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Tips, advice oh and hello again....

Post by CAD » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:58 am

Hi all,

Long time no speak. It's been a hectic few months but I'm back for some help if I may.

Long story short, I am studying NCRQ (which is going well) however in the last month or so I have had a new line manager at work who has placed me on the NEBOSH General Cert course in a few weeks time.

It's two weeks of classroom based learning with the exam on the Friday afternoon each week and the practical a week later. Exams are first two Friday's in April :shock:

I've suspended my NCRQ study to concentrate on this and have started to listen to the NEBOSH audio books in the car and to and from work etc.

I've started to practise a few questions from the NEBOSH site but while they explain the answer they don't actually give the correct answer most of the time.

I want to get as prepared as possible before I start the classroom course, as i know those 4 and half days will be very busy.

I've downloaded a lot of things from this website and they have been really useful thank you!

Can anyone advise anything else I could be doing in the run up to this course. I'm not the best in exam conditions so I want to make sure I have done all I can (not to mention the pressure from my employer) :?

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Re: Tips, advice oh and hello again....

Post by WillPool » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:28 pm

Hi CAD

Welcome back :)

My biggest recommendations would be as follows:

1. Read and understand the questions, particularly with the action verbs.
2. Practice, practice and practice exam questions, so that you understand what NEBOSH requires to get the marks you need.

There are loads of examples on here and on our download section as well as on the NEBOSH website.

At least you have some knowledge of H&S prior to the NEBOSH Course (NCRQ etc) I had none and it terrified me at the time.

However you seem to be preparing yourself well and are in the right place to ask questions ;)

Good luck with the course ../.
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Re: Tips, advice oh and hello again....

Post by PaulDonaldson » Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:09 pm

Hi CAD
My question for your line manager is why would he put you on the certificate course when you are already studying a higher qualification? Surely he should be supporting you in your current studies rather than embarking on a lesser qualification.
However as you are having to go through with the charade I suggest you look at the NEBOSH guidance document on action verbs which will show you what is required when it comes to answering the questions. Read the question then read the question then read the question. One letter in the question can make all the difference (employee or employer). If you are stuck, ask for help!!
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Re: Tips, advice oh and hello again....

Post by CAD » Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:31 pm

Thanks for the tips both, appreciated.

In regards to my line manager putting me through NEBOSH, well there are two reasons. Firstly, I have been told that if I want to progress within this company I need to have NEBOSH and secondly I had been pushing for 12 months to get onto a NEBOSH course before signing up to NCRQ. I made the decision to self fund NCRQ (and I haven't told my employer that I am studying that), it was just sods law that they would agree to me attending the NEBOSH course within months of me deciding to go another route.

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Re: Tips, advice oh and hello again....

Post by PaulDonaldson » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:05 pm

CAD wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:31 pm
Thanks for the tips both, appreciated.

In regards to my line manager putting me through NEBOSH, well there are two reasons. Firstly, I have been told that if I want to progress within this company I need to have NEBOSH and secondly I had been pushing for 12 months to get onto a NEBOSH course before signing up to NCRQ. I made the decision to self fund NCRQ (and I haven't told my employer that I am studying that), it was just sods law that they would agree to me attending the NEBOSH course within months of me deciding to go another route.
Thats just typical. Like I said if you are struggling just ask.
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Re: Tips, advice oh and hello again....

Post by Alexis » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:28 pm

Welcome back CAD. Great to see you again. :wave:

Nothing more to add from the above comments and do take advantage of Paul's offer! ;)

Check out this past post, which has helped many many people over the years. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6133

One of our downloads on our main site pages will also help I think. Scroll down to Angela Cluley's Flash Cards. You can print them off and carry them with you. https://www.healthandsafetytips.co.uk/d ... ic?start=1

Good luck. .salut

p.s. I wonder if NCRQ would offer you the Diploma as a replacement or part replacement once you have done the NEBOSH course? ;)
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Re: Tips, advice oh and hello again....

Post by CAD » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:05 am

Alexis wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:28 pm
p.s. I wonder if NCRQ would offer you the Diploma as a replacement or part replacement once you have done the NEBOSH course? ;)
Is this an option? Not sure how that would work.



Having had the weekend to recover from being NEBOSHED I thought I'd share some of my feelings and tips for the course for anyone looking to study this way. Please bear in mind that I am still awaiting my results so I am no expert.

Firstly, prepare to be NEBOSHED. I had several warnings about this but didn't expect it to hit me as hard as it did. On day three I felt fairly confident however day four was the 'wall' for me. To the point where I nearly turned the car around and go home. Having spoke to the others on the course they all hit a wall (albeit at slightly different points) so that made me feel a little better that I wasn't alone in it.

Common opinion is that GC2 is the easier of the two papers. But I felt this wasn't necessarily the case. While I felt I had a better understanding of the command words the content for me was just as challenging. I did however find the content easier to absorb as it was a lot more interesting for me.

I am glad I did it classroom based. I have a colleague who is completing this distance learning and while It suits some for me it was invaluable to listen to others experience especially when it came to applying certain aspects of the course to real life. There were also times within the exam in which I actually remembered something due to a joke that was made or a comment from one of the other students and if it wasn't for that interaction I don't think I would have remembered it.

Abbreviations and acronyms. I felt acronyms in particular really helped (especially the Health and Safety at Work act section 2.2). They may help some and not others but I found them useful. For example I remember section 2.2(a) as artichoke. Artichoke is a plant (ish) and reminds me of plant and systems of work. Silly, but i used them.

Overall I enjoyed the course and I was so nervous going into it having not done an exam in a long time. I feel I have retained some information from the course however time will tell how much I have actually remembered.

Thanks for your help so far :)

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