National examination dates are offered in April/May, July and November/December each year. These dates are open to anyone wishing to sit an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism exam. They are the exam dates for distance learners, trainees and those who are no longer on course and need to re-sit an exam.
Candidates should apply direct to the NCTJ by completing the application form on the left hand side by the stated deadline. Applications received after this date may not be accepted. Candidates must ensure that they are ready for, and are able to sit the scheduled exam before submitting an application. All exam fees are payable on application and are non-refundable.
** Candidates taking up an approved deferral of an examination MUST book the required exam(s) as above and forward the approval document to the NCTJ on application.
National exam dates for 2018-19 are as follows:
|Essential Journalism||12 November 2018||1 April||15 July||10:00 - 12:00|
|Essential Media Law||14 November 2018||3 April||17 July||09:30 - 12:00|
|Media Law Court Reporting||14 November 2018||3 April||17 July||14:30 - 16:00|
|Public Affairs||16 November 2018||5 April||19 July||14:00 - 15:45|
|Sports Journalism||22 January||14 May||10:00 - 14:00|
|Production Journalism||24 January||16 May||14:00 - 16:30|
|Business of Magazines||17 January||9 May||14:00 - 15:45|
|Videojournalism for Online||18 January||10 May||10:00 - 12:00|
|Broadcast Regulation||29 April||14:00 - 15:00|
|Broadcast TV News||30 April||10:00 - 12:00|
|Broadcast Radio News||1 May||10:00 - 11.30|
|Business and Finance||16 November 2018||5 April||10:00 - 12:30|
|Newspaper Magazine Regulation Test||12 November 2018||1 April||15 July||13:00 - 13:30|
|Intro to PR for Journalists||2 April||14:00 - 16:00|
|PR and Communications for Journalists||4 April||Part 1: 09:30 - 12:00
Part 2: 13:00 - 14:30
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The NCTJ will allocate candidates to the centre where they will sit the exams. A local/preferred centre cannot be guaranteed due to availability/demand. Candidates must be prepared to travel to sit exams.