what you need to know about Nebosh IGC


Achieve recognition for your health and safety skills and knowledge, anywhere in the world, with the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

NEBOSH IGC is for Whom?

People throughout the world take the NEBOSH IGC because it gives them the skills and know-how to fulfill their health and safety responsibilities, in any country and in any kind of organisation. It is for managers, supervisors and employees, and those who choose a career as a health and safety Professional.

Why Should I go for this Qualification?

Knowledge – Whether health and safety is your main responsibility, or just a part of what you do, this certification will give you vital knowledge to help you perform better in your role at work

Enjoyment – You will discover skills and techniques that are useful and practical, not just theoretical

Recognition – You become entitled to associate membership (AIOSH) of IOSH, membership of ISPON, and so many other professional bodies worldwide. It meets academic requirements for technical membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH. Also, some higher institutions accept it for Master’s in Safety

Career Development – For some, it is the first step towards a life-long career in health and safety. For others, it forms part of an important set of qualifications that brings them success and advancement in whatever field they choose

What Employers gain from this Qualification?

A Safer Workplace – People with this Certificate know how to help their employer avoid prosecution, litigation, absence costs and loss of reputation, wherever they operate

Assurance – A NEBOSH-qualified staff possesses the skills to help his employer become committed to health and safety. This Certificate provides an assurance of safety—something that can help employers achieve recognised standards, and that can even win new businesses

Return on Investment – An employee with a NEBOSH IGC has practical skill sets that bring real value to the modern workplace

What does the Course Cover?

As well as covering a range of workplace hazards and methods of control, it includes international standards for safety and health management, like the International Labour Organization codes of practice.

What does the Qualification Cover?

It 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 cultural factors may form part of the study programme, where relevant and appropriate. The qualification also features a practical workplace assessment.

How is the Course Assessed?

Candidates are assessed with Open Book online written examinations for unit one. The second unit is a practical workplace assessment to help you apply your learning at work and create value for your employer. To pass, 45% and above is required for IGC1. Results and certificates are released in 50 working days.

The course is divided into two units, each of which is assessed separately:

Management of International Health and Safety (IGC1)

Practical Risk Assessment (IGC2)

Course Content

Unit 1 – Management of International Health and Safety (IGC1):

Element 1: Why we should manage workplace health and safety

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

Element 3: Managing risk – understanding people and processes

Element 4: Health and safety monitoring and measuring

Unit 2 – Practical Risk Assessment (IGC2):

Element 1: Physical and psychological health

Element 2: Musculoskeletal health

Element 3: Chemical and biological agents

Element 4: General workplace issues

Element 5: Work equipment

Element 6: Electricity

Element 7: Fire

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