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NEBOSH announces first open book examinations

NEBOSH announces first open book examinations


20 Jul, 2020

NEBOSH has announced the date of its first open book examinations, a new assessment format it is permanently introducing as it adapts to COVID-19 …

NEBOSH, one of the world’s leading providers of health, safety and environmental qualifications and courses, has announced a transformation project that will enable all of its learners to carry out their assessments from a safe location of their choosing.

Like organisations around the world, NEBOSH is adapting to the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has therefore brought forward and expanded plans to offer remote and online assessments for its range of qualifications and courses.

The NEBOSH National and International General Certificates will be the first qualifications to offer remote assessments and, in August, the first open book examination will take place. An open book examination – a method widely used by other awarding bodies and universities – enables learners to take the exam in a safe location of their choosing. The new approach also has the added benefit of enabling people in even more countries around the world to study towards and gain a NEBOSH qualification.

Unlike invigilated paper-based examinations, NEBOSH’s open book examinations will present learners with a real-life scenario followed by a related series of questions that require learners to demonstrate the application of their skills. 

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 to transform the way we do things.

‘We have worked closely with our regulator, SQA Accreditation, 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 bring us up to speed with the latest awarding technology so that learners can complete their studies and gain the qualification they have worked so hard for.’

Learners who wish to register for an examination can do so via their NEBOSH accredited Learning Partner. Further information, including a selection of guidance and support resources, is available here 


NEBOSH is a leading global brand in health, safety, well-being and environmental qualifications. Internationally recognised qualifications help to raise the competence of safety and environmental professionals as well as individuals at all levels in the workplace.
Since its inception in 1979 more than half a million people around the world have studied for a NEBOSH qualification. Tens of thousands join their number every year studying with our network of 600 course providers in more than 132 countries.

NEBOSH qualifications are highly respected by governments, employers and our learners. They build the knowledge and skills that underpin competent performance as a health, safety and environmental professional. NEBOSH qualifications are recognised by all the relevant professional membership bodies.
In 2014, NEBOSH received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Outstanding Achievement in International Trade, in recognition of our international success.
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