Essential Advice for those taking a NEBOSH Practical Assessment
Given the time and money involved in doing a NEBOSH Certificate it is a continual source of frustration to all at RRC that so many fail their Practical Assessments simply because they do not read the instructions. They have the knowledge and the skills BUT by not reading what is required fail to give our markers enough to get a pass.
WHAT YOU MUST DO TO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY
RE-SITING A NEBOSH PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT
1) Before you do anything READ the NEBOSH guidance – not always easy to find on the NEBOSH website so follow the links below:
2) READ IT AGAIN AND NOTE THE IMPORTANT BITS
The following is based on GC2 but the principles apply to all NEBOSH Practical Assessment’s
- Where the inspection should take place.
- Completing the Observation form:
- The number and type of observations you need for full marks – no marks for repetition. Plus allow for possible errors if NEBOSH say 20 go for 25 with a maximum of 30.
- Realistic, immediate, AND longer term control measures – look at the symptoms and root cause and detail specific actions with realistic timescales for BOTH immediate (as in right now or very quickly), and longer term control measures.
- Realistic risk based timescales for longer term control measures.
- Completing the Report:
- Word count – keep it to the point, between 700-1,000 words 2-3 side’s single space typed. Markers are not too worried if you go over a bit but too many words and you will start to lose marks.
- DO NOT: copy from other sources or include photo’s or reference materials.
- Report is to Management – consequences, costs and solutions.
- Structure the Report:
- Introduction – when, where and what was inspected. What work is taking place and what equipment being used.
- Executive Summary – CONCISE Summary of the key findings AND KEY Recommendations.
- Main Findings – DO NOT duplicate what is on the observation sheet. Structured, not repetitive, MUST link directly to the observation sheet. Identify and EXPLAIN possible breeches of regulation/standards, explain why action is needed. Mention money, cost and benefits, plus legal, moral and financial implications of not undertaking the action.
- Conclusions & Recommendations:
- Clear & concise summary of the findings AND some attempt to persuade management to take action.
- Recommendations – clearly defined, prioritized, realistic, affordable and MUST follow from the conclusions. Resource implications in terms of cost or time.
3 DO NOT DO WHAT YOU DO AT WORK – DO WHAT IS ASKED
4 CHECK ADMIN REQUIREMENTS AND SUBMISSION DEADLINES
- Make sure you used the correct templates for your qualification? – Do not format your own templates, NEBOSH will not accept them
- Make sure your assessment is dated in line with the ‘10 working days’ timeframe?
- Include your signed declaration form
- Make sure your have entered your NEBOSH student number? (starts ’00’ and can be found on your entry voucher)
Silly to be failed for incorrect paperwork or late submission.
If you are an RRC student and have any questions about the Practical contact your tutor.
My thanks to Eva Ainscough – RRC Tutor / Practical Assessment Marker – for her Input.
Managing Director RRC International