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Course Guide - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

An introduction on how to lead this course.


Please organise your travel to arrive at the course venue by 08:30 hours to register your attendance.
The course will start promptly at 08:45 hours and is scheduled to finish at 17:00 hours. (please note: timings are subject to change at the discretion of the course tutor).

Learner resource area

The Learner Resource Area contains important information in relation to your course and assessments. We recommend that you access the Learner Resource Area now and read the information carefully. There may be some pre-course work to do. If you have studied with us before and have an online account, please log in via

If you do not have an account, you will receive a separate email within 24 hours containing your log in details and instructions on how to access the Learner Resource Area. If you do not receive this email, please contact us as detailed below. 

Learning outcomes

All candidates should familiarise themselves with the syllabus summary for the Nebosh International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

All details regarding this qualification and the related assessments are available within this syllabus summary.

Syllabus summary

Upon completion of the course candidates should be able to:

  • Outline the scope and nature of occupational health and safety
  • Understand key requirements for health and safety management systems
  • Explain the principals and practice of risk assessment
    Outline the principals, purpose and role of active and reactive monitoring
  • Explain the purpose of, and procedures for health and safety auditing
  • Outline common health, welfare and work environment requirements in the workplace
  • Explain the hazards and controls measures for assessing risks from manual handling
  • Understand and explain the hazards and risks associated with the use of electricity and electrical tools in the workplace
  • Outline the hazards, risk and control measures associated with chemical and biological substances
  • Identify typical workplace hazards and develop suitable control measures
  • Prepare management reports on health and safety improvements

For a more comprehensive list of learning outcomes, please refer to the NEBOSH website.

Examination information

The qualification is comprised of three units, each of which is assessed separately:

  • Unit IGC1: Management of Health and safety
    • Assessed by a 2-hour written examination consisting of ten short answer and one long answer questions.
  • Unit IGC2: Controlling workplace hazards
    • Assessed by a 2-hour written examination consisting of ten short answer and one long answer questions.
  • Unit IGC3: Health and safety practical application
    • Assessed by a 2-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate’s workplace. The assessments must be taken within 14 days of an examination.

Candidates will receive a unit certificate for each unit completed with a passing grade. All three units need to be passed in order to receive the qualification.

Successful completion of the course will give candidates an internationally recognised qualification; they are also entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technician Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH).

Examination registration and fees

The dates for the examinations are selected and paid for when the course is booked with your British Safety Council Account Manager.

If the candidate wishes to make changes to the examination booking, they should make contact with the British Safety Council Account Manager on +44 (0)20 8741 1231 as soon as possible. Please Note: Any changes are subject to space availability and may incur additional fees.

Prior to the examination, the candidate will receive a reminder with location information and a NEBOSH Registration Form, this is to be completed and returned to the British Safety Council Examinations Officer in London.

The student will also receive instructions for the practical section of the examination and details of the submission due date.

Should there be any queries regarding the process, please contact our customer service team at or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.​​


We very much wish you success on your course. If you have any queries or feedback please feel free to speak with your course tutor or contact our customer service team at or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.

Terms and conditions

As NEBOSH are the awarding body for this qualification, it is very important that you are familiar with their terms and conditions. These are available in your Learner Resource Area (LRA) on the British Safety Council website (, please access the LRA by using the login information you created from your course confirmation email or you can visit the NEBOSH website directly (