NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management


This NEBOSH Fire Safety course replaces the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management. The NEBOSH Fire Safety Certificate course is perfect for those who have fire safety responsibilities at a low to medium risk workplace (such as an office), including Facilities Managers and Health & Safety Managers/Representatives. It is also suitable for individuals who wish to build a career as a fire safety adviser.

Course Information

The content is designed to equip those studying it to undertake fire risk assessments in most low risk workplaces. The syllabus is mapped to both the National Occupational Standards for Health and Safety owned by Proskills and the Fire Safety NOS owned by SkillsPlus.

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.


Upcoming Dates 2023/2024:

  • November 2nd – 30th 2023, exam: December 6th 2023
  • April 4th 2024 – May 2nd 2024, exam: May 8th 2024
  • June 27th 2024 – July 25th 2024, exam: August 2024

Units / Modules

What will you study?

  • Understanding the management of health and safety
  • Managing fire safety protocols in their workplace
  • Understanding the principles of fires and explosions
  • Identifying the causes and preventions of fires and explosions
  • Identifying and implement fire prevention and protection in buildings
  • Managing the safety of people in the event of a fire
  • Conducting a fire safety risk assessment
  • Promoting a fire safety culture

Assessment Types

1 Written Paper (FC1)

1 Risk Assessment (FC2)

How will you be assessed?

This qualification has a two-step assessment process which consists of:

An open book examination: you will be able to complete this at home or in another safe and suitable location where you can concentrate. You will be presented with a scenario that describes a realistic workplace and situation. You will then be asked to carry out a series of tasks using evidence presented in the scenario as well as the underpinning knowledge you have gained through your studies and revision.

You will have 24 hours to complete and submit your paper – though you should be able to complete it in 4-5 hours.

A practical fire risk assessment: the fire risk assessment has been developed around fire risk assessment standards such as the Home Office fire guidance and PAS79-1:2020.

The time needed to complete the fire risk assessment is not restricted. We do, however, recommend that you take around three hours to complete all four parts of the assessment. We feel that the three hours will allow you to show your understanding of the assessment requirements and complete a good quality fire risk assessment.

Both assessments will be marked by an external examiner appointed by NEBOSH. These examiners are chosen for their experience and expertise to ensure that learners are assessed by the very best from our industry.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

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.

Career Progression

NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

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