NQJ registration

All newspaper trainees must be registered with the NCTJ in order to be eligible to sit the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ). It is the responsibility of the trainee and their editor/training officer to ensure they are registered.

Trainees do not need to have all of their Diploma in Journalism exams before being registered. Once they have completed their probation period, the editor/training officer should register them. This will allow the full 18 months to complete the logbook. Delay in registration may reduce the time available for the trainee to do this. 

Once the NCTJ receives the completed registration form, an invoice will be sent to either the paper or the accounts department.

NQJ dates are calculated from the date the trainee starts on the paper. It is usually the nearest NQJ date to 18 months after joining (two years for Johnston Press trainees).

Direct entrants (trainee reporters who have not attended an NCTJ pre-entry course) should purchase the distance learning package for direct entrants. This can be ordered via the registration form below.

NQJ registration form

Section A: To be completed by all


(Please select)



If you have a Trainer or News Editor that requires access to your e-logbook please complete their details below:



Previous journalistic experience of trainee/candidate (give dates of any FULL-TIME PAID employment and name of publications – not work experience):

Employer Start Date End Date

Section B: To be completed by all

Registration Fee

All fees include VAT



Distance Learning Materials

There are distance learning materials available for trainees who have not yet completed the Diploma in Journalism. The Core Skills Package will prepare learners for Reporting, Essential Media Law, Essential Public Affairs and shorthand exams. Access to the E-portfolio is included in this package. Two specialist options must be taken to complete the Diploma in Journalism qualification. To be eligible to sit the NQJ, trainees must achieve A-C in Media Law Court Reporting.

The direct entrant materials have been discounted as part of the NQJ registration process.

All fees include VAT
Mandatory modules: - includes 3 hours of tutor support

The core skills are made up of Essential Journalism, Essential journalism e-portfolio, Essential journalism ethics and regulation and Essential media law and regulation.

These modules are also available to purchase individually.

Elective options: - All include 1 hour of tutor support

Please note the broadcast regulation distance learning module will not count towards the Diploma in Journalism qualification as a specialist option. No credits are awarded for this subject.