Course Outline

The qualification is divided into 3 Units, each of which is assessed separately:

  • Management of International health an safety (IGC1)
  • Control of International workplace hazards (GC2)
  • International health and safety practical application (GC3)

Topics

Unit IGC1: Management of International Health and Safety

  • Unit IGC1 is a taught unit, assessed by one two-hour written examination. Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions (8 marks each) and one ‘long-answer’ question (20 marks). Each examination paper covers the whole IGC1 unit syllabus. All questions are compulsory. Candidate scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit GC2: Controlling workplace hazards

  • Unit GC2 is a taught unit, assessed by one two-hour written examination. Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions (8 marks each) and one ‘long-answer’ question (20 marks). Each examination paper covers the whole GC2 unit syllabus. All questions are compulsory. Candidate scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit GC3 – International Health and Safety practical application

  • Kindly refer to next section.

What does the qualification cover?

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 culture factors may form part of the study programme where relevant and appropriate.

The International General Certificate is also suitable for those embarking on a career in health and safety, providing a valuable foundation for further professional study. 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.

How is it assessed?

Units IGC1 and GC2 are taught units each assessed by one two-hour written examination.  Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question.  All questions are compulsory.  Candidate scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit GC3 is assessed by one two-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate’s own workplace.  The assessment must normally be taken within 14 days of a written examination.  The practical examination is internally assessed by the course provider and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

The guide to the NEBOSH International General Certificate contains the full syllabus and sample examination papers.

 

The whole syllabus can be found here