Studying for the NEBOSH General Certificate Assessment
Like the vast majority of other accredited health and safety qualifications, the NEBOSH General Certificate requires candidates to undertake and pass an assessment at the end of the course in order to prove that they have learnt and understood the information which has been taught on the course syllabus. The whole point of any health and safety training course is to provide the necessary knowledge to the attendees which they can implement when back in the workplace in order to reduce the likelihood of themselves suffering an injury, or creating an incident which can endanger the safety, health and wellbeing of their fellow colleagues and/or members of the nearby public. Without this knowledge there is a far greater probability of them causing an accident and putting themselves and others at risk.
The accredited certificate is not only proof of a person's knowledge and understanding of the information, but also recognises the fact that they have put a lot of time, effort and dedication into studying for the assessment and how to apply this knowledge to actual situations.
The Importance of Revision
When studying for the assessment on a course such as the NEBOSH General Certificate, candidates must approach the task diligently and with a determination to succeed. Far too many attend the training but then feel that the assessment can be achieved by simply turning up on the day and writing down what they can remember from the course. The reality is that the wealth of information taught on a course like the NEBOSH General means that comprehensive revision is essential to refresh the memory and allow a candidate to pull this information from their brain and write it down when answering an assessment question.
Along with understanding the need to study and revise, candidates also need to recognise the importance of performing quality exam revision rather than just sheer quantity in terms of time spent. Fundamentally this comes down to ensuring that revision sessions are done in a dedicated environment such as a quiet room which is free from distractions. Spending two hours reading the textbook whilst frequently glancing up at the television or listening to music will be far less productive than spending one hour in a quiet study area. The room should also be well-lit to prevent eye strain and the subsequent feeling of tiredness that comes with it. Ideally, the room should be as large as possible and with a window, and the study desk surface should be large enough to enable you to spread out your books and course materials and write notes easily.