Major changes are now taking place with the NEBOSH General Certificate, one of the organisations most recognisable and trusted qualifications. NEBOSH say these changes have been made to make the qualification more ‘learner friendly’ by utilising language that is easier to understand and to make sure it provides immediate benefits to employers.
The Reasons Behind the Change?
How has the Course Changed?
NEBOSH have clearly listened to what businesses have said they need and have designed and streamlined a new syllabus with content that represents the role of a real-life health and safety professional in the modern workplace. Importantly they have also paid particular attention to their learners and have updated the language to make it easier for people to understand and changed the structure so that there is a greater focus on practical application rather than exams.
The new specification now consists of 2 units, the:
- NG1 – a taught unit with a written exam to assess what you know
- NG2 – a practical unit with an assignment to assess what you can do
|Current Version||New Version|
|Study Time||NEBOSH recommend 80 hours of tuition time and 53 hours of private study time. Suggesting a minimum requirement of 133 hours across the whole course.||NEBOSH recommends 68 hours of tuition time and 40 hours of private study time. Suggesting a minimum of 108 hours across the whole course. This is 25 hours less for the new version.|
|Examinations||Unit 1 & 2 both have examinations of a two hour duration.||Their will now be one examination of two hours in length covering the unit one content (Management of Health and Safety).
The unit two (Controlling Workplace Hazards) will now be assessed via a practical post-course risk assessment project that the learner carries out at their own workplace (see below).
|Practical Assessment||A workplace inspection and the production of a written report to management.||A risk assessment at your place of work, consisting of four parts:
|Command Words||The exam questions make use of what NEBOSH call ‘command words’:
Requiring individuals to learn what each command word means, as well as many aspects of health and safety!
|NEBOSH considers that the new exams use a less formal language that is easier to understand and they have produced an example in the new format.
Is My Current Qualification Still Valid?