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NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction is designed for managers, supervisors, principal designers and coordinators who work in the construction industry. 
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Course overview

The NEBOSH International Construction Certificate is a globally respected health and safety qualification for the construction industry. 

This qualification covers the core health and safety issues involved in construction. It aims to provide candidates with a comprehensive understanding of how to identify and manage workplace hazards.

Many employers find that NEBOSH International Construction Certificate holders have a strong understanding of managing construction workplace risks.

Who is this course suitable for?

The NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety course is for construction industry managers, supervisors and coordinators.

If you wish to build a career in construction health and safety, this course offers the foundation you need to improve your skills and knowledge.

Course programme

Unit 1: IGC1 – Management of International Health & Safety 

  • Element 1 Foundations in Health & Safety 

  • Element 2 Health & Safety Management Systems 1 – Plan

  • Element 3 Health & Safety Management Systems 2 – Do 

  • Element 4 Health & Safety Management Systems 3 – Check 

  • Element 5 Health & Safety Management Systems 4 – Act

Unit 2: ICC1 – Managing and Controlling Hazards in Construction Activities

  • Element 1 Construction Law and Management 

  • Element 2 Construction Site – Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 3 Vehicle & Plant Movement – Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 4 Musculoskeletal Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 5 Work Equipment – Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 6 Electrical Safety 

  • Element 7 Fire Safety

  • Element 8 Chemical & Biological Health Hazards and Risk Control 

  • Element 9 Physical & Psychological Health – Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 10 Working at Height – Hazards and Risk Control 

  • Element 11 Excavation Work & Confined Spaces – Hazards & Risk Control 

  • Element 12 Demolition & Deconstruction – Hazards & Risk Control 

Unit 3: ICC2: Construction health and safety practical application

  • ICC2 The practical assessment is carried out in the candidate’s workplace. They must complete it within 14 days of the ICC1 written examination.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

  • Effectively manage health and safety on an international construction site.
  • Identify and control common workplace hazards on a construction site.
  • Understand the international requirements for managing health and safety at work.
  • Understand the importance and critical elements of health and safety management systems.
  • Apply the principles and practice of risk assessment.
  • Identify construction workplace hazards, such as those associated with excavation, work at height, demolition and workplace transport safety.
  • Use methods for controlling identified workplace hazards within the international construction industry.

Next steps

Many candidates who pass the International Construction Certificate choose to further their career later by undertaking the NEBOSH International Diploma.


The NEBOSH International Construction Certificate course consists of three assessments:

  • An open book examination for Unit 1 (IGC1 – Management of International Health & Safety).
  • A written examination for Unit 2: ICC1 – Managing and Controlling Hazards in International Construction Activities.
  • A practical assessment (ICC2 - International construction health and safety practical application) carried out by yourself at your place of work. This will demonstrate that you can apply what you have learnt during the course to a real workplace.

Exams need to be booked separately to the course - book NEBOSH exams here

  • What is an Open Book Exam?

    An open book exam assesses the same learning outcomes as an invigilated, paper-based exam. With an open book exam, you can have access to textbooks, course notes and the internet.  
    You can complete an open book exam in your own home, or another suitable location. You will have up to 24 hours to complete the NEBOSH open book exam, but we find that most candidates only take 4 – 5 hours. 
    The open book exam will assess your ability to apply your knowledge, as well as testing your analytical and critical thinking skills. 
  • What is a closing interview?

    Following the open book exam is a short closing interview, which takes approximately 15 minutes. The purpose of the interview is to confirm that the work you have submitted is your own and that you did not have any assistance in completing your NEBOSH assessment.  


    The closing interview takes place via video call, which you can access via smartphone, tablet or computer. 


    The interviewer will ask to see identification, you need to provide either your passport, driving license or national identity card. The interviewer needs to see the room that you are in to ensure you don’t have access to notes during the interview.  


    The interviewer will ask you questions based on your open book exam, your work and your submission. 

    Your closing interview is not an assessment, so you won’t receive a mark. If the interviewer is happy that the work is your own, your mark will be published in line with NEBOSH timeframes. 


    For more information, visit the NEBOSH guide to Open Book Exams


    You will be awarded a NEBOSH International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety upon successful completion of both units and the practical assessment. This is sent by post and usually arrives within 8-10 weeks after Phoenix publishes the results.  


    After completing this course, you will be eligible for Technician Membership of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), as well as associate membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM). 


Payment plans

Payment plans are offered to South African students only. We require 50% of the total course fee upfront. The balance can be paid over 3 months for International General Certificate or 6 months for International Diploma. For more information please visit this page or get in touch.


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  • When and how will I receive my NEBOSH results?

    Results are notified by NEBOSH after completing the course. NEBOSH send out the results 10-12 weeks after the exams. Your certificates will arrive after the results have been announced.

  • When and how will I receive my NEBOSH certificate/diploma?

    Your certificate or diploma is sent to you by Phoenix after the results have been announced. Your certificates will arrive from Phoenix 10-12 weeks after the results have been announced.

  • What happens if I fail the NEBOSH assessment?

    The Phoenix Pass Pledge will cover your additional studies, but you retake the exams at your own cost. 
  • Are there any entry requirements for NEBOSH Certificates?

    There are no entry requirements, which makes the NEBOSH Certificate an ideal starting point for your health and safety training. Learners must have a suitable standard of English language to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.  

Why choose a NEBOSH course with Phoenix?

  • Accredited Partner

    Phoenix Health and Safety is a NEBOSH Gold Partner. This accreditation means our NEBOSH course materials, tutors, and learning environments are all stamped with excellence.

  • Expertise

    Originally founded in the UK, we are one of the leading global providers of training in health and safety. 

    Our tutors and mentors are widely respected for their expertise, experience and ability to provide an enjoyable learning experience. 

  • Student support

    We go the extra mile to make sure our course attendees receive the best possible support, through study guides and student groups.

    Many candidates find our Facebook community group particularly helpful while they are studying, as it enables them to compare notes with fellow students and ask questions.

  • The Phoenix Pass Pledge

    Every Phoenix NEBOSH course entitles you to continue studying free of charge if you fail to meet the required standard in examinations. However, this is rarely necessary. Our pass rate for NEBOSH General Certificate training courses is above industry average, with a high number of credits and distinctions.