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NEBOSH General Certificate or Construction Certificate?

Introduction

For those already in the construction industry or are thinking about entering it and are interested in acquiring a NEBOSH qualification regarding construction health and safety, there will be a choice to be made between the NEBOSH General Certificate and the NEBOSH Construction Certificate, and will come down to the level of detail and knowledge required.



The NEBOSH General Certificate Provides a General Overview

This is due to the fact that, as the names of each qualification imply, the NEBOSH General Certificate provides a general overview of numerous health and safety risks for different industries, one of which is construction site safety and the hazards which are likely to be present wherever construction or building work is taking place. However the information contained on the course syllabus regarding safety on a construction site will be fairly limited and generic, as the scope of the NEBOSH General Certificate is to provide overviews of the main hazards rather than drilling down into specifics. For those that do need a more comprehensive construction safety qualification then the NEBOSH Construction Certificate will be a much better option.



The NEBOSH Construction Certificate is More Specific

The NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, to give it its full and proper title, contains far more detail regarding construction safety than the General Certificate syllabus does, simply because it is a specific construction safety course where the information is dedicated solely to working safely on a construction site and preventing harm to the individual, their colleagues and members of the public who may be affected by site activities or items on site (e.g. visitors or trespassers).

A NEBOSH Construction Certificate is a two week course and subsequently contains more information than other shorter construction site safety courses such as the Site Management SMSTS and Site Supervisors SSSTS courses. The NEBOSH National Construction Certificate is one of the most respected health and safety qualifications with regards to construction site safety. Whilst a NEBOSH General Certificate will provide some knowledge, those who are specifically working in the construction industry should always opt for the Construction Certificate.



If you would like more information regarding either of the qualifications or your health and safety training requirements, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or send us an online contact form. If you would like to see the course outlines for either the NEBOSH General Certificate or the NEBOSH Construction Certificate, please either click on the links contained within this article or click on the "NEBOSH Courses" option from the "Health & Safety" drop-down at the top of the page and select the relevant course title from the list.




NEBOSH Courses

Please see below for some NEBOSH 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 Diploma in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Diploma is intended for safety professionals and managers who are taking on environmental responsibilities. It is designed for individuals with responsibilities for the management of environmental risk in relation to the damage caused by work activities.

Holders of the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma will be able to advise their organisation on the environmental impacts of their activities, on their legal obligations and the means of continuously improving their environmental performance as part of an integrated management approach.

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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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NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

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

The 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 National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

The NEBOSH Construction Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health & Safety to give it its full title, 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.

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NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

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.

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