Changes to the NEBOSH Certificate syllabus

The NEBOSH National General Certificate and NEBOSH International General Certificate have been revised to include an updated syllabus to teach learners about health and safety in the modern workplace.

With the help of over 3,000 leading experts, organisations, learners and learning partners, the new versions offer more learner friendly experience to the delegate, with more immediate benefits seen within their workplace.

So whether you’re a current learner or you’re just thinking about taking the course, here’s everything you need to know about the new syllabus.

What’s changed about the course?

NEBOSH have listened to what businesses said they needed for those responsible for health and safety within their organisation to do and know, and have streamlined that into new content that represents the role of a real-life health and safety professional.

They’ve also listened to their learners and have updated the language to make it easier for people to understand. In additionally, the structure has also been modified so there’s now less emphasis on exams and a bigger focus on practical application. The new specification now spans only 2 units:

NG1/IG1 – Management of health and safety
NG1/IG2 – Risk assessment

How long is the new course?

The new syllabus actually means the course is now shorter! The 2019 specification recommends 113 hours of learning compared to 133 on the 2014 specification. If you’re studying in a classroom, the course will still run across 2 weeks as before. If you’re studying online, you’ll have the same amount of access to resources, tutor support and webinars.

You’ll have 5 years to complete your NEBOSH General Certificate. This time frame starts from when you pass your first exam.

I’ve already passed a NEBOSH Certificate, is my qualification still valid?

Once you’ve passed your NEBOSH Certificate you’ll be pleased to know it can’t be retracted and will still be relevant for health and safety job applications. Furthermore, you can still use it to apply for membership of professional membership organisations like IOSH, IIRSM and SAIOSH.

In fact, you don’t even need to say which specification you studied. All that matters is that you’ve achieved your qualification.

For more information about the new syllabus you can watch a short video from NEBOSH here or you can visit our website, email or call us on +44 (0)121 248 2233.

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