people take the NEBOSH National General Certificate?
Managers, supervisors and staff from all types of organisations who need a broad understanding of health and safety issues. The certificate helps them manage risks effectively. Many people take the NEBOSH National General Certificate as a first step in a career in health and safety. It provides a valuable overview, and is a sound basis for further professional study.
What does the qualification cover?
The NEBOSH National General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The syllabus is mapped to the National Occupational Standards for Health and Safety owned by Proskills. No previous health and safety knowledge is required but candidates should note the assessment includes a requirement to write a short report.
The qualification is divided into three units, each of which is assessed separately:
Management of Health and Safety (NGC1)
Controlling workplace hazards (GC2)
Health and safety practical application (GC3)
How is it assessed?
Units NGC1 and GC2 are taught units each assessed by a two-hour written examination. Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. All questions are compulsory.
Unit NGC3 is assessed by one two-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate’s own workplace. The assessment must normally be taken within 10 working days of a written examination. The practical examination is internally assessed by the programme organiser and externally moderated by NEBOSH.
Candidates will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a candidate has successfully completed all three units (NGC1, GC2 and GC3), the overall qualification parchment will be issued.
What are the benefits for employers?
A safer workplace – Health and safety is important. It protects people from injury and loss of life. People with a NEBOSH General Certificate know how to help their employer avoid prosecution, litigation, absence costs and loss of reputation, wherever they operate.
Assurance – Employers whose staff are NEBOSH qualified is an employer committed to health and safety. A NEBOSH General Certificate provides an assurance of safety – something that can help employers achieve recognised standards and can even win new business.
Return on investment – An employee with a NEBOSH General Certificate has a practical set of skills that bring real value to the modern global workplace.
Holders of the National General Certificate are entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH and Associate Membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
The NEBOSH National General Certificate has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 6 with 15 SCQF credit points.
SCQF Level 6 is comparable to NQF/QCF Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.