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    • Ader1
    • By Ader1 23rd Jun 19, 5:53 PM
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    NEBOSH General Cetificate
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    • 23rd Jun 19, 5:53 PM
    NEBOSH General Cetificate 23rd Jun 19 at 5:53 PM
    I'm going to be sent by my company to do this later this year in two week segments as I understand. Is it a tough qualification to gain? Should I do any preparatory study before going on the course? Any advice much appreciated.
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    • MarkN88
    • By MarkN88 23rd Jun 19, 6:47 PM
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    • 23rd Jun 19, 6:47 PM
    What level?
    • Ader1
    • By Ader1 23rd Jun 19, 8:17 PM
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    • 23rd Jun 19, 8:17 PM
    National General Certificate. I think it's something like a 2 week course intensive study. I believe the next level is the diploma.
    • ohreally
    • By ohreally 24th Jun 19, 7:04 AM
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    When I did the qualification the class was pretty diverse, from shop workers, maintenance guys, industrial chemists, some struggled some sailed through it, a couple commented their degree was easier.

    I would suggest your biggest issue will be time management, also read the questions again before attempting to answer.


    I understand the course is somewhat easier now than in times past but whether that's a good thing or not, I'm not sure.

    There a few individuals posting on here that can offer further thoughts.
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    • phill99
    • By phill99 24th Jun 19, 3:11 PM
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    • 24th Jun 19, 3:11 PM
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    • 24th Jun 19, 3:11 PM
    I have done this course. If you are ok with studying and applying yourself, the it will be ok.


    But I did my as day release for 10 weeks so had a week between each attendance to do homework.


    Two weeks is quite intensive.
    Eat vegetables and fear no creditors, rather than eat duck and hide.
    • molerat
    • By molerat 24th Jun 19, 3:21 PM
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    • 24th Jun 19, 3:21 PM
    I understand the course is somewhat easier now than in times past but whether that's a good thing or not, I'm not sure.
    Originally posted by ohreally
    If it is easier now than previously, I did mine in 1994, it should be a doddle
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    • Ader1
    • By Ader1 24th Jun 19, 4:20 PM
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    • 24th Jun 19, 4:20 PM
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    • 24th Jun 19, 4:20 PM
    OK thanks. But is it possible to do any prep work?
    • phill99
    • By phill99 25th Jun 19, 5:49 PM
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    • 25th Jun 19, 5:49 PM
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    • 25th Jun 19, 5:49 PM
    OK thanks. But is it possible to do any prep work?
    Originally posted by Ader1
    Get any basic Health and Safety at work book and read up.
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    • SueC
    • By SueC 26th Jun 19, 12:52 PM
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    • 26th Jun 19, 12:52 PM
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    • 26th Jun 19, 12:52 PM
    I sat it about five years ago.

    Week 1 - classroom
    Week 2 - home study
    Week 3 - classroom
    Week 4 - homestudy
    Week 5 - 2 days classroom revision, 1 day exams

    I didn't do any study in preparation, although through my job I did already have a practical understanding ofthe basic principles of H&S. I'm not academic, and not used to studying, and I found it hard work. The weeks of home study were absolutely essential to do further reading and make sure I had really absorbed what I had been taught.

    It paid off though as I managed (somehow!) to get a Distinction. Some of the more experienced H&S folk didn't do so well, I think predominantly because they went into the course thinking they knew it all already.

    If I were doing it again, I still wouldn't do any pre-learning - I'd wait to be guided by the tutor and then work my little socks off for the duration.

    Good luck.
    • dickydonkin
    • By dickydonkin 26th Jun 19, 3:37 PM
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    I would suggest your biggest issue will be time management, also read the questions again before attempting to answer.
    Originally posted by ohreally
    This ^^^^

    I was a while ago since I did mine and if you have had no H&S experience, it may be challenging.

    The two week course was intensive, but the plus side of that was that everything was relatively fresh in the mind when it came to the exams.

    We were in a group of around 15, but when the exam came around, the room was very full - due to the resits!

    As ohreally pointed out - READ the question thoroughly - and I would also suggest that once you are into your course, obtain some examiners reports from previous exams. I found these invaluable.

    I had to pay for mine, but I believe you can download them for free nowadays.

    Reading these reports will give you some insight into exactly what is required from the question - VERY IMPORTANT - and also the errors that others have made due to lack of knowledge, misinterpreting the question or failing to revise.

    Good luck !
    • Ader1
    • By Ader1 20th Sep 19, 4:51 PM
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    My first week of training is a week away and I've been going through what's expected in the NGC1 exam. I'm finding it pretty tough going. So much to learn. I was told today that the pass rate is 33%! Anybody know it that's true? Hopefully, I'll feel better once I've don't the course.
    • sazaccount
    • By sazaccount 20th Sep 19, 6:21 PM
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    Hi,

    I highly recommend this book:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Health-Safety-Work-Revision-Guide/dp/1138916722/ref=sr_1_2?crid=294TL5A22XN10&keywords=nebosh+gene ral+certificate+book&qid=1569003088&sprefix=nebosh +%2Caps%2C276&sr=8-2

    Its a great quick reference quide to the course I did mine though a college so 2 nights a week for 3 months then took the exam in Dec... I failed GC2, my own fault I assumed that it wouldn't be an issue and focused on NGC1, I need to retake but currently in Canada where its SUPER expensive I might as well fly home and retake at some point
    Thanks to money saving tips and debt repayments/becoming debt free I have been able to work and travel for the last 4 years visiting 12 countries and working within 3 of them. Currently living and working in Canada
    • Ader1
    • By Ader1 20th Sep 19, 6:50 PM
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    Hi,

    I highly recommend this book:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Health-Safety-Work-Revision-Guide/dp/1138916722/ref=sr_1_2?crid=294TL5A22XN10&keywords=nebosh+gene ral+certificate+book&qid=1569003088&sprefix=nebosh +%2Caps%2C276&sr=8-2

    Its a great quick reference quide to the course I did mine though a college so 2 nights a week for 3 months then took the exam in Dec... I failed GC2, my own fault I assumed that it wouldn't be an issue and focused on NGC1, I need to retake but currently in Canada where its SUPER expensive I might as well fly home and retake at some point
    Originally posted by sazaccount



    Thanks for that. I was told that NGC2 is more difficult. Is that the case would you say?
    • sazaccount
    • By sazaccount 20th Sep 19, 7:03 PM
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    Thanks for that. I was told that NGC2 is more difficult. Is that the case would you say?
    Originally posted by Ader1
    I wouldn't say it was harder its more "common sense" where as I struggled with the law side of things in NGC1 hence I sent a lot of time and focus on NGC1 and just more skimmed GC2 my flash cards defiantly speak to this!

    I also found it hard on the day as I'm dyslexic and didn't think to ask for the considerations until it was too late and I found writing for 4 hours really tiring/being aware of spelling, grammar and processing of what the questions are asking and not what I think they are asking (take this into consideration even without a learning disability!). for my re-sit I'm going to ask for the considerations, extra time and if they allow a computer.
    Thanks to money saving tips and debt repayments/becoming debt free I have been able to work and travel for the last 4 years visiting 12 countries and working within 3 of them. Currently living and working in Canada
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