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

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

The first phase of this project is 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.

The first open book examination will take place on 6 August 2020. Learners wishing to sit this examination must register via their Learning Partner. This sitting with be in the English language only. Other languages will be announced at a later date.

Other qualifications

A review of the assessments of other NEBOSH qualifications will follow; any alternatives we 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.

For anyone waiting to sit any other unit please click here to find the latest information for your assessment or examination.

Prepare for an examination

This area of our website will provide resources and information for learners preparing to undertake open book examinations for NEBOSH General Certificate examinations.


What is an OBE?   Resources

FAQ   Plagiarism


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