NEBOSH IGC International General Certificate New Syllabus
Overview of the NEBOSH IGC (NEW syllabus - 2019)
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
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.
NEBOSH 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
NEBOSH 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
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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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) - $300
GC2 - Paper 2 (Existing/Internal Candidate) - $300
(includes Exam Booking Fees)
NEBOSH International General Certificate (IG) New Syllabus Examination Dates for 2022
Examination date Date of NEBOSH Exam To Register and Pay by
INEBOSH G OBE Exams February 2022 2 February 2022 1 December 2021
NEBOSH IG OBE Exams March 2022 2 March 2022 10 January 2022
NEBOSH IG OBE Exams April 2022 6 April 2022 12 February 2022
NEBOSH IG OBE Exams June 2022 8 June 2022 10 April 2022
NEBOSH IG OBE Exams August 2022 3 August 2022 12 June 2022
NEBOSH IG OBE Exams Octoeber 2022 3 October 2022 12 August 2022
NEBOSH IG OBE Exams November 2022 2 November 2022 11 September 2022
NEBOSH IG OBE Exams December 2022 7 December 2022 15 October 2022
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
Standard examination sittings are held four times a year in March, June, September and December as below.
2021 Exam dates to be confirmed.
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- https://www.nebosh.org.uk/policies-and-procedures/
For those that need to understand a little more about NEBOSH
What is NEBOSH?
NEBOSH or the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health is a UK-based independent examination board delivering vocational qualifications in health, safety & environmental practice and management. NEBOSH was formed in 1979. NEBOSH has a charitable status. NEBOSH offers a wide range of safety qualifications. NEBOSH sets the examination requirements and the learning outcomes. NEBOSH training providers have to design the training to meet NEBOSH standards. NEBOSH has become very popular in the world. There are over 180,000 NEBOSH trained (or rather NEBOSH training providers who have trained them to take the NEBOSH exams) that hold a NEBOSH qualification.
NEBOSH does not deliver NEBOSH courses or any other courses. NEBOSH develops syllabuses for its qualifications and NEBOSH sets methods of assessment. The methods of assessment could be NEBOSH examinations and practical coursework. NEBOSH Courses are delivered by NEBOSH Accredited Course Providers.
Every year over 50,000 candidates are interested in attending NEBOSH qualifications NEBOSH has more than 600 NEBOSH Course Providers based in more than 40 countries around the world. NEBOSH states that in 2014-2015 there were about 180,000 NEBOSH assessments taken in over 132 countries (this would be either in NEBOSH training provider venues of British Council venues). NEBOSH qualifications are recognised by relevant professional membership bodies. Some of those that recognised NEBOSH qualifications include Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
In 1974 the Health and Safety at Work Act laid down general principles for the management of health and safety at work in Britain. As a result, the role of health and safety officer and health and safety manager became more widespread in British workplaces. To meet this need for the provision of vocational qualifications in the area of occupational safety and health, NEBOSH National Examination Board of Occupational Safety Health was established in September 1979. NEBOSH started operating in Leicester. NEBOSH still operates from Leicester. Then NEBOSH Board set out its primary objective: "To improve the quality & quantity of people with vocational qualifications in Occupational Safety and Health”
The first NEBOSH Associate level and Member level examinations took place in June 1980. Candidates sat five NEBOSH papers; Law; Behavioural Science; Techniques of Safety Management; Occupational Health & Hygiene and General Science. Recognition of NEBOSH qualifications began to grow. In June 1982, 140 people registered for their NEBOSH Ordinary level certificate and 84 for the Higher level certificate. By 1986, NEBOSH had increased the number of annual examination sessions from two to three. In February 1987 NEBOSH introduced a new NEBOSH qualification structure, which included a NEBOSH Certificate and a NEBOSH Diploma. In 1988 the NEBOSH Diploma level qualification was changed to feature four 3 hour exams and completion of a case study.
In the 1990s, NEBOSH began to formally separate itself from IOSH. In March 1992, NEBOSH incorporated as a limited company with Companies House. In April 1992, NEBOSH registered as a charity with the Charity Commission. In 1992 the NEBOSH Specialist Environmental Diploma was launched, followed shortly by the NEBOSH Construction Certificate.
In 2000 the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) - now The Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) accredited NEBOSH as an awarding body. NEBOSH launched two new qualifications, the NEBOSH Fire Certificate and NEBOSH International General Certificate. The NEBOSH Specialist Environmental Diploma was revised and renamed the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management in September 2008. In 2010, four more NEBOSH qualifications were launched - the NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work, the NEBOSH Health and Well-being Certificate, the NEBOSH International Construction Certificate and the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety.
In 2011 NEBOSH as well as other UK and international professional bodies developed the scheme for the Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR), a scheme which provides a centrally held register of qualified health and safety consultants for businesses and employers to easily find and hire for their own places of work.
In 2014, NEBOSH a research based master's degree jointly with the University of Hull, with the first degrees awarded in 2015. In 2014, NEBOSH began working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to offer a postgraduate level qualification to new HSE Inspectors responsible for enforcement of safety law in the UK.
Some of the NEBOSH Endorsed Curriculum/Textbooks are
For the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - Introduction to Health and Safety at Work ISBN 9780415723084
For the National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety - Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction ISBN 9780415824361
For the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety - A Guide to the International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety
For the International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - International Health and Safety at Work ISBN 9781138831308
For the International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety - A Guide to International Health and Safety at Work ISBN 978-1-906674-47-2
For the Health and Safety at Work Qualification - NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work in Arabic
For the Certificate in Environmental Management - Introduction to Environmental Management ISBN 9780415534413
Some of the NEBOSH Qualifications are as follows
There are three categories of NEBOSH qualification – NEBOSH Award, NEBOSH Certificate and NEBOSH Diploma.
A NEBOSH Award provides awareness and a perfect introduction to other NEBOSH qualifications.
NEBOSH Certificate level qualifications are an excellent foundation for managers, supervisors and people at the start of a career in health and safety.
NEBOSH Diploma level qualifications demonstrate professional knowledge of the subject covered.
"Masters Degrees" offered in partnership with the University of Hull demonstrate higher order learning
NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work Qualification
NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work Qualification
NEBOSH Health, Safety and Environment in the Process Industries Qualification
NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
NEBOSH National Certificate in the Management of Health and Well-being at Work
NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management
NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety
NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management
Masters of Research (MRes) degrees
NEBOSH offers three separate Master of Research (MRes) degrees in partnership with the University of Hull:
MRes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
MRes in Occupational Health and Safety Management
MRes in Environmental Management
Masters of Science (MSc) degrees
NEBOSH offers three separate Master of Science (MSc) degrees in partnership with the University of Hull:
MSc in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management
MSc in Environmental Management
NEBOSH Accredited Course Providers or Training Partners
There are more than 600 organisations worldwide delivering NEBOSH courses which lead to NEBOSH qualifications.
NEBOSH Course Providers must be accredited by NEBOSH. NEBOSH Accreditation is required for each separate NEBOSH qualification. The NEBOSH accreditation process ensures NEBOSH Course Providers have procedures and resources in place to deliver training programmes of a standard required by NEBOSH and to maintain the integrity of the NEBOSH assessment process.
Accredited NEBOSH Course Providers not only deliver NEBOSH courses, but organise NEBOSH exam sittings for NEBOSH candidates. NEBOSH Accredited Course Providers include educational establishments, commercial training and consultancy providers and large employers.
NEBOSH is now recognised for its qualifications, which have been taken in more than 132 countries, throughout the world. It has developed five International NEBOSH qualifications - NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management, NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety, NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
There are more than 200 NEBOSH Accredited Course Providers permanently based outside of the UK in 45 countries around the world. In 2014, the NEBOSH International Certificate was made available in Spanish. In India NEBOSH courses are offered through classroom sessions as well as distance mode by Safety training institutes. In 2014/15 overseas registrations increased to 114,536, up by 6,047.
So now you know the history of NEBOSH and NEBOSH Qualifications, what are the training qualifications that you need?
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