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#1 Posted : 30 April 2018 15:42:30(UTC)
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Good afternoon all,

I am new to IOSH and indeed to professional Health and Safety, having worked closely and always had a keen interest with H&S I will now undertake some workplace responsibility.

I plan to complete the NEBOSH General Certificate via home learning study over a period of 5 weeks, with both exams on the 6th week.

I hoped to find whether this is a pattern others have followed and any feedback? I want to allow the knowledge to sink in and be of practical use, rather than a crash-course to tick a box.

​​​​​​​Thank you in advance,


#2 Posted : 30 April 2018 15:55:39(UTC)
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I did the NEBOSH NGC over an intensive 2 week classroom based course. I found it very helpful, very similar to being back in college if I'm honest. I had this option or a 1 day a week over 10 week course which would not have been conducive to my learning style. That being said I really enjoyed this course so I will be taking the NEBOSH Fire Safety & Risk Management course in the next few months also.

Everyone learns at different speeds and by different methods (I.e. visual, auditory or written). You have to choose a course which would best suit how you prefer to take information in. The NGC is crammed with lots of knowledge you have to retain and if you do not already work in H&S then this course can be an information overload.

Good luck.  

#3 Posted : 30 April 2018 16:16:03(UTC)
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Thank you for your response. Similar to yourself I thought the 10 week course would not suit my learning style, so with you benefitting from a 2 week course I am confident 5 weeks will be a happy medium.

I am looking into the Fire Safety & Risk Management course too, especially as one module is covered by the NGC. I hope yours goes well and will keep an eye out for any updates posted re: FS&RM.


#4 Posted : 17 June 2018 11:23:40(UTC)
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It all depends on your learning style. I did mine (and my Diploma) one day per week in a college. This took about 13 weeks as I recall, but one of the most important things I got from it was the interaction with other people on the course who worked in different industries, who would give examples as to how things worked or didn't work in their respective fields.

Safety is a massive subject, and its application into different environments and fields multiplies that. I found I could understand and apply things a lot quicker through classroom discussion and dialogue with my peers, which is something that you don't get sat in a room cramming for 2 weeks, or studying on your own.

#5 Posted : 18 June 2018 07:12:54(UTC)
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I did my NGC and Fire Certs both in classroom based 2 and 1 week courses, and my Diploma I did through blended learning ( e-learning with 1 week classroom course for each of the 3 exam units). I much preferred the classroom based learning but it is dependant on how you learn, what time you can put into it etc. My only advice would be to initially try and not get embroiled in something you are not sure about, take some times away from it and come back to it, sometimes our brains need alittle rest and reboot when taking in so much information in a relatively short space of time. And always ask questions. Wishing you the best with your course!

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