NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health course from SafetyNow Training

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health is an examined core qualification for people who have part of their role at work involved in health and safety at work. 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.

This course is delivered by SafetyNow in association with Woodward SHE Ltd, who are NEBOSH accredited centre 179.

Holders of the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety are entitled to:

  • Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
  • The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technician membership (TechIOSH) of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

Why Choose SafetyNow?

SafetyNow's NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health course is delivered by experienced trainers and scheduled to give you the best chance of success. Rather than studying the full course and then taking both exams at once, the programme is broken up into three sections in order to give you ample time for revision.


Businesses may be eligible to funding worth up to 50% of course fees for this NEBOSH course via the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

Click here to find out more about funding.

Course Content

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. No previous health and safety knowledge is required but candidates should note the assessment includes a requirement to write a short report.

Unit NGC1: Management of Health and Safety

Element 1: Foundations in Health and Safety
Element 2: Plan - policy
Element 3: Do - organisation
Element 4: Check - measuring
Element 5: Act - auditing and review

Unit GC2: Controlling Workplace Hazards

Element 1: Workplace Hazards and Risks
Element 2: Transport Hazards and Risks
Element 3: Musculoskeletal Hazards & Risks
Element 4: Work Equipment Hazards/Risks
Element 5: Electrical Safety
Element 6: Fire Safety
Element 7: Chemical and Biological Safety
Element 8: Physical & Psychological Health

Unit GC3: Health and Safety Practical Application



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.

Unit GC3 is assessed by one two-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate's own workplace.

Course programme

Block Release [12-day] course - 2 x 1 week blocks, plus 2 further days. This is usually scheduled as follows:

  • Week 1 Monday - Friday: Study for NGC1
  • One-week break
  • Week 2 Monday: Revision & NGC1 exam
  • Week 2 Tuesday - Friday: Study for GC2
  • Week 3 Monday - Revision for GC2
  • Week 3 Tuesday: GC2 exam

The NEBOSH National General Certificate can also be run as an in-house course.


NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) offers a comprehensive range of globally-recognised, qualifications designed to meet the health, safety and environmental management needs of all places of work.

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