Dorset Health and Safety Ltd based in Salisbury have adapted to the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and here they highlight the new Open Book exam for the NEBOSH General Certificate…

We want people to feel safe when organising or attending a NEBOSH assessment. The NEBOSH National General Certificate NG1 exam has replaced the in-person closed book exams and enables learners to sit their NEBOSH assessment in their own home or another safe and suitable location.

Stuart Gilkinson, Dorset Health and Safety Managing Director: “The health and safety of our learners is paramount. We want them to feel safe when they carry out their courses and assessment with us and the best way to do this is transform the way we do things. 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.”

What is an open book examination?

An open book examination can test the same learning outcomes and assessment criteria as invigilated paper-based examinations. However, unlike a closed book assessment, you can access textbooks and digital resources when completing an open book examination. Open book examinations test your ability to extract and apply relevant knowledge and organise it to address the question asked.

What will the format of the open book examination be?

The open book assessment will begin by giving you a scenario. This will typically describe a realistic organisation or workplace with an outline of normal operational activities and worker behaviour. The scenario may go on to outline a developing situation, such as an incident or safety
intervention. You may be asked to imagine that you hold a specific role, such as a safety manager, in the workplace described.

You will be asked to carry out a series of tasks, which may be split into several sub-tasks. NEBOSH will specify the maximum marks available for each to help you manage your time. These tasks will partially or entirely draw on the sign posts and evidence within the scenario. Answers therefore need to be relevant to the scenario and, in some cases, specific evidence will be required to support answers.

As there is an expectation of more detail and reflection, you will be given 24 hours to research and complete the examination. This is a challenge that really tests your ability to interpret the scenario before answering the questions set using the knowledge gained through your General Certificate studies. You will be able to complete the assessment at home wherever you are in the world

How Can I book a Place on the Course?

For more information about the new NEBOSH NGC course or other ELCAS accredited courses, please contact us via any of the following methods:

Tel: 07841 023522 / 01305 771654

Dorset Health and Safety Limited – ELCAS Provider Number 8616

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