Many individuals attend the NEBOSH General Certificate Course as it gives them the skills and knowledge to fulfill their health and safety responsibilities. It is a great opportunity as a first step towards a solid career in occupational safety and health, whether you are a manager, supervisor or operational staff. The course is suitable for anyone in any industry or sector, as the course encompasses all elements of health and safety in the workplace.
The NEBOSH General Certificate provides a good foundation on which to build your knowledge on health and safety, as the course allows for progression onto the NEBOSH Diploma, or the ability to branch out and specialise in areas such as construction, fire, environment and health and well being in the workplace.
This course is an intense learning experience and delegates should be ready to commit and dedicate their spare time to study and revision outside of the classroom. Due to the nature of the examinations, a thorough understanding of the English language and reading and writing skills are required in order to attend this course.
Delegates will attend the course for 12 days, covering all the modules of NGC1, NGC2 and NGC3. A revision day leading up to the examination date will also enable delegates to get the most out of their course and utilise the instructor's knowledge for more help. It is strongly recommended that delegates complete all homework set.
Our instructor Chris Ward, is an experienced lead tutor for the NEBOSH Diploma, General Certificate and Construction Certificate programmes and is a registered NEBOSH examiner. His knowledge and experience with both teaching and marking the assessments allows for delegates to receive guidance on both the course content, as well as the style in which NEBOSH require their exam questions to be answered. His marking style enables delegates to understand how to answer questions effectively and the homework set allows for delegates to receive continuous feedback to strengthen their knowledge.
NGC1 and NGC2 modules are assessed by two two hour written examinations. Each written examination consists of ten 'short answer' questions (8 marks each) and one 'long answer' question (20 marks). NGC3 is assessed by one practical assessment carried out in the delegate's own workplace within 10 working days of the written examination.
Delegates are required to complete all 3 units within a five year period to achieve the qualification. There are three overall grades that can be attained from NEBOSH, a pass, credit or distinction. All marks from the individual modules are added together and the grades are awarded. Delegates can expect to be notified of their pass mark approximately 2 months after the examination.
The next course dates are as follows:
NGC1: 21st – 25th January
NGC2/GC3: 11th-15th February
NGC1/GC2 Mock Exam: 25th February
NGC1 Revision Day: 28th February
NGC2/GC3 Revision Day: 1st March
NGC1 Exam: 6th March (AM)
NGC2 Exam: 6th March (PM)
NGC1: 18th – 26th April
NGC2/GC3: 13th – 17th May
NGC1/GC2 Mock Exam: 28th May
NGC1 Revision Day: 30th May
NGC2/GC3 Revision Day: 31st May
NGC1 Exam: 5th June (AM)
NGC2 Exam: 5th June (PM)
NGC1: 21st – 25th October
NGC2/GC3: 11th – 15th November
NGC1/GC2 Mock Exam: 25th November
NGC1 Revision Day: 28th November
NGC2/GC3 Revision Day: 29th November
NGC1 Exam: 4th December (AM)
NGC2 Exam: 4th December (PM)
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)
Unit NGC1 Management of Health & Safety
- Foundations in health & safety
- Organising for health & safety
- Promoting a positive health & safety culture
- Risk assessment
- Principles of control
- Monitoring review and audit
- Incident and accident investigation and reporting
Unit GC2 Controlling Workplace Hazards
- Movement of people and vehicles – hazards and control
- Manual and mechanical handling – hazards and control
- Working equipment hazards and control
- Electrical hazards and control
- Fire hazards and control
- Chemical and biological health – hazards and control
- Physical and psychological health – hazards and control
- Construction activities – hazards and control
Unit GC3 Health and Safety Practical Application
Delegates will need to carry out unaided a safety inspection of a workplace, identifying common hazards, deciding if they are adequately controlled, and where necessary, suggesting cost effective control measures. A written report will then need to be compiled which persuasively urges management to take an appropriate action and explain clearly why such action is needed. This will include references to possible breaches of standards and identifying practical legislation and control measures which should be implemented.
Please click here for further NGC3 guidance for students.
"The tuition from Chris was second to none. His knowledge is invaluable and always had a thorough answer for any question asked. The support from Mark was also brilliant, I wasn’t expecting two tutors, one for the content and another to teach us the NEBOSH styling of answering exam questions. It helped me get a great mark and would seriously recommend the course for anyone looking to do NEBOSH"
- Daniel Barnesbury
"The course was a lot of work and sometimes stressful, but that was to be expected. The knowledge from both tutors was great. The feedback sessions for the homework and examination preparation really helped me to pass the exam. I enjoyed the course, the others on the course and the tutors are great"
- Nicola Anderson
"Could not fault the support of the tutors and the others on the course. Was not expecting the level of support I have had from the others on the course, but we are encouraged to share resources and information which has helped us all. Chris’ knowledge of health and safety is indisputable. Brilliant course and support. Go and book on this course now as you won’t find better tutors!"
- Christopher Sharpe
"I found the course hard work, but Mark and Chris were both invaluable with giving me confidence, clear and concise feedback and support. I would recommend Kentec for the NEBOSH Courses any day of the week as I felt supported and confident"
- Nigel Hamilton
"I would like to thank the tutors for dealing with my questions, moments where I lacked confidence and the stress I probably gave my fellow delegates. I really struggled at the beginning as I have not been in a classroom or done an exam in a long time, but Chris and Mark made me feel at ease and the others on the course were helpful too. We were given clear feedback on the homework and one on one sessions with Mark helped a lot too"
- Stephen Clements