NEBOSH & Assessments

Why Don’t Candidates Read Instructions Properly?

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.  Candidates possess the knowledge and skills to pass but by not reading what is required they end up failing.

What you must do in order to not waste your time and money;

Re-Sitting 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:

NEBOSH National & International General Certificate – GC2

NEBOSH National Construction Certificate – NCC2

NEBOSH National Fire Certificate – FC2

NEBOSH Health & Well-being Certificate – NHC2

NEBOSH Environmental Certificate – EC2

NEBOSH International Construction Certificate – ICC2

NEBOSH International Fire Certificate – IFC2

2) Read it again, and write down any notes of importance

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, 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 is 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 breaches 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, prioritised, realistic, affordable and MUST follow from the conclusions. Resource implications in terms of cost or time.

3 Do what is asked, read over questions carefully

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’ time frame?
  • 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 submission contact your tutor.

My thanks to Eva Ainscough – RRC Tutor / Practical Assessment Marker – for her input.

*Please note that this blog post refers to the old syllabus (before 5th September 2019) for The NEBOSH Certificate examinations. If you require further information on either the old or new syllabus, you can contact us; / 0208 944 3100

Gary Fallaize

Managing Director RRC International