The NCTJ delivers industry standard qualifications for pre-entry and trainee journalists, as well as professional qualifications for working journalists.READ ABOUT OUR QUALIFICATIONS
The NCTJ Certificate in Foundation Journalism provides an introduction to journalism. It may be used as a stepping stone for candidates wanting to go on to a career in journalism or by those wishing to improve their journalistic skills for a specific purpose.READ MORE
The level 3 junior journalist apprenticeship is a training scheme which provides a direct route into the industry. Apprentice junior journalists gain skills and experience working in a news environment as well as off-the-job training at college to work towards gaining the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism qualification.READ MORE
The National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) is the industry’s professional qualification that trainee journalists with at least 18 months employment can take to achieve senior status as a journalist. Employers who support the programme register trainees with the NCTJ and an online logbook is completed providing evidence of training and experience before taking the exams.READ MORE
Shorthand is a fundamental skill for journalists and an accurate shorthand note is vital. Candidates aim to achieve 100 wpm to improve their employment prospects and to be eligible to sit the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).
We offer exams at speeds of 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110 and 120 wpm. The NCTJ approves centres to deliver shorthand examinations throughout the UK.
There are a variety of awards available for NCTJ student and trainee journalists. The Awards for Excellence are awarded annually to the best journalism students completing NCTJ-accredited courses and journalists with less than two years' experience on the job. Prizes are also awarded annually for various Diploma in Journalism subjects and the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).READ MORE