NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

Program code: NEBOSHIFR

Course Outline

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.

Our qualifications are developed based on extensive research with health and safety professionals, employers, professional bodies and regulators to ensure that they remain relevant and rigorous as well as achievable and practical.

You will be assessed on your ability to apply your skills and knowledge to a wide range of issues and how to deliver positive change to a real workplace.

Course Objectives

- Knowledge – Even in low-risk workplaces, protecting people and property from fire takes specialist know-how. The NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management gives you this knowledge.

- Enjoyment – You’ll enjoy taking the NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management. You’ll discover skills and techniques that are useful and practical, not just theoretical.

- Achievement – The NEBOSH name is a mark of excellence in safety. People from all parts of the world are proud to have achieved our qualifications.

- Recognition – When it comes to safety in the workplace, NEBOSH qualifications are what employers seek and are held in high esteem everywhere. Holders of the International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management are entitled to Associate Membership (AIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Technical Membership (Tech IOSH) of IOSH.

- Career development – Gaining specialist knowledge of fire safety will give you an extra skill that could help bring success and advancement to your career.

Course Content

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:
•	IGC1: Management of international health and safety
•	IFC1: International fire safety and risk management
•	FC2: Practical Fire Risk Assessment

The syllabus is mapped to both Health and Safety (PROHSS) units and Fire safety. These are maintained on a database which is managed by Skills Development Scotland

Assessment and Certification

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.

•	Examination registration
Learners must be registered before they can take an examination. All examination registrations must be completed by an accredited learning partner.

•	Examination entry confirmation
Once your learning partner has registered you to an examination, they will send you an Examination Entry Confirmation that includes your learner number and the regulations for you as a learner. The learner number is the only identification that you may use on your examination scripts – scripts must not include your name.

The Examination Entry Confirmation is essential to gain entry to the examination room, you will need to show a form of photographic identification to the invigilator and then sign the Examination Entry Confirmation. Please contact your learning partner if you have not received your Examination Entry Confirmation.

•	Examination dates
Standard examination sittings are held four times a year in March, June, September and December.

Many of our learning partner may also offer on demand examinations, set and marked by NEBOSH, but held on a date chosen by the learning partner. You should contact your chosen learning partner for more information.

•	Examination Results 
All results for assessments taken in English (including those for the practical application) should be received within 50 working days from the date of the examination or submission of assignment. The specific date is written on your examination entry confirmation.

For assessments taken in any language other than English, all results (including those for the practical application) should be received within 70 working days.

Certificate-level practical assessments must normally be taken within 10 working days of a written examination, so the practical result will be included with the result for the written examination. 

Target Audience

This qualification is for people with fire safety responsibilities at work. It is particularly relevant for those who contribute to or conduct and review fire risk assessments within low to medium risk workplaces.

For many who already have responsibility for other compliance issues, such as health and safety or environmental management, gaining specialist knowledge of fire safety can further expand their capabilities and help bring success and advancement to their career. The same applies to others in general management positions in the workplace.


Virtual Training

Date & Time


8:00 - 15:00

Program Duration

120 Hours
15 Days


No Prerequisite


BHD 1400.0 Convert to USD