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NEBOSH General Certificate

NEBOSH has relaunched its flagship NEBOSH General Certificate qualification and it's now only available as a remote online Open Book Exam. To find out more about how RISK deliver the NEBOSH General Certificate courses remotely online, with tutor led video conference creating a virtual classroom experience - click here!

NEBOSH General Certificate

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is regarded as the gold standard in health and safety qualifications. The NEBOSH General Certificate course provides a valuable overview of the core aspects of occupational health and safety, equipping you with the skills to manage workplace risks effectively. 


National General Certificate is a two module qualification and requires two courses to be taken - NG1 and NG2

The NG1 is a 5 day course with an open book exam at a predefined date. Once you've booked your NEBOSH General Certificate NG1 course you will be registered to take the exam by RISK. This means it's important we have the correct details on your registration form, including direct delegate contact details if being booked by a third party. This also helps us to minimise any technology issues prior to the course start date.

The NG2 is also a 5 day course. NG2 course content is designed to focus your thinking into applying the knowledge gained from the NG1 course into creating a practical Risk Assessment and Written Report. Delegates complete a practical Risk Assessment and Written Report which is submitted 10 days after your open book exam - this needs to be returned to RISK, who submit to NEBOSH.

Only by passing both modules will you have the full NEBOSH General Certificate qualification


NEBOSH General Certificate Discounts on NG1 and NG2

Delegates booking NG1 only - the price will be the individual module price advertised.

Delegates booking NG1 & NG2 at the same time will receive a package discount which will be displayed at the basket

Previous RISK delegates returning to complete the 2nd module will receive a 10% discount off the second module - call 01623 749718 for discount code.


Who is the NEBOSH General Certificate course for?

Managers, supervisors and individuals with health and safety responsibility
Business owners seeking to develop a health and safety culture

The NEBOSH General Certificate course helps develop skills:

Understand the key legal elements of a health and safety policy
Advise on methods of controlling workplace hazards and risks
Apply safe systems of work, reporting and effective communication
Identify ill health and safety risks and management solutions
Explain and deploy the process of reporting and investigating accidents in the workplace

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.


NEBOSH General Certificate course agenda - NG1 module

The NG1 module of the NEBOSH General Certificate is a 5 day remote online course with tutor led training which is assessed by an Open Book Exam and closing interview. Your Open Book Exam (OBE) is for a predefined date in conjunction with your NG1 course booking. The OBE relevant to the courses published above is accessed by selecting 'more information' - make sure you check your availability for the exam date before booking your course.


How the new NEBOSH General Certificate NG1 remote/online course works

Upon booking you will be automatically sent course joining instructions which outline the specific course details, but below is an overview of how the course is delivered. Once your booking with RISK is confirmed, we register you to the open book examination (OBE) specified with the course. NEBOSH send you a Confirmation of Registration email that includes your learner number, and important information relating to your OBE. You must ensure that you check your name is spelt correctly, and if any changes are required report this to us and we'll coordinate the changes with NEBOSH.


RISK unique technology support and checks pre-course start date

Before your NG1 course RISK provide a comprehensive technology check to make sure you've been able to access the RISK NEBOSH Personal Learning Zone, test your broadband download and upload speeds for both video conferencing and in preparation for the exam.

Helping you prepare for NEBOSH General Certificate remote online NG1 course means understanding what equipment you'll need to actively engage in the virtual classroom. So here we check you have everything in place, provide some tips on how to prepare for taking a course remotely online via video conferencing. These tips will help especially help you with the open book exam.

Hardware: This is your computer and its functional features, like does it have a web cam and microphone? Do you have multiple screens or just one small laptop display? Is it capable of running the video conferencing software? Does it have the latest updates? It may be time to upgrade as home working and flexibility are probably going to be the watch words of the next few years.

Connectivity to the Internet: If you haven’t got good internet connectivity, you may need to upgrade your package. However, if you have a smart TV, Netflix or similar, then you most likely have what’s needed. One thing you do need to be careful about is other people using the internet and streaming or downloading when you’re on your course. Or even worse, taking your exam!


NG1 module - Management of health and safety

5 Day Block NEBOSH General Certificate NG1 - The course is delivered online via zoom video conferencing, there is a maximum of 10 delegates per course. The learning materials are structured and delivered in a format to get you familiar to the 'new open book exam questions' style. These are shared digitally during the tutor led learning via zoom screen share and also made available via the RISK NEBOSH Personal Learning Zone at the end of each day.

Element 1: Why we should manage workplace health and safety.

1.1 Discuss the moral, financial and legal reasons for managing health and safety in the workplace
1.2 Explain how the law works and the consequences of non-compliance
1.3 Summarise the main health and safety duties of employers and workers in HSWA 1974 and MHSWR 1999
1.4 Explain how contractors should be selected, monitored and managed

Element 2: How health and safety management systems work and what they look like.

2.1 Give an overview of the elements of a health and safety management system and the benefits of having a formal/certified system
2.2 Discuss the main ingredients of health and safety management systems that make it effective - general policy, organisation, arrangements

Element 3: Managing risk — understanding people and processes.

3.1 Describe the concept of health and safety culture and how it influences performance
3.2 Summarise how health and safety culture at work can be improved
3.3 Summarise the human factors which positively or negatively influence behaviour at work in a way that can affect health and safety
3.4 Explain the principles of the risk assessment process
3.5 Discuss typical workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and ways to minimise those impacts
3.6 Describe what to consider when developing and implementing a safe system of work for general activities
3.7 Explain the role, function and operation of a permit-to-work system
3.8 Discuss typical emergency procedures (including training and testing) and how to decide what level of first aid is needed in the workplace

Element 4: Health and safety monitoring and measuring.

4.1 Discuss common methods and indicators used to monitor the effectiveness of management systems
4.2 Explain why and how incidents should be investigated, recorded and reported
4.3 Explain what an audit is and why and how it is used to evaluate a management system
4.4 Explain why and how regular reviews of health and safety performance are needed


3 days before your exam NEBOSH send a NEBOSH General Certificate NG1 delegate login

This is sent directly to the learner from NEBOSH, which is why it's so important that we have the correct details on your registration form, including direct delegate contact details. RISK (nor any other training provider) has any influence over the accessibility or technical connectivity between the delegate and their NEBOSH login.  Which is why it is critical learners log on at the earliest opportunity and to familiarise themselves with the NEBOSH open book exam platform. We strongly recommend learners log in, change their password and familiarise themselves with the platform well before the day of the examination.


Your NEBOSH General Certificate NG1 open book exam

This exam is the same for everyone in this cohort of delegates across the World, the start time of the exam in the UK is 9.00am, for non UK delegates it's the comparable time in their country (i.e. the same 24 hours for all exam takers). All delegates have a 24 hour window to complete and submit their examination paper. Having a 24 hour window, gives you plenty of flexibility in fitting it in around other commitments i.e. work etc.

The open book examination (OBE) will be based on a realistic scenario, that will test both what you know and what you can do. You will be asked to carry out a series of tasks using evidence from the scenario and the underpinning knowledge gained through your studies and revision. You will have 24 hours to download, complete and submit your assessment.

Your assessment will be marked by an external examiner appointed by NEBOSH. These examiners are chosen for their experience and expertise to ensure that learners are assessed by the very best from our industry.


RISK get access to your submitted exam papers 3 days later

RISK access and download delegate exam submissions in preparation for closing interviews. For delegates undertaking a follow-on NG2 module with RISK their NG1 interview will be undertaken by the tutor on the NG2 module either before training starts or on completion of the training day. All other delegates will have interviews scheduled over the next 10 days.

At this point the exam hasn't been marked by NEBOSH, the purpose of this interview is to assess the work has been completed by the delegate. The aim of this interview is to ensure that the work was completed by the delegate themselves and exam scripts have not been plagiarised.
A copy of the Closing Interview Guide will be provided to each of the delegates at the end of the NG1 taught course.


RISK conduct closing interviews

NEBOSH has a strict and rigorous approach to malpractice, plagiarism and collusion. This ensures fairness for all our learners and provides reassurance for the organisations who employ our qualification holders. You must not collude or share answers with other learners and all the work you submit must be solely your own.

Although the closing interviews are not assessed NEBOSH will not publish your results if you do not attend. The closing interview is a key part of their malpractice approach and includes multiple steps:

RISK are provided with a list of interview questions which are bespoke to the examination paper and designed to check you have the underpinning knowledge and understanding behind your answers. Learning Partners ask the questions in a random sequence so not every learner will be asked the same combination of questions; this prevents learners from predicting the interview questions or coaching others. RISK then complete a Closing Interview Record Sheet for every learner.

NEBOSH specifies that the interviewer must have a NEBOSH General Certificate (or equivalent) or at least three years’ experience in the health and safety industry. Before the interview they will read your examination paper so they can ask more detailed questions if required.

During the interview you will be required to: 

Show your identification to check you are who you say you are. This is the same as an invigilated examination.

Show the room you are in to make sure you are alone.

Answer questions about your examination. If you have not written the answers yourself it will be difficult to answer the questions.

To make sure the closing interviews are carried out correctly NEBOSH silently observes a targeted selection of interviews AND scrutinises Closing Interview Record Sheets. If your RISK interviewer or NEBOSH suspects malpractice at any time we will investigate further.


NEBOSH General Certificate course agenda - NG2 module

NEBOSH General Certificate NG2: Practical Risk Assessment and Written Report

The NG2 module of the NEBOSH General Certificate is a 5 day remote online course with tutor led training structured to provide you with the knowledge and skills to produce a risk assessment of a workplace. It considers a wide range of identified hazards (drawn from elements 5-11) and meets best practice standards ('suitable and sufficient').

Topics covered in the NG2 module include:

Legal requirements for health and safety at work

Implementation of health and safety management systems

Identification of workplace hazards

Methods of hazard control

Practical application of knowledge and understanding


How the new NEBOSH General Certificate NG2 remote/online course works

Upon booking you will be automatically sent course joining instructions which outline the specific course details. Below is an overview of how the course is delivered remotely using zoom video conferencing.


Technology Checks Pre-Course Start Date

This is to check you've been able to access the RISK NEBOSH Personal Learning Zone, test your broadband download and upload speeds for both video conferencing and in preparation for the exam.


5 Day Block NEBOSH General Certificate NG2

The course is delivered online via zoom video conferencing, there is a maximum of 10 delegates per course. The learning materials are structured and delivered in a format to get you familiar with complete a Risk Assessment and Written Report. These are shared digitally during the tutor led learning via zoom screen share and also made available via the RISK NEBOSH Personal Learning Zone at the end of each day.


NG2 module - Practical Risk Assessment and Written Report

Element 5: Physical and psychological health

Element 6: Musculoskeletal health

Element 7: Chemical and biological agents

Element 8: General workplace issues

Element 9: Work equipment

Element 10: Fire

Element 11: Electricity



The NEBOSH General Certificate NG2 Course Assessment

Delegates complete a Risk Assessment and Written Report which is submitted directly to NEBOSH no later than 10 days after the NG2 course start date. The risk assessment demonstrates that you know how to apply everything you've learnt during the course. You will be assessed on your ability to apply your skills and knowledge to a wide range of issues and ability to deliver positive change to a real workplace. 



What if I book with RISK and find the course cheaper somewhere else?

We have a money back guarantee, so if you find a more convenient location, timescale or better value provider after booking, then we'll give you a full refund before the course starts. (Must be 28 days before the course start date).

Let our Customer Support Team take away the hassle and do all the work for you - they will find you the most convenient course in the timescale you need to act.

Call 01623 749 718 now to book your course


Why Choose RISK for your NEBOSH Certificate Course

There are lots of organisations offering training courses, surprisingly not all are training providers. Some are simply marketing companies who make a percentage on selling you a course - known in the training industry as brokers. You may think what does this matter if I get my course a few quid cheaper - but if you've ever flown on a budget airline you will understand the price you pay directly correlates with the delivery you receive.

RISK are an award winning training business and not a broker, so what does this mean?

#1 - RISK an accredited training provider for NEBOSH courses - Accredited Centre 402. Which means we can't make false claims and adhere to the strictest codes of practice. We have a long track record of delivering higher than national average pass rates because we provide innovative, engaging and well resourced training courses.

#2 - RISK offer the highest levels of personal learner support for the courses delivered. Our helpline can answer your questions first time, we guarantee the quality of the trainer, materials and venue. Including:

#3 - RISK provide the best value for money NEBOSH certificate courses. Depending on the course you're thinking of taking, there are numerous ways to reduce or hide the costs to make a sale. Often, you only find out what the true price is when you attend the first day. Only then you discover what isn't included that's extra, or realise the quality of the training provided and supporting resources are not as you'd imagined. RISK have no hidden costs, but call us and we'll tell you what questions to ask to make sure you don't get caught out if you're thinking of booking elsewhere.


Pictured: Mike Adams, Managing Director of RISK and lead NEBOSH trainer


NEBOSH tutor led remote online courses

RISK was established in 1997 and has since been delivering NEBOSH Certificate training courses with a focus on expert knowledge and high-quality training materials, so all delegates gain the best outcome possible.

RISK were the first company in the World to deliver and book delegates on the new NEBOSH General Certificate Open Book Exam Courses.

RISK is an award winning organisation with highly experienced NEBOSH training providers.

Their support team are on hand to guide you through the process of remote tutor led learning.

NEBOSH Certificate courses are delivered by an experienced team of trainers who can also provide ‘in-company’ training courses if required. Course attendees are provided with online learning resources, books and study materials at no extra cost, via the NEBOSH Personal Learning Zone.

Successful - Our pass rates are, and have been over many years, higher than the national average pass rate.

Practical - We always provide up-to-date teaching, with applicable and useful case studies.

Relevant - We ensure that course materials are immediately usable with workplace specific subject matters.


NEBOSH Personal Learning Zone is unique to RISK

RISK has a unique approach to teaching the new NEBOSH Certificate Open Book Exam Courses – one reason for this is their NEBOSH Portal Learning Zone. The NEBOSH Personal Learning Zone is unique to RISK and has received tremendous feedback. It’s designed to set out the ‘learning journey’ in a quick and easy format to understand. It provides a unique combination of highly effective support tools, structured learning frameworks and practical revision exercises.

NEBOSH Certificate pre-course preparation information pack – your course warm up!

NEBOSH Certificate Open Book Exam course framework - makes learning easy!

NEBOSH Certificate course revision tools – 24/7 support up to your exam!


RISK learner support prior, during and after your NEBOSH certificate course

The RISK team are there for you, whether it's out of hours support or simply a chat before committing to book on a course. If you find the NEBOSH Certificate courses a little confusing, or simply want to discuss the implications or remote online tutor led learning for a greater understanding -  please call us on 01623 749718 or out of office hours call Val on 07967 826094.

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