8 Beneficial Tips To Pass The NEBOSH Exam

Posted on written by Sam Barton

Tips to passing your NEBOSH National General Certificate

So, you have the NEBOSH exam coming up.

To gain your NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety qualification you need to pass the Nebosh Exam. The exam is carried over one day and it covers aspects of the entire NEBOSH course from health and safety legislation, practising first aid in the workplace to dealing with manual handling.

To complete the NEBOSH course you have to undergo 80 classroom hours and it is recommended that you put in 53 hours of self-study too. The Nebosh General Certificate course is available to study online Virtually with a real-time live trainer. Classroom-based Nebosh courses will also be offered as the covid restrictions are lifted. So the Virtual online Nebosh General Certificate course is a great option to study this course in your own home or workplace.

We have 3 tips for you that will help you pass the NEBOSH course and gain a valuable qualification for your career.

#1 Look At How Many Marks Each Question Is Worth

When you see the maximum number of marks that can be awarded for each question then that is how many points you need to make in your answer.

For example, if you see a question such as: Outline job factors that could lead to poor health and safety behaviour in the workplace (8) then you need to make 8 separate points. Avoid writing half a page on one factor because that won’t score you any higher than 1 point.

This is also a good indication of how long you should spend on each question. If a question gives you 6 marks then you should allocate more time to that than a question that only awards you 2 marks.

#2 Focus On The Command Words

You know the questions that starts with ‘identify’, ‘describe’, and ‘explain’, well these are your command words.

Basically, they are asking you what way to answer the question. NEBOSH actually has a handy guide for command words and how to use them to answer the questions to an acceptable standard.

You could write half a page on one question however if it isn’t related to or focuses on the command word then you aren’t going to score many (if any!) points. 

#3 Give Yourself Enough Time To Study

As aforementioned, it is recommended that you put 53 hours of self-study whist taking a NEBOSH course. We know how life can get pretty hectic and time to spare can be quite limited, but it is crucial to give yourself enough time to study.

By simply dedicating time everyday for self study can help create a pattern and make it much easier to follow if you are consistent.

#4 Organisation Is Key

Studying for a NEBOSH exam can be quite hefty. Which is why it is a good idea to organise your workload.

A good start would be creating a list on all areas you feel are your weakest. By creating a list you’ll be able to identify what you should focus on more. That way you can work through the list from top to bottom and cover all areas – but strengthen the areas which need greater focus!

#5 Creating A Study Group

Whilst studying a NEBOSH course, you’ll be accompanied by other delegates. You may find creating a study group with fellow delegates to be beneficial for you. You may have questions which they have answers to and so on.  As you’ll all be studying the same topics, you may find your knowledge will strengthen and learn various learning techniques as well.

As long as you and your study group keep studying as a main priority and not get distracted, a study group can be very effective.

#6 Practice Makes Perfect

I’m sure this is a statement we’ve all heard a good few times in our lifetime. That’s because it’s true! Practicing on NEBOSH mock exams and past questions will help you prepare for the real deal. And with the more practice you get the better your ability will be.

#7 Study And Then Study Some More

Lastly, we have the most basic tip of all – study!

There is a clear break between the second week of your NEBOSH training and the exam date. This is designed for revision. As we mentioned above, 53 hours of self-study is recommended however don’t feel as though that is an exact number. Put in as much time as you think you need to gain the knowledge to pass the NEBOSH exam.

It can be difficult to study at home but putting in the work now will mean that you have a very high chance of passing the exam first time.

#8 Passing The NEBOSH Exam

While the NEBOSH exam can be challenging, it certainly isn’t impossible to pass.

Putting the effort in with self-study while knowing how long to spend on each question and recognising how much information you need to put down will stand you in good stead. Learning the command words and practising how to implement them into your answers will give you a solid understanding of how to answer each question.

The exam can be challenging if you aren’t used to being tested in this environment however the rewards for passing are well worth the time you spend revising so put the effort in now to benefit your career in the future.

17 Responses to “8 Beneficial Tips To Pass The NEBOSH Exam”

  1. Ramanjit Singh

    How to register for Nebosh exam? Is there any online registration procedure ?

    • Sam Barton

      Hi Ramanjit,

      We take care of all registration and certification, once you’ve booked your course with us all you need to do is attend the training days and complete your self-study with our support.

      If you’d like any more information please let me know.


  2. Nirmal Kumar Poudyal

    It’s good.

    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Nirmal,

      Thank you for your comment, we always appreciate feedback here at PSS.

      Kind regards,


  3. Angela

    Hello everyone I am trying to study for newish certificate, but don’t it hard to get going . Any tips and disciplines please. I really need to complete this year. I wish I could do the course in a class room.

    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Angela,

      Thank you for your comment. In terms of studying for your NEBOSH certificate, I would advise you to follow the 8 tips explained within the blog. We have created these 8 tips after understanding the course structure and content of the NEBOSH National General Certificate course. As a result utilising these tips can help you with gaining your NEBOSH certificate.

      In addition I would advise you to focus and study on areas of the course you struggle with the most and then focus on studying on the remaining areas of the course, as this will allow you to have a strong knowledge on the overall course.

      Please note here at Project Skills Solutions we offer the NEBOSH National General Certificate, classroom based course in our UK wide training centres. Our NEBOSH courses are taught by our expert trainer’s who have been in the industry for years and will go the extra mile to ensure every delegate gains a solid understanding of the content, which has been proven by our strong pass rate. For further information on our NEBOSH National General Certificate course we offer and the availability at our UK wide training centres, please click here.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Kind regards,


  4. malik Naeem Afsar

    I want take Nebosh course online

    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Malik,

      Thank you for your comment. NEBOSH courses can be completed within a classroom environment or via online. Here at Project Skills Solutions we offer the NEBOSH National General Certificate course within a classroom environment. If you would like to view further details of the NEBOSH course we offer please click here.

      If you would like to take your NEBOSH course online, I would advise you to seek for alternative course provider’s who offer NEBOSH courses which are accessible online. In addition please click here to view the official NEBOSH website, where you will view the course provider page. You’ll be able to fill in your NEBOSH course requirements and find training provider’s who offer the course you need.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Kind regards,


  5. Paul


    I have just completed the iosh managing safely and now wanting to study for the NEBOSH exam, does the exam cover every part of the regulations, law, etc.. do you know of a paperback book I could order o help me study or is it just a case of search and study everything? Thanks

    • Sam Barton

      Hi Paul,

      Well done for completing the IOSH course and great you’re considering the NEBOSH. If you’re studying for the NEBOSH exam yourself with no tuition there are some books out there to buy, such as this one. There are also condensed study/revision books available.

      Beware though, as the book linked above covers the old syllabus. At the moment training providers can offer exams for either the old or the new syllabus so make sure what you are studying matches up with the exam you have booked.

      If you’re considering attending a course with classroom tuition, let me know and I’d be happy to help, on a course all materials, support and revision platform are included.

      Any questions let me know.


  6. Suraj singh

    I have given nebosh igc exam but couldn’t pass total
    Mean only gc 3 pass not 1 and 2 so please tell me how can i pass the nebosh igc exam

    • Sam Barton

      Hi Suraj,

      You’ll need to complete all parts to earn your international certificate. You can take the exams more than once though, so you should book another exam with your training provider.

      I’d like to add though, that the syllabus has recently changed for the international certificate, there are now only 2 assessments. If you’d like to use your gc3 pass though you’ll need to sit the old exams. Again your training provider will be able to help you with that.

      You can find more information here https://www.nebosh.org.uk/qualifications/international-general-certificate/

      Good luck and let me know if there’s anything else I can help with.

      Kind regards,

  7. Barry

    Hi Sam, I’m looking to resit my NGC1 which I first tried a year ago. I passed 2 & 3 ok back then. I see that they are both now part of IGC cert qualification. Just wondering if IGC1 is easier to pass than NGC1 ?? Could I get IGC cert easier as I am not a full time HSE person ?? Like most people I felt I passed but was disappointed, but keen to have another go.

    • Sam Barton

      Hi Barry,

      Sorry to hear you didn’t pass the NGC1, it’s a tough qualification which is why so many people want to go for it. I don’t exactly follow what you mean by part of the IGC.

      The National and International qualifications are separate. They’ve both recently changed too, now it’s just 1 exam and 1 project.

      I think the best thing for you would be to try and complete NGC1, however you might struggle to find a provider still offering the old syllabus.

      The other option is to resit under the new syllabus, there aren’t a lot of changes it’s mostly the project which is a little different.

      I don’t think you’d find the international any easier.

      Hope this helps,

  8. Barry

    ok Sam, I’ll just go for a resit on NGC1 then, I believe I still have 2 years to do it ( hopefully I get it before then ) under the old system. Aset in Aberdeen are still doing the old syllabus it seems but I just need some revision to hopefully squeak through, there seems to be plenty of material on line which may assist me…

    what I meant on the IGC is that my existing NGC2&3 certificates also state that they are part of the IGC. So these are common to NGC & IGC certificate, only the NGC1 is different to IGC1 it seems
    thanks & regards

  9. Kannan

    I would like to complete NEBOSH IGC COURSE. any can guide me please

    • Sam Barton

      Hi Kannan,

      I’ll have the team get in touch and give you some further information.

      Kind regards,


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