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What is the pass mark for the NEBOSH General Certificate, and what else do I need to know?

Written by Phoenix Health & Safety
14th June 2018
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If you are setting out on a career in health and safety, the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is an excellent first step. However, anyone with responsibility for safe working environments and employee well being can also benefit from the course.

Taking the General Certificate provides an excellent grounding in health and safety and risk management at work, and is a sound foundation for more advanced study. It also meets the academic requirements for technician membership (TechIOSH) of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
What are the pass marks and how are they assessed?
Units NGC1 and NGC2 are both assessed by two-hour written exams with ten compulsory short answer questions and one long answer question. The pass rate is 45 per cent for each paper. Unit NGC3 is assessed by a two-hour practical exam. To prepare for this, candidates conduct an independent inspection of a workplace, identifying hazards, deciding if adequate controls are in place and suggesting any remedial actions that are required. To pass the NGC3 exam, candidates have to write a report to management - explaining why action is needed, identifying remedial measures, providing convincing arguments for the recommended changes, and detailing any cost implications. The minimum pass rate is 60 per cent.
How long is the course?
The NEBOSH National General Certificate is typically delivered over 10 days, split into two five-day blocks, plus half a day for the practical assessment and one full day for both written exams. In addition, candidates are expected to spend at least 49 hours on private study.
How is it taught?
As taught by the expert Phoenix team, the NEBOSH General Certificate course is a lively and carefully judged blend of classroom learning, practical exercises, group discussions and group activities
Do I qualify for the course?
It is strongly recommended that delegates starting the National General Certificate hold a formal qualification in Health and Safety such as the IOSH Managing Safely Certificate or the CIEH Level 3 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace. To complete the assessment, candidates require good standards of written and oral communication plus the ability to analyse information, seek advice and work well within a team. To sign up for the course or to get more information please visit our NEBOSH General Certificate page or give us a call and speak to a member of our expert team.