The following guidance and resources will help you prepare for an open book examination. 

Top tips

Give yourself the greatest chance of success and make sure you are prepared before the day of your examination:

  • Study and revise
    Make sure you thoroughly understand the topic so that you apply your knowledge to the unfamiliar scenario presented in the examination
  • Prepare an environment that:
    • Is comfortable with a desk and chair
    • Has got room for your notes, books and other resources
    • Is free from distractions
    • Is well lit
    • Has a good internet connection available
    • Is not too hot or too cold
  • Read through the resources provided on this page
  • Familiarise yourself with the online examination platform before the day of your examination.
    Registered learners will receive an email with instructions on how to do this and further information about the platform can be found in the Technical Learner Guide in the Resources section below.

Important: If you have previously taken a NEBOSH open book examination your login details will remain the same. If you have forgotten your password select 'Forgotten your username or password?'. Your username is your learner number. 


Download the guides and resources using the links below to help you prepare for your open book examination. 

Please note that the examination platform can also be accessed through a browser on any mobile device, without needing to download or use an app. The platform is optimised for mobile and will have the same functionality as on desktop. Our guides will soon be updated to reflect this. 

Open Book Examinations: Learner Guide

From December 2020, the IG1 and IGC1 OBE are available in English, Arabic, French, Portuguese (European), Russian, Spanish (European) and Turkish. 

Open Book Examinations: Learner Guide, English

Open Book Examinations: Technical Learner Guide

Sample question paper

General Certificate

Health and Safety Management for Construction

Certificate in Fire Safety

Environmental Management Certificate

Video tutorials

We have created a series of video tutorials about using the online examination platform. Together with the Technical Learner Guide above, these videos will help you feel familiar with the platform ahead of your assessment. They may also help answer any questions you have about the examination process. 

Watch the full playlist now: 

Choose a title to watch on YouTube: