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NEBOSH National General Certificate Course

The NEBOSH National General Certificate (NGC) is the most popular and recognisable health and safety qualification within the United Kingdom, currently being held by in excess of 200,000 individuals.

Whilst this qualification underpins the knowledge of many health and safety practitioners, the vast majority of people who undertake this course do so in order to improve their knowledge in regard to their own health and safety responsibilities and those of their employers.

The NEBOSH NGC course is therefore ideal for: managers, team leaders, supervisors, safety representatives and anybody else who needs to develop a solid understanding of their health and safety responsibilities and who wishes to implement sustainable health and safety improvements in a pragmatic manner.

The qualifications are recognised as suitable for membership by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

There are no entry requirements to study for this qualification other than having a suitable and sufficient understanding of the English language to enable course delgates to both understand and articulate the concepts being studied.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate Syllabus

The NEBOSH National General Certificate (NGC) is UK focused and is based on UK law. It consists of two (2) units and these must both be completed within a five year period in order to be awarded the NEBOSH National General Certificate parchment/qualification.

Programme of Study

Unit NG1: Management of Health and Safety

  • Element 1 – Why we should manage workplace health and safety
  • Element 2 – How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
  • Element 3 – Managing risk – understanding people and processes
  • Element 4 – Health and safety monitoring and measuring

Unit NG2: Risk Assessment

  • Element 5 – Physical and psychological health
  • Element 6 – Musculoskeletal health
  • Element 7 – Chemical and biological agents
  • Element 8 – General workplace issues
  • Element 9 – Work equipment
  • Element 10 – Fire
  • Element 11 – Electricity

Download the official guide containing the detailed syllabus, assessment requirements and example question papers for the NEBOSH National General Certificate*.

*Copyright: NEBOSH
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read this document – available free of charge from www.Adobe.co.uk.

NEBOSH Course Duration

Classroom: 10 Days + Examination (Open Book – 2hrs) + Practical Exercise (Workplace-based risk assessment task – 3 hours)

Virtual-Classroom: 10 Days + Examination (Open Book – 2hrs) + Practical Exercise (Workplace-based risk assessment task – 3 hours)

e-Learning: Up to 12 months, including examination (Open Book – 2hrs) + Practical Exercise (Workplace-based risk assessment task – 3 hours)


NEBOSH NGC delegates are assessed through written examination for NG1 and NG2 requires the undertaking of a practical assessment and completion of a formal report. Your qualification grade is based only on the result from the question paper (Unit NG1) but you need to achieve a ‘Pass’ in both units (NG1 and NG2) before the parchment can be issued.

Note: Individual unit certificates are now only provided upon written request.

Frequently Asked Questions

What order do I need to study the modules in?

NG1 should be completed prior to undertaking NG2 as you will need the knowledge gained to supplement NG2 particularly for the practical assessment.

Where can I take the exam?

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.

One registered for 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 Goldcross Training and NEBOSH if any changes are required. If you have not received this email please remember to check your spam folders.

Discover more information regarding NEBOSH digital assessments here.

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

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is founded on UK legislation and recognised throughout the world.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate is founded on international standards of health and safety best practice, aligned with the guidelines laid down by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Is the qualification the same for all types of study?
Yes and all delegates will recieve the same certificate.
What academic level is the National General Certificate?
The National General Certificate is is considered to be level 3 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) i.e. equivalent to A-Level standard.

NEBOSH National General Certificate: General Information

This qualification is designed for anyone (managers, supervisors and workers) in any type of organisation. It’s ideal for anyone who needs a broad understanding of health and safety issues to be able to manage day-to-day risks effectively. Many people take the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (NGC) as a first step in a career in health and safety. It gives a valuable overview and is a sound basis for further professional study.

Further details regarding the NEBOSH National General Certificate Qualification can be found here.

Prior to enrolment it is important that all prospective delegates/students are fully aware of what they can expect, and what will be expected of them, when undertaking this challenging programme of study.

We therefore recommend that you review the following documents prior to making your final decision:

NEBOSH National General Certificate Factsheet
NEBOSH National General Syllabus (Guide for learners)
NEBOSH NG2 Practical Guidance
NEBOSH General Conditions For Learners
NEBOSH Policies and Procedures
NEBOSH Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration

If you require assistance with regard to special access or reasonable adjustments please ensure that you discuss this with us directly on: 0203 633 5505 or via email: training@goldcross-training.com prior to enrolment You should also be aware that ‘Special Consideration’ can be applied for delegates who are present for the assessment but may have been disadvantaged by temporary illness, bereavement, injury or adverse circumstances that arose at or near the time of assessment.

The Goldcross Learning Agreement.

Your instructors responsibility:

Course instructors are all experienced as both health and safety professionals and as NEBOSH instructors. The instructors are also experts in their fields and have a wealth of knowledge beyond the normal requirements. They know what is required for successful completion of the training. You will have an opportunity at the end of the course to complete a formal course evaluation including any recommendations that you may have or improving the way in which the course is presented. It would be of mutual benefit if any such observations made during the course are highlighted at the time so that corrective action can be taken without delay.

Instructors will:

  1. Ensure that the syllabus is covered
  2. Refer to the notes and workbook where appropriate
  3. Answer questions raised by delegates (either at the time of asking or a later date when appropriate).
  4. Encourage interaction by use of syndicate exercises as an example.

To achieve success, you should:

  1. Take active part in the sessions, asking questions when you consider it appropriate and making your own notes to help the learning process.
  2. Be aware of the tight timetable and avoid excessive diversions from the main points of the syllabus.
  3. Avoid private conversations in discussions during teaching sessions, they can be more disruptive to the other delegates and the tutors than you may realise.
  4. Mark in the notes the key points identified during lectures and note any examples given by lectures which help to illustrate the contents.
  5. Consolidate your knowledge as you proceed through the program. Delegates who read in the evening the notes relating to the subject covered during the day are most successful; and
  6. Regularly check the syllabus to assess your own progress using the sample questions to test your understanding.

During the course do not be afraid to ask questions to clarify anything you are not sure of. Discuss with your instructor anything that you are particularly concerned with or, if you have any personal difficulties that may affect you whilst following or completing of the course. Have full participation in syndicate exercises, these are particularly valuable in sharing the knowledge and experience of other delegates.


Following each session, it is a good practice and advisable to review the previous sessions before starting the next. Putting your knowledge to the test with questions and feedback is an essential part of the learning process.

We hope you will enjoy the course and look forward to your success in the examination.

Here at Goldcross Training our aim is to provide students with the best possible opportunity of successfully completing their NEBOSH studies and we recognise that all students’ requirements vary. As a result, we offer students the flexibility to undertake their training in a number of different ways:

  • Block Week Courses – Block week courses normally run during the working week from Monday to Friday (5 Days) with one NEBOSH training unit being completed in this time. This option is suitable for those individuals who are fully funded by their employer or those that can take suitable time off work and can commit to their studies for the whole week.
  • Day Release Courses – The NEBOSH course day release option offers considerably more flexibility and provides students the opportunity to spread their studies over a longer time period, normally five weeks. This can be particularly important if your employer is unable to release you for a full week at a time or you have other commitments that must be provided for i.e. you may have responsibilities as a carer and or parent.
  • Weekend Courses – The weekend option is specifically provided for those individuals who cannot or do not wish to take time off work during the week. These five-day units are normally provided over either two and a half weekends or four and a half weekends.
  • Mix & Match – Delegates are not locked into a specific training centre or method by which they can complete their NEBOSH studies. They have the flexibility to undertake different units at different Goldcross training centres and different units using any of the above options.
  • Conversion Courses – These courses provide an opportunity where students can utilise units from their previous NEBOSH studies (i.e. NG1) as credit towards additional/new NEBOSH qualifications.
  • Online – Delegates are not tied down to specific classroom start dates or study times. This mode of learning provides considerable flexibility to undertake your study utilising our e-learning platform within your own environment and around your normal daily routine. (Under Development!)
  • Virtual Online – Delegates can join the ‘virtual’ classroom remotely and undertake the learning experience live with their allocated tutor and alongside other delegates. (Under Development!)

The costs of our NEBOSH courses are variable and dependent upon: location, method of study i.e. classroom, remote online, e-learning, etc and your preferred study option; block week, weekend, day release, etc.

All of our courses are clearly priced and the exact cost is clearly specified on the course page.

Our prices are fully inclusive of essential course materials and exams where applicable.

Please contact us directly on: 0203 633 5505 or by email at: nebosh@goldcross-training.com if you have any queries in relation to our course prices.

You will be requested to provide feedback by your tutor throughout your training and you will be requested to complete a formal feedback form at the end of the course.

NEBOSH also provide opportunity for you to provide feedback directly to them at: info@nebosh.org.uk and to their regulator, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA): customer@sqa.org.uk.