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The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health is a globally respected health and safety qualification.  

A modern risk-based qualification providing practical skills and sustainable knowledge that can be applied to any workplace, across industries, for those starting out, as well as those who are continuing their development as health and safety professionals.

Why choose British Safety Council?

As a Gold learning partner, we exceed the learning excellence principles, which include the quality of our material, expert tutors, exceptional support to all our students and the creation of an engaging and positive learning environment.

You will receive unlimited support from our approved NEBOSH tutors until you pass

All our learners will have free access to all our excellent online interactive digital learning resources and Study Support Hub, with additional resources, tutor guidance and forums to talk with tutors and other students.

From the very start of your studies, our expert tutors are committed to guiding you through your qualification, providing supportive learning and application of your knowledge in real-world scenarios, enabling you to confidently achieve your qualification.

We have been a trusted provider of health, safety sustainability and wellbeing education for over 65 years, with exceptional pass rates. Not only will you be joining our large cohort of students who have successfully completed their professional development with the British Safety Council, but you will also be supporting our global charitable activities in our dedication to making sure no one is injured or made ill through their work.

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NEBOSH Course Information

Course requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

Enrolment period

Most students complete this course within 6 months. NEBOSH allows you up to 5 years to complete both assessments, we will provide access to resources and support until you complete your qualification.

Course overview

The qualification comprises two units:

Unit NG1 covers the management of health and safety and is assessed via an open-book exam completed online.

Unit NG2 covers hazards and risk assessment and is assessed via a practical risk assessment based on a workplace.

If you are studying digitally the units are studied at your own pace, for classroom courses unit NG1 is taught in week 1 and NG2 in week 2.

A copy of the full syllabus can be downloaded here.


Unit NG1: Open book examination is completed online via the NEBOSH exam portal, to which you have 24 hours access.   On average you should allocate approximately 5 hours to complete the exam. You’ll be awarded a grading for the NG1, as outlined below

  • Pass: 45-64 marks
  • Credit: 65-74 marks
  • Distinction: 75+ marks.

Unit NG2: Workplace-based risk assessment task. Completed in a workplace and submitted to BSC via email. NG2 is marked either a pass or refer (fail).

You must successfully pass both units to achieve your full NEBOSH General Certificate.

Results and certificates

NEBOSH will email you your results directly approximately 50 working days from your assessment.

You will receive your certificate parchment within 8 weeks of the successful completion of both unit assessments.

Profession recognition

NEBOSH qualifications are recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

Learning progression: What’s next?

Once completed, our students often continue their studies by completing a NEBOSH Fire Safety, NEBOSH Construction, Foundation in IEMA or a NEBOSH Diploma.  Please contact us to discuss your options.

Study methods and booking

Digital Learning

The NEBOSH General Certificate Digital Learning programme allows you to study at your own pace and in your own time.

Our online programme includes tutorial videos, a digital text book, interactive exercises, and practice questions to make sure you are fully prepared for the NG1 examination and NG2 risk assessment task. You will also have access to our Study Support Hub, full of additional technical and soft skill resources to assist you with your study techniques and overcome procrastination and self-doubt, to enable you to excel in your learning. You will also have free, unlimited access, to our Study Support tutors and can engage in our student forum community.

Additional fees for NEBOSH Examination and Assessment: £210 +VAT

Why digital learning?

  • Study wherever and whenever suits you
  • Perfect for people with busy lives
  • Most cost-effective way to study

Face To Face

All the benefits of digital learning, plus experience our 9-day course studying within a classroom, networking with other learners, engaging with your tutor, being part of a community and even enjoying the delicious lunches.

Book at one of our convenient locations across the UK. The examination and workplace-based assignment are taken online.

Why face to face?

  • Engage with your tutor
  • Opportunity to network with other students
  • Free from workplace distractions

Virtual Classroom

You will get all the benefits of digital learning plus experience an expert tutor-led delivery in our virtual classrooms online. You can join our 9-day course via the web using a PC, laptop, tablet or phone and study in any location.

Throughout this course, you can interact with our expert tutors, engage in group discussions and network with other students. Our learning is student-centric, full of activities, case studies and discussions, helping you to apply your knowledge in a practical setting. The examination and workplace-based assignment are taken online.

Why virtual classroom?

  • Benefits of both digital and face to face training
  • Engage with group discussions
  • Interact with our expert tutors


Either virtual class or we can visit your workplace or a third party venue and deliver this 9-day course on dates of your choice.

A cost-effective method that can be tailored to your organisation, creating a study community with your colleagues, building team relationships and discussing hazards and risks relevant to your organisation. Our dedicated account managers can guide you through the options that suit your organisation to support your learning requirements.

Why in-company?

  • Cost-effective method that can be tailored to your organisation
  • Creates a study community with your colleagues
  • Allows you to tailor the training to your organisation

Frequently asked questions

Should you have any queries, please contact our Education Team ([email protected])

If you wish to provide feedback regarding the service provided by your tutor or our Education Team, please contact our Customer Service Team ([email protected]).

You can also refer the matter to NEBOSH ([email protected]).

If you wish to provide feedback regarding the service provided by NEBOSH, please contact the Scottish Qualifications Authority ([email protected]).

How long does the NEBOSH courses take?

The NEBOSH General Certificate takes 80-120 hours to study, depending on what delivery method you choose.

What happens if I have to re-sit my NEBOSH assessment?

We will continue to offer you support and access to our resources until you pass. Please note that further assessment fees are not included.

What level is the NEBOSH National General Certificate?

NEBOSH National General Certificate is a Level 3 qualification, equivalent in academic terms to an A Level.

What is the difference between the ‘NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety’ and the ‘NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety’?

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is for those starting their careers in health and safety. It is taught over two weeks and leads to Technical membership of IOSH (Tech IOSH). The NEBOSH National Diploma is for those seeking a more senior position in health and safety. It is taught over six weeks and leads to Graduate membership of IOSH (Grad IOSH).

How hard is the ‘NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety’ and how long does the course take?

The NEBOSH General Certificate is equivalent in academic terms to an A Level. It is achievable through study and preparation. Our tutors guide learners through the course work and prepare them for the assessments.

The NEBOSH General Certificate takes 80-120 hours to study, depending on what delivery method you choose. There are set times when the exams are held which will need to be taking into consideration if trying to complete it in a short timeframe.

How much does the NEBOSH General Certificate cost?

The cost of the NEBOSH General Certificate varies depending on what method of delivery you choose and the location. Please see the ‘Study Methods and Booking’ section above for further information.