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NEBOSH International General Certificate Exams

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NEBOSH-Black-LogoThe NEBOSH International General Certificate is assessed in a two step process:

  • IG1: An online open book exam (OBE) and supporting interview
  • IG2: A workplace-based practical risk assessment

You need to pass both assessments to achieve your qualification.

The open book exam replaces the 2-hour written exam for Unit IG1 of the NEBOSH General Certificate.

You can now sit both of your NEBOSH exams in your own home or another safe and suitable location.

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Upcoming NEBOSH International Certificate Exam Dates

Remember, you need to register for your NEBOSH International General Certificate exam at least 5 weeks before your chosen exam date. 

IG1 Open Book Exam Dates

Exam Date Registration Deadline
05 July 2023 31 May 2023
09 August 2023 05 July 2023
06 September 2023 01 August 2023
04 October 2023 30 August 2023
08 November 2023 04 October 2023

IG2 Practical Assessment Submission Dates

Submission Date Registration Deadline
05 July 2023 31 May 2023
09 August 2023 05 July 2023
06 September 2023 01 August 2023
04 October 2023 30 August 2023
08 November 2023 04 October 2023

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NEBOSH Certificate Open Book Exam Process

You'll be emailed login details to the NEBOSH online exam portal 3 days before your exam date. You should take this time to ensure your login details are working, get to know the platform and address any challenges before your exam day. 

Exam day

Your open book exam paper will be available from 11:00 UK-time. At this point, you should download your question paper and answer sheet to your computer to complete. 

You will have 24 hours to complete and submit your exam, although it is expected to take you around 3 hours to complete. 

Closing interviews

Closing interviews are held within the weeks following your Open Book Exam. The interview should last around 10 minutes and will be completed online via Microsoft Teams. 

Don't worry, the interview doesn't impact your marks for your paper. It's simply there to confirm your identity and make sure it was you who completed the exam. 

Your NEBOSH Certificate Exam Results

Results for your exam paper should be emailed to you within 50 working days of your exam date. As before, your full qualification will not be complete until you pass your IG2 Practical Assessment.

NEBOSH Certificate Exam Resources

Below is a list of useful documents to help you understand and prepare for your NEBOSH Certificate exam. If you have any questions that aren't answered by this page, contact our team at

NEBOSH OBE learner guide   NEBOSH OBE technical guide

Read our NEBOSH Certificate Exam Blogposts

What to expect from the NEBOSH General Certificate Exams

Read our guidance on the NEBOSH Certificate Open Book Exam (OBE). Find out how to access the NEBOSH exam portal, what the exam paper looks like, and tips on how to answer the questions the 'NEBOSH way'.

Click here to read our blog.

Your guide to completing your IG2 risk assessment

Find out everything you need to know about the NEBOSH General Certificate risk assessment. Get step-by-step guidance to help you complete each stage of your assessment. 

Click here to access your guide.


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