NQJ exam dates

Exam dates for the NQJ are offered three times a year; March, July and November.

In all cases, trainees will need to have completed the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism to 'Gold Standard'  (A-C grades and/or 100 wpm shorthand) and completed a minimum training period of 18 months to enrol for the NQJ.

NB: Journalists working in local and regional press; diploma exams must also include public affairs, court reporting and 100wpm shorthand.

Please see below for the upcoming NQJ dates and deadlines:

8 November 2019 NQJ

  • Enrolment opens on Wednesday 14 August 2019.
  • Enrolment closes on Friday 27 September 2019.
  • Last date to sit 100wpm shorthand is Friday 13 September 2019.

6 March 2020 NQJ

  • Enrolment opens on Wednesday 18 December 2019.
  • Enrolment closes on Friday 24 January 2020.
  • Last date to sit 100wpm shorthand is Friday 10 January 2020.

3 July 2020 NQJ

  • Enrolment opens on Wednesday 15 April 2020
  • Enrolment closes on Friday 22 May 2020.
  • Last date to sit 100wpm shorthand is Thursday 30 April 2020.