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How to collect original WAEC GCE Certificate

The West African Examinations Council is a world-class examination board that increases the educational value of its public, ensures the right educational standards are met and provides an adequate educational assessment.

collect-waec-certIn this post, we will look briefly on how you can collect your WAEC certificate. But before then, let us look briefly at who WAEC is and what they do.

History of WAEC

Established in 1952, the body plays a significant role in conducting examinations in the public interest in the English-speaking (Anglophone countries) West African countries. It also issues certificates which are widely accepted internationally.

The legislative assemblies of Gambia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Sierra Leon passed a law called West African Examinations Council Ordinance NO. 40 which officially approved the establishment of WAEC in 1951. Its headquarters is in Ghana.

It has an active committee that monitors how various examinations are run and how its policies are well handled both within and outside member state countries.

Examinations conducted

WAEC is known to conduct 4 different types of examination:

  • International exams
  • National examinations in member countries
  • Examination in partnership with other bodies
  • Examination conducted on behalf of other bodies based on an agreement

International exams

Please see below the various exams:

  1. WASSCE for private candidates – first set starts from January-February
  2. WASSCE for (school candidates) – starts from March-May
  3. WASSCE for private candidates (GCE) September-October

The National examinations

Below are exams taken in individual countries?

  1. National Primary School and Basic Education Certificate Examinations for Sierra Leone
  2. Basic Education Certificate Examinations for Ghana
  3. Senior School Certificate Examinations for Ghana
  4. The Junior Secondary School Certificate for Nigeria and the Gambia
  5. Junior and Senior High School Certificate Examinations for Liberia

Partnership with reputable bodies

  • City and Guilds of London Institute
  • Royal Society of Arts

Exams conducted with other bodies

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test and Graduate Record Examinations for Educational Testing Service, Princeton, USA
  • University of London General Certificate of Education (GCE)
  • JAMB (Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board) examination in countries outside Nigeria

Issuing certificates

The council issues credible and reliable certificates to candidates that participate in the Examinations. And the standard of this certificates matches with that of the United Kingdom. This is because the WAEC Ordinance empowered the council to conduct Examinations and award certificates, provided the certificates don’t have a lower standard compared to their equivalent certificates of examining authorities in the United Kingdom.

Anyone who has ever taken been part in preparing and writing the West African Examination Council otherwise known as WAEC will support the view that the greatest joy that can be actualized from it is excelling and been handed the certificate.

In a country like ours, this certificate is extremely important and having it added to your portfolio is necessary.

You may have some questions like:

  • Where can I pick it up?
  • Will I pay for it?
  • How much will I pay?
  • If I fail to collect it on time, what will happen to it? Why should I collect it?

Well, if you are in search of answers to these questions, you will find them right here:

Why is it important to collect it?

Sometimes a lot of people delay in picking up their certificates and only do so when they hastily need it. Some Nigerians even view the results online only leaving the original certificate with WAEC. It is therefore pertinent you collect it when you can in order to avoid paying extra money for it or being delayed. Also if there are corrections to be done on it, it can be rectified on time.

If you sat for the examination on May/June, you can collect it from the school where you wrote the exam.

With private candidates, please collect your certificate directly. You can collect it from WAEC Zonal and Branch offices in charge of the state where you sat for the exam.

How then can you easily collect your certificate without any uneasiness?

As long as you have all that is required to pick it up you will have no problems collecting it.

What do you present for collection?

  • An identification card
  • A passport photo that is recently taken
  • Your statement of result or print out done online

Is there any fee for late collection?

Yes, of course! The examination body gives a bit of time before penalties are placed and so if you do not pick them up within four years, you will have to make some forms of payment.

  • 1-4 years: N3,500
  • 5-9 years: N8,500
  • 10-14 years: N13,500
  • 15-19 years: N18,500
  • 20 years and above: N23,500

If you lose your certificate, WAEC will issue you a statement of result and there may be a fee for it.

In order to save that extra money with you, it is advised you pick up your certificate now rather than waiting till much later.

Here is all you need to know about collecting your WAEC certificate.

Priscillia Peters

This article was written by Priscillia Peters.