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NEBOSH International General Certificate USA

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The NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) in Occupational Health and Safety is an internationally recognised qualification that will provide you with a broad understanding of key health and safety issues. The IGC is NEBOSH’s most popular qualification worldwide and is growing in popularity amongst employers in the USA.

Course overview

The NEBOSH International General Certificate is a foundation level qualification. It teaches you everything you need to know and do to manage general workplace health and safety issues in any type of organisation. 

What is covered in the NEBOSH International Certificate?

The course represents the role of a real-life health and safety professional. It focuses on the real, everyday risks that people encounter and the practical skills needed to manage them to help protect people and profits. 

It's guided by international best practice and standards, like the International Labour Organisation (ILO) codes of practice and is split into two units:

  • IG1: The Management of Health and Safety
  • IG2: Practical Risk Assessment

How is the NEBOSH International Certificate assessed?

There are two assessments: 

  • 1 x online open book exam to assess what you know
  • 1 x practical risk assessment to assess what you can do

Read the full NEBOSH International Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety Syllabus.

Is the NEBOSH International Certificate right for you? 

The course is for anyone who needs a broad understanding of health and safety issues to be able to manage day-to-day risks effectively, including:

  • Health and Safety Officers
  • General Managers and Supervisors
  • HR Managers
  • Directors
  • Security workers
  • Public Service workers

It's also the perfect starting point for anyone looking to start a career in health and safety. Because of the valuable introduction to health and safety, it offers a solid foundation for further study.

Entry Requirements

You don't need any preview knowledge or experience to take the course. However, you will need to havd a good level of English to be able to understand and discuss complex topics. 

Professional Membership

The NEBOSH International Certificate is accepted by leading professional membership organisations:

  • Technical Membership of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (TechIOSH)
  • Associate Membership of Institute of Risk and Safety Management (AIIRSM)

If you have health and safety responsibilities at work or work for an international organisation based in the USA, get in touch to see how this globally recognised qualification could help you on your way to a career in the health and safety profession.

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How long do i have to complete the NEBOSH Certificate and does it expire?

You need to pass both units within 5 years to achieve your NEBOSH General Certificate. There's no expiration date on the qualification. So once you've passed, there's no need to retake any of the units again. 

How can I study for my NEBOSH International General Certificate?

Astutis offers 3 different options for delegates wishing to study for the NEBOSH IGC:
  • Classroom learning - delegates can attend the 10 day classroom course, completing their training within 2 weeks. Study in the UK (residential), Canada, South Africa, Australia or the Middle East.
  • Online learning - learn at your own pace and in your own time, with online software and full tutor support.
  • For groups of employees at your organisation ­- we will come to you. Save on the cost of training multiple delegates.
Discuss the best option for you and your organisation today!

Should I go straight for the NEBOSH Diploma, or start with the NEBOSH General Certificate?

The NEBOSH General Certificate teaches the fundamentals of health and safety management. It offers great insight to anyone new to health and safety. The NEBOSH Diploma builds on the knowledge you gain from the NEBOSH Certificate at a higher academic level. It discusses topics in a lot more detail so is better suited to those with experience. We always reccommend you take the NEBOSH General Certificate before taking the NEBOSH Diploma. 

How is the NEBOSH IGC assessed?

NEBOSH has introduced open book exams for both the NEBOSH National and International General Certificates – units NG1, IG1, NGC1 and IGC1. This replaces in-person closed book exams and enables learners to sit their NEBOSH assessment in their own home or another safe and suitable location.

Assessment is a two-step process.

  • An online open-book assessment
  • A 3-hour practical risk assessment to demonstrate the knowledge

You need to pass both assessments to achieve your NEBOSH International General Certificate.