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4 EASY STEPS TO COLLECT ORIGINAL WAEC CERTIFICATE ONLINE

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 After successful writing of the West African Examination Council, the next thing to do is to obtain the original WAEC certificate. The original WAEC certificate is a document signed and issued by the West African Examination Council (the most popular examination body in West Africa).

The original WAEC certificate is an official document from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) showing information about a particular candidate such as academic performance, date of birth, passport, year of examination and centre of examination.

The WAEC certificate is the only document reckoned with by organizations both international and local while the WAEC result print-out is not an official document to be relied on for official purposes.

original WAEC certificate

original WAEC certificate

While getting the original WAEC certificate can be said to be easy for internal candidates i.e. Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE), the same cannot be said for the General Certificate Examinations (GCE) candidates, the internal candidates can approach their school of examination for collection of their original WAEC certificate but for GCE candidates, the same narrative is not applicable.

In fact, over the years, we have got lots of students asking us lots of questions regarding collection of WAEC certificate. Questions such as the following were asked;

How can I get my original Waec certificate?

How can I print my Waec certificate online?

Is 2019 Waec original certificate out?

Does WAEC have an open service for candidates to print their certificate from the council’s website?

How much does it cost to get Waec certificate?

How long is Waec certificate valid?

What is Waec certificate called?

Is there any WAEC website to print original WAEC certificate online?

How can I get Waec certificate?

What is the age limit for Waec?

How do I replace my lost Waec certificate?

How can I check my Waec online?

Does Waec give transcript?

Is it possible for me to print my Original WAEC certificate online?

For all of the questions above, we will attempt to do justice to them as much as we can but while at that, it’s worthy of note that the procedure in collecting of the original WAEC certificate is not the same for internal and external candidates as mentioned earlier.

So, this blog post is focusing on the steps involved in collection of WAEC certificate for the General Certificate Examinations (GCE) candidates.

PROCEDURE FOR COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL WAEC CERTIFICATE FOR INTERNAL CANDIDATES

Internal candidates can follow the following procedure in obtaining their WAEC certificate.

  1. Most times original WAEC certificates are only ready after one and at most two years of writing of the examination.
  2. Once your original WAEC certificate is ready, your school will be contacted. For internal examinations, the school is the only authorized body to collect the certificate from the council. It will not be given to individuals except the school with which the individual registered.
  3. Approach your school of examination for your original WAEC certificate and it will be given to you if it’s ready for collection.
  4. Note that, the WAEC result print-out is totally different from the original WAEC certificate and it cannot be used in place of the original WAEC certificate.

PROCEDURE FOR COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL WAEC CERTIFICATE FOR GCE (EXTERNAL) CANDIDATES

original WAEC certificate

original WAEC certificate

Collecting Original WAEC certificate for GCE candidates have been made easier, in the past years, external candidates were required to visit the WAEC office of the state of their examination, but students who wrote their external examination in recent years can now easily collect their original WAEC certificate in their state of residence.

The Electronic Certificate Management System (e-CertMan) is an online portal by the West African Examination Council designed for Private candidates who wants to collect their original WAEC certificate.

The portal provides an automated means of collecting the certificate, starting from initiation of certificate collection by application to the pick-up stage. The portal in addition, offers tracking service to follow the progress of the sending of the certificate to the desired state office.

Below is the process involved in collecting the original WAEC certificate;

  1. Visit the Council’s e-CertMan website.
  2. Input your WAEC GCE registration number (seven digits centre number and three digits candidates’ number). e.g. 5251011001
  3. Select your examination year.
  4. Proceed to make payment by choosing any of the three available means of payment.
  5. After successful payment, click the “request original certificate” bar.
  6. Choose your desired state of pick-up.
  7. Certificates gets to the desired state office of pick-up in maximum of ten working days.
  8. You can always use the tracking option to track the progress of delivery of your original WAEC certificate.
original WAEC certificate

original WAEC certificate

  1. When ready, candidate will be required to provide valid means of identification e.g. drivers license, international passport or voters card at the designed point of collection picked by the candidate.

Note: Only candidates who sat for the 2019 WAEC GCE (second series) and upward can enjoy this option, candidates of 2019 GCE (first series) and downward will have to use the previous method of collection.

 

MEANS OF PAYMENT FOR COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL WAEC CERTIFICATE

There are three available means of payment on the e-Certman website, which are:

  1. On the portal (The easiest)
  2. Banks-in-branch (Payments via all Branches of Banks).
  3. USSD or Debit Cards (MasterCard, Visa and Verve. 

ORIGINAL WAEC CERTIFICATE COLLECTION FEE

The council charge the sum of is Four Thousand Seven Hundred Naira (N4,700) only as certificate collection fee. This exclude the service charge fee by the online payment merchant.

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PROCEDURE FOR COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL WAEC CERTIFICATE FOR GCE (EXTERNAL) CANDIDATES (2019 DOWNWARD)

The new process of collecting the original WAEC certificate for GCE candidates is a method thought of for convenience of candidates and decongestion of other state offices. While it’s easier but not available for candidates of GCE 2019, first series and downward.

Candidates in the category mentioned above will have to visit the state office of the state they wrote the exam.

In the case you are to collect your original WAEC certificate at the WAEC state office where you wrote your exam, you will be required to provide the following before you can be issued your original WAEC certificate.

The things needed are as follows:

  1. Your Photocard of examination
  2. One Passport photograph
  3. The sum of Three thousand five hundred and fifty naira (N3,550), to be payed at the WAEC state office.
  4. There is a penalty of “Custody Fee” for certificates with the Council for four years or more.

CUSTODY FEE FOR COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL WAEC CERTIFICATE

The council has reiterated that candidates who refuse to collect their original WAEC certificate will be charged a custody fee once above four years of writing the examination.

The custody fee ranges as follows:

  1. 0-4 years are to pay just the fee for collection which is Three thousand five hundred and fifty naira (N3,550).
  2. 5-9 years are to pay the fee for collection in addition to the custody fee totaling Eight thousand five hundred and fifty naira (N8,550).
  3. 10-14 years are to pay the fee for collection in addition to the custody fee totaling Thirteen thousand five hundred and fifty naira (N13,550).
  4. 15-19 years are to pay the fee for collection in addition to the custody fee totaling Eighteen thousand five hundred and fifty naira (N18,550).
  5. While for 20 years and above, the candidate will have to pay the sum of Twenty-three thousand five hundred and fifty naira (N23,550).

The custody fee is charged as fee for keeping the original WAEC certificates for candidates and also a form of penalty.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How much does it cost to get WAEC certificate?

N3,550 for four years and below

  1. How long is WAEC certificate valid?

Forever as long as the certificate bearer still lives.

  1. What is WAEC certificate called?

Original WAEC certificate.

  1. Is there any WAEC website to print original WAEC certificate online?

Not really, but you can request for your certificate from Council’s e-CertMan website.

  1. How can I get WAEC certificate?

See the answer above.

  1. What is the age limit for WAEC?

25 years for internal examination and all ages for external examination.

  1. How do I replace my lost WAEC certificate?

Visit the WAEC office to lodge your complain.

  1. How can I check my WAEC online?

Visit www.waecdirect.org

  1. Does Waec give transcript?

No.

  1. Is it possible for me to print my Original WAEC certificate online?

No, but you can initiate the collection online and have it sent to the council’s state office of your state of residence.

  1. How can I get my original WAEC certificate?

See the information above.

  1. How can I print my original WAEC certificate online?

See instructions above.

  1. Is 2019 WAEC original certificate out?

Yes, follow the procedure above to collect your original WAEC certificate.

Hi, I'm Ogundare Abdulahi, an educator, content developer and web programmer. I love helping people and disseminating information. At my leisure time, I like reading and surfing the web.

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