NEBOSH is one of the most globally recognized certification in Health and safety. If you are to develop a career in Health and safety, NEBOSH IGC (International general certificate) certificate is a must for you. Most people have attempted the NEBOSH IGC examination without success, this article “20 amazing tips to pass NEBOSH exams” is targeting candidates that has experienced failure in the exams previously, candidate that are about writing the exams, and all prospective Health and safety professionals.
Adopt the tips highlighted below to make good grade in your NEBOSH IGC examination.
- Create an inspiration. Without a good inspiration, you may find it difficult to persevere and be patient while preparing. What you tend to achieve by acquiring the NEBOSH IGC certificate should be your greatest inspiration. This will help you not to give up even when the preparation is getting so tedious.
- Join a NEBOSH examination provider with a good candidate support. Personally, I registered with atmsafety.org.uk, their candidate support was commendable. These examination providers support team will guide you on what you need to be successful in the examination. Their supports could include: How to answer each question, what the examiners needs, Will provide review question to serve as a preparation guide, Will give you sample questions and score your answers with recommendation.
- Draw out a reading plan. Passing NEBOSH IGC exams requires hard work. Schedule your time appropriately to cover your syllabus before entering into the exams hall. This will give you the much-needed confidence.
- Start preparation early so that you will have time to assimilate each module appropriately. Reading in a hurry will make you lose lots of information.
- Prepare a revision note. You cannot go through the whole study material again during revision. So your revision note will serve you during the revision process.
- Avoid cramming. Try to understand the principle surrounding every module during your study.
- Create a visual map. After completing every module, try to visualize very thing you have read. This will help you create a link between every bit of information captured in the module.
- Make use of NEBOSH review questions and answers to test your level of preparedness. Answer each question independently, before comparing your answer with the expected answer. See NEBOSH revision guide; questions and answers.
- Do not hurry into writing the exams. If you are not well prepared, suspend writing the exams till the next exams date.
- During the exams, avoid distraction as much as possible. If you are sitting with someone who is distracting you, draw the attention of the examiner. Distraction can rob you of the limited time and important ideas.
- Passing IGC 1 (Health and safety management system) needs a good grasp of the Health and Safety management system. Understanding the elements of the management system is very important.
- IGC 2 – This is a practical assessment where learners will complete a risk assessment and develop an action plan for their workplace. Please speak to your Learning Partner for further information and submission dates.
- Make use of Mnemonics. Mnemonics can aid in remembering. Mnemonics could be set of acronyms which explain a wide context. Make sure your acronyms are simple and easy to remember. Do not use conflicting acronyms; one acronym representing different information. You may get confused by doing so.
- Learn and understand the command word in every question.
- Define − Provide a generally accepted definition.
- Describe − Give a detailed word picture.
- Explain − Give a clear account of, or reasons for.
- Give − Provide without explanation.
- Identify − Select and name.
- Outline − Give the most important features (less depth than either ‘explain’ or ‘describe’ but more depth than ‘list’)
- State − A less demanding form of ‘define’ or where there is no generally accepted definition.
The strength of the command word in each question will determine the depth of the answer to be provided.
- Make sure you sought out all your administrative and registration issues before the day of the exams as much as possible.
- If you do not know the exams venue, locate it before the exams of the exams.
- Get to the exams venue on time. Get settled and be sober.
- Be confident. Do not allow anyone or any situations make you to lose your confidence.
- Do not spend too much time on any question. Use the command word that comes with every question to determine the expected depth of your answer.
- Attempt every question. NEBOSH do not use negative marking system, so you will not be penalized for answering a question wrongly. Every question you skip; you have lost the whole mark that accompanies the question. So make an attempt on every question, because you may gather some very important marks that could guarantee your passing the exams.
Overview About NEBOSH IGC
As a professional, the NEBOSH International General Certificate will give you invaluable knowledge and skills AND a globally respected qualification that supports your current role and your long-term career.
The qualification is:
- Relevant to every workplace
- Ideal for managers, supervisors, or anybody with health and safety management responsibilities
- Perfect for those embarking on a health and safety career
For employer: It can help to:
- Minimise workplace injuries and illness
- Boost employee wellbeing
- Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety, which can help win business
- Strengthen your health and safety culture
- Ensure your organisation has valuable in-house health and safety expertise
There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.
NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.
For further information please see the latest version of the IELTS Handbook or consult the IELTS website.
A chart mapping IELTS scores to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) can be found on the British Council and IELTS websites:
Learners wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the FAQs on the IELTS website for information on taking the test.
Important note: The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (October 2018 specifications) is a standalone qualification. This means that you will not be able to use units from other NEBOSH qualifications against any part of this qualification.