• International Workplace
  • 10 June 2020

NEBOSH introduces open book exams for people learning from home

NEBOSH, like many organisations around the world, is adapting to the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order for people to feel safe when organising or attending a NEBOSH assessment it has brought forward and expanded plans to offer remote and online assessments for its range of qualifications and courses.

The first phase of this project is to introduce open book exams for both the NEBOSH National and International General Certificates (units NG1, IG1, NGC1 and IGC1), replacing in-person closed book exams and enabling learners to sit their NEBOSH assessment in their own home or another safe and suitable location.

The examining body is currently adapting its internal processes and infrastructure to deliver the open book exams and anticipates that the first assessments will take place during July. People wishing to register for an assessment will be able to do so through their International Workplace as their Learning Partner once these details have been finalised.

David Morgan, NEBOSH Interim Chief Executive, says:

“The health of our learners is paramount. We want them to feel safe when they carry out their NEBOSH assessments and the best way to do this is transform the way we do things. We have worked closely with our regulator, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, to maintain the rigour and recognition people have come to expect from NEBOSH over its 40-year history. COVID-19 has certainly presented us with some challenges but the changes we’re making will enable people to gain the qualification they have worked hard for, safely.”

A phased roll-out will see other NEBOSH qualifications follow; in-person assessments are likely to be replaced by alternatives that 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.

Further information about open book exams as well as frequently asked questions, is available in NEBOSH’s Learner Guide.