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NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction is designed for managers, supervisors, principal designers and coordinators who work in the construction industry. 
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Course overview

The NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction Certificate is one of the UK’s most widely respected and in-demand health and safety qualifications for the construction industry, teaching in line with the UK HSE (Health and Safety Executive).  

Covering the core health and safety issues involved in construction, the Certificate provides candidates with the practical skills and technical knowledge to manage hazards, identify, and assess risks in a construction workplace. 

The NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction (International) is now a Level 7 qualification according to the SCQF Framework. 

Enrolling staff on this course enables industry employers to improve the safety culture within their organisation, aiding them in minimising workplace risks and injuries. This also allows your business to comply with the Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations.

Candidates studying the Level 6 qualification who sat and received a refer on their NC/IC exam can book the 17th of January 2023 exam. This will be the last date available for the NC/IC and if you are unsuccessful, you will be required to change to the CNCI syllabus.   

Phoenix’s NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction Certificate (International) is available to study via E-learning.

Who is this course suitable for?

The NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety course is for construction industry managers, supervisors and coordinators.

If you wish to build a career in construction health and safety, this course offers the foundation you need to improve your skills and knowledge.

Course programme

Health and safety culture

CDM (Construction Design and Management) roles and responsibilities

Assessing construction site risk

Managing change

Mobile plant and vehicles

Work equipment

Electrical safety

Fire safety

Chemical & Biological Health Hazards and Risk Control 

Physical & Psychological Health

Working at Height

Excavation and Demolition

Demolition & Deconstruction – Hazards & Risk Control

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

  • Effectively manage health and safety on an international construction site.
  • Identify and control common workplace hazards on a construction site.
  • Understand the international requirements for managing health and safety at work.
  • Understand the importance and critical elements of health and safety management systems.
  • Apply the principles and practice of risk assessment.
  • Identify construction workplace hazards, such as those associated with excavation, work at height, demolition and workplace transport safety.
  • Use methods for controlling identified workplace hazards within the international construction industry.

Next steps

Many candidates who pass the International Construction Certificate choose to further their career later by undertaking the NEBOSH International Diploma.


The NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction (International) Certificate course consists of one assessment:

An open book examination - Candidates will have 48 hours to complete this written examination from home. Candidates are required to answer a set of questions relating to a real-life scenario.

NEBOSH external examiners will evaluate the open-book assessment.

Exams need to be booked separately from the course – book NEBOSH exams here.

  • What is an Open Book Exam?

    An open book exam assesses the same learning outcomes as an invigilated, paper-based exam. With an open book exam, you can have access to textbooks, course notes and the internet.  
    You can complete an open book exam in your own home, or another suitable location. You will have up to 24 hours to complete the NEBOSH open book exam, but we find that most candidates only take 4 – 5 hours. 
    The open book exam will assess your ability to apply your knowledge, as well as testing your analytical and critical thinking skills. 
  • What is a closing interview?

    Following the open book exam is a short closing interview, which takes approximately 15 minutes. The purpose of the interview is to confirm that the work you have submitted is your own and that you did not have any assistance in completing your NEBOSH assessment.  


    The closing interview takes place via video call, which you can access via smartphone, tablet or computer. 


    The interviewer will ask to see identification, you need to provide either your passport, driving license or national identity card. The interviewer needs to see the room that you are in to ensure you don’t have access to notes during the interview.  


    The interviewer will ask you questions based on your open book exam, your work and your submission. 

    Your closing interview is not an assessment, so you won’t receive a mark. If the interviewer is happy that the work is your own, your mark will be published in line with NEBOSH timeframes. 


    For more information, visit the NEBOSH guide to Open Book Exams


    You will be awarded a NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety upon successful completion of both units and the practical assessment. This is sent by post and usually arrives within 8-10 weeks after Phoenix publishes the results.  


    After completing this course, you will be eligible for Technician Membership of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), as well as associate membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM). 



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  • When and how will I receive my NEBOSH results?

    Results are notified by NEBOSH after completing the course. NEBOSH send out the results 10-12 weeks after the exams. Your certificates will arrive via post after the results have been announced.

  • When and how will I receive my NEBOSH certificate/diploma?

    Your certificate or diploma is sent to you by Phoenix via a postal service after the results have been announced. 

  • What happens if I fail the NEBOSH assessment?

    The Phoenix Pass Pledge will cover your additional studies, but you retake the exams at your own cost. 
  • Are there any entry requirements for NEBOSH Certificates?

    There are no entry requirements, which makes the NEBOSH Certificate an ideal starting point for your health and safety training. Learners must have a suitable standard of English language to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.  

Why choose a NEBOSH course with Phoenix?

  • Accredited Partner

    Phoenix Health and Safety is a NEBOSH Gold Partner. This accreditation means our NEBOSH course materials, tutors, and learning environments are all stamped with excellence.

  • Expertise

    Originally founded in the UK, we are one of the leading global providers of training in health and safety. 

    Our tutors and mentors are widely respected for their expertise, experience and ability to provide an enjoyable learning experience. 

  • Student support

    We go the extra mile to make sure our course attendees receive the best possible support, through study guides and student groups.

    Many candidates find our Facebook community group particularly helpful while they are studying, as it enables them to compare notes with fellow students and ask questions.

  • The Phoenix Pass Pledge

    Every Phoenix NEBOSH course entitles you to continue studying free of charge if you fail to meet the required standard in examinations. However, this is rarely necessary. Our pass rate for NEBOSH General Certificate training courses is above industry average, with a high number of credits and distinctions.