NEBOSH General Certificate & Site Safety Simplified Changes
NEBOSH unveiled their new-look General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety in September last year and, so far, the reception has been a positive one.
The updated approach to this level of certification has been to ensure those working in health and safety have more of a strategic role than ever before. Frontline operational managers will also be further empowered to ensure they can make day to day health and safety decisions in a practical and safe way.
NEBOSH have showcased the changes at a number of events since September, including Intersec Expo, Health and Safety North and OSH India.
General Certificate Changes
The Certificate has not undergone drastic changes, but rather streamlined to bring the syllabus into line with how a “real life” health and safety professional will need to work during their everyday role. There is also now a greater emphasis on risk management than ever before.
The exam has also seen changes to the format with more of a holistic approach and grading structure than the previous iteration. Learners will now sit a single question paper and a practical risk assessment.
These changes have also been rolled out to the International General Certificate, which is as before for those who do not primarily work in the UK. This is available in 7 languages: Arabic, Russian, Mandarin, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish and French. NEBOSH are currently recruiting for Examiners to support these languages, both in the UK and overseas.
Site Safety Simplified
NEBOSH also unveiled the new Site Safety Simplified course in October, a 3-day practical course using AR to simulate real life health and safety situations. Heavily focused on activity rather than paper-based learning, this course helps learners to visualise situations and put into practice what they’ve been taught.
As with the General Certificate, Site Safety Simplified has met with a positive reception. Many workers are becoming more and more used to increased technology use in their learning, and Site Safety Simplified allows this to further become part of how NEBOSH wish to present themselves moving forward.