NEBOSH General Certificate or Construction Certificate?
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.