NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC)

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It is a highly recommended occupational safety and health qualification worldwide. It gives knowledge and skills and enables you to know how to perform the health and safety responsibilities of any individual working in any organization.

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Course Features
  • Level 3 (UK)
  • 11 Elements
  • Online Verifiable
  • Online/On-Campus
  • Lifetime Validity
  • Certificate of Completion

What you’ll learn

  • A comprehensive understanding of health and safety management systems.
  • How to identify, assess and control a range of significant workplace hazards.
  • A deep understanding of the principles of risk assessment in the workplace.
  • The legal framework for health and safety management.
  • How to investigate incidents in the workplace and understand how to take preventative measures.
  • The ability to monitor, audit and review health and safety management systems.
  • The ability to advise and influence health and safety culture in the workplace.

NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health is widely respected worldwide. NEBOSH IGC is essential for anybody working in or planning to work in the health and safety field. It presents an excellent introduction to occupational safety and health and is suitable for working with all types of organizations and industries. NEBOSH IGC is ideal:

  • For Everybody working in a safety-related role
  • For those looking or planning to start a career in the health and safety field.
  • For the Managers and the supervisors with the safety responsibilities as part of the broader role in health and safety

Gain an appreciation for your health and safety skills and knowledge worldwide with the NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) in Occupational Health and Safety.

The NEBOSH IGC is one of the highly recommended qualifications in occupational safety and health worldwide. NEBOSH IGC gives knowledge and skills and enables you to know how to perform the health and safety responsibilities of any individual working in any organization.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) in Occupational Health and Safety provides a deep understanding of general health and safety issues or problems that affect all organizations. NEBOSH IGC enables the risks to be managed efficiently. As well as NEBOSH IGC covers the range of workplace hazards, risks, and methods of control; it includes the reference to the international standards linking to the management of health and safety at work.

NEBOSH IGC gives a valuable overview and is a sound basis for further professional study in Occupational Health and Safety, For example, the NEBOSH International Diploma, Fire Certificate, and Construction Certificate.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate will give you invaluable knowledge and skills AND a globally respected qualification that supports your current role and long-term career.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However, learners must have a suitable English language standard to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

A chart mapping IELTS scores to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) can be found on the British Council and IELTS websites:

Learners wishing to assess their language expertise may consult the FAQs on the IELTS website for information on taking the test.

Important Note: the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (October 2018 specifications) is a standalone qualification. This means that you will not be able to use units from other NEBOSH qualifications against any part of this qualification.

Qualification Grading

MarksPassed With

When you have completed both units, you are normally considered to have completed the whole qualification.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) is divided into two units:

Unit IG1: Management of Health and Safety

  • Why we should manage workplace health and safety
  • How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
  • Managing risk – understanding people and processes
  • Health and safety monitoring and measuring

Unit IG2: Risk Assessment

  • Physical and psychological health
  • Musculoskeletal health
  • Chemical and biological agents
  • General workplace issues
  • Work equipment
  • Fire
  • Electricity

After NEBOSH IGC, You will be able to:

  • Justify health and safety improvements using moral, financial, and legal arguments
  • Advise on the main duties for health and safety in the workplace and help their organization manage contractors
  • Work within a health and safety management system, recognizing what effective policy, organizational responsibilities, and arrangements should look like
  • Positively influence health and safety culture and behavior to improve performance in their organization.
  • Do a general risk assessment in their workplace – profiling and prioritizing risks, inspecting the workplace, recognizing a range of common hazards, evaluating risks (taking account of current controls), recommending further control measures, and planning actions.
  • Recognize workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and effective ways to minimize those impacts.
  • Develop basic safe systems of work (including taking account of typical emergencies) and know when to use permit-to-work systems for special risks.
  • Take part in incident investigations.
  • Help their employer to check their management system effectiveness – through monitoring, audits, and reviews.

This modern qualification combines activities, learning, and interactive materials to provide an interesting and engaging experience. It focuses on key skills that mean you can instantly apply the knowledge you gain and add value to your organization.

Assessment is a two-step process:

  • IG1 – An open book examination to assess what you know. This is scenario-based and will include a closing interview; you will be asked questions about your submission.
  • IG2 – A practical risk assessment to assess what you can do (3 hours). You will complete a risk assessment and develop an action plan for your workplace – this is immediately useful and valuable.

External examiners appointed by NEBOSH mark assessments. These examiners are chosen for their experience and expertise to ensure that learners are assessed by the best in our industry.

The IGC has two unit assessments; you must achieve a ‘Pass’ in each unit to be awarded the qualification. You will have five years to complete your qualification. The five-year period starts when you pass your first successful unit (the ‘declaration date’). Any unit that is five or more years old will not count towards the qualification, and you will need to retake this/these unit(s) if you still want to complete the qualification.

You may re-sit a unit assessment if:

  • You achieved a ‘Pass’ in a unit that is five or more years old, and you need it to achieve the qualification;
  • You are ‘Referred’ (i.e., don’t pass); or
  • Want to retake Unit IG1 to get a higher grade (Unit IG2 is ‘Pass’ or ‘Refer’ and does not count towards the qualification grade).

There is no limit to the number of times you can re-sit unit(s) within five years. A refund will not be given if you register to re-sit a unit before an original unit result is known. If your re-sit result is lower than the original mark, you will keep the original mark awarded for the unit. Re-sit marks are not capped.

If you want to try to improve your grade in Unit IG1, you need to tell us in writing within 20 working days of the declaration date of your second successful unit. Otherwise, a qualification parchment will automatically be issued, showing the original declaration date.

With an in-depth focus on the things that matter, the NEBOSH International General Certificate covers the core skills you need wherever you work.

You will learn the following:

  • How to effectively manage health and safety
  • How to identify and control common workplace hazards
  • How to measure if you’ve been successful
  • Relevant key international standards

The International General Certificate can be studied in multiple languages, including:

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Turkish
  • Portuguese (European)
  • Spanish (European)
  • French

Risk assessment is central to the qualification. Through study and workplace application, successful learners will be able to:

  • Confidently carry out risk assessments
  • Develop and implement a detailed action plan
  • Manage and minimize workplace risks
  • Support and develop your company’s health and safety culture

When you achieve the IGC, you will be a huge asset to your employer. You will make a real difference in the workplace. You will have the knowledge, understanding, and skills to help protect the health and safety of all workers. You will also be able to help your employer to comply with the law and good practice, as well as help them avoid the huge costs from incidents and ill health.

This qualification is designed for anyone (managers, supervisors, and workers) in any organization. It’s ideal for anyone who needs a broad understanding of health and safety issues to manage day-to-day risks effectively. Many people take the International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) as a first step in a career in health and safety. It gives a valuable overview and is a sound basis for further professional study.

A NEBOSH open book examination will assess the same learning outcomes and assessment criteria as an invigilated paper-based examination. Unlike an invigilated paper-based examination, learners can access textbooks and the internet. However, the questions asked and answers we expect will differ; we will test the learner’s ability to analyze, evaluate and apply their learning.

You can find a list of upcoming open-book examinations here

UnitExamination DateResults Notification Date
NG/IG1, NGC1/IGC1 (English only)02 November 202220 January 2023
NG/IG1, NGC/IGC1 (all available languages)07 December 202224 February 2023
NG/IG1, NGC1/IGC1 (English only)18 January 202329 march 2023
NG/IG1, NGC1/IGC1 (English only)08 February 202321 April 2023
NG/IG1, NGC/IGC1 (all available languages)08 March 202322 May 2023
NG/IG1, NGC1/IGC1 (English only)05 April 202320 June 2023
NG/IG1, NGC1/IGC1 (English only)03 May 202313 July 2023
NG/IG1, NGC/IGC1 (all available languages)*07 June 202316 August 2023
NG/IG1, NGC1/IGC1 (English only)*05 July 202314 September 2023
NG/IG1 (English only)09 August 202319 October 2023
NG/IG1 (all available languages)06 September 202315 November 2023
NG/IG1 (English only)04 October 202313 December 2023
NG/IG1 (English only)08 November 202325 January 2024
NG/IG1 (all available languages)06 December 202322 February 2024

This open-book examination is designed to test what learners know and what they can do with this knowledge. We are looking to see the application of learning.

NEBOSH will describe a workplace scenario, including its normal operational activities and worker behavior. Learners will then be asked a series of questions, and we want answers to reflect the workplace given. It is, therefore, vital that learners take the time to read and understand the scenario.

An example question might be:  

How could you improve consultation with the workforce in the organization described?

If learners answer by simply reproducing text from course notes, this will not be enough to pass. We need learners to demonstrate they can apply knowledge by providing answers to the scenario given, and, in some cases, specific evidence will be required to support answers.

There is a misconception that open-book examinations are easier than invigilated paper-based examinations. The questions asked in open-book examinations will be different and require learners to show greater levels of understanding, application, analysis, and critical thinking to produce a good answer. These questions will all be linked to the syllabus and learning outcomes.

The qualification will also continue to be accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority at the same level and recognized in the same way by membership bodies such as IOSH.

The pass mark for open book examinations is 45.

Results will be issued 50 working days from the examination date and sent to the email address registered to your learner record.

Please note that results will be sent out via email in the days leading up to the results day. This means that some people may receive theirs early, but everyone will still receive their resultss on or before the results day as planned. The time you receive your result is not a reflection of a pass or refer mark, so please do not worry that you have been referred if you receive your result later than a friend or classmate.

NEBOSH recommends that you keep a copy of your original submission until your results are declared should there be any technical difficulties.


If you have passed AND now passed all units of your qualification, we will print your certificate within 20 working days. Your certificate will then be sent to your Learning Partner, who will distribute it to you.

We offer an Enquiry About Result (EAR) service for learners who believe their mark does not reflect their performance. There are two types of EAR available:

  • Enquiry Type 1: clerical check
    This ensures all parts of the submission have been marked and that marks have been totaled correctly.
  • Enquiry Type 2: re-mark
    This is a re-mark of the script by a different Examiner, who is a higher level than the original examiner. This type of enquiry does not include a clerical check.

All Enquiry about Results (EAR) requests should be made directly to NEBOSH within one month of the results issue date. Full payment must be made before the EAR request can be processed. Further information can be found in our EAR Policy.

Now it’s very easy to verify the NEBOSH IGC certificate; NEBOSH pasting now QR Code on all the NEBOSH IGC certificates; if you’re an iPhone user, you can scan the QR Code with the camera, and it will show all your detail in a web browser. If you’re using an android phone, you can scan QR Code by installing QR Code applications.

After passing NEBOSH IGC, you can go for NEBOSH Idip Level 6.

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