Duration: Evening option 26 weeks, Thursday 18:00 - 21:00 (please register your interest should you prefer a day option)
Location: Preston's College, Fulwood Campus
Every organisation and company is required by Health and Safety legislation to have a competent person assisting them in matters of Health and Safety. A competent person is someone with the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to manage health and safety.
Rather than go the route of searching out an external consultant’s credentials, their insurance coverage, their practical experience, and their follow up service; invest in your own staff! What better way to ensure that your individual organisation’s health and safety is being monitored and assisted exclusively, than to have someone within your management become your competent person?
Preston’s College can help you achieve this objective. We offer both the NEBOSH National General Certificate course and the National Construction Certificate course. These can be used to form the foundation for your in house competent person’s Health and Safety qualification.
For individuals wishing to embark on a new career, many people take the NEBOSH National General Certificate as a first step in a career in health and safety. It provides a valuable overview, and is a sound basis for further professional study.
What will I learn?
The NEBOSH National General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The syllabus is mapped to the National Occupational Standards for Health and Safety owned by ENTO. No previous health and safety knowledge is required but candidates should note the assessment includes a requirement to write a short report.
The qualification is divided into three units, each of which is assessed separately:
– Management of Health and Safety (NGC1)
– Controlling workplace hazards (GC2)
– Health and safety practical application (GC3)
How will I be taught?
You will be taught by experienced and dedicated tutors in the Classroom.
How will I be assessed?
Units NGC1 and GC2 are taught units each assessed by a two-hour written examination. Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. All questions are compulsory. Candidate scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.
Unit GC3 is assessed by a practical inspection and report carried out in the candidate's own workplace to test the application of taught occupational health and safety principles. The practical examination is internally assessed by the programme organiser and externally moderated by NEBOSH.
Candidates will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a candidate has successfully completed all three units (NGC1, GC2 and GC3), the overall qualification parchment will be issued.
What can I do next??
You can progress to higher level studies and/or work within the health and safety industry.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Holders of the National General Certificate are entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Holders of the National General Certificate who can demonstrate at least 5 years in a health and safety role are eligible to apply for entry to the grade of Technician (TECH IOSH) with the
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). It also satisfies the eligibility requirements for Associate membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (AIIRSM).
For users in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this is comparable to a Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) at Level 3 within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
and Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), or A-Level standard.
GCSE English at Grade C or above or equivalent.