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.

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.

Thousands of leading experts and organisations have helped us update the most widely respected health and safety qualification of its kind in the world. This means that it’s designed to reflect the needs of today’s employer giving learners everything they need to know and do to make their workplace safer.

Who’s it for?

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.

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

Transform your career: how will it help me?

The 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.




Transform your workplace: advantages for Employers

According to the Health and Safety Executive, workplace injuries and ill-health cost UK businesses over £15 billion per year; ensure your employees go home safely to their families at the end of every day.

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is trusted by many prestigious organisations such as Thames Water, Kier and the Football Association.

It can help to:

  • Minimise workplace injuries and illness
  • Boost employee wellbeing
  • Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety, which can win business
  • Strengthen your health and safety culture
  • Ensure your organisation has valuable in-house health and safety expertise

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.

  • A question paper to assess what you know
  • A practical risk assessment to assess what you can do

At a glance

We asked thousands of leading experts and organisations what workplaces needed in health and safety professionals to ensure the NEBOSH National General Certificate covers the skills they need.

That’s why it:

  • Focuses on key skills that are essential for the workplace
  • Follows the international framework of agreed best practice and ISO standards
  • Is flexible to the style of any learner; it can be studied by eLearning, face to face, block or day release
  • Study hours, making it possible for fast track learners to complete it in 10 days
  • It is offered by Learning Partners around the world

Course Content

What does the qualification cover?

Element Assessment
1 Why we should manage workplace health and safety

Question paper
(one 20-mark question and ten 8-mark questions)

Unit NG1: Management of health and safety

Elements 1.1, 1.2 and 3.4 are also assessed by the practical assessment (Unit NG2)

2 How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
3 Managing risk – understanding people and processes
4 Health and safety monitoring and measuring
5 Physical and psychological health

Practical assessment

Unit IG2: Risk assessment

6 Musculoskeletal health
7 Chemical and biological agents
8 General workplace issues
9 Work equipment
10 Fire
11 Electricity