International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety

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 students 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.

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

Who this course is for

This qualification is for those working in the oil and gas (or related) industries, who need to gain a sound understanding of the principles of operational health and safety that apply in their specialist area and employers working to international standards who are seeking to implement effective safety and process safety management across all areas of their operation.


What does the course cover

The NEBOSH Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety covers one main unit (IOG1) entitled ‘Management of international oil and gas operational safety’.

The key topics covered by the qualification are:

  • Hazards inherent in the extraction, storage and processing of raw materials and products
  • Hydrocarbon process safety
  • Risk management techniques used in the oil and gas industries
  • Contractor management
  • Fire and explosion controls in the oil and gas industries
  • Marine and Land logistics

This unit is divided into the following five key elements:

  • Health, safety and environmental management in context
  • Hydrocarbon process safety (1)
  • Hydrocarbon process safety (2)
  • Fire protection and emergency response
  • Logistics and transport operations

NEBOSH does not set specific formal entry requirements for this qualification. However it should be noted that: The achievement of the NEBOSH International or National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent prior to undertaking the International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety course is highly recommended.

This qualification is designed as a specialist sector-specific supplement to the NEBOSH International and National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety rather than to replace knowledge and understanding of general health and safety gained as part of these qualifications.


How is the qualification assessed

Students are assessed by one two-hour written examination.  The examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. Scripts are marked by competent external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

The overall qualification parchment will be issued on successful completion of the qualification.


Entry requirements and exemptions

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, but we do recommend that students have an underpinning knowledge of safety issues. This may have been achieved by studying a NEBOSH General Certificate level qualification.

It is also important that students have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

NEBOSH recommends that students 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.

For further information please see the latest version of the IELTS Handbook or consult the
IELTS website:

Students wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the IELTS website for
information on taking the test:



There are no exemptions available for this qualification.


How to study

Over 600 course providers have been accredited by NEBOSH across the world to offer some or all of our qualifications. Each has demonstrated that they have the procedures and resources in place to deliver training programme(s) that meet NEBOSH requirements.

Each course provider has the flexibility to deliver their programme(s) in whichever order they choose as long as the programme meets the core NEBOSH requirements.

You should ensure the course provider that you choose offers the qualification in a format that will suit your personal circumstances.  Therefore we recommend that you explore the options available to you before selecting a course provider as it is an important personal choice.

The factors you may wish to consider include:

  • Mode of Study – options available include classroom training, distance or blended learning, in-company training and eLearning. Has one method of learning been more effective for you in the past?
  • Course Structure – If you opt for classroom training, would you prefer day or evening classes, block release or a modular course?
  • Location –Being able to study and sit your examinations locally may be an important consideration for you. In 2014/5 NEBOSH examinations were taken in over 120 countries.
  • On-going support – Will the support provided during your course and in the run up to your exam match your expectations?
  • Cost – Each course provider sets their own fees to reflect the service offered. NEBOSH charges a registration fee per unit which maybe included within your course providers fees. Please see Student Fees list in resources for the registration fees.

Details of course providers accredited to offer this qualification are available in the where to study section.


What does it cost and how long does it take?

Course fees are determined by individual course providers and vary depending on the format of the course.

For this qualification you should plan your study around a minimum of 34 taught hours and approximately 20 hours of private study and background reading.

Professional recognition and SQA Accreditation

Maintaining Professional Standards

In the UK – and, increasingly, worldwide – regulatory accreditation is recognised as a badge of quality, allowing our qualifications to retain their highly regarded professional status.

UK accredited qualifications provide you with certain guarantees that the qualification:

  • Meets specific quality criteria that ensure it is fit for its purpose
  • Includes relevant content
  • Uses appropriate assessment methodology
  • Is mapped to relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • Is supported by relevant stakeholders including employers

The NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety is not accredited by the SQA Accreditation. However it is broadly comparable to Level 6/7 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), comparable to RQF Level 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

See the “Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries” chart issued by the UK regulators, available here.

Valued by Employers

NEBOSH qualifications can play an important part in ensuring that the health and safety provision businesses have in place is effective.  This may explain why so many organisations choose to include NEBOSH qualifications on their competency matrices.

NEBOSH research has shown that 85% of health and safety job advertisements in the UK insisted on candidates holding some form of NEBOSH qualification.



Examination registration

Students must be registered before they can take an examination. All examination registrations must be completed by an accredited course provider.

Examination entry confirmation

Once your course provider has registered you to an examination, they will send you an Examination Entry Confirmation that includes your student number and the regulations for you as a student. The student 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 course provider 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 as below.

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.

Date Qualification   Unit
Wednesday 6 March 2019 International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety   IOG1
Wednesday 5 June 2019 International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety   IOG1
Wednesday 4 September 2019 International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety   IOG1
Wednesday 4 December 2019 International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety   IOG1


Source – International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety


Further Reading

NEBOSH IGC Examination dates for 2019

NEBOSH IGC syllabus PDF in all major languages

List of NEBOSH IGC course providers in United Arab Emirate

By Ubong Edet

A passionate Health and Safety professional with a good level of field experience and relevant certifications including NEBOSH, OSHA, ISO, etc certifications. An Health and Safety activist who believes in the growth and continual improvement of the profession. He is going all out to create awareness and safe precious lives.

Leave a Reply