National Exams

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.

The national exam dates for 2021 - 22 are as follows.



November 2021 Exam Booking Period
National exams dates                       Bookings open (1pm) Bookings close (5pm) Results (5pm)
08/11/2021 Essential Journalism 27 August 2021 01 October 2021 10 December 2021
08/11/2021 Newspaper and Magazine Regulation Test 27 August 2021 01 October 2021 10 December 2021
10/11/2021 Essential Media Law 27 August 2021 01 October 2021 10 December 2021
10/11/2021 Court Reporting 27 August 2021 01 October 2021 10 December 2021
12/11/2021 Public Affairs 27 August 2021 01 October 2021 10 December 2021


December 2021 Exam Booking Period
National exams dates                       Bookings open (1pm) Bookings close (5pm) Results (5pm)
07/12/2021 Sports Journalism 27 August 2021 29 October 2021 11 January 2022
09/12/2021 Editing skills for journalists 27 August 2021 29 October 2021 13 January 2022
10/12/2021 Video journalism 27 August 2021 29 October 2021 14 January 2022


January 2021 Exam Booking Period
National exams dates                       Bookings open (1pm) Bookings close (5pm) Results (5pm)
14/01/2022 Business of Magazines 27 August 2021 26 November 2021 11 February 2022
18/01/2022 Intro to PR 27 August 2021 26 November 2021 15 February 2022
20/01/2022 PR and Comms 27 August 2021 26 November 2021 17 February 2022
21/01/2022 Journalism for a digital audience 27 August 2021 26 November 2021 18 February 2022
21/01/2022 Data Journalism 27 August 2021 26 November 2021 18 February 2022


April 2022 Exam Booking Period
National exams dates                       Bookings open (1pm) Bookings close (5pm) Results (5pm)
25/04/2022 Essential Journalism 01 February 2022 18 March 2022 27 May 2022
25/04/2022 Newspaper and Magazine Regulation Test 01 February 2022 18 March 2022 27 May 2022
27/04/2022 Essential Media Law 01 February 2022 18 March 2022 27 May 2022
27/04/2022 Court Reporting 01 February 2022 18 March 2022 27 May 2022
22/04/2022 Public Affairs 01 February 2022 18 March 2022 27 May 2022


May 2022 Exam Booking Period
National exams dates                       Bookings open (1pm) Bookings close (5pm) Results (5pm)
16/05/2022 Broadcast Regulation 01 February 2022 01 April 2022 13 June 2022
18/05/2022 Radio News 01 February 2022 01 April 2022 15 June 2022
19/05/2022 Journalism for a digital audience 01 February 2022 01 April 2022 16 June 2022
19/05/2022 Data Journalism 01 February 2022 01 April 2022 16 June 2022
20/05/2022 Business of Magazines 01 February 2022 01 April 2022 17 June 2022
24/05/2022 Sports Journalism 01 February 2022 01 April 2022 21 June 2022
26/05/2022 Editing skills for journalists 01 February 2022 01 April 2022 23 June 2022
27/05/2022 Videojournalism 01 February 2022 01 April 2022 24 June 2022


July 2022 Exam Booking Period
National exams dates                       Bookings open (1pm) Bookings close (5pm) Results (5pm)
11/07/2022 Essential Journalism 01 May 2022 03 June 2022 12 August 2022
11/07/2022 Newspaper and Magazine Regulation Test 01 May 2022 03 June 2022 12 August 2022
13/07/2022 Essential Media Law 01 May 2022 03 June 2022 12 August 2022
13/07/2022 Court Reporting 01 May 2022 03 June 2022 12 August 2022
15/07/2022 Public Affairs 01 May 2022 03 June 2022 12 August 2022


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