The NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety is designed specifically for those with safety responsibilities in the oil and gas industry. It focuses on international standards and management systems, highlighting the importance of process safety management in the oil and gas industry, enabling students to effectively discharge workplace safety responsibilities both onshore and offshore.

The NEBOSH Oil and Gas Certificate is suitable for those who have the responsibility for ensuring safety as part of their day-to-day duties, including:

• Managers, supervisors and employee representatives within the oil and gas industry.

• Newly appointed health and safety advisers.

• Health and safety practitioners or consultants who want specialist knowledge in the Oil and Gas industry.

Those undertaking this certificate should have a good understanding of safety issues which can be from experience or having studied one of NEBOSH’s Certificate-level qualifications.

What you will study

Unit IOG1: Management of International Oil and Gas Operational Safety

Health, Safety and Environmental Management in Context

• Learning from incidents

• Hazards inherent in oil and gas

• Risk Management Techniques used in the oil and gas industries

• An organisation’s documented evidence

Hydrocarbon Process Safety 1

• Contractor Management

• Process Safety Management (PSM)

• Permit-To-Work procedures

• Key principles to safe shift handover

• Plant operations and maintenance

• Start up and shut down

Hydrocarbon Process Safety 2

• Failure Modes

• Other types of failures

• Safety critical equipment controls

• Safe storage of hydrocarbons

• Fire hazards, risks and controls

• Furnace and boiler operations

Fire Protection and Emergency Response

• Fire and explosion in the oil and gas industries

• Emergency response

Logistics and Transport Operations

• Marine transport

• Land transport


The NEBOSH Oil and Gas Certificate is a technical qualification and requires certain knowledge before starting the course.

Health and Safety Knowledge

This course is a specialist sector-specific supplement to the NEBOSH International General Certificate which means it assumes those taking the course will have a good understanding of general health and safety. It is therefore highly recommended that students hold the NEBOSH International General Certificate or equivalent before studying the NEBOSH Oil and Gas Certificate. If you do not have this knowledge, RRC provide reference materials to cover this but you should allow for a further 50 hours of study.

Experience of the Oil and Gas Industry

Over recent exams, the NEBOSH examiners have assumed students will have a wider understanding of the oil and gas industry, gained from working in the industry itself. This can provide difficulties for students without this experience as examination questions often require the application of the knowledge delivered in the course to industry-specific scenarios.

Whilst we cannot replace the practical knowledge gained through experience in the industry, we do provide reference materials to assist those without such direct experience. This outlines how oil and gas are extracted and processed, using easily understood diagrams to explain complicated topics such as drilling, refining and storage. You should allow a further 25 Hours study if you need to study this.


5 days plus exam


*Please check our 2016 classroom courses calendar for available training locations, course and exam dates.


*Please contact us for current prices as well as special discounts for individuals, corporate clients and students. Earlybird prices also available!


The assessment consists of one 2-hour examination. NEBOSH exams are available in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Abuja, Nigeria.

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