NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

NEW SYLLABUS The NEBOSH approved International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety provides an unrivaled 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 anyone in any type of organization, 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. The qualification is: -Relevant to every workplace -Ideal for managers, supervisors, or anybody with health and safety management responsibilities -Perfect for those embarking on a health and safety career The course consists of 2 units: · Unit IG1 Management of health and safety · Unit IG2 Risk Assessment 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 Unit IG1 examination as well as the practical risk assessment Unit IG2. Extensive training materials are provided for the course. 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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    12-16 Oct, 03-05 Nov & 17-18 Nov 2020 - Exam 09 Dec
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What's covered?

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

A brief overview of the syllabus content and how it is assessed is outlined below:

Who should participate?

This qualification is designed for anyone (managers, supervisors and workers) in any type of organisation. It’s ideal for anyone who needs a broad understanding of health and safety issues to be able to manage day-to-day risks effectively.  Many people take the International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) as a first step in a career in health and safety. It gives a valuable overview, and is a sound basis for further professional study

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;


·   Justify the need for health and safety improvements;

·   Advise on duties for health and safety in the workplace;

·    Help your organisation to manage contractors;

·    Work within a health and safety management system;

·     Positively influence health and safety culture and behaviour;

·     Carry out a general risk assessment (using a 5-step approach) of your workplace;

·      Recognise workplace changes and their impacts and understand how to minimise these impacts;

·      Develop basic safe systems of work that include emergency arrangements and know when to use a permit-to-work system;

·      Take part in incident investigations; and

·      Help your employer check the effectiveness of their health and safety management system through monitoring, auditing and review.

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.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no barriers to entry to the NEBOSH International General Certificate programme however 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

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;

Unit IG1 Question Paper (2-hour exam)

Unit IG2 Practical Assessment (3 hours)

Your qualification grade is based on the result from the question paper (Unit IG1) but you need to achieve a pass in both units to achieve the qualification.

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.


Programme accreditation

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 11 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 –

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Duration: 10 daysPublic Price: €1,995
+ €150 (certification fees)
  • 12-16 Oct, 03-05 Nov & 17-18 Nov 2020 - Exam 09 Dec
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NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Duration: 10 days
+ €150 (certification fees)

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