NEBOSH International General Certificate

The NEBOSH International General Certificate (also referred to as the NEBOSH IGC) is suitable for those embarking on a career in health and safety at an international level. It provides a sound basis for progression on to the NEBOSH International Diploma and is often seen as an initial step to a career within health and safety management. It is aimed at managers, supervisors and employees who are typically based outside of the UK and need a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety principles and practices.

Successful candidates who pass the NEBOSH International General Certificate course will be eligible to become Technical Members of IOSH (TechIOSH) and can use these designated letters after their name. Members at this level must maintain their level of knowledge through the IOSH Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. This qualification also opens the door to become an Associate Member of IIRSM (International Institute of Risk and Safety Management).

It is also possible to sit a Conversion Course, which will allow those who currently hold a NEBOSH General Certificate to add the NEBOSH International General Certificate as a bolt on to maximise their career opportunities outside the UK.


NEBOSH Course Detail

The International NEBOSH General Certificate is divided into three units; NEBOSH IGC1, IGC2 & IGC3. These are typically taken as individual General Certificate courses. Units IGC1 and IGC2 are generally taught units and are both assessed by written examination. The third unit, IGC3 is assessed by a practical examination.

NEBOSH IGC1 - Management of Health & Safety

  • Foundations in Health & Safety; outlining the role of national governments and international bodies in determining legal frameworks relating to health and safety management, as well as moral and economic drivers, and key elements of a health and safety management system
  • Policy; key features and appropriate content of policy relating to health and safety.
  • Organising for Health & Safety; the roles and responsibilities.
  • Promoting a Positive Health and Safety Culture; health and safety culture and behaviours.
  • Risk Assessment; including hazard identification and the need for assessing risks.
  • Principles of Control; including hierarchy of risk reduction methods and common control measures.
  • Monitoring, Review and Audit
  • Incident and Accident Investigation, including Recording and Reporting.

NEBOSH IGC2 - Controlling Workplace Hazards

  • Movement of People and Vehicles - hazards and control
  • Manual and Mechanical Handling - hazards and control
  • Work Equipment - Hazards and control
  • Electricity - Hazards and control
  • Fire - Hazards and control
  • Chemical and Biological Hazards – hazards and Control
  • Physical and Psychological Health – hazards and Control
  • Construction Activities - Hazards and control

NEBOSH IGC3 - Health and Safety Practical Application

Each candidate is required to carry out and complete:

  • An unaided inspection of a workplace, identifying the more common hazards and then deciding whether they are adequately controlled.
  • A report to persuade management on remedial measures that need to be taken.

Students will normally be required to complete the IGC3 assessment within 14 days (before or after) of sitting the examination for Units IGC1 and/or IGC2.


Course Delivery

NEBOSH International General Certificate courses are available as either open public courses or as a blended e-learning course. Click here to see course dates and locations for NEBOSH International General Certificate open courses. It is also possible to take a NEBOSH International General Certificate e learning course, designed for those who may struggle to attend block sessions away from their workplace.

All NEBOSH training courses are provided by NEBOSH accredited training providers. Successful candidates studying for the NEBOSH International General Certificate will receive an accredited NEBOSH certificate for each unit passed, as well as an overall International NEBOSH General Certificate once all three units have been successfully completed.

For more general help or further information please send an enquiry to You can also view and book onto our range of NEBOSH Distance Learning Courses online.

Related Links:
NEBOSH Distance Learning (International Certificate)

NEBOSH International Diploma

NEBOSH General Certificate (National)

NEBOSH International Oil and Gas Certificate

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