The National Certificate covers the key legal aspects of safety and health in all types of construction site. It also tests a students’ understanding of risks and hazards and practical applications of good practice.
The National Certificate syllabus is created around the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for Health and Safety. These standards are created by the Skills Council to ensure an effective code of practice in the construction industry.
The qualification is divided into 3 units and the content matches the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. The units are all assessed separately:
The units are:
The first two units are assessed by a 2 hour written paper consisting of ten short questions and one long question. Exam papers are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.
Unit 3 is a workplace based practical examination. This is designed to test actual health and safety principles on a construction site. This assessment is carried out by the course provider and has to be taken within 14 days of the written exam.
The National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety. This is equivalent to level 3 NQF in England, which is widely regarded as A level.
There are options to progress to the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and the National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
No formal entry requirements. However as the National Certificate is designed for supervisors and managers in construction, some experience on site is expected. Candidates are expected to have a working level of English.