Course Guide - NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety Health and Safety

An introduction on 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

Upon completion of the course candidates should be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of and procedures for investigating incidents and how the lessons learned can be used to improve health and safety in the oil and gas industries. 
  • Explain the hazards inherent in oil and gas arising from the extraction, storage, and processing of raw materials and products.
  • Outline the risk management techniques used in the oil and gas industries.
  • Explain the purpose and content of safety cases and safety reports in the oil and gas industries.
  • Explain the principles of assessing and managing contractors, including the roles of parties involved.
  • Outline the tools, standards, measurement, competency requirements and controls applicable to Process Safety Management (PSM) in the oil and gas industries.
  • Explain the role and purpose of a permit-to-work system.
  • Explain the key principles of safe shift handover.
  • Explain the importance of safe plant operation and maintenance of hydrocarbon containing equipment and processes.
  • Outline the hazards, risks and controls to ensure safe start up and shut down of hydrocarbon containing equipment and processes.
  • Outline types of failure mode that may lead to loss of containment from hydrocarbon.
  • Outline the controls available to maintain safety critical equipment.
  • Outline the hazards, risks and controls available for safe storage of hydrocarbons offshore and onshore.
  • Outline the hazards, risks and controls available for operating boilers and furnaces.
  • Outline appropriate control measures to minimise fire and explosion risk in the oil and gas industries.
  • Outline the principles, procedures and resources for effective emergency response.
  • Identify the main hazards of and suitable controls for marine transport in the oil and gas industries.
  • Identify the main hazards of and suitable controls for land transport in the oil and gas industries.

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

The qualification is comprised of a single unit, assessed by a 2-hour written examination.  It comprises of ten short answer questions and one long answer question.​

Assessment 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 12311231 as soon as possible. Please Note: Any changes are subject to space availability and may incur additional fees.

Assessment information

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 fire risk assessment 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.​

British Safety Council Policies

To view our policies please click here.  

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.


We 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 is the awarding body for this qualification, it is important that you are familiar with their terms and conditions. These are available in the Learner Resource Area (LRA) on the British Safety Council website (  

You can access the LRA by using the login information you created from your course confirmation email or you can visit the NEBOSH website directly (