Who is the NEBOSH General Certificate for?

3 minute read | 06 March 2019 10:00:00 GMT

Find out if the NEBOSH General Certificate right for you in our blogHealth and safety affects us all, whether you’re working on a construction site, manufacturing plant, hospital or even an office. Employers all over the world are now recognising the importance of creating safe and healthy environments for people to work and visit.

The NEBOSH General Certificate is designed to do just that; help people manage risk and improve health and safety in their workplace, so it's no surprise it's one of their most popular qualifications. Thousands of learners from all types of backgrounds, at all different levels, in all types of industries take their NEBOSH General Certificate every year. 

What sorts of workers take the NEBOSH General Certificate?

One of the many attractions of the NEBOSH General Certificate is that it’s a level-3 foundation qualification, so it’s open to anyone; from font line workers, to managers, to budding health and safety professionals.

You don’t need any health and safety knowledge or experience to take the course – it’ll teach you everything you need to know. In fact, it’s this foundation approach which makes it so appealing to people in lots of different job roles, in different types of industries. 70% of people who take the NEBOSH General Certificate are employed in jobs where health and safety isn't even their main role. Typical learners include:  

  • Health and safety advisors/officers
  • General managers/supervisors
  • Public service workers
  • HR personnel
  • Operational managers
  • Security workers
  • Directors/CEO’s

Why do people take the NEBOSH General Certificate?

The NEBOSH General Certificate provides the skills and knowledge to manage risk so that you can protect your colleagues from life-changing injuries and create a safe place for customers to visit.

People who aren’t directly employed in health and safety take the qualification to help them carry out these health and safety responsibilities and help improve their organisation’s health and safety performance.

Others have ambitions of a career in health and safety and use it as the first step in their journey; research shows that most employers now request the NEBOSH General Certificate as a minimum requirement for health and safety roles.

It also provides the core knowledge needed to progress onto other qualifications, such as the NEBOSH Diploma, or specialist certificates such as the NEBOSH Construction Certificate or NEBOSH Fire Certificate.

National vs International

The NEBOSH General Certificate is available in two versions: National and International. The main difference between the two is the application of legislation and regulation.

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is for those working within the UK and is based on UK legislation. It focuses on the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1971 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, as well as codes of practice and the criminal and civil prosecution process.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate is for those living and/or working outside of the UK. It’s based on best practice and international standards, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) codes of practice, and includes local laws and cultural factors when appropriate.

Are you living or working outside of the UK? Take a look at our NEBOSH International Certificate. 

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Rosie Thomas

Rosie is the International Marketing Executive at Astutis. After graduating with a degree in Business and Management from Aberystwyth University, she joined the Astutis team to work closely with our learning development team and health and safety consultants to create useful content for our readers. Since taking her Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing online, Rosie particularly enjoys writing how-to-guides and career posts, using her own experience of online learning and professional development to offer advice to those thinking of taking a health and safety career. Rosie has also taken her NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.