NCTJ Level 5 National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ)

The NCTJ Level 5 National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) is the NCTJ’s professional senior qualification that examines all-round competence in a range of essential journalism skills.

To be eligible to sit the NQJ, candidates must:

  • be registered with the NCTJ - please visit the Registrations page for more information
  • have achieved a grade C or above in all the Diploma in Journalism exams (which must include media law court reporting and public affairs) plus achieved 100 words per minute shorthand
  • have undertaken a period of 18 months’ full-time employment on a newspaper or news agency (Johnston Press trainees are required to undertake 24 months)
  • ensure that results in public affairs, essential media law and regulation and media law court reporting exams are not more than five years old

To register, candidates should complete the online registration form. Once registered, candidates are sent a letter with a proposed NQJ date (this is the earliest date for sitting) and they are also given access to their e-logbook.

Registered candidates will need to complete an enrolment form to sit the NQJ exams. Please see the exam date page for upcoming NQJ dates and information on enrolment opening and closing dates.

The NCTJ offers NQJ refresher courses, which feature useful hints and tips for the exam day itself and practical experience, with feedback, on all sections of the qualification. For more information on NQJ refresher workshops, please visit the other training course section.

The College of Media and Publishing also run online refresher courses. See details.