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NEBOSH Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

NEBOSH Certificate in Construction is designed for managers, supervisors, principal designers and coordinators who work in the construction industry. 
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Course overview

The NEBOSH Construction Certificate is one of the UK’s most widely respected and in-demand health and safety qualifications for the construction industry. There are currently more than 20,000 certificate holders.

This qualification covers the core health and safety issues involved in construction and aims to provide candidates with a comprehensive understanding of how to identify and manage workplace hazards.

In construction, utilities and other related industries, employers find that the NEBOSH National Construction Certificate gives staff a sound understanding of managing workplace risks.

Enrolling staff onto this course enables industry employers to improve the safety culture within their organisation, helping them to minimise risks. In turn, they can run a safer and more efficient business.

Phoenix’s NEBOSH National Construction Certificate course can be studied via classroom, online or in-house learning.

Classroom Courses & Covid

We continue to operate classroom courses safely throughout the UK, working with our venues to ensure they adhere to strict Covid-secure measures. We use larger training rooms to enable social distancing, follow government guidelines on hand sanitising, facemask wearing and no longer allow a buffet style food service. A copy of our Covid Classroom Risk Assessment is available on request.

Who is this course suitable for?

The NEBOSH Certificate in Construction Health and Safety course is for construction industry managers, supervisors and coordinators, including those who manage contractor activities or work in environments classed as temporary workplaces.

If you wish to build a career in construction health and safety, this course offers the foundation you need to improve your skills and knowledge.

Course programme

Unit 1: NGC1 – Management of Health & Safety 

  • Element 1 Foundations in Health & Safety 

  • Element 2 Health & Safety Management Systems 1 – Plan

  • Element 3 Health & Safety Management Systems 2 – Do 

  • Element 4 Health & Safety Management Systems 3 – Check 

  • Element 5 Health & Safety Management Systems 4 – Act

Unit 2: NCC1 – Managing and Controlling Hazards in Construction Activities

  • Element 1 Construction Law and Management 

  • Element 2 Construction Site – Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 3 Vehicle & Plant Movement – Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 4 Musculoskeletal Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 5 Work Equipment – Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 6 Electrical Safety 

  • Element 7 Fire Safety

  • Element 8 Chemical & Biological Health Hazards and Risk Control 

  • Element 9 Physical & Psychological Health – Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 10 Working at Height – Hazards and Risk Control 

  • Element 11 Excavation Work & Confined Spaces – Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 12 Demolition & Deconstruction – Hazards & Risk Control 

Unit 3: NCC2: Construction health and safety practical application

  • NCC2 The practical assessment is carried out in the candidate's own workplace. The practical must be completed within 14 days of the NCC1 written examination.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of the NEBOSH Construction Certificate

  • Effectively manage health and safety on a construction site.
  • Identify and control common workplace hazards on a construction site.
  • Understand the UK’s legal requirements for managing health and safety at work.
  • Understand the importance and critical elements of health and safety management systems.
  • Be aware of the duties of clients, designers, principal designers, principal contractors and contractors under the Construction Regulations 2015.
  • Apply the principles and practice of risk assessment.
  • Identify construction workplace hazards, such as those associated with excavation, working at height, demolition and workplace transport safety.
  • Use methods for controlling identified workplace hazards within the construction industry.


How long does the NEBOSH Construction Certificate take?

The duration of the NEBOSH Construction Certificate depends on the study method:

Next steps

Many candidates who pass the National Construction Certificate choose to further their career later by undertaking the NEBOSH Diploma.


The NEBOSH Construction Certificate course consists of three assessments:

  • An open book examination for Unit 1 (NG1 – Management of Health & Safety)
  • A written examination for Unit 2 (NCC1 – Managing and Controlling Hazards in Construction Activities)
  • A practical assessment carried out at your place of work (NCC2), to demonstrate that you can apply what you have learnt during the course to a real workplace.

Exams need to be booked separately from the course – book NEBOSH exams here

  • What is an Open Book Exam?

    An open book exam assesses the same learning outcomes as an invigilated, paper-based exam. With an open book exam, you can have access to textbooks, course notes and the internet.

    You can complete an open book exam in your own home, or another suitable location. You will have up to 24 hours to complete the NEBOSH open book exam, but we find that most candidates only take 4 – 5 hours.

    The open book exam will assess your ability to apply your knowledge, as well as testing your analytical and critical thinking skills.

  • What is a closing interview?

    Following the open book exam is a short closing interview, which takes approximately 15 minutes. The purpose of the interview is to confirm that the work you have submitted is your own and that you did not have any assistance in completing your NEBOSH assessment.

    The closing interview takes place via video call, which you can access via smartphone, tablet or computer.

    The interviewer will ask to see identification, you need to provide either your passport, driving license or national identity card. The interviewer needs to see the room that you are in to ensure you don’t have access to notes during the interview.

    The interviewer will ask you questions based on your open book exam, your work and your submission.

    Your closing interview is not an assessment, so you won’t receive a mark. If the interviewer is happy that the work is your own, your mark will be published in line with NEBOSH timeframes.

    Open Book Exams.

    On successful completion of both units and the practical assessment, we will award a NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety. This is sent by post and usually arrives within 8-10 weeks after Phoenix publishes the results.  

    After completing this course, you will be eligible for Technician Membership of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), as well as associate membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

Payment Plans

Payment Plans are offered to self-funding UK students only. We require 30% of the total course fee upfront. Payments will be made monthly from the day your deposit was made and must be received within 7 days of this date. The balance of your account must be cleared in full, prior to you registering for examinations. Payment plans can be paid by: Credit/debit card or bank transfer. If you would like to organise a payment plan please get in touch.


View all FAQs
  • When and how will I receive my NEBOSH results?

    Results are notified by NEBOSH after completing the course. NEBOSH send out the results 10-12 weeks after the exams. Your certificates will arrive after the results have been announced.

  • When and how will I receive my NEBOSH certificate/diploma?

    Your certificate or diploma is sent to you by Phoenix after the results have been announced. Your certificates will arrive from Phoenix 10-12 weeks after the results have been announced.

  • What happens if I fail the NEBOSH assessment?

    The Phoenix Pass Pledge will cover your additional studies, but you retake the exams at your own cost. 
  • Are there any entry requirements for NEBOSH Certificates?

    There are no entry requirements, which makes the NEBOSH Certificate an ideal starting point for your health and safety training. Learners must have a suitable standard of English language to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.  

Why choose a NEBOSH course with Phoenix?

  • Accredited Partner

    Phoenix Health and Safety is a NEBOSH Gold Partner. This accreditation means our NEBOSH course materials, tutors, and learning environments are all stamped with excellence.

  • Expertise

    We are one of the UK's leading providers of training in health and safety. 

    Our tutors and mentors are widely respected for their expertise, experience and ability to provide an enjoyable learning experience. 

  • Student support

    We go the extra mile to make sure our course attendees receive the best possible support, through study guides and student groups.

    Many candidates find our Facebook community group particularly helpful while they are studying, as it enables them to compare notes with fellow students and ask questions.

  • The Phoenix Pass Pledge

    Every Phoenix NEBOSH course entitles you to continue studying free of charge if you fail to meet the required standard in examinations. However, this is rarely necessary. Our pass rate for NEBOSH General Certificate training courses is above indsutry average, with a high number of credits and distinctions.