NEBOSH: Open Book Examinations

NEBOSH, like organisations around the world, is adapting to the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both NEBOSH and RCES want people to feel safe when organising or attending a NEBOSH assessment. NEBOSH have therefore brought forward and expanded plans to offer remote and online assessments for their range of qualifications and courses.

The first phase of this project was to introduce open book examinations (OBE) for units NG1, IG1, NGC1 and IGC1. These units are part of the National and International General Certificate, the National and International Certificate in Fire Risk Management, and the National and International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety.

This will replace invigilated paper-based examinations and enable learners to sit their NEBOSH assessment in their own home or another safe and suitable location.

Following the first examination in August, NEBOSH have now confirmed two additional OBE dates for 2020 and three dates for 2021:

  • Wednesday 28 October 2020
    NG1, NGC1, IG1 and IGC1


  • Wednesday 2 December 2020
  • Wednesday 3 February 2021
  • Wednesday 7 April 2021
  • Wednesday 9 June 2021

Learners wishing to sit this examination must register via their Learning Partner.

Other qualifications

A review of the assessments of other NEBOSH qualifications will follow; any alternatives NEBOSH introduce will continue to provide the rigour and recognition people expect from a NEBOSH qualification whilst being safer for the learner during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.



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