NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH approved International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety provides an unrivalled opportunity to demonstrate competence in Health and Safety issues relevant to your place of work. This course has been designed to provide an appropriate breadth of underpinning knowledge for non-specialists in occupational health and safety working in an international context, to enable them to discharge more effectively their organisational duties or functions with respect to workplace health and safety. It has been designed for managers, supervisors, employee representatives and others who require a basic knowledge and understanding of occupational health and safety. The course consists of 3 units:
  • Unit IGC1 Management of international health and safety
  • Unit GC2 Controlling Workplace Hazards
  • Unit CG3 International health and safety practical application
The course consists of 10 days intensive training to give candidates a good grounding in health and safety and prepare candidates for the NEBOSH International General Certificate examinations. Extensive training materials are provided for the course.  The taught element of the course is 80 hours but candidates need to further undertake a minimum of 53 hours private study. Assessment of this course consist of two written papers (IGC1 and GC2) and a practical assessment (GC3). The pass rate for our SQT delegates have always been well in excess of NEBOSH averages. Here is a link to our results page. The International Certificate course syllabus covers International legal frameworks and codes of practice but in addition our SQT course also covers Irish legislation. Other centres in Ireland run the National Certificate which is based on UK legislation. We recommend that prospective delegates satisfy themselves as to which legislation is most relevant to their own/their company’s needs.  Successful completion of the Certificate will allow you gain direct access to the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. SQT is the only Irish NEBOSH accredited provider to present both NEBOSH Certificate and Diploma courses. A NEBOSH qualification is one of the most accredited qualifications in Health and Safety internationally.  More information on NEBOSH is available at NEBOSH Website

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    09-13 Mar, 06-08 Apr & 05-06 May 2020 - Exam 04 Jun
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What's covered?

The course consists of 3 units:

  • Unit IGC1 Management of international health and safety
  • Unit C2 Controlling workplace hazards
  • Unit CG3 Health and safety practical application

The following gives a breakdown of each unit:

Unit IG1 Management of International Health and Safety

  1. Foundations in Health and Safety
  2. Health and Safety Management Systems – Plan
  3. Health and Safety Management Systems – Do
  4. Health and Safety Management Systems – Check
  5. Health and Safety Management Systems – Act

Unit G2 Controlling Workplace Hazards

  1. Workplace hazards and risk control
  2. Transport hazards and risk control
  3. Musculoskeletal hazards and risk control
  4. Work equipment hazards and risk control
  5. Electrical safety
  6. Fire safety
  7. Chemical and biological health hazards and risk control
  8. Physical and psychological health hazards and risk control

Unit G3 Health and Safety Practical Application

Detailed learning outcomes for the programme are included in the course syllabus under Resources

Who should participate?

  • Those seeking a formal qualification in the field of Health & Safety
  • Health & Safety Officers and Managers
  • Safety Representatives and Safety Engineers
  • Facilities Managers
  • Personnel Managers
  • Middle to Senior Management with H&S Responsibilities
  • Members of Engineers Ireland who attend this course may claim for CPD hours from Engineers Ireland

For applicants whose first language is not English, NEBOSH recommends a minimum English language competency of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). It is important to note that learners are not expected to have an IELTS or equivalent examination complete. Potential delegates are expected to self-assess their English language competency against the IELTS Band scores which can be found in this document.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Have a broad understanding and knowledge of health and safety principles and practice
  • Effectively discharge workplace health and safety responsibilities in any employment sector in any part of the world.
  • Have a sound basis for progression to the NEBOSH International Diploma.

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.

Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.

How will I be assessed?

Certificate students need to register with a NEBOSH approved centre to sit their exams. (SQT is a NEBOSH Approved Centre 551).

The assessment process for delegates consists of an examination (2 papers; IGC1 and GC2), both of which are taken on the same day and each lasts 2 hours. In addition there is a practical health and safety assessment of a workplace, (GC3). Delegates must achieve the pass standard in both examination papers and in the practical assessment to be awarded the International General Certificate. There are two NEBOSH examinations dates; June and December. Please note that NEBOSH have a Policy and procedures for access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration.

Unit GC3 is carried out in the delegate’s own workplace. The aim of the practical assessment is to test your ability to complete a health & safety assessment of a workplace. It requires you to carry out, unaided, a safety inspection of a workplace, and then prepare a report that persuasively urges management to take appropriate action.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate is accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority Accreditation (SQA Accreditation – for delivery across the UK. It is rated within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF - at SCQF Level 6 with 15 SCQF credit points. The Irish awarding bodies and qualifications authorities and the UK awarding and qualifications regulatory bodies undertook an exercise to facilitate the comparison of qualifications in the qualifications framework in the UK and Ireland. The document, Qualifications can cross boundaries - a rough guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland was published, and compares SCQF Level 6 to Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. In addition there is a recently launched European-wide website:, which supports this comparison of different national education systems.

Professional body membership

Holders of the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety are entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technician membership (Tech IOSH) of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH – and Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM –

Nick Smyth

Duration: 10 daysPublic Price: €1,995 + €150 (certification fees)
  • 09-13 Mar, 06-08 Apr & 05-06 May 2020 - Exam 04 Jun
    Location: Dublin Book Date

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