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NEBOSH General Certificate a Lot to Learn But Worth It

When it comes to a general health and safety qualification which is not only recognised pretty much all over the world but also provides information which is applicable and relevant to virtually any industry a person may find themselves working in, there are probably none better than the NEBOSH General Certificate. Not only does the NEBOSH General Certificate course syllabus cover a multitude of different topics including fire safety, hazardous substances/coshh, electrical hazards, a summary of legal requirements and much more, but it is also respected and often demanded by many potential employers who take the health and safety of their workers seriously.

As well as being a comprehensive qualification in its own right, the NEBOSH General Certificate is often taken as a pre-requisite for a NEBOSH Diploma, which is one of the most prestigious qualifications available, and certainly one that requires a tremendous amount of determination and self-discipline to do the work required to complete it. The NEBOSH General Certificate itself consists of ten days' training with an additional day for the exams, along with a workplace practical. This is obviously a lot to learn, and may make the General Certificate too much for some, in which case the four day IOSH Managing Safely course may be a better alternative.

Despite it being a lot of information to learn and require a substantial amount of dedication in order to pass the assessments, those who do so will find the whole process worthwhile when they receive their accredited certificate from NEBOSH. Not only will they have a vast amount of health and safety knowledge which they can put to good use when back at work in terms of helping to prevent accidents and incidents from taking place, but they will also be far more of an attractive candidate for prospective employers who are looking to recruit a person with health and safety qualifications. In fact, many health and safety roles will require an individual to be a holder of the NEBOSH General Certificate to prove their competency with regards to health and safety before even being considered for the position.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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