What is the NEBOSH General Certificate?

NEBOSH (The National Examination Body in Occupational Safety and Health) is a leading global organization, which provides health, safety and environmental qualifications. They work with organisations in over 132 countries to help to raise the competence of safety and environmental professionals as well as individuals at all levels in the workplace. Their qualifications are highly respected by governments, professional bodies, employers and the global health and safety community.

Why NEBOSH Certificate – benefit for employers

  • A safer workplace – Health and safety is important
  • Assurance – Employers whose staff are NEBOSH qualified is an employer committed to health and safety
  • Return on investment – An employee with a NEBOSH qualification has a practical set of skills that brings real value to the workplace

The NEBOSH qualifications take a risk management approach based on best practice, national and international standards, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, International Labour Organisation (ILO) codes of practice and ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System.

The vast majority of workplace injuries, accidents and ill-health are avoidable by good health and safety management; it makes good business sense. Qualified health and safety professionals are an asset to their organisation; they can help to reduce costs by preventing accidents and ill health of employees, without incurring unnecessary expense by over-reacting to trivial risks. This in turn can lead to improved productivity and raising workforce morale. Effective health and safety management should, therefore, be recognised as an essential element of a successful management strategy.

Holders of the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and either the NEBOSH National or International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety meet the headline entrance criteria requirements for Registered Construction Safety Practitioner (RMaPS) and membership of the Association for Project Safety (APS). It is good for organisations wishing to go global, demonstrating their employees’ skills, knowledge and experience of design and construction safety risk management related activities.  Proof that your company meets the core criteria for demonstration of competence as set out by Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP). SSIP is an ‘umbrella’ body that facilitates mutual recognition between health and safety assessment schemes. Any organisation that has been assessed for the above scopes under the SSIP “Deem to Satisfy” arrangement does not have to be assessed by APS.

Why become NEBOSH qualified?

  • The NEBOSH name is a mark of excellence for those seeking a successful career in health and safety. It’s what employers ask for in the UK and internationally!
  • You can study by distance learning, block release or evening courses
  • NEBOSH’s qualifications are recognised by relevant professional membership bodies
  • NEBOSH offers robust qualifications, independently assessed by a regulated Awarding Body

NEBOSH courses – General Certificate 

The NEBOSH General Certificates in Occupational Health and Safety provide an excellent foundation in health and safety for managers, supervisors and people starting out on a career in health and safety. It comes in National and International versions. Their main difference is the application of health and safety legislation. The National version follows UK legislation and regulations. The International version follows international best practice and standards, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and incorporates local laws and regulations.

Both NEBOSH national and international General Certificates are recognised around the world. Not only will it help you improve health and safety in your workplace, it’ll also open doors to job opportunities and professional memberships.

Where is the NEBOSH General Certificate Recognised?

The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Level: Associate Membership (AIOSH) and Technical Membership (TechIOSH)

IOSH is the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership organisation. As the voice of the profession, they guide the industry by setting codes of conduct, professional development standards and policies to help keep people safe and healthy in all areas of their work.

Holders of NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety are entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH – www.iosh.co.uk). If you have two years full time or five years of part-time work experience working in health and safety, you’ll also be able to apply for Technical Membership (TechIOSH).

International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)

Level: Associate Membership

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety also meet the academic requirements for Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM – www.iirsm.org).


You can go on to study the National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety qualification after you have achieved NEBOSH National General Certificate. The NEBOSH National Diploma is the most popular and recognised health and safety qualification of its kind. First introduced for health and safety professionals in 1980, over 18,000 learners have completed the various versions since its inception.

Celebrate your success!

NEBOSH Certificate holders can go on to achieve a NEBOSH National or International Diploma. NEBOSH Diploma holders are invited to join the annual NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony to celebrate your success.

NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony




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