NEBOSH IGC International General Certificate New Syllabus

Overview of the NEBOSH IGC (NEW syllabus - 2019)

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Overall Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, learners 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 organisation manage contractors

  • Work within a health and safety management system, recognising what effective policy, organisational responsibilities and arrangements should look like

  • Positively influence health and safety culture and behaviour to improve performance in their organisation

  • Do a general risk assessment in their own workplace – profiling and prioritising risks, inspecting the workplace, recognising a range of common hazards, evaluating risks (taking account of current controls), recommending further control measures, planning actions

  • Recognise workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and effective ways to minimise those impacts

  • Develop basic safe systems of work (including taking account of typical emergencies) and knowing 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

Entry requirements


There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.


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


For further information please see the latest version of the IELTS Handbook or consult the IELTS website.


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 own 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.

Course syllabus

Unit IG1: Management of Health & Safety

Element 1: Why we should manage workplace health and safety

  • 1.1 Discuss the moral, financial and legal reasons for managing health and safety in the workplace

  • 1.2 Explain how health and safety is regulated and the consequences of non-compliance

  • 1.3 Summarise the main health and safety duties of different groups of people at work and explain how contractors should be selected, monitored and managed

Element 2: How health and safety management systems work and what they look like

  • 2.1 Give an overview of the elements of a health and safety management system and the benefits of having a formal/certified system

  • 2.2 Discuss the main ingredients of health and safety management systems that make it effective – policy, responsibilities, arrangements


Element 3: Managing risk – understanding people and processes

  • 3.1 Describe the concept of health and safety culture and how it influences performance

  • 3.2 Summarise how health and safety culture at work can be improved

  • 3.3 Summarise the human factors which positively or negatively influence behaviour at work in a way that can affect health and safety

  • 3.4 Explain the principles of the risk assessment process

  • 3.5 Discuss typical workplace changes that have significant health and safety impacts and ways to minimise those impacts

  • 3.6 Describe what to consider when developing and implementing a safe system of work for general activities

  • 3.7 Explain the role, function and operation of a permitto-work system

  • 3.8 Discuss typical emergency procedures (including training and testing) and how to decide what level of first aid is needed in the workplace


Element 4: Health and safety monitoring and measuring

  • 4.1 Discuss common methods and indicators used to monitor the effectiveness of management systems

  • 4.2 Explain why and how incidents should be investigated, recorded and reported

  • 4.3 Explain what an audit is and why and how it is used to evaluate a management system

  • 4.4 Explain why and how regular reviews of health and safety performance are needed

Unit IG2: Risk Assessment

For this unit learners must produce a risk assessment of a workplace which considers a wide range of identified hazards (drawn from elements 5-11) and meets best practice standards ('suitable and sufficient')

Element 5: Physical and psychological health

Element 6: Musculoskeletal health

Element 7: Chemical and biological agents

Element 8: General workplace issues

Element 9: Work equipment

Element 10: Fire

Element 11: Electricity

Unit Assessments

All units are mandatory and there are no optional units.

Unit IG1 is assessed by one two-hour written question paper consisting of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. All questions are compulsory and are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit IG2 is assessed by a three-hour practical risk assessment carried out in the candidate's workplace.  

NEBOSH will issue a certificate of successful course completion to candidates who have successfully completed the course.

This course is accredited by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH).

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We also commit to you and to improving your experience. 

Before you enrol- we want to meet up with you to understand if this would be the right course and if the Mode of Study would be right for you. 

  • Mode of Study – Face to face (Full time, Part Time, Evening), Distance learning,  Open Learning and eLearning. 

  • On-going support – We will the support you need- you can email our tutors, have access to our elearning portal, schedule a call,  and we will follow up with your progress. 

  • We will require you to submit assignments or mock papers

  • We will require you to fill up a Learner Contract and read the Terms & Conditions


You can study or attend training first and then decide to enrol in the Examinations. 

The examinations are held 4 times a year (Standard Dates- first Wednesday of March, June, September and December- always mornings) but you have to confirm with us if we will be conducting those examinations then.

We will need 2 months prior notice to enrol you in the examinations.

You can also choose to take the examinations at a British Council - but there will be additional time lines to confirm with British Council as well as additional costs (payable to British Council)


We will offer refunds for the examination fees as per NEBOSH requirements but for the training attended or the textbooks, there are no refunds. You can read more about the NEBOSH Refund policy on the NEBOSH website or ask from us. 


You will received either a Refer (0-44 Marks), Pass (45-64 Marks), Credit (65-74), Distinction (75 above)

You can choose to resit the qualification that you failed (received a REFER). No limits on the number of attempts- but must be done within 5 years. 


We will need to discuss with you if this is the right course for you- so schedule an appointment with us. 

Course Fees (includes Exam Fees)

Full Time (Face to Face) - 10 Days - SGD$4200

E-Learning - SGD$1350

Resit Fees (Re-Taking exams)

IG1 - Paper 1 (Existing/internal Candidate) - $350

GC2 - Paper 2 (Existing/Internal Candidate) - $350

(includes Exam Booking Fees)

All prices include Textbooks, Administrative Fees and NEBOSH Exam fees (Exam Fees are SGD$330 per paper)

There are no refunds for classroom attendance, textbooks or using the E-Learning access/portal

(Refund for Exam fees will comply with NEBOSH Refund Policy

Examination dates

Standard examination sittings are held four times a year in March, June, September and December as below.

2021 Exam dates to be confirmed.

Examination results

Allow for at least 50 working days from date of examination

Syllabus Guide and leaflet (English- if you need other languages contact us and we will point you to the right direction) 

Here are the Learner Terms and Conditions as well as the IG Fact Sheet

You can view all of NEBOSH's policies and procedures here-

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