National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is the most popular and recognised health and safety qualification of its kind. First introduced in 1989, it is held by more than 190,000 people.

Holders of this accredited qualification are able to identify, evaluate and control a wide range of workplace hazards. The qualification encourages a pragmatic approach to managing risk and covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK.

Many employers find that the National General Certificate can improve the safety culture of their organisation by providing line managers and staff with a sound understanding of the principles of risk management.

Our qualifications are developed based on extensive research with health and safety professionals, employers, professional bodies and regulators to ensure that they remain relevant and rigorous as well as achievable and practical.

You will be assessed on your ability to apply your skills and knowledge to a wide range of issues and ability to deliver positive change to a real workplace.

This qualification is for anyone who needs to gain a sound understanding of the principles of workplace health and safety. It also covers UK specific health and safety law.

For some, the National General Certificate is a crucial first step towards establishing a lifelong professional career in occupational health and safety. Many who take their National General Certificate progress on to one of our Diploma level qualifications. However, around three quarters of people who hold a National General Certificate are employed in roles whose primary function is not health and safety.

The National General Certificate is seen as a very useful qualification for managers, supervisors and those who need to have a sound understanding of their health and safety responsibilities and who wish to implement sustainable health and safety improvements.

The qualification is divided into three units:


Foundations in health and safety

Health and safety management systems – Plan

Health and safety management systems – Do

Health and safety management systems – Check

Health and safety management systems – Act



Workplace hazards and risk control

Transport hazards and risk control

Musculoskeletal hazards and risk control

Work equipment hazards and risk control

Electrical safety

Fire safety

Chemical and biological health hazards and risk control

Physical and psychological health hazards and control



Workplace-based assignment



Two x 2-hour written examinations and a short workplace-based assignment

Northumberland College are able to secure funding for businesses in the North East to cover the cost of this course as well as other short courses and staff development.


Employers must meet eligibility criteria such as having less than 250 members of staff and a turnover of less than £29 million and a balance sheet of no more than £34 million.

This course is delivered 1 day per week over 13 weeks.

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation. It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 6 with 15 SCQF credit points.

SCQF Level 6 is comparable to RQF/CQFW Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Many learners who pass their NEBOSH National General Certificate go on to take another more specialist certificate-level qualification, such as the National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety or the Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.

Learners may go on to seek professional recognition via IOSH.

The course is £1100 per person and is inclusive of textbooks, registration, examination and certification. As a college, we do not charge VAT on our services.


To book, or for further information, please call Business Engagement on 01670 841268


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