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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety


Over 200,000 people hold a NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. Why? Because it’s the gold standard in health and safety qualifications.

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.

Who is it for?

The NEBOSH National General Certificate will give you invaluable knowledge and skills AND a globally respected qualification that supports your current role and your long-term career.

The qualification is:

  • Relevant to every workplace

  • Ideal for managers, supervisors, or anybody with health and safety management responsibilities

  • Perfect for those embarking on a health and safety career 

What will I know and do?

What will I know?

With in-depth focus on the things that matter, the NEBOSH National General Certificate covers:

  • How to effectively manage health and safety

  • How to identify and control common workplace hazards

  • How to measure if you’ve been successful

  • The UK’s key legal requirements

What will I be able to do?

Risk assessment is central to the qualification. Through study and workplace application, successful learners will be able to:

  • Confidently carry out risk assessments

  • Develop and implement a detailed action plan

  • Manage and minimise workplace risks

  • Support and develop your company’s health and safety culture

How is it assessed?

This modern qualification combines activities, learning and interactive materials to provide you with an interesting and engaging experience. It focuses on key skills that means you can instantly apply the knowledge you gain and add value to your organisation.

Assessment is a two-step process:

  • NG1 - An open book examination to assess what you know. This is scenario based and will include a closing interview, you will be asked questions about your submission.

  • NG2 - A practical risk assessment to assess what you can do (3 hours). Learners will complete a risk assessment and develop an action plan for their workplace – this is immediately useful and valuable.


Assessments are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH. These examiners are chosen for their experience and expertise to ensure that learners are assessed by the very best from our industry.


Once we have registered you to a digital assessment, NEBOSH will send you a Confirmation of Registration email that includes your learner number, and important information relating to your assessment. Please ensure that you check your name is spelt correctly and report this to your learning partner and NEBOSH if any changes are required. If you have not received this email please remember to check your spam folders.

Following receipt of your Confirmation of Registration email for your digital assessment, NEBOSH will send you a further email containing your Username and Password for the NEBOSH online examination platform. If you have not received this email please remember to check your spam folders.

NG1 - The invigilated paper-based exam has been permanently replaced with a digital assessment. Learners will have 24 hours to access, complete and submit their paper starting from 11am (UK time) on the examination date.

NG2 - The practical unit NG2 will be assigned and assessed during the relevant part of your course. 

How to study

Modes of study

E-Learning - our most popular choice

Classroom based

Our live face to face classroom based sessions are our most popular choice and hold the highest pass rate.

Remote learning

Attend live training sessions from your home or workplace.

Sessions are held via either MS Teams or Zoom.

A laptop or PC with a camera, microphone and strong internet connection are required for this mode of study.


The National General Certificate will involve a minimum of 68 taught hours and approximately 40 hours of private study and background reading.

9 Full Days + Revision + Examinations

Full time - block release

  • Week one - Five full days (Mon - Fri)

  • Week two - Four full days (Mon - Thurs)

  • Week three - Examinations

Part time

One day per week over nine weeks + examinations


Classroom based

£1,200 + VAT

Remote learning

£900.00 + VAT


£355.00 + VAT


Please contact us for a quotation

Professional recognition

Holders of the NEBOSH 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 with appropriate experience.*

  • Associate Membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)

*Assessments must be taken in the UK to be eligible for IOSH membership, unless the learner was registered with NEBOSH before 31 August 2022.

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