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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Thank you for choosing the British Safety Council for your NEBOSH National General Certificate.


On the first day, please arrive by 0845 to register your attendance and verify your identity.

Each day will start promptly at 0900 and finish between 1645 – 1700.

Verification of identity

NEBOSH requires learners to verify their identity.  A learner who does not verify their identity will not be allowed to sit the examinations. 

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 or electronic images will be accepted.


Forms of acceptable evidence

  • Current passport
  • Current driving licence
  • National authority issued visa or citizen identity card
  • Current bank statement showing your name and address
  • Current utility bill 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.

Qualification structure

The NEBOSH National General Certificate comprises three units:

NGC1 Management of Health and Safety

GC2    Controlling workplace hazards

GC3    Health and safety practical application (assignment)


There is no pre-reading for this qualification

Study materials

We will provide you with a textbook, handbook and practice examination questions. 


NGC1 and GC2 are assessed via 2-hour written examinations taken in the morning and afternoon respectively. The assignment (GC3) is completed in your workplace and must be submitted within 5 working days of the written examinations.   The assignment takes about a day to complete.  

Language requirements

Assessments are available in English only.

The standard of English required by candidates studying the NEBOSH Diploma must be such that they can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. 

NEBOSH recommends that non-native speakers undertaking this qualification should have a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 or higher in IELTS tests in order to be accepted on to the NEBOSH Diploma programme. For further information please consult the IELTS website:

Assessment registration and fees

Assessments are booked and paid for via your British Safety Council Account Manager. If you wish to amend an assessment booking, please contact your Account Manager on 020 8741 1231.

Examination transfers are subject to availability and may incur additional fees.


You will need to spend at least 48 hours revising for your written examinations.  You will be given advice on how to revise effectively.  We suggest 2 hours’ revision per day for 24 days.  This means that revision needs to start on the first day of the course.

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 specification 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 two hours of homework each night while on the course
  • Complete the required number of revision hours
  • Pay particular attention to advice regarding revision and examination technique
  • Bring any learning difficulties to our attention at the earliest opportunity.

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

British Safety Council training policies

To view our training policies please click here.  

NEBOSH terms and conditions

Prior to starting your course please familiarise yourself with the NEBOSH General Student Terms and Conditions which can be found here.


There will be a feedback form to complete at the end of the course. As well as providing feedback to the British Safety Council, you are able to provide feedback directly to NEBOSH ([email protected]) and to their regulator, the Scottish Qualifications Authority ([email protected]).


If you have any queries prior to your course, please contact our customer service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.