Why is Self-Study Important on NEBOSH General Certificate Courses?
On an accredited health and safety training course including the NEBOSH General Certificate a delegate may believe that because the syllabus is designed for taking students right through from having no previous training or knowledge regarding health and safety to a level where they have a solid understanding and know enough to pass the assessments at the conclusion, that everything is taught by the course tutor. The reality is that whilst the course tutor will cover the majority of information and talk about each topic, there is still an element of self-study involved in NEBOSH General Certificate courses that delegates need to undertake in order to learn all of the information necessary for the assessments. Just as schools need to issue homework in order to get through an educational syllabus, so too is homework and self-study required on courses like the NEBOSH General Certificate or NEBOSH Diploma.
The Importance of Revision
On a similar theme to self-study is the requirement for a suitable level of revision before the assessment. The majority of candidates who fail a NEBOSH General Certificate assessment do so because they have not afforded it the respect and dedication necessary in terms of completing enough revision to allow them to recall the knowledge when they need it in the written exam. A failure to pass the assessments means that no qualification is awarded, which after all is one of the primary aims and objectives of attending NEBOSH General Certificate training in the first place, aside from acquiring the knowledge to work safely and put this wisdom into practice when back at work to minimise the risk of accidents and incidents from taking place of course.
Failing to engage in effective self-study or thorough revision is highly likely to result in a candidate not passing all of the assessment parts that need to be achieved in order to be awarded with the complete NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health parchment. With the cost of such comprehensive training courses being high in relation to shorter ones such as the IOSH Managing Safely for example which is typically run over just four days, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to embrace and accept the need for revision and self-study and to just do it to give you the best possible chance of achieving the qualification. The assessments will not simply be a case of using common sense to answer the questions; they will require detailed answers to specific questions, which is why revision and exam technique is so important.