NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is a globally recognised qualification offered by an established  independent UK examination board with over 30 years' experience in providing health and safety awards in the UK and across the world including the Middle East, the West Indies and Southeast Asia.

The course provides Managers, supervisors and employees based outside the UK who require a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety principles and practices.  The qualification focuses on international standards and management systems, enabling candidates to effectively discharge workplace health and safety responsibilities in any employment sector, in all parts of the world.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) covers the principles relating to health and safety, identification and control of workplace hazards and the practical application of this knowledge.  The IGC syllabus takes a risk management approach based on best practice and international standards, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) codes of practice.  Local laws and cultural factors may form part of the study programme where relevant and appropriate. 

No previous health and safety knowledge is required.  However it should be noted that the examination is offered, and must be answered, in English, and that the course includes a requirement to write a short report, which must also be in English.  NEBOSH recommends that candidates undertaking the NEBOSH International General Certificate should reach the equivalent of a scoring of 6.0 or higher under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which is assessed separately:

  • Management of international health and safety (IGC1)
  • Control of international workplace hazards (IGC2)
  • International health and safety practical application (IGC3)

Candidates are assessed with written examinations for each of the two taught units and a practical assessment. A unit certificate is issued denoting successful achievement of each unit. A certificate parchment is issued on completion of the two units and the practical assessment.

Unit IGC1 (International management of health and safety) covers health and safety management principles such as Policies, Hazards and Risk Assessment, Accident Investigation, etc

Assessed by a 2-hour written examination and marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

(Unit IGC1 is common to the International General Certificate and the International Certificate in Construction.  So you do not have to sit IGC1 again if you have passed it within the last five years. This allows you to mix and match the units you choose to study.  Giving you the flexibility to add new qualifications as your career evolves.)

Unit IGC2 (control of international workplace hazards) covers a range of different health and safety hazards, such as; Fire, Electricity, Transport, Manual Handling and Noise. 

Assessed by a 2-hour written examination and marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

This is a practical assessment carried out in your own workplace. It consists of an Inspection (of the workplace) to identify hazards and areas of good practice, and a  Management Report on your findings. 

IGC3 is marked by an internal assesor, a person proposed to NEBOSH by an accredited training provider and moderated by NEBOSH.