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NEBOSH Certificate Qualifications

A NEBOSH Certificate-level qualification provides a solid foundation in health and safety. Whether it's the NEBOSH General Certificate, NEBOSH Construction Certificate, NEBOSH Fire Certificate or the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, these accredited qualifications are some of the most widely-held and respected health and safety qualifications in the UK and the world.

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NEBOSH General Certificate

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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NEBOSH International General Certificate

Unlike the NEBOSH National General Certificate (see above) which focuses specifically on UK law, the NEBOSH International General Certificate is intended for those who are currently, or who may in the future, be working outside of the UK elsewhere in the world.

The syllabus of the NEBOSH International General Certificate instead concentrates on best practices and international conventions.

NEBOSH International General Certificate
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NEBOSH Fire Certificate

The NEBOSH Fire Certificate is a fire safety training course aimed primarily at managers and supervisors who are responsible for fire safety within their organisation and compliance with applicable fire safety legislation.

The NEBOSH Fire Certificate course aims to give delegates the knowledge to conduct and review fire risk assessments, along with fire prevention and protective measures within most workplaces.

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NEBOSH Construction Certificate

The NEBOSH Construction Certificate is one of the most recognised health and safety qualificatons in the construction industry. It is aimed primarily at managers, supervisers, CDM co-ordinators and anyone else who is responsible for making sure that construction activities under their control are undertaken safely.

The scope of the NEBOSH Construction Certificate also makes it suitable for managers and supervisors who are not specifically in the construction industry, but have a need to oversee the safe construction of temporary workplaces and structures.

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NEBOSH Environmental Certificate

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management to give it its full title, is an environmental health and safety course which is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who are responsible for managing environmental issues at their workplace.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification focuses on UK law, so is really only suitable for those who are based and operate within the UK.

NEBOSH Environmental Certificate
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NEBOSH Oil and Gas Certificate

Workplaces operating in the oil and gas industries are particularly high risk. These environments contain distinct hazards which either do not exist in other industries, or are particularly prevalent and more likely to cause a major incident.

The course syllabus looks at hazards such as explosion and fire controls, hydrocarbon process safety and logistics and transport operations. It is a qualification which is held in extremely high regard by employers, and results in a safer place of work where the potential for accidents and incidents is significantly reduced.

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What is a NEBOSH Certificate?

A NEBOSH Certificate is an ideal qualification for those at a managerial or supervisory level within a business, who have responsibility for health and safety in the workplace. It is also perfect for anyone not currently in the role, but wants to have a career related to workplace health and safety.

The NEBOSH Certificate-level qualifications are at a higher level than NEBOSH Award courses, which aim to provide a relatively brief overview and understanding of workplace health and safety principles, but at a level below the NEBOSH Diploma qualifications, which are intended for health and safety practitioners with existing knowledge and experience. For the Certificates, there is no prior knowledge or experience required, meaning that anybody can enrol straight onto a NEBOSH Certificate course.


What is a NEBOSH Certificate Equivalent To?

A NEBOSH Certificate is equivalent to an English A-level qualification (NQF/QCF Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland). It is rated at Level 6 according to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

For comparison, a NEBOSH Award is comparable to a GCSE course, and a NEBOSH Diploma is the equivalent of an Honours Degree.


How Long Does a NEBOSH Certificate Last? Does it Expire?

A NEBOSH Certificate never expires as such; it can always be put on your CV once you have achieved it. However, in the world of health and safety, where legislation and best practices are always changing, it is highly recommended to take regular refresher courses and self-study to keep your health and safety knowledge up to date.

Also keep in mind that a NEBOSH Certificate qualification is comprised of units, which all need to be taken within a five year period in order to achieve the full qualification.


How Hard is a NEBOSH Certificate to Pass?

The "What is a NEBOSH Certificate Equivalent To?" section above provides some idea regarding how difficult each particular level of NEBOSH course will be to achieve.

There is no getting away from the fact that achieving a NEBOSH Certificate will require a lot of hard work, self-study, revision and personal discipline to successfully pass the exams and assessments. That being said, remember that the course syllabus of each NEBOSH Certificate course is specifically designed for people who have very little or no prior knowledge or experience in the field of health and safety, so all the information needed to pass the assessments is provided. Also, the skills and experiences of the course tutor, combined with resources such as handouts and past exam question practice, all provide you with the tools for successfully achieving the qualification.

A NEBOSH Certificate is by no means easy, but with the right attitude and willingness to commit the time needed, you will be well placed to pass the assessments and acquire the qualification.


What are the Next Steps After Achieving a NEBOSH Certificate Qualification?

A NEBOSH Certificate qualification may be enough for a lot of people in terms of their job role and what they want to do with their career, but for others who want to progress further, the next step is a NEBOSH Diploma qualification. As mentioned earlier, this comprehensive and prestigious qualification is equivalent to an Honours Degree, and involves a lot more work and self-study than a Certificate-level qualification (NEBOSH recommends 243 taught hours and 257 of self-study!).

Intended for health and safety practitioners and professionals, holders of a NEBOSH Diploma are tremendous assets to their companies, with a NEBOSH National Diploma being one of the most respected health and safety qualifications in the UK.

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