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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificate is a valid document showing that you wrote the exam. The original waec certificates are released after some time to all candidates and the information on this page would help on how to get it.
Before the release of the certificate, the examination board provides students with a temporary slip otherwise known as WAEC result slip. This can be used for admission purposes as well as for job applications.
For schools, individuals, businesses, and organizations to be able to confirm the authenticity of the result, the exam board has a service known as WAEC RESULTS VERIFICATION. This tool allows the WAEC results of candidates or students to be verified at any time and from anywhere in the world.
1 When do WAEC release the original certificate?
The waiting period can be a bit exhausting especially if you urgently need the certificate but there is nothing else to do but to wait. In the past years, it used to be between three to four years but with recent changes, it is no longer so. To answer the question, the council now releases WAEC certificates in one (1) year time.
2 WAEC Result and Certificate payment details.
If you wrote your exam as a school candidate, go to your school to get it. Most times, the cost of the certificate is usually collected as part of the WAEC exam fee. External candidates who are often referred to as Private candidates can get their certificate from the WAEC office in the state where the exam was written.
Below is the breakdown of the cost of the result and certificate:
- Printing out of a WAEC result costs ₦2,700. This can be used for admission purposes in the absence of a WACE Certificate.
- Payment for collection of the WAEC certificate costs ₦7000 + Service fee ₦605.
3 How to access my digital WAEC Certificate online
If you are a school candidate, the certificate is usually sent to the school where you wrote the exam. For those who choose to get the digital certificate, here are the guidelines:
1. Visit the official Waec website
The waec digital certificate can be accessed online. Simply go to waec.org to get started. The platform can also be used to share with any establishment that might want to view your certificate directly.
Specify the category on the platform. There are two, the first one “Certificate Access” is for candidates and the other is for Certificate Confirmation. Use the first one to proceed by tapping it.
It is available for all candidates in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia.
2. Create an account
Tap “Access Certificate” to proceed to the next step. A new page will display. You have two options here, enter your login details. If you have not yet created an account, punch “Create Account”. Provide the necessary information to create your account and personalize it according to what you prefer.
During your registration, ensure that all the information provided are the same in your documents to avoid any future issues. In other words, there is no need to lie or give incorrect details.
3. Log in to your WAEC Account
The dashboard gives you access to make payments for the digital certificate, share it with another establishment or institution, access online or download the certificate online.
There are two options for the Exam type: WASSCE for school candidates, WASSCE for private students 1, and WASSCE for private students 2. It is important to select the one applicable to you.
4. Fund your wallet
To get your WAEC certificate, you will need to fund your wallet which is now converted into units. The units can be used to carry out some functions. Below is the cost for search service on the platform:
- Payment for a certificate: ₦7605
- Sharing to others: ₦3500
- Request Confirmation: Local pay ₦3500 while International pays ₦5000
- Recovering a candidate number/Retrieval: ₦3000
5. Collect your WAEC Certificate
You need 30 units to get your WAEC certificate. The ₦7000 + Service fee on the payment platform should be enough to sort this. Click ‘access certificate and provide your BVN to be able to view and download your certificate.
4 What year of WAEC certificate is available online?
The digital WAEC Certificate is only available for candidates who sat for the exam in 2019 and beyond. Therefore, if your exam date falls below the year 2019, the online WAEC certificate is not for you but can be received at either the school you registered with or at the WAEC office in the state you wrote the exam provided you are a private candidate.
5 How Can I Get My Original WAEC Certificate
To get your Original WAEC result, you will need to request by visiting https://certrequest.waec.ng/Certificate-Request and then enter the required information.
Visit the pick-up location which you selected during the requisition process to collect your Certificate. The Certificate will be available 10 working days after payment confirmation.
6 Requirements for Collection at the WAEC Office
The following requirements must be met for the collection of the WAEC Certificate:
- Exam photocard
- The exam printout
- One passport photograph
- Fee payable to WAEC online — You need your Exam number and the following details to complete payment — Exam type/diet, Exam year, Exam number, and a valid means of Identification e.g.: ID Card.
7 How much is the cost of the Collection of Original Certificate?
This can vary depending on the year that the certificate has been released. If the certificate has been with WAEC for a long time, you may be charged a custodian fee alongside the actual amount normally charged for the certificate.
8 Certificate Request Status
Visit https://certrequest.waec.ng/ to know the status of the waec certificate. To confirm the status, click “Check Status” from the menu, enter your Exam Number and Reference Number on the page, and then click the “Check Status” button.