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NEBOSH unveils new-look General Certificate

The most trusted health and safety qualifications in the world – the NEBOSH National and International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety – have been updated with the input of 3,000 of the sectors leading experts and organisations.

Listening to what businesses needed their managers to know and do, the refreshed qualifications now even better reflect the needs of today’s workplaces. The result? A streamlined syllabus representative of the role of a real-life health and safety professional and a greater emphasis on risk management.

Held by 300,000 people worldwide and recognised by many high profile organisations – Maersk, The Football Association, Thames Water, Shell, Skanska, Nestle and the Dubai World Trade Centre amongst them – the NEBOSH General Certificates have long been considered the gold standard in health and safety qualifications.

NEBOSH chief executive, Ian Taylor, said: “Without doubt, the best just got even better. To go home safely at the end of the working day is a right, not a privilege; our General Certificates help secure that right for people all over the world. Through an extensive consultation process we captured not just what companies want their people to know – but what they need to be able to do. We’ve made sure the refreshed qualification truly meets the needs of the hundreds of thousands of organisations and learners it’s designed to serve.”

The assessment has also been updated. Learners will undertake a single question paper to assess what they know whilst a practical risk assessment will assess what they can do. This holistic approach will ensure successful learners return to work and instantly add value to their employers and colleagues.

Ian added: “Risk management is a key part of the role for anyone with health and safety responsibilities so we’ve made it central to the new-look certificate. Thanks to our practical focus on the real, everyday risks that people encounter, our learners will learn how to identify and manage these risks so they provide real value to their employers – protecting people and protecting profits.

“What’s more, people embarking on a health and safety career will gain the skills and recognition they need to succeed. There’s a reason why 87 per cent of UK HSE vacancies ask for a NEBOSH qualification – because they are the best.”

Available through hundreds of official Learning Partners across the world, the NEBOSH General Certificate can be taken via online, face-to-face or blended learning options. Learners will gain essential skills relevant to every workplace.

To find out more about the NEBOSH National General Certificate and International General Certificate, visit:


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