NEBOSH National General Certificate Unit 1 (Old Syllabus) Open Book Exam


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NEBOSH National General Certificate Unit 1 (Old Syllabus) Open Book Exam


Please note:

This booking page is only for those who studied the old syllabus of NEBOSH National General Certificate (prior to September 2019) and wish to sit their first GC1E exam or to resit. If you studied the new syllabus (from September 2019) and wish to sit your first NG1E exam or to resit, please click here to be taken to the correct booking page

We do not accept bookings for candidates that have undertaken their studies with other course providers.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NEBOSH has brought forward plans to offer remote assessments for certain qualifications. 

The National General Certificate Unit NG1 examination which used to involve attending an examination venue has now been replaced by an open book examination which you can sit at home.  This is a permanent change.  Invigilated examinations for NG1 are no longer available.   

The open book assessment will be different from the current examination. 

You will be given online access to the examination question paper and answer template for a period of 24 hours, starting at 0900 on the examination day.  During this 24-hour ‘window’ you will be expected to spend about 4 hours on the assessment.  You will be able to refer to course materials and access the internet.

After the examination, you are required to attend a ‘closing interview’.  This will be conducted online (via Microsoft Teams or Zoom) and must take place within two weeks of you sitting the examination.  The interview, which will last no more than 15 minutes, will be conducted by a British Safety Council staff member.  It does not form part of the assessment; it is simply to provide assurance that you completed the examination without assistance from a third party.  We will contact you to schedule your interview. After booking your examination the British Safety Council will contact you to arrange the date and time of your ‘closing interview.’


Open Book Examination key dates:

  • 3 days before the exam
    You will receive log in details for the NEBOSH online examination platform.  You are advised to log in, change your password and familiarise yourself with the platform before the day of the examination. 

  • Exam day (0900)
    First OBE begins.  You will have 24 hours to access, complete and submit your examination paper. 

  • 4 - 14 days after the exam 
    Your 15-minute closing interview will take place at a pre-arranged time.   

  • 8 - 10 weeks after the exam
    Results issued on or before this date.

There is a dedicated page on the NEBOSH website where further information and resources can be downloaded.  These include a sample examination question paper.  You are advised to familiarise yourself with this sample paper.


Required information to book your examination:
You must have your NEBOSH candidate number ready to book your exam. This can be found on your NEBOSH Voucher and/or your NEBOSH Unit Result notification. If you do not have a record of your NEBOSH number please contact [email protected]

Please ensure that your name matches exactly as it appears on your Unit Result Notification. We are unable to accept your booking if this information is different from your registered details with NEBOSH.

NEBOSH Examination Entry Confirmation:
Your NEBOSH Examination Entry Confirmation will be issued to you approximately 2 weeks before your examination date. This will be sent to you directly from NEBOSH via email.

Transfers / cancellations:
Once you book you cannot alter or cancel your exam without full charges being applicable. No changes can be made once you have paid for your exam.


NEBOSH GC1E Examination Fee: £105 +VAT

Payment can be made by card or you can request an invoice. Please note your booking will only be confirmed once payment has been made against the invoice. If payment is not received your booking will be cancelled.

Once you have sat your examinations and submitted your practical assessment, your result will be issued to you by NEBOSH within 10-12 weeks. This will be emailed to you from NEBOSH. If you have not yet booked a date for your practical assessment submission or need to book your GC2E, please contact customer service for available dates [email protected]. The price for GC2E is £105 plus VAT and the practical is £85 plus VAT.

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Wednesday 4 August 2021

If you wish to purchase a late booking for this date, please contact our customer services department on +44 (0)20 3510 8355.



Wednesday 6 October 2021

1 days

£65.00 (exc. VAT)