Which NEBOSH Certificate?
NEBOSH or the National Examination Board for Occupation Safety and Health are famous for the wide range of training courses that they offer and accredit. There are three levels to their training system – award, certificate and diploma and this article will focus on the options available at the mid level (certificate).
The first of the NEBOSH certificate courses
to discuss is the National General. This course runs from around 10 – 13 days in duration depending on the training provider you choose. It include three modules of learning, the NGC1, NGC2 and NGC3. NGC1 is know as The Management of Health and Safety and contains five elements related to setting up and managing an effective health and safety system. NGC2 is known as Controlling Workplace Hazards and deals with eight more specific issues such as electrical and fire safety. Both NGC1 and NGC2 are assessed by written exam. The NGC3 module is known as Health and Safety Practical Application and is an evaluation which takes the form of a risk assessment. In this way candidates can demonstrate the knowledge that they have gained in the previous modules in a practical context.
The next of the NEBOSH certificate courses
to discuss is the National Fire Certificate. Like the general course it is comprised of three modules of learning. Two theory based, one of which is the NGC1, which are both assessed by exam and one practical application task. Candidates taking the fire course can expect to covers issues such as principles of fire, peoples’ safety and fire, managing fire in buildings and the causes and prevention of fire.
Another more specific of the NEBOSH certificate courses
is the National Construction Course. Again following the same structure as the general and fire courses, the construction course includes the NGC1 module, an additional topic specific module and a practical assessment module. In the topic specific module you can expect to address issues such as legislation specific to construction and hazards particular to the industry such as electricity, excavation, physical and mental hazards as well as chemical and working at height.
The last of the NEBOSH certificate courses
to examine here is the NEBOSH certificate in Environmental Management. This course is specially designed to address the environmental impact of industry. Differing from the other certified level courses it only has two modules. The first EC1 covers the basics of environmental management systems and specific issues such as air, noise and water pollution. This is assessed by exam. The second module EC2 is the practical assessment, where candidates show that they can apply their knowledge to a real situation.
International or National Certificates
For the general, construction and fire certificates there is also an international option available. They follow a similar structure to the national courses, except all the UK specific legislation is removed. The modules are also know by the prefix I instead of N to identify this. If you are hoping to work outside the UK, for a significant portion of your career, then it is worth considering one of the international NEBOSH certificate courses