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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

SHE004 / SHE014

If you're looking for a career in health and safety or need to be compliant in your workplace, this NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety qualification is perfect for you.

Course duration

Up to one year.

Course outcome

You will receive your NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.


One open book exam and one practical risk assessment.

Study Options

This course is only available to study online.

Study Options

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Course code: SHE004
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Course overview

  • Industry recognised NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Covers main legal requirements for health and safety in the workplace in the UK.
  • Ideal for those beginning a career in health and safety or managers with a responsibility to be health and safety compliant.
  • Successful students gain AIOSH, TechIOSH, and AIIRSM membership.
  • Understand how to manage health and safety.
  • Learn the best practices of risk assessment.
  • Study for your course online.
  • Assessed by exam and workplace assessment.

This NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is ideal for managers, supervisors, or anybody with health and safety management responsibilities. The course is relevant to every workplace and is the perfect choice if you are embarking upon a career in health and safety.

The course is a globally respected qualification that will support your current role as well as your long-term career. The NEBOSH National General Certificate will give you invaluable knowledge and skills that will benefit both your career and your workplace.

During your studies, you’ll develop your understanding of the best practices for implementing health and safety systems within the workplace. You’ll learn how to effectively manage health and safety, identify and control common workplace hazards, and measure if you have been successful.

The course will also cover the UK’s key legal requirements, allowing you to become a competent health and safety practitioner or safety officer. If you’re looking for a course that covers international health and safety standards, you might wish to consider the international certificate instead

As part of your assessment, you’ll complete a risk assessment, which is central to the qualification. Through your studies and workplace application, you will be able to:

  • Confidently carry out risk assessments.
  • Develop and implement a detailed action plan.
  • Manage and minimise workplace risks.
  • Support and develop your company’s health and safety culture.

Course content

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

  • Physical and psychological health
  • Musculoskeletal health
  • Chemical and biological agents
  • General workplace issues
  • Work equipment
  • Fire
  • Electricity

Awarding body

The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) are a leading organisation whose qualifications cover the health, safety, and environmental sectors. Their qualifications are recognised internationally, helping professionals to demonstrate their knowledge and capabilities, as well as raising the standards in the health and safety industry.

Extra information

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However, you may find it useful to have obtained the IOSH courses first. You will also need a good grasp of English to ensure they understand the terminology covered within the course materials.

You will have up to one year to complete your course, which is plenty of time to ensure you are able to study for your course at your own pace. The approximate study time is 100 hours but you can take as much or as little time as you need.

You will study for your course entirely online and receive full tutor support through email. The online portal makes learning more interactive with presentations, audio recordings, and interactive modules.

You will be assessed by one written exam and one workplace assessment. More information on the assessments involved in gaining your qualification can be found below.

NG1 – open book exam

The exam is an open book exam which is scenario-based and will include a closing interview. During this interview, you will be asked questions about your submission.

The exam can be sat online.

These take place in each month of the year.

If you choose to add your exams to your enrolment with Open Study College, we will book and pay for your assessments for you. If you do not add the exams option to your enrolment, you will be responsible for booking and paying for your assessments if you wish to achieve the qualification.

NG2 – practical risk assessment

Learners will complete a practical risk assessment and develop an action plan for their workplace, which will immediately be useful and valuable. This typically takes three hours to complete.

Please note, if you cannot use your current workplace for your practical assessment for whatever reason, you can choose an alternative place of work such as a family member or friend’s workplace.

If you are successful, you will receive your industry recognised NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

Completion of the course also allows you to gain AIOSH, TechIOSH, and AIIRSM membership.

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety course is delivered in association with SHEilds, NEBOSH centre 548.

Upon completion of this NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety course, you could develop your knowledge further by studying another one of our health and safety courses.

Here are some job roles within the health and safety industry:

  • Health and safety officer/coordinator
  • Safety inspector
  • Occupational health specialist
  • Environmental health and safety manager
  • Risk manager
  • Ergonomist
  • Safety trainer/instructor
  • Construction safety officer
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Health and safety consultant


NEBOSH courses are an alternative to NCRQ courses. NEBOSH diplomas require around 470 hours of study, similar to what NCRQ previously offered. Whilst NCRQ courses used to be more competency-based, a NEBOSH course is more knowledge-based. They do, however, include the same knowledge outcomes and are industry-recognised courses.

If you add your exams to your enrolment, we will book and pay for these for you. If you chose not to add exams to your enrolment, you will need to book and pay for your assessments directly with a NEBOSH-approved exam centre in addition to the cost of your course.

If you want to receive your official qualification, you will need to sit the exams stated above. Exams are open-book and can be taken online.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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