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 exams for both the NEBOSH National and International General Certificates – units NG1, IG1, NGC1 and IGC1. This will replace in-person closed book exams and enable learners to sit their NEBOSH assessment in their own home or another safe and suitable location.

We’re currently adapting our internal processes and infrastructure to deliver the open book exams and anticipate that the first assessments will take place during July. People wishing to register for an assessment will be able to do so through their Learning Partner once these details have been finalised – this will be communicated via your Learning Partner as well as through NEBOSH’s website and social media channels.

We are also looking at alternatives for those people ready to sit a GC2 exam. Again, we will communicate the details of this as soon as we can.

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.

As an interim measure, where it is safe to do so and permitted by local government regulations and guidance, some Learning Partners may continue to offer invigilated in-person exams for other qualifications later in the year. This will be assessed on an individual basis and arranged via your Learning Partner.