Fire and Construction Units – How does the syllabus change affect them?

Nebosh By Matthew Coombes

What’s changed?:

The NEBOSH General Certificate has recently gone through changes. With the old syllabus it was possible to successfully complete your NGC1 unit, or the whole General Certificate course, then easily move on to other qualifications from the NEBOSH range that have units in common such as the Fire Certificate and the Construction Certificate. With the changes to the units that encompass these qualifications, this will no longer be the case. The brand new 2018 syllabus has brought some significant changes to one of the most popular qualifications NEBOSH have to offer, all to make sure it’s modern, up to date, and reflects the needs of a modern workplace.

Old syllabus (Above), new syllabus (Below).

Changes to the General Certificate:

The course has undergone a re-structure, with the content itself being looked at from top to bottom. Units NGC1, GC2 and GC3 have been replaced with Units NG1 and NG2. However, this reduction in units has not significantly reduced the size of the course, there are 11 Elements to cover which are
– Why we should manage workplace health and safety
– How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
– Managing risk – understanding people and processes
– Health and safety monitoring and measuring
– Physical and psychological health
– Musculoskeletal health
– Chemical and biological agents
– Workplace hazards and risk control
– Work equipment
– Fire
– Electricity

The main body of the course is now unit NG1, which is covered by elements 1 – 4 and assessed with a written exam. Unit NG2 is assessed by carrying out a practical risk assessment, aided by what you learned in elements 5 – 11. These are now the only assessments necessary for the General Certificate, so you no longer have to sit exams for NGC1 and GC2, then write your GC3 practical. However, at this moment in time you cannot take an NG1 then move onto a fire or construction course as additional units.

Adding to your NGC1 Unit:

If you have a NEBOSH General Certificate that you have obtained within the last 5 years, now may be your last chance to sit the extra units that you would need to complete Fire or Construction units and add those to your qualifications.

Why study with ACT?:

All of our courses are taught with high quality learning materials and fantastic tutors; we are a Gold Standard NEBOSH Learning Partner, and have been offering NEBOSH courses for over 28 years. If you just need to take the FC1+2 / NCC1+2 we offer the course at a reduced rate to reflect the unit that you already have.

We currently have an offer running that takes 20% off the course cost when you checkout with code NY2020 or contact an advisor to arrange your course.

We operate in various locations across the UK and if you are looking to train multiple members of staff at the same time, we can offer you an in-house course.
As an optional extra we also offer tutorials to help you to confirm your understanding, teach you to revision techniques, and be on the right track to take your examinations.

Our upcoming dates:

NEBOSH National Construction Certificate:
Course 1 –
Unit NGC1: 27th-31st January
Units NCC1/2: 10th-14th February
Exams: March 4th
Course 2 –
Unit NGC1: 20th-24th April
Unit NCC1/2: 11th-15th May
Exams: June 3rd

NEBOSH Fire Certificate:
Course 1 –
Unit NGC1: 27th-31st January
Units FC1/2: 3rd-6th February
Exams: March 4th
Course 2 –
Unit NGC1: 20th-24th April
Unit FC1/2: 27th April-30th April
Exams: June 3rd


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