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NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (September 2007 specification): Guidance for Candidates

What are the changes?

From March 2008, the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (September 2007 specification) syllabus will be divided into three units: · · · IGC1: Management of international health and safety IGC2: Control of international workplace hazards IGC3: International health and safety practical application.

The three units approximately correspond to the three assessment elements of the previous NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health (April 2005 specification): Paper 1, Paper 2 and the practical assessment. This enables course providers to continue to teach the syllabus material in the same course formats as before. However, there is a key difference; the new specification is now a "unitised" syllabus. Students sitting their first IGC examinations or assessment on or after 5 March 2008 will now receive a unit certificate on successful completion of each unit and a qualification parchment on successful completion of all three units. Students who re-sit examination papers taken before the standard examination date on 5 March 2008 will re-sit under the old specification rules. Unit certificates are not available under the old specification.

What is unitisation?

Unitisation allows you to organise your learning in manageable blocks and enables you to gain recognition and certification of your achievements as you progress. The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management and National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety qualifications are already available in the new unit-based format. You will be awarded a certificate to denote your achievements of each unit and an overall qualification parchment when you successfully pass all three units of a qualification.

Do the changes to the qualification affect the status of the non-unitised International General Certificate (April 2005 specification)?

The non-unitised and unitised International General Certificate are of equal status and holders of either qualification (with five years experience in a Health and Safety role) may apply for Technician membership (Tech IOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Holders of either version are also entitled to Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

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Why the change?

The unitisation of qualifications is a UK government initiative, managed by the regulatory authorities (Ofqual, DCELLS and CCEA). It is intended to standardise the design of qualifications, including those designed for the international market. It will enable students and employers to choose to study individual units to meet their learning needs in the workplace.

Does this affect me if I have already achieved the International General Certificate?

If you have already passed your International General Certificate the changes will not affect you and the status of your qualification is unchanged.

I have taken the International General Certificate (April 2005 specification) but I was referred in one or more components ­ what happens now?

If you have taken your examinations prior to the standard sitting on 5 March 2008 and been referred in one or two components, the previous rules still apply. If you are referred in either of the exams or the practical you have one opportunity to retake the referred component(s) at a single sitting, within 12 months of the first examination date. You must receive a pass in all components (Paper 1, Paper 2 and the practical assessment) to achieve the International General Certificate (April 2005 specification). As before, referred candidates are eligible for a grade no higher than a Pass. Failure to pass all referred components means that you will would lose your original pass(es) and have to re-register and re-take all three components on the new unitised specification. In order to meet the requirement of the regulatory authorities to safeguard the interests of previous candidates and ensure the integrity of the two separate versions of the International General Certificate we are unable to provide Unit Certificates for pass results for students registering to sit under the April 2005 specification. We recommend that before candidates register to re-sit their referred paper they speak to their course provider for further guidance. In some cases it would be beneficial for candidates to register on the new unitised specification as unitisation does allow candidates to re-sit as many times as required during a five year period. However, all three units must be taken under the unitised format. If the candidates re-sit on the old specification they are able to re-sit once only. The deadline for re-sitting papers is 4 March 2009 or within twelve months of the first examination date (whichever is the earlier).

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What if I have previously failed my International General Certificate (April 2005 specification) examinations?

If you have taken your International General Certificate prior to the standard examination sitting on 5 March 2008 and been referred in all three components you will have been issued with a fail result. If you were referred in one or two components and were unsuccessful in all referred components at your re-sit you will have been issued with a fail result. You may re-register at any time for one or more units of the new unitised International General Certificate. However, you are unable to take forward any successful results from the old nonunitised qualification to the unitised qualification. Registering for one or more units of new unitised International General Certificate will enable you to gain recognition in the form of unit certificates as you progress. On successful completion of all three units you will receive a qualification parchment for your overall qualification. You will have five years from the result declaration date of your first successful unit to register and sit further unit examinations. If you are unsuccessful in a unit examination, there is no limit to the number of times you can re-register, but a unit examination registration fee will be incurred for each registration.

I sat my International General Certificate for the first time on or after 5 March 2008.

If you sat your examinations for the first time on or after the 5 March 2008 you will be sitting the unitised qualification (September 2007 specification). For each unit examination that you pass you will receive a unit certificate and unit mark. Once all three units have been successfully completed, the marks for all three units are added together to calculate your final grade (Pass, Credit or Distinction). You will then be issued with your International General Certificate. Although the unitised specification now allows you to register for each unit separately, IGC2 (the practical unit) must be completed within 14 days of an examination for units IGC1 and/or IGC2. Unit IGC2 will only be offered independently to candidates who were previously referred in this unit and are re-taking it. You have five years from the result declaration date of your first successful International General Certificate unit to achieve passes in all three units. If you are unsuccessful in a unit examination, there is no limit to the number of times you can re-register and re-sit. A unit examination registration fee will be incurred for each registration.

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I am to sit my International General Certificate for the first time on or after 5 March 2008 and I have already achieved a NEBOSH qualification. Can my previous achievement count towards the International General Certificate?

All NEBOSH certificate level qualifications are now unitised. The National General Certificate, National Construction Certificate and Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management have a common Unit NGC1. This unit is not a component of the International General Certificate and therefore does not count towards the International General Certificate. The IGC units, including IGC1 do not form part of the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, the Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management or the National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety qualifications and therefore cannot count towards them. However, NEBOSH may develop further Certificate level International qualifications in the future, which Unit IGC1 would count towards.

Can an enquiry about a result be requested for a single unit?

Yes ­ for unitised examinations you can make an enquiry about results for a single unit result or for the whole qualification. If you would like any further information please consult the Guide to the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (September 2007 specification), contact your course provider or log on to www.nebosh.org.uk, where a syllabus summary for the new specification is available. Alternatively you can contact our customer services team on 0116 263 4700 who will be happy to help.

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