Frequently asked questions
You need to complete a registration form and send it to the NCTJ. Once this has been processed you will receive a registration letter and logbook.
You can register even if you still have sections of the Diploma in Journalism outstanding. Any outstanding sections will need to be complete prior to you sitting the NQJ exams.
Yes, you will need to register as a freelance and complete the registration form. You will need to have 18 months’ full-time paid employment and be able to fulfil the logbook criteria. See logbook guidelines under the relevant discipline.
No, when you register you are provided with a provisional NQJ date (this can be found on your registration letter). This is the earliest date you can sit the NQJ. To enrol on the NQJ you will need to complete an enrolment form. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they have completed an enrolment form within the given deadline.
To be eligible to sit the NQJ you need to pass the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism with a C grade or above in all exams and achieve 100wpm shorthand. You must have passed media law: court reporting with a grade C or above. You are required to serve 18 months’ full-time employment or 24 months if you are a Johnston Press trainee before being eligible to sit the NQJ.
You will be allocated a place in the nearest available exam centre two weeks prior to the NQJ. Centres are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.
All original copy must be endorsed by your editor or training officer otherwise the logbook will not pass.
Your editor or training officer must upload an endorsement letter once your logbook is complete.
Yes, you can still access your work from the site or you can download and save your logbook onto your computer or external drive.
There is a 'Useful Information' section on the e-logbook site which contains a screen-shot guide for trainees and their editors and trainers. The guide covers how to upload work, make amendments and submit to us for marking.