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NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Develop the skills to create a safe and healthy workplace 

The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) is a renowned qualification that equips individuals with the skills to establish a safe and healthy workplace environment. Recognised worldwide, this certification empowers professionals to protect individuals from harm and enhance their company's overall performance.

NEBOSH Certificate Course Facts
Learning Methods Online, Distance or Virtual
Units IG1: Management of Health and Safety
IG2: Practical Risk Assessment 
Exams Online open book exam
Workplace-based risk assessment
Entry Requirements Literate in the English Language
Course Guide Online Course Demo

Benefits of the NEBOSH Certificate

Upon successful completion of the NEBOSH Certificate, you will be able to:

  • Make sure people are safe from harm by reducing risk in your workplace
  • Protect your company from prosecution by making sure it is health and safety compliant
  • Kick-start your health and safety career with a globally recognised qualification
  • Become more valuable to your employer by helping them improve their safety performance

What's Covered in the NEBOSH International General Certificate?

The updated 2018 syllabus reflects the responsibilities of a real-life health and safety professional. It emphasizes practical skills and addresses the everyday risks faced by people, enabling better protection for individuals and profitability for businesses.

The certificate is divided into two units:

  • Unit IG1: Management of health and safety
  • Unit IG2: Practical risk assessment

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How is the NEBOSH Certificate Assessed?

The NEBOSH General Certificate is assessed through a two-step process:

  • IG1: An online open book exam (OBE) and supporting closing interview
  • IG2: A workplace-based practical risk assessment

Passing both assessments is necessary to obtain the qualification.

The open book exam has replaced the traditional written exam for Unit IG1, allowing you to comfortably sit for your exams in the safety and convenience of your own home or any suitable location.

You can find further details on the OBE exams in our Exam Hub here:

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Is the NEBOSH Certificate right for you?

The NEBOSH Certificate is suitable for individuals who require a comprehensive understanding of health and safety to effectively manage daily risks within their role. This includes Health and Safety Officers/Advisors, General Managers, HR Managers, Directors, Security Workers, and Public Service Workers.

 Additionally, it serves as an excellent starting point for those aspiring to pursue a career in health and safety, as it provides a solid foundation for further study.

No prior experience or knowledge in health and safety is necessary to enroll in the course.

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How to study for the NEBOSH International General Certificate

 Choose the study format that best suits your learning style and preferences:


Independent Learning: This format offers complete control over your training. Access downloadable course notes and learn at your own pace.


Blended Learning: Our most popular format provides flexibility and convenience. Access the Astutis TrackSmart and ExamSmart platforms to study on your devices whenever and wherever you want.


Virtual Classroom: Experience a unique blend of traditional classroom learning and virtual instruction. This highly flexible format offers an unrivaled learner-centric experience.

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