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NEBOSH has introduced open book exams for both the NEBOSH National and International General Certificates – units NG1, IG1, NGC1 and IGC1. This replaces in-person closed book exams and enables learners to sit their NEBOSH assessment in their own home or another safe and suitable location.
Assessment is a two-step process.
You need to pass both assessments to achieve your NEBOSH General Certificate.
NEBOSH have recently announced new 2020/21 dates for the NEBOSH Certificate open book exams. These are:
If you have any queries or would like to book, please email us at
Once you have completed your course, contact us to find out the next available exam date and to register for your chosen date. It is important that you provide us with the correct email address as this is what you will use to access the exam portal.
Once successfully registered, you'll receive a confirmation email advising you that you are now booked on to your open book exam.
3 days before your exam you will be emailed with a link to the online exam portal, a unique username and temporary password. At this point you should log in, change your password and familiarise yourself with the platform ahead of your exam. Your exam paper will not be available to view until the date of your exam.
At 09:00 BST the open book examination question paper will be available on the NEBOSH online platform. You will have 24 hours to complete and submit your exam, although it is expected to take you around 5 hours to complete.
Following completion of your exam, Astutis will be in touch to arrange an exit interview with you for your exam. This is nothing to worry about and doesn't impact your marks for your paper. It is simply there to confirm your identity and that it was you who completed your submitted paper. This should take no more than 15 minutes.
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.
A full list of upcoming open book exam dates will be released shortly. In the meantime, to book your online open book assessment, email us at
Below is a list of useful documents to help you understand and prepare for your NEBOSH Certificate exam. If you have any questions that aren't answered by this page, please contact us using the orange form on this page.
A full guide on what to expect from the new exam format.
A technical guide to the practical steps of taking your online exam
NEBOSH have created a dedicated portal full of resources to help in your preparations for your OBE. You can find full details by following this link.
If you've failed a NEBOSH Certificate exam and you need to retake it, our exam advisor can provide you all the information you need to help you book your exam and offer useful articles on preparing for it. Learn more about retaking NEBOSH Certificate exams.