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What is the NEBOSH International General Certificate?

The recently updated NEBOSH International General Certificate is one of the most widely respected health and safety qualifications in the world, currently held by around 90,000 people.

The course is ideal if you are a manager, supervisor or employee representative based outside the UK. It is also recommended if you are embarking on a career in health and safety, providing a valuable foundation for further professional study.

 What has changed?

The course content has been restructured and updated to reflect modern health and safety practices and the needs of today's employers. The course now consists of only two units, with a small reduction in the overall study hours. Another major change is that there is only one exam and one practical assessment.

Suitable for

The NEBOSH International General certificate is ideal for managers, supervisors and employees with health and safety responsibilities based outside of the UK. If you are based in the UK, we recommend the NEBOSH National General Certificate.

Course programme and duration

 Unit IG1: Management of Health and Safety

Element 1 - Why we should manage workplace health and safety

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

Element 3 - Managing risk - understanding people and processes

Element 4 - Health and safety monitoring and measuring

Unit IG2: Risk Assessment

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

Recommended study time is 108 hours. 

Learning outcomes

How will the NEBOSH International General Certificate benefit my career?

You will receive a comprehensive grounding in risk management and compliance for the workplace covering:

  • How to effectively manage health and safety.
  • How to identify and control common workplace hazards.
  • How to measure if you’ve been successful.
  • ILO key standards and requirements.
  • Confidently carrying out risk assessments.
  • Developing and implementing a detailed action plan.
  • Managing and minimising workplace risks.
  • Supporting and developing your company’s health and safety culture. 

Next steps

Achieving certification can lead to a choice of NEBOSH qualifications focused on specific industries, such as construction, fire and environmental. After studying the IGC, many candidates progress to the degree-level NEBOSH International Diploma.

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Course Content

Why Choose Phoenix Health & Safety E-Learning  

Phoenix Health & Safety are the UK’s premier providers of health and safety training and health and safety consultancy services. Operating from a head office in Staffordshire, we have consultants and training venues all around the UK, ensuring you always have local advice and training courses.

We offer a variety of fully online health and safety courses, including IOSH Working SafelyIOSH Managing SafelyHealth and Safety AwarenessManual HandlingDisplay Screen EquipmentFire Safety and many more.

The e-learning courses are interactive and include activities, scenarios and quizzes to engage learners and keep them interested. Every course has a final assessment which is designed to prove that the delegate has reached the required level of knowledge, as well as assisting with the employers’ legal duty to ensure staff have been adequately trained.

Courses can be accessed on computer, tablet or mobile devices. It is not necessary to complete the courses in one session, as the system bookmarks where learners got to so that they can continue later from where they left off.

Once the course has been completed, a confirmation of results can be printed or saved as proof of completion. This can then be kept on record or in personal files as evidence of suitable training.

If required, the courses can be tailored to suit the organisation. This may be as simple as including your logo, or you may wish to go further and include relevant photographs, videos, or even attach your forms/templates to the course. There are no limits to what can be achieved by our team of UK based in-house e-learning developers.

Additionally, we are able to build online e-learning courses uniquely for clients from scratch. You might be looking for a course on another subject, or you may want to covert a current paper based course into a dynamic, interactive online course. Please get in touch to discuss your exact requirements.

  • Comply with legal duty to train staff at a fraction of the cost of face-to-face training
  • High quality, engaging, interactive content
  • Compact course modules to keep learners attention
  • Courses include quizzes, interactions and videos to keep learners interested
  • No need to complete courses in one sitting – the system bookmarks where learners leave so they can continue any time
  • End of course assessments to prove learners have understood information
  • Learners can print confirmation of results for their personal files
  • Courses can be tailored if required, or entire courses can be built to customer specifications
  • Courses can be viewed on computers, tablets or mobiles
  • Monitored training delivery – at any time we can provide reports on who has completed the training and how they scored

Assessment and certification

The updated course is now assessed by one written exam and one practical exam:

  • Unit IG1 is examined by a formal 2 hour written exam, replacing IGC1.
  • Unit IG2 is assessed by a practical assessment, which is longer than the previous GC3 assessment.

Both assessments are marked by external examiners 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.

Exams in the UK take place in London, Birmingham and Manchester. If you are outside the United Kingdom, exams take place at British Council offices.

Once the course has been completed, a confirmation of results can be printed or saved as proof of completion. This can then be kept on record or in personal files as evidence that you have completed the training.

The updated course now features one written exam and one practical exam: 

  • Unit IG1 (replacing IGC1) includes an Open Book Exam, which you can do from home. 
  • Unit IG2 is assessed by a practical assessment, which is longer than the previous GC3 assessment. 

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.

For more information, visit the NEBOSH guide to Open Book Exams.

External examiners mark all assessments and are appointed by NEBOSH. Each examiner is chosen for their experience and expertise, ensuring candidates are assessed by the best in our industry. 

This qualification is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), as well as the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM). 

If you are studying the NEBOSH International General Certificate through classroom learning or in-house learning, the cost of the exam is included.

If you are studying via online or distance learning, you don’t pay for your exam upfront, you pay for the exam when you’re ready to book.

Exams need to be booked separately from the course – Book your NEBOSH exam

Study method

What are the benefits of online learning?

Flexibility is the great advantage of e-learning with Phoenix. You can enrol at any time and study whenever you wish at the pace you choose.

Our online courses are designed to keep you engaged and motivated with interactive content comprising quizzes and videos.

Courses can be accessed via computer, tablet or mobile devices. The system bookmarks the point you have reached, so you can stop studying whenever you wish, and pick up exactly where you left off.

Our experts write all the course materials and create them for multiple formats. You can view them as online PDFs (read online or download for offline study) or download as audiobooks.

Support is readily available from our expert health and safety tutors, who can be contacted by telephone or email for study, revision and exam advice. You also have access to the unique Phoenix Facebook group, which is a great way to discuss any aspects of your studies with tutors and fellow students.

To help you prepare you for your final assessments, we provide tutor-marked mock assessments with feedback.

What is the benefit of e-learning for employers?

Employers have a legal duty to ensure that staff have received the necessary health and safety training. E-learning enables them to do so at a fraction of the cost of face-to-face training. We also conduct monitored training delivery, so employers can receive reports on who has completed the training and how they scored.

Alternatives to e-learning

We also offer the NEBOSH International General Certificate via distance learning, as well as an in-house course, that can be completed in your own workplace.

What can the NEBOSH International Certificate lead to?

Pass Rate

The pass rate for this course is above industry average, and our candidates often achieve a high number of credits and distinctions.

Course fees

The price of the NEBOSH International General Certificate online course costs £395.00 plus VAT. This price includes course materials and unlimited tutor support. However, exam fees are additional. Payment Plans are available, offering a choice of convenient finance options.

Student Discount

Enrolling on to Phoenix Health & Safety's NEBOSH International General Certificate entitles you to a wide range of student discounts with the NUS TOTUM card. Check if you're eligible for over 200 student discounts.

MOD ELC Funding

ELC funding excludes course materials, these must be funded by the student. Please contact the Phoenix Sales team to confirm prices.

Frequently asked questions

When and how will I receive my results and certificate?

Once the course has been completed, a confirmation of results can be printed or saved as proof of completion. Results are available 8 to 10 weeks after the exam. Your certificate will be available a further 8 to 10 weeks later.

What’s the duration of the course?

Recommended study time is 108 hours.

What happens if I fail the assessment?

We will give you free tutor support, under the Phoenix Pass Pledge. You can pay to retake the exam.