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

  • NG1/IG1: An online open book exam (OBE) and supporting closing interview
  • NG2/IG2: A workplace-based 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.

Remember, you need to register for your NEBOSH General Certificate exam at least 5 weeks before your chosen exam date.


NG1/IG1 Open Book Exam Dates

Exam DateRegistration Deadline
02 February 202205 January 2022
02 March 202226 January 2022
06 April 202202 March 2022
04 May 202230 March 2022
09 June 202203 May 2022
06 July 202201 June 2022
03 August 202229 June 2022
07 September 202203 August 2022
05 October 202231 August 2022
02 November 202228 September 2022
07 December 202202 November 2022


NG2/IG2 Practical Assessment Submission Dates

Submission DateRegistration Deadline
12 January 202201 December 2021
09 February 202205 January 2022
09 March 202202 February 2022
06 April 202202 March 2022
04 May 202225 March 2022
08 June 202203 May 2022
06 July 202201 June 2022
03 August 202229 June 2022
07 September 202202 August 2022
05 October 202231 August 2022
09 November 202205 October 2022
07 December 202202 November 2022



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NEBOSH General Certificate Open Book Exam Process

You will be sent login details for the NEBOSH online exam portal 3 days before your exam date. These will arrive by email directly from NEBOSH.  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 11:00 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, and you will be able to arrange a suitable date and timeslot for this.  The interview should last around 10 minutes and will completed online through Microsoft Teams.

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 General Certificate Exam Results

Results for your exam paper should be emailed to you within 50 working days of your exam date.  This is sent directly from NEBOSH.  Your full qualification will not be complete until you pass your NG2 practical assessment.

Your certificate will arrive in the post 6-8 weeks after your notification of results.


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