Shorthand exam centres

If you are an approved shorthand exam centre you can download key exam documentation below. The full administration pack is provided to administration and invigilation staff within the Shorthand Resources exam login.

If you would like to become an approved centre to hold shorthand exams the following guidelines must be adhered to:

  • only business or educational premises are acceptable
  • you must have an adequate examination room
  • invigilators must have experience of invigilating exams and be fully aware of the process and procedures of NCTJ shorthand exams

Please download and complete a shorthand exam centre application form and return it to us. You will also need to download the shorthand conditions of examinations as this needs to be read and understood before you can apply.

Once your application is approved you will receive the current administration pack, including all key exam documentation and a centre approval number which must be quoted in all correspondence with us.

The NCTJ will carry out regular spot checks on centres and where a centre is found to be deviating, without permission, from the information given on the approval application form, or not abiding by the NCTJ’s examination conditions, approval may be withdrawn. Withdrawal of approval will apply to the invigilator and the premises. 

The NCTJ encourage centres to admit external candidates to their shorthand exams. This opportunity greatly assists candidates studying via distance learning, trainee reporters and those striving to achieve their NCTJ qualification.