NEBOSH General Certificate E-Learning – What’s Changed?

Nebosh By Matthew Coombes

NEBOSH are a leading global organisation that provide health, safety and environmental qualifications.
At ACT we have been offering NEBOSH qualifications for over 28 years, and we are a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner. All of our online health and safety training materials are created by health and safety professionals that have relevant experience both as tutors, and as workers within a wide variety of jobs relating to health and safety. We are also able to offer our E-learning students a discount when they purchase RMS Publishing study books for their qualification through us.

What does the General Certificate cover?

The NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is designed to get you working towards what is considered to be good practice in health and safety. It provides you with all of the knowledge and skills that you will need to look after yourself and others in the workplace more effectively. The NEBOSH General Certificate is a qualification that will offer valuable health and safety experience that is applicable to a wide variety of organisations.

So, what’s changed?

The modern workplace is constantly shifting and evolving, and NEBOSH have recently updated the General Certificate Syllabus to reflect this. There have been a lot of changes both minor and major to the syllabus, but some of the more key changes are as follows:

  • The language of the course has been made easier to understand; with less jargon involved the course has become more approachable to those with no health and safety experience.
  • The new syllabus is also less focused on exams, and more on the practical approach to health and safety. The previous General Certificate assessments were two written examinations and the practical risk assessment. The new NG only has one exam to assess what you know and a larger focus on the practical risk assessment that assess what you can do with this knowledge.
  • The changes to the units have reduced the hours required to fully complete the syllabus, it is recommended to take around 113 hours of study to complete both units of the NEBOSH General Certificate.

Why study with ACT?

Whether you decide to take a classroom course, or follow the E-learning route, you can rest assured that your course materials have been created by experienced tutors that have years of experience in the field of health and safety. This is one of the reasons that we are a NEBOSH Gold Standard Learning Partner.
Our E-Learning product is a one year license for all the online materials that you will need to complete a NEBOSH General Certificate course.

The benefits of an e-learning course include:

  • Flexible – E-learning is a lot more flexible than studying in a classroom, you can create your own schedule and access your course materials whenever and wherever you like, so long as you’re connected to the internet.
  • Affordable – E-learning options come at a reduced price when compared to classroom courses, making them more cost-effective for smaller businesses.
  • Easy to use – Our E-learning course contains everything that you would need to complete the course, from informative videos to multiple choice quizzes and mock exams. You can also track all of your progress for each element.

What can I do with a NEBOSH General Certificate?

Once you have successfully completed your NEBOSH General Certificate, there are undeniably more doors open for you. You can go on to further study, use it as a basis to start a career in health and safety, or apply what you have learned to your organisation to work towards implementing good health and safety measures.
The NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety provides a solid and highly recommended basis on which to build your health and safety knowledge. If you choose to, you can move on to study for a NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
There’s a reason that over 200,000 people hold a NEBOSH National General Certificate – the knowledge that you gain can be applicable to any job role, and it is often a requirement for many specialised health and safety roles.

Completing a NEBOSH National General Certificate is a great way to build your confidence in carrying out risk assessments, managing workplace risks, and aiding your organisation in the development of their health and safety culture.


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