Changes to the NEBOSH General Certificate online

Changes to the NEBOSH General Certificate online

Since it's launch on the 4th September 2019, the NEBOSH General Certificate online, trailblazed the Open Book Exam (OBE) - here's an overview of what's changed since the first OBE.

NEBOSH General Certificate online means

The new format National General Certificate syllabus has eleven elements, which are grouped into two separate modules:

NG1 Management of health and safety (Assessed by OBE & Closing Interview)
NG2 Risk assessment  (Assessed by Practical Risk Assessment)

The modules are independent courses, and content of the elements in each unit has been revised - but the greatest change is delegates do not need to 'learn as rote' Sections, Regulation numbers, etc. Instead, there is greater emphasis on risk management, and to make the qualification more relevant to the real-life role of a health and safety professional.

NEBOSH General Certificate changes

As the new format courses are now well and truly bedded in, NEBOSH has tweaked their OBE to allow more time to test their portal and delegates access, this has increased from 48 hours to 8 days. NEBOSH gives General Certificate delegates 24 hours to complete the Open Book Exam - which is how module 1 is assessed.

NEBOSH General Certificate exam frequency

The Open Book Exams are taken 11 times a year (every month except December) and at the same time around the world. Everyone sitting the NEBOSH General Certificate - who sits a specific exam date, has 24 hours to complete the paper. In the UK, the exam start time is 11.00am, (this was originally 9.00am) and whatever country any other delegate is sitting the exam, they get access for the same 24 hour period.

The NEBOSH General Certificate exam is the same, how we teach it isn't!

Understanding the new on-line format, RISK has adapting our training style, materials and study resources - which is now delivering better pass rates than the National Average. Where most training providers sell a 10 day block, which means studying both modules back to back, then taking your exam and submitting a practical Risk Assessment and Written Report - all within 10 days after your online course ends. Our approach is to provide the best possible learning experience.

Which is why at RISK we provide both modules as independent courses.

This means you study your NG1 5 day online course and take an Open Book Exam shortly after - whilst the knowledge is focused and fresh. Then you can choose to take a break from studying, or move on immediately to take your NG2 5 day online course. The NG2 is assessed by submitting a practical Risk Assessment and Written Report 10 days after your online course ends.

As a result, we noticed our NEBOSH General Certificate Online pass rates improved - and outperform the National Average pass rates.

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