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NEBOSH General Certificate Exams

Your guide to sitting your exam with Astutis

The NEBOSH General Certificate is assessed in a two step process:

  • NG/IG1: An online open-book exam (OBE) and supporting interview
  • NG/IG2: A 3-hour practical risk assessment

You need to pass both assessments to achieve your qualification.

The open book exam replaces the 2-hour written exam for Unit NG1/IG1 of the NEBOSH General Certificate. You can now sit both of your NEBOSH exams in your own home or another safe and suitable location.

Upcoming NEBOSH Certificate Exam Dates

Remember, you need to register for your NEBOSH General Certificate exam at least 4 weeks before your chosen exam date. 

NEBOSH Certificate Open Book Exam Dates

Exam dateRegistration deadline
07 April 2021
08 March 2021
09 June 2021
11 May 2021
04 August 202107 July 2021
06 October 202108 September 2021
01 December 202103 November 2021

NEBOSH Certificate Practical Assignment Submission Dates

Exam dateRegistration deadline
29 March 2021
08 March 2021
28 April 202106 April 2021
22 May 202104 May 2021
30 June 202109 June 2021

To book your NEBOSH General Certificate exam, just fill in the orange form with the required information. Our exam coordinator will be in touch within 24 hours to confirm your booking and explain the next steps. 

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NEBOSH Certificate Open Book Exam Process

You'll be emailed login details to the NEBOSH online exam portal 3 days before your exam date. You should take this time to get to know the platform and address any challenges before your exam day. 

Exam day

Your open book exam paper will be available from 09:00 UK-time. You will have 24 hours to complete and submit your exam, although it is expected to take you around 3 hours to complete. 

Closing interviews

Closing interviews are held within the weeks following your Open Book Exam. The interview should last around 10 minutes and will be completed online. 

Don't worry, the interview doesn't impact your marks for your paper. It's simply there to confirm your identity and make sure it was you who completed the exam. 

Your NEBOSH Certificate Exam Results

Results for your exam paper should be emailed to you within 50 days of your exam date. As before, your full qualification will not be complete until you pass your NG2 Practical Submission.

NEBOSH Certificate Exam Resources

Here is a list of useful documents to help you understand and prepare for your NEBOSH Certificate exam.

NEBOSH Open Book Assessment Learners Guide

A full guide on what to expect from the new exam format.

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NEBOSH Technical Learner Guide

A technical guide to the practical steps of taking your online exam

Technical Learner Guide

Read our NEBOSH Certificate Exam Blogposts

What to expect from the NEBOSH General Certificate Exams

Read our guidance on the NEBOSH Certificate Open Book Exam (OBE). Find out how to access the NEBOSH exam portal, what the exam paper looks like, and tips on how to answer the questions the 'NEBOSH way'. Click here to read our blog.

Your guide to completing your unit IG2 risk assessment

Find out everything you need to know about the NEBOSH General Certificate risk assessment. Get step-by-step guidance to help you complete each stage of your assessment. Click here to access your guide.

Re-sitting your NEBOSH Certificate exams

If you've failed a NEBOSH Certificate exam, don't worry! Our exam advisor can provide you all the information you need to re-sit your exam and offer useful resources to help you prepare. Click here for more information on re-sitting your NEBOSH Certificate exams.

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