The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) is intended for managers, supervisors and employees based outside the UK, and those embarking on a career in health and safety, who require a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety principles and practices. The qualification focuses on international standards and management systems, enabling candidates to effectively discharge workplace health and safety responsibilities in any employment sector, in all parts of the world. The IGC qualification meets the academic requirements for Technician Membership (Tech IOSH) of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and provides a sound basis for progression on to the NEBOSH International Diploma.
No formal qualifications are required but candidates must have a reasonable standard of written English.
The syllabus comprises three units.
Unit IGC1 Management of international health and safety assessed by 2 hour written examination.
Unit GC2 Controlling workplace hazards assessed by 2 hour written examination.
Unit GC3 Health and safety practical application, see below.
ATM Safety & Environment run a distance learning programme. Course materials consist of printed study notes and coursework which students are encouraged to complete and submit to ATM for marking by post or email.The coursework does not count towards the award.
There are two 2 hour papers for the IGC. The examination can be taken in March, June, September and December. Candidates are required to complete Unit GC3 (practical assessment) within 10 days of sitting the IGC1 and GC2 examinations.
The GC3 practical is assessed by submission of observation sheets and a written report. The practical must be carried out in a workplace of the candidate’s choice and the report submitted to ATM within 10 days of the written examinations. The practical assessment does not need to be supervised, but must be prepared in accordance with the NEBOSH guidance. The candidates must sign a declaration that the submission is their own work.
The course fee is £330 (VAT is applicable if resident in the UK). The course fee includes support for a period of 12 months, so candidates have the choice of four exam sittings. Students who do not obtain the award during the initial learning contract period with ATM, but at a later date wish to complete, will be provided with an additional 12 months support and updated course materials, where appropriate, subject to paying 50% of the course fee current at that time (please see “Terms and Conditions” ). Students who sit examinations during their learning contract period but who are referred in one or more units may re-sit the examination with ATM at one of the next two sittings (from the date when they were referred) subject to payment of a re-sit fee and the appropriate exam registration fee.