NEBOSH National General Certificate (SCQF Level 6)


110 Hours over 12 Months


01 Aug 2019
01 Aug 2020




  • Business & Management

Why take this course?

According to the Health and Safety Executive, workplace injuries and ill-health cost UK businesses over £15 billion per year. To go home safely at the end of the working day is a right, not a privilege.

When you achieve the National General Certificate, you will be a huge asset to your employer. You will make a real difference in the workplace. You will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to help protect the health and safety of all workers. You will also be able help your employer to comply with the law and good practice, as well as help them avoid the huge costs from incidents and ill health.

This qualification is designed for anyone (managers, supervisors and workers) in any type of organisation. It’s ideal for anyone who needs a broad understanding of health and safety issues to be able to manage day-to-day risks effectively. Many people take the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (NGC) as a first step in a career in health and safety. It gives a valuable overview, and is a sound basis for further professional study.

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation. It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 6 with 11 SCQF credit points.

Holders of the NEBOSH National General Certificate are entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH.

What you will experience

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is based on UK law. It looks at everyday solutions for general workplace health and safety issues. Two units must be successfully completed to achieve the NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification. When you have completed the qualification, you will be able to:

  • justify the need for health and safety improvements;
  • advise on duties under the main pieces of UK health and safety legislation;
  • help your organisation to manage contractors;
  • work within a health and safety management system;
  • positively influence health and safety culture and behaviour;
  • carry out a general risk assessment (using a 5-step approach) of your workplace;
  • recognise workplace changes and their impacts and understand how to minimise these impacts;
  • develop basic safe systems of work that include emergency arrangements and know when to use a permit-to-work system;
  • take part in incident investigations; and
  • help your employer check the effectiveness of their health and safety management system through monitoring, auditing and review.


  • Unit NG1 is assessed by a two-hour written examination
  • Unit NG2 is assessed by a three hour practical assessment carried out in your workplace (or another suitable workplace)

Both assessments are marked by examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Examinations are held four times a year in March, June, September and December. There is an additional charge for exams, please check the NEBOSH website for the current fees. Learners must be registered before they can take an examination.  NEBOSH require the completed registration form (with fee in full) by no later than the registration closing date for the relevant examination as listed below.

  • March examination – 8th February
  • June examination – 8th May
  • September examination – 8th August
  • December examination – 8th November

Late entry fees apply to registrations received up to 7 days, and from 7 to 14 days, after the relevant closing date.

Once a candidate has successfully completes both units (NG1 and NG2), the overall qualification parchment will be issued.