NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
The NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety is recognised globally by the industry as providing the necessary skills and knowledge to protect people who work in this hazardous sector.
Holders of this accredited qualification are able to identify, evaluate and control a wide range of construction workplace hazards. The qualification encourages a pragmatic approach to managing risk.
Many employers in the international construction industry, as well as other related industries, such as utilities and media production, find that the International Construction Certificate holders can help to improve safety performance in their organisation by applying knowledge and understanding gained from their studies.
Our qualifications are developed based on extensive research with health and safety professionals, employers, professional bodies and regulators to ensure that they remain relevant, rigorous as well as achievable and practical.
You will be assessed on your ability to apply your skills and knowledge to a wide range of issues and how to deliver positive change to a real workplace.
This qualification is designed for people throughout the world who work in construction, civil engineering, utilities, facilities, broadcasting, property management and more. It is particularly suitable for managers, supervisors and others who require the right level of skills and know-how to fulfill their health and safety responsibilities.
What the course covers
The International Construction Certificate includes identification and control of construction workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge.
Crucially, the practical element of the course also ensures that participants can carry out, unaided, a safety inspection of a construction workplace and complete a report to management regarding the inspection with recommendations.
The key topics covered by the International Construction Certificate are as follows:
- International standards for health and safety at work in construction
- The importance of and key elements of health and safety management systems
- Principles and practice of risk assessment
- The identification of construction workplace hazards such as those associated with excavation, work at height, demolition and workplace transport safety
- Methods for controlling identified workplace hazards within the construction industry
No previous health and safety knowledge is required.
The qualification is divided into three units, each of which is assessed separately:
- IGC1: Management of international health and safety
- ICC1: Managing and controlling hazards in international construction activities
- ICC2: International construction health and safety practical application
Entry requirements and exemptions
There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that students taking their examination in English have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.
NEBOSH recommends that students 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.
Exemptions are available for Unit IGC1 from:
- International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety – mark achieved for Unit IGC1
- International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management – mark achieved for Unit IGC1
- Unit IA of the International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety – capped at 45%, see the FAQ’s for more information on this.
However, you will need to have passed the above units within the last five years. The five years start from the results declaration date (the date printed on the unit certificate) of your first successful unit or qualification declaration date.
How to study
Over 600 course providers across the world have been accredited by NEBOSH to offer some or all of our qualifications. Each has demonstrated that they have the procedures and resources in place to deliver training programme(s) that meet NEBOSH requirements.
Each course provider has flexibility in delivering their programme(s) as long as it meets the core NEBOSH requirements. You should ensure that the course provider you choose offers the qualification in the manner you wish to study. We therefore recommend that you explore your options before selecting a course provider as it is an important personal choice.
The factors you may wish to consider include:
- Mode of Study – Options available include classroom training, distance learning, in-company training and eLearning. Has one method of learning been more effective for you in the past?
- Course Structure – If you opt for classroom training, would you prefer day or evening classes, block release or a modular course?
- Location – Being able to study and sit your examinations locally may be an important consideration for you. In 2017/18 NEBOSH examinations were taken in 132 countries.
- On-going support – Will the support provided during your course and in the run up to your exam match your expectations?
- Cost – Each course provider sets their own fees to reflect the service offered. You may wish to contact several course providers to establish what their fees are and what is included in the fee.
What does it cost and how long does it take?
Course fees are determined by individual course providers and vary depending on the format of the course.
For this qualification you should plan your study around a minimum of 106 taught hours and approximately 58 hours of private study and background reading.
Professional recognition and SQA accreditation
Maintaining professional standards
In the UK – and, increasingly, worldwide – regulatory accreditation is recognised as a badge of quality, allowing our qualifications to retain their highly regarded professional status.
UK accredited qualifications provide you with certain guarantees that the qualification:
- Meets specific quality criteria that ensure it is fit for its purpose
- Includes relevant content
- Uses appropriate assessment methodology
- Is mapped to relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)
- Is supported by relevant stakeholders including employers
The NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation. It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 6 with 17 SCQF credit points.
SCQF Level 6 is comparable to RQF/CQFW Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
See the Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries chart issued by the UK regulators.
Where appropriate, the SQA Accreditation logo will appear on certificates awarded for this qualification. The SCQF logo, credit and level information will appear on the unit result notification. Please click here for further information on SCQF credit and levels.
Valued by Employers
NEBOSH qualifications can play an important part in ensuring that the health and safety provision businesses have in place is effective. This may explain why so many organisations choose to include NEBOSH qualifications on their competency matrices.
Professional body recognition
Holders of the International Construction Certificate are entitled to:
- Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH.
- Associate Membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
- Satisfies the requirements for Construction Safety Associate membership (AaPS) of the Association for Project Safety (APS).
- Counts as a significant contribution towards the points required for Registered Membership (RMaPS) of the Association for Project Safety (APS).
Students must be registered before they can take an examination. All examination registrations must be completed by an accredited course provider.
Examination entry confirmation
Once your course provider has registered you to an examination, they will send you an Examination Entry Confirmation that includes your student number and the regulations for you as a student. The student number is the only identification that you may use on your examination scripts – scripts must not include your name.
The Examination Entry Confirmation is essential to gain entry to the examination room, you will need to show a form of photographic identification to the invigilator and then sign the Examination Entry Confirmation. Please contact your course provider if you have not received your Examination Entry Confirmation.
Standard examination sittings are held four times a year in March, June, September and December as below:
Many of our course providers may also offer on demand examinations, set and marked by NEBOSH, but held on a date chosen by the course provider. You should contact your chosen course provider for more information.
|Wednesday 6 March 2019||AM||International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety||IGC1|
|Wednesday 6 March 2019||PM||International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety||ICC1|
|Wednesday 5 June 2019||AM||International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety||IGC1|
|Wednesday 5 June 2019||PM||International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety||ICC1|
|Wednesday 4 September 2019||AM||International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety||IGC1|
|Wednesday 4 September 2019||PM||International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety||ICC1|
|Wednesday 4 December 2019||AM||International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety||IGC1|
|Wednesday 4 December 2019||PM||International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety||ICC1|
All results for assessments taken in English (including those for the practical application) should be received within 50 working days from the date of the examination or submission of assignment. The specific date is written on your examination entry confirmation.
For assessments taken in any language other than English, all results (including those for the practical application) should be received within 70 working days.
Certificate-level practical assessments must normally be taken within 10 working days of a written examination, so the practical result will be included with the result for the written examination.
SOURCE: The NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety