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NEBOSH International General Certificate

International health & safety certificate from NEBOSH, ideal for managers and supervisors based worldwide.
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Course overview

The recently updated NEBOSH International General Certificate is one of the most widely respected health and safety qualifications in the world, currently held by around 90,000 people.

The course is ideal if you are a manager, supervisor or employee representative based in the Middle East.

We also recommended the qualification to those embarking on a career in health and safety, providing a valuable foundation for further professional study.

What has changed?  

NEBOSH has updated the course content to reflect current health and safety practices and the needs of today’s employers. The course now consists of only two units, with a small reduction in the overall study hours. Another significant change is that there is only one exam and one practical assessment.

You can study Phoenix’s NEBOSH International General Certificate via virtual classroom or online learning.

Who is this course suitable for?

The NEBOSH International General Certificate is ideal for managers, supervisors and employees with health and safety responsibilities based in the Middle East. 

Course programme

NEBOSH International General Certificate programme

Unit IG1: Management of Health and Safety

  • Element 1 Why we should manage workplace health and safety.

  • Element 2 How health and safety management systems work and what they look like.

  • Element 3 Managing risk — understanding people and processes.

  • Element 4 Health and safety monitoring and measuring.

Unit IG2: Risk Assessment

  • Element 5 Physical and psychological health.

  • Element 6 Musculoskeletal health.

  • Element 7 Chemical and biological agents.

  • Element 8 General workplace issues.

  • Element 9 Work equipment.

  • Element 10 Fire.

  • Element 11 Electricity.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of NEBOSH International General Certificate:

How to effectively manage health and safety.

  • How to identify and control common workplace hazards.
  • How to measure if you’ve been successful.
  • ILO key standards and requirements.
  • Confidently carrying out risk assessments.
  • Developing and implementing a detailed action plan.
  • Managing and minimising workplace risks.
  • Supporting and developing your company’s health and safety culture. 

Next steps

Achieving certification opens up the opportunity to take NEBOSH qualifications focused on specific industries, such as construction, fire and the environment. After studying the IGC, many candidates progress to the degree-level NEBOSH International Diploma.


The updated NEBOSH International Certificate course now features one written exam and one practical exam:

  • Unit IG1 (replacing IGC1) includes an open book exam, which you can do from home.
  • Unit IG2 is assessed by a practical assessment, which is longer than the previous GC3 assessment.

If you are booking the virtual classroom course, your exam cost will be included within the price. If you are booking on to the e-learning course your exams will have an extra charge – 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.
    External examiners mark both assessments and are appointed by NEBOSH. Each examiner is chosen for their experience and expertise, ensuring candidates are assessed by the best in our industry.
    This qualification is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), as well as the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
    - If you are studying through classroom learning or in-house learning, the cost of the exam is included.
    - If you are studying via online, you don’t pay for your exam upfront, you pay for the exam when you’re ready to book.

Virtual classroom course times

Our virtual classroom courses happen online via Zoom, 10:00-18:00 (UAE) Monday - Friday, with qualified and experienced tutors. 

Virtual classroom helps you interact with the tutor and other students in real-time, just like in a physical classroom. 


View all FAQs
  • 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. 

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.