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Course Guide - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

An introduction on how to lead this course.


Please organise your travel to arrive at the course venue by 08:30 to register your attendance and verify your identity.

The course will start promptly at 08:45 and is scheduled to finish at 17:00. (please note: timings are subject to change at the discretion of the course tutor).

Verification of identity

Verification of your identity must be completed on the first day of your course. A learner who does not verify their identity will be deemed to have failed their assessment.

To verify your identity, please bring two forms of acceptable evidence from the list below and show them to your tutor.  Evidence must include at least one item that has a photograph/image/Biometric of you. All evidence must be supplied as original documents. No photocopies, electronic images or any other simulation of documentation will be accepted.

Forms of acceptable evidence

  • A current passport
  • A UK or other nationally issued current driving licence
  • A national authority issued visa or citizen identity card
  • A current bank statement showing your name and address
  • Current utility bills showing your name and address
  • Current council tax statement showing your name and address.

Please bring your preferred form of personal stationery with you, so that you can use what will help you learn most effectively.

  • Paper to write on e.g. in a file, pad or notebook
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Sticky notes.

Please be aware that you will need to do 2 hours homework each night after attending the course, and a minimum of 48 hours revision for each exam.

Learning outcomes

All candidates should familiarise themselves with the syllabus summary for the Nebosh International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

All details regarding this qualification and the related assessments are available within this syllabus summary.

Learning agreement

You are about to embark on a challenging programme of study, but one which should enhance your knowledge and understanding of health and safety management as well as your professional status.

The British Safety Council will:

  • Provide a classroom environment which is conducive to learning
  • Use suitably-qualified and experienced tutors to deliver the classroom teaching
  • Cover all the syllabus learning outcomes
  • Provide or direct you to all the information you need to pass the qualification
  • Provide you with expert advice on revision and examination technique
  • Respond in a timely manner to any queries
  • Be diligent and courteous at all times.

You must:

  • Attend all scheduled classroom sessions*
  • Contribute to classroom activities in a positive manner
  • Endeavour to be active, rather than passive in terms of learning
  • Complete at least 50 hours of revision
  • Pay particular attention to advice regarding revision and examination technique
  • Bring any learning difficulties to our attention at the earliest opportunity
  • Prior to you beginning your programme of study please familiarise yourself with the NEBOSH General Student Terms and Conditions which can be found here.

* If you are unable to attend a session, it is your responsibility to read the relevant chapters in the textbook.

Syllabus summary

Upon completion of the course candidates should be able to:

  • Outline the scope and nature of occupational health and safety
  • Understand key requirements for health and safety management systems
  • Explain the principals and practice of risk assessment
    Outline the principals, purpose and role of active and reactive monitoring
  • Explain the purpose of, and procedures for health and safety auditing
  • Outline common health, welfare and work environment requirements in the workplace
  • Explain the hazards and controls measures for assessing risks from manual handling
  • Understand and explain the hazards and risks associated with the use of electricity and electrical tools in the workplace
  • Outline the hazards, risk and control measures associated with chemical and biological substances
  • Identify typical workplace hazards and develop suitable control measures
  • Prepare management reports on health and safety improvements

For a more comprehensive list of learning outcomes, please refer to the NEBOSH website.

Examination information

The qualification is comprised of three units, each of which is assessed separately:

  • Unit IGC1: Management of Health and safety
    • Assessed by a 2-hour written examination consisting of ten short answer and one long answer questions.
  • Unit IGC2: Controlling workplace hazards
    • Assessed by a 2-hour written examination consisting of ten short answer and one long answer questions.
  • Unit IGC3: Health and safety practical application
    • Assessed by a 2-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate’s workplace. The assessments must be taken within 14 days of an examination.

Candidates will receive a unit certificate for each unit completed with a passing grade. All three units need to be passed in order to receive the qualification.

Successful completion of the course will give candidates an internationally recognised qualification; they are also entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technician Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH).

Examination registration and fees

The dates for the examinations are selected and paid for when the course is booked with your British Safety Council Account Manager.

If the candidate wishes to make changes to the examination booking, they should make contact with the British Safety Council Account Manager on +44 (0)20 8741 1231 as soon as possible. Please Note: Any changes are subject to space availability and may incur additional fees.

Prior to the examination, the candidate will receive a reminder with location information and a NEBOSH Registration Form, this is to be completed and returned to the British Safety Council Examinations Officer in London.

The student will also receive instructions for the practical section of the examination and details of the submission due date.

Should there be any queries regarding the process, please contact our customer service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.​​

Assessment information

British Safety Council Policies

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We very much wish you success on your course. If you have any queries or feedback please feel free to speak with your course tutor or contact our customer service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.

Terms and conditions

As NEBOSH are the awarding body for this qualification, it is very important that you are familiar with their terms and conditions. These are available in your Learner Resource Area (LRA) on the British Safety Council website (, please access the LRA by using the login information you created from your course confirmation email or you can visit the NEBOSH website directly (