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NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is the most widely recognised health and safety qualification of its kind. The course gives learners everything they need know and do to make their workplace safer.

The NGC is a well-respected health and safety qualification; more than 80% of UK employers ask for a NEBOSH qualification when they are recruiting for health and safety roles. The syllabus is designed to give candidates the knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can effectively manage health and safety. Specifically, it covers the UK’s key legal requirements, to aid compliance, how to identify and control common workplace hazards, and how to measure success. Upon completion of the NEBOSH General Certificate course, successful learners will be able to confidently carry out risk assessments, manage and minimise workplace risks, and support a business-wide health and safety culture.

The course is suitable for safety managers, line managers, supervisors, and anybody with safety management responsibilities. It’s also perfect for those embarking on a health and safety career and can lead to further qualifications such as the NEBOSH National Diploma, the flagship NEBOSH qualification.

Why choose Make UK to study the NEBOSH Certificate?

As a NEBOSH gold learning partner, Make UK will provide excellent teaching and support to students undertaking this qualification. Health and safety professionals studying with Make UK achieve great results, with a 72% average first-time pass rate.

To suit individual needs, we offer a range of delivery methods. When choosing a mode of study, you may wish to consider your preferred learning style, course fees, and how to best to train around your busy schedule. Whichever you choose, when you enroll you can guarantee you’ll receive expert tuition, access to relevant resources, support preparing for exams, and, if desired, guidance with your career progression.

For your convenience, costs quoted are inclusive of tuition, course materials, examination fees, and certificates, which are awarded for successful completion of the NEBOSH qualification.

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Success - Our pass rate is consistently significantly higher than the national average

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Quality - We deliver more than 10,000 training days a year and were the first NEBOSH training Partner

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Flexibility - This course is available via Classroom, E-Learning or In-Company

Benefits of NEBOSH National General Certificate

Delegate benefits

  • Acquire a globally respected NEBOSH qualification that supports your current role and long-term career
  •  Obtain key health and safety knowledge to provide a safe working environment for you and your colleagues
  • Confidently carry out risk assessments & implement detailed action plans
  • Support and develop your organisation's safety culture

Business benefits

Businesses supporting learners undertaking the NEBOSH Certificate can expect to benefit in a variety of ways:

  • Ensure your organisation has valuable in-house health and safety expertise
  • Minimise workplace injuries and illness
  • Boost employee wellbeing
  • Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety, which can help win business

Mode of study - Learn your way

To successfully achieve the NEBOSH Certificate, we recommend that you carefully consider which delivery method will suit your learning style best. If you would like any advice regarding this please get in touch, we’d be happy to help.


Taught with delegates from other organisations at one of our training centres, this rich learning experience allows you to get away from the distractions of the workplace, learn from your peers and focus on your qualification.

Virtual Classroom

For those who want a classroom-based course without the travel, our virtual classrooms provide an interactive online environment for our training programmes to be delivered at your home or office.


E-learning programmes, sometimes called Online, can studied at any time, from anywhere, from any device. This method provides the flexibility for you to study at your own pace and in your own learning style.

E-learning Extra

Provides all the features and flexibility of an online course, but with the structured support of that a tutor provides via a series of scheduled webinars.


The training course is delivered specifically for a group of people at your company - either face-to-face at a time and place to suit you, or via Virtual Classroom. We’ll tailor your course content to your business, bringing it to life.

Customer reviews

The NEBOSH course was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The tutors were great and delivered the entire course content in a clear, structured and engaging manner. Not only were they my tutors but they also mentored me, ensuring I was equipped to return to work with a thorough understanding of my obligations and responsibilities to occupational health, safety and wellbeing. It was more than a course, it was about creating and instilling a mindset, allowing me to learn, grow and adopt the safety culture that NEBOSH is internationally renowned for.
Joseph Shannon Health, Safety & Risk Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

NEBOSH Certificate Course Overview

The NEBOSH national general certificate consists of two units, each separately assessed. The course will involve a minimum of 68 taught hours and approximately 40 hours of private study and background reading. It is possible for learners to complete the qualification in 10 working days.

NG1 – Management of health and safety

  • Element 1: Why we should manage workplace health and safety
  • Element 2: How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
  • Element 3: Managing risk – understanding people and processes
  • Element 4: Health and safety monitoring and measuring

NG2 – Risk Assessment

  • Element 5: Physical and psychological health
  • Element 6: Musculoskeletal health
  • Element 7: Chemical and biological agents
  • Element 8: General workplace issues
  • Element 9: Work equipment
  • Element 10: Fire
  • Element 11: Electricity

How the Course is Assessed

The total assessment time is 7 hours. Learners must complete and pass the following to achieve the NEBOSH Certificate.

NG1 is assessed via an open book exam which is administered online and must be completed during a set 24-hour window.

NG2 is assessed via a practical assessment carried out following completion of all the units and usually carried out within the delegates’ workplace. On completion of this assessment, the delegate will receive either a pass or refer. NG2 does not contribute to the delegate’s overall grade.

A delegate can receive an overall refer, pass, credit, or distinction grade following their open book examination and a pass grade for the practical assessment.


There are no mandatory qualification entry requirements for this qualification; however, learners should consider that this is a professional-level qualification. NEBOSH strongly recommends that learners studying the NEBOSH Certificate have a suitable standard of English to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.


Delegates will achieve the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety upon completing both units.

The qualification is accredited by the Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) as well as the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH, with appropriate experience. The Make UK team would be happy to provide more information regarding this if required.

What next?

For learners interested in career progression, Make UK tutors can support with professional development.

Those seeking health and safety qualifications at a higher level may be interested in the NEBOSH Diploma. See more details here.

More details

For further information on the NEBOSH National General Certificate please see here.

Who are Make UK?

Make UK has been helping companies to keep themselves and their employees safe for over 125 years.

Together, we help your business perform and grow.