National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - Official Exam

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What Will I Learn?

Learn how to manage health and safety effectively in the workplace
Learn how to identify common workplace hazards
Understand that it is a key legal requirement in the UK
Learn how to measure if your implementations have been successful


The National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is a widely recognised and popular qualification in the UK and is ideal for any individual aspiring to have a career in health and safety. This certificate is specified when employers are recruiting for health and safety positions, and acquiring this qualification will give you a better opportunity to land the desired job role. Holders of this certificate can gain membership to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH.

This is a globally recognised qualification that will cover health and safety, along with risk management. This exam is diverse and caters to all levels of individuals coming from different backgrounds and holding varied positions. It is an excellent step to becoming a fully qualified professional in health and safety.

Over 200,000 individuals are holders of this certificate because it is the prime standard of qualifications in health and safety. The core aim of this exam is to equip you with an in-depth understanding of workplace safety and what to do to make your workplace safer. This is an ideal qualification for managers, supervisors and others in leadership roles to understand responsibilities pertaining to health and safety management. Once qualified, it will propel your career in the right direction.

  • Who is it for?
  • Entry Requirements
  • Method of Assessment
  • Exam Registration
  • Exam Results
  • Certification
  • SQA Accreditation
  • Career Progression
  • Relevant to individuals in a workplace environment
  • Essential for managers, supervisors and others in roles of leadership
  • Anyone interested in a career in health and safety
  • There are no pre-requisites to take this exam. However, it is essential that learners have a basic understanding of the English Language, Maths and ICT.
  • NEBOSH recommends that learners have a minimum standard of English that is equivalent to International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.0 or higher on the test.

To gain the NEBOSH General Certificate, learners must successfully complete 3 assessments, which include 2 written exams and 1 workplace assessment. Exams are 2 hours long with section 1 containing 1-long answer section and section 2 containing 10-short answer questions. ALL questions must be answered from both sections.

All registered learners can sit for an examination. Exams must be registered for in advance before taking each paper.

Exam Entry Confirmation

Once you are registered to do the exam, you will receive an Exam Entry Confirmation that will include the learning number and important information related to the exam and results process. Please check if your name is spelled correctly, and if changes are required, you can contact GEL customer support. This confirmation is essential to gain entry to the exam, as learners will need to produce photographic identification to the invigilator.

Exam Dates

Date  Time   Qualification  Unit  
Wednesday 2 December 2020 AM National General Certificate NG1
Wednesday 3 February 2021 AM National General Certificate NG1
Wednesday 7 April 2021 AM National General Certificate NG1
Wednesday 9 June 2021 AM National General Certificate NG1

Assessment results are taken in English which also includes the practical examination. Results will be received within 50 working days from the submission of the assignment or date of the examination.

The pass mark can vary, but learners will be awarded the final qualification grade according to the following.

  • Pass: 150-179 marks
  • Credit: 180-209 marks
  • Distinction: 210+ marks

Once you successfully complete this exam, you will gain the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

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

SCQF Level 6 is comparable to RQF/CQFW Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The SQA accreditation logo will appear where appropriate on awarded certificates.

Once learners successfully completed the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, learners can continue in their professional development as NEBOSH offers an array of internationally recognised qualifications. Individuals wishing to continue their education to the next level can study industry-specific applications including process safety, environmental management, construction and leadership. Learners will have the opportunity to hone their skills in incident investigation. Learners can also further study the NEBOSH Diploma or Masters qualification. Here are some job roles the qualification is suitable for,

  • Health and Safety Coordinator – (£22,581 per annum)
  • Health and Safety Manager – (£35,561 per annum)
  • Health and Safety Advisor – (£29,939 per annum)

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