FAQs about NEBOSH, IOSH and Highfield Qualifications

Awarding Bodies

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the Chartered body for health and safety professionals. With more than 40,000 individual members, IOSH is the biggest professional health and safety organization in the world. For more details, please click here

NEBOSH is a leading UK based global organisation, which provides health, safety and environmental qualifications.  Their internationally recognised qualifications help to raise the competence of safety and environmental professionals as well as individuals at all levels in the workplace.

Since its inception in 1979 over 400,000 people from around the world have gained a NEBOSH qualification. Tens of thousands join their number every year studying with our network of 600 Learning Partners in over 132 countries. For more details, please click here

Highfield (HABC) is a global leader in compliance and work-based learning and apprenticeship qualifications and one of the UK’s most recognisable awarding organisations. As such it is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, SQA Accreditation, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), and the Security Industry Authority (SIA). In addition to this, it is also a government-regulated end-point assessment organisation (EPAO).
As an awarding organisation they have developed 250+ qualifications designed to enhance the career prospects of learners. These qualifications are now delivered by over 19,000 trainers and training providers spread across 50 countries. They cover multiple sectors such as retail, health and social care, finance, customer service, rail and engineering, hospitality, logistics, aviation and many more. For more details, please click here

SBS does not offer NEBOSH, IOSH, Highfield courses with any one’s collaboration/association. SBS is a directly accredited training provider for NEBOSH UK (qualifications (IGC, IOG and IFC) (accreditation/license# 923) and IOSH UK (accreditation/license #2147), Highfield UK (accreditation/license #12179)

Yes, SBS was Pakistan’s first ever organization to be directly approved/accredited by NEBOSH, IOSH and Highfield for the delivery of their qualifications. SBS is the license holder for all of these international bodies and many other organizations seek us to offer their courses with our collaboration.

Courses & Details

Managing Safely (Version 5.0) is a course offered by IOSH. It is for managers and supervisors in any sector, and any organization. It’s designed to get managers up to speed on the practical actions they need to take to handle health and safety in their teams. Managing safely won’t turn delegates into safety experts – but it will give them the knowledge and tools to tackle the health and safety issues they’re responsible for. Importantly, it brings home just why health and safety is such an essential part of their job.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is a globally recognized qualification offered by an established independent UK examination board with over 30 years’ experience in providing health and safety awards in the UK and across the world including the Middle East, the West Indies and Southeast Asia.

This qualification is for managers, supervisors and employees based outside the UK who require a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety principles and practices. The qualification focuses on international standards and management systems, enabling candidates to effectively discharge workplace health and safety responsibilities in any employment sector, in all parts of the world.
The NEBOSH International General Certificate is also suitable for those embarking on a career in health and safety, providing a sound basis for progression on to the NEBOSH International Diploma. For more details, please visit our training calendar.

The International Oil and Gas Certificate is aimed primarily at managers, supervisors and health and safety advisers with safety responsibilities in the oil and gas industry. The qualification focuses on operational process safety and is intended to enable learners to apply and implement effective process safety management across all areas of their operation, anywhere in the world.
This qualification provides the underpinning knowledge, which when combined with experience enables holders to identify, evaluate and control a wide range of workplaces hazards. It is based around international standards and management systems that enable the effective discharge of workplace safety responsibilities both onshore and offshore.
Globally, employers in the oil and gas industries find that the International Oil and Gas Certificate can improve the safety culture of their organisation by providing line management and staff with a sound understanding of operational safety management.

The NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management is designed for people throughout the world who have fire safety responsibilities at work. It provides the knowledge and understanding, when combined with relevant experience, to carry out an effective fire risk assessment, as well as embed good practice in the workplace.
Holders of this accredited qualification help their organisation to meet its fire safety responsibilities. It leads to a safer environment for employees and visitors to premises and an improved fire safety culture for employers and building managers.
Fire safety is important. It protects people from injury and loss of life. It protects your property, your assets and your investment. People with the NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management know how to help their employers avoid the damaging and sometimes catastrophic losses that result from fire.

NEBOSH IGC, IOG and IFC are level 3 qualifications.
IOSH MS is a level 2 qualification.

NEBOSH IGC is a market demanded and market leader course of Health & Safety which really extend your strengths and value in the market of this field. It helps you out to find new jobs in Pakistan and middle east/gulf countries as well.

SBS does not offer NEBOSH Diploma. SBS is accredited/approved training provider for 3 qualifications of NEBOSH

  • International General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety (IGC)
  • International Technical Certificate in Oil & Gas Operational Safety (IOG)
  • International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management (IFC)

Course Contents

The course includes memorable and thought-provoking facts, figures and case studies help drive the points home over the whole course. Each module is backed by crystal clear examples and recognizable scenarios, and summaries reinforce the key learning points. The course includes checklists and other materials for delegates to try out and then use when they get back to work.


  • Introducing Managing safely
  • Assessing Risks
  • Controlling Risks
  • Understanding Responsibilities
  • Understanding Hazards
  • Investigating Incidents
  • Measuring Performance

It consists of 2 units i.e. IG1 and IG2. The details of contents in these units are as below:

IG1: Management of Health & Safety
  • Why we should manage workplace health and safety
  • How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
  • Managing risk – understanding people and process
  • Health and safety monitoring and measuring
IG2: Risk Assessment
  • Physical and psychological health
  • Musculoskeletal health
  • Chemical and biological agents
  • General workplace issues
  • Work equipment
  • Fire
  • Electricity

The NEBOSH Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety covers the principles of process safety management in the oil and gas industries. The syllabus takes a risk management approach based on best practice and international industry standards.

The course covers:

  • Safety and environmental management in this industry
  • Hydrocarbon process safety
  • Fire protection and emergency response
Training Contents:
  • Health, safety and environmental management in context
  • Hydrocarbon process safety 1
  • Hydrocarbon process safety 2
  • Fire protection and emergency response
  • Logistics and Transport Operations

The NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management covers the following key topics:

  • Management of health and safety
  • Managing fire safety
  • Principles of fire and explosion
  • Causes and prevention of fires and explosions
  • Fire protection in buildings
  • Safety of people in the event of fire
  • Fire safety risk assessment

Learners will be able to complete a fire safety risk assessment of a workplace. In particular, to:

  • Identify fire hazards in the workplace
  • Identify persons who could be at risk should a fire start
  • Assess the adequacy of existing fire safety measures to control risk
  • Assess the risk of fire occurring
  • Assess and demonstrate understanding of the speed at which fire and smoke could spread once started
  • Assess the risk to persons from fire
  • Where necessary, recommend additional fire safety measures to further reduce risk
  • Recommend a risk assessment review date

No previous health and safety or fire safety knowledge is required although it should be noted that the assessment includes a requirement to write a short report.

The qualification is divided into three units:

  • IG1: Management of health and safety (This unit will be exempted for those who have qualified IGC with in recent 5 years)
  • IFC1: International fire safety and risk management
  • FC2: Practical Fire Risk Assessment


The duration for IOSH Managing Safely course is 3 days and timings are 09:00am to 06:00pm.

Course duration includes 10 days classes (covering all two units IG1 and IG2) + 1 day for home based open book exam paper and class timings are 09:00am to 06:00pm.

IOG course duration is 5 days of classes + 1 day for exam  and class timings are 09:00am to 06:00pm.

IFC course duration includes 10 days classes (covering all three units IG1, IFC1, FC2) + 1/2 day for exam  and class timings are 09:00am to 06:00pm.

According to IOSH, this course can be delivered over 3, 4 or 5 days and a minimum of 24 hours of face-to-face contact is required which is completed in 3 days of 8 taught hours each.

According to NEBOSH, 65 taught hours are required for NEBOSH IGC course so this duration is completed in 10 days classes of 8 taught hours each. Moreover, candidates are required to go for extra 40 hours for their private study and 27 hours for assessments (24 hours for IG1 online home based assessment and 3 hours for IG2 risk assessment).

Currently following courses are being offered as online learning/distance learning and e-learning

  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • IIRSM Approved Process Safety Management Implementer (PSM)
  • IIRSM Approved HAZOP Leadership
  • IIRSM Approved COSHH
  • IIRSM Approved Safety Officer
  • Highfield Level 3 International Award in Delivering Training (Train The Trainer
  • Level 4 Scaffolding Safety (Erection, Dismantling and Inspection) by Highfield
  • Level 2 H2S Safety by Highfield
  • Level 2 Incident Investigation, Root Cause Analysis and Formal Reporting by Highfield

For complete list please click here

Course Assessments & Certificates

NEBOSH has recently changed his exam structure and IG1/IGC1 exam now are being held as home based online examination (for details please contact us). Exam of IOSH MS is conducted both in house and online.

As SBS is an approved training provider of IOSH & NEBOSH, certificates of NEBOSH & IOSH courses are issued by these bodies. SBS provides its certificates for its own/non accredited qualifications.

This course is assessed by an exam of 1 hour on the last day of training plus a project report is to be completed as home assignment and submitted within 1 week after the exam.

For successfully completing the qualification and be able to get certificate, candidate must achieve:

  • At least 36 out of 60 on the multi-format assessment paper.
  • At least 23 out of 38 on the project.
  • Overall 60 marks required to get Managing Safely certificate.

For the candidates not clearing their exam or report, re sit will be arranged.

NEBOSH IGC qualification has two units IG1 and IG2. IG1 is assessed now as home based online examination and student is required to solve the exam paper within 24 hours which contains one long question (20 marks) and ten short questions (8 marks each). IG2 is a practical risk assessment report. It consists of one written safety inspection which can be done on candidate’s own workplace.

All two units, IG1 and IG2 need to be passed within a five year period for an award to be made. Certificate is awarded by NEBOSH itself.

Pass Marks:

Unit IG1: 45 marks out of 100
Unit IG2: The minimum standard required for a Unit IG2 ‘Pass’
A ‘Pass’ must be achieved in both units to achieve the International General
Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The qualification grade is based on the result from Unit IG1
Distinction: 75 marks or higher
Credit: 65 – 74 marks
Pass: 45 – 64 marks

If a candidate doesn’t pass a unit, he/she can take it again within 5 year of the first successful unit (conditions apply).

Candidates are assessed by a 2 hour written assessment only.

Students are assessed with a written examination for each of the two taught units, IGC1 and IFC1. There is also a practical assessment for unit FC2, designed to help you apply your learning at work and add value for your employer.

Units IGC1 and IFC1 are taught units each assessed by a two-hour written examination. Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. Examination scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

The aim of the fire safety practical application (Unit FC2) is to assess your ability to complete a fire safety risk assessment in your workplace.

The practical assessment must normally be completed within 10 working days of a written examination. It is internally assessed by the course provider and will be marked by an experienced and qualified safety professional.

Students will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a student has successfully completed all three units (NGC1, FC1 and FC2), the overall qualification parchment will be issued.

Result of NEBOSH qualifications is notified after 40 working days of exam sitting. After result notification, it takes further 40 working days to receive certificates.


There are no official pre-requisites for this qualification.

There are no official prerequisites for this qualification. However, this qualification is more beneficial for delegates with prior experience in health and safety.

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification. However, this qualification is more beneficial for delegates with engineering background and prior experience in the process industry.

English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS Band 6 is desirable.

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification. However, this qualification is more beneficial for delegates with engineering background and prior experience in the process industry.

English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS Band 6 is desirable.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.

Fee Payments

Please see the course flyer or contact us

SBS tuition fee, NEBOSH exams fee, NEBOSH registration fee, refreshment cost and certificates dispatch cost is included in NEBOSH course fee.

Maximum two installments are offered only for NEBOSH courses. Candidate needs to deposit 50% of total fee at the time of registration before the registration deadline and remaining 50% should be paid by committed date which must be before 20 days of final exam date.

All of our trainers are very well qualified while most of them have studied overseas. They are working professionals with hands-on experience in their areas of interest and they are approved trainers from the relevant organizations.

SBS offers different Health & Safety, Environment, Energy & Quality relevant qualifications of five international awarding bodies i.e. NEBOSH, IOSH, Highfield, PECB, IIRSM, IRCA & CIEH. Moreover, there are many non-accredited courses offered by SBS for the same fields. Please see the list of courses being offered by SBS on the website link below:

List of Training Courses

Yes, SBS provides accommodation for outside candidates free of cost however, candidates are required to manage for their food/meal on their own.