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Differences Between Diploma and National/Advanced Diploma (ND)

This post will be of help if you'd wanted to find answers to a series of questions including:
  1. What is the difference between a diploma and a national diploma?
  2. What is the difference between a diploma and a degree?
  3. Diploma or degree which is better?
  4. What is a diploma equivalent to?

It will also clarify terms including:
  1. Advanced Diploma
  2. Diploma Certificate
  3. Using Diploma for jobs

Please note that this information is more relevant to Nigerian situations. In the case of other countries, there may be some differences.

National Diploma

The National Diploma programme is also called an ND program in polytechnic. This was formerly the Ordinary National Diploma (OND). It's a two-year programme if on a full-time basis but 3 years if part-time. However, daily part-time also adopt two-year 4 semesters stand like the full-time.
After completing it you can either obtain JAMB DE form and gain admission to the 200 level of any related course or obtain the HND form of the same or any polytechnic or college for the same or related course.

ND is acceptable for admission to any university through JAMB DE. And any polytechnic can accept it for the HND admission.


A diploma is a programme run by universities. After completing it, some universities will give you 200 level admission through the JAMB DE.

In the case of a diploma, only the university that conducts the programme can accept you for admission into 200 level of the related course.

Certificate Diploma

And in most cases, these Diplomas are just treated as certificates with which you can secure jobs or add value to your qualifications. For instance, the Kwara State University, Ilorin runs a Diploma in Law and Certificate in Legal Studies. The school accepts it for admission into a 200 level course and also recommends it for career chase. The same is the case of the Diploma programme of Yobe State University in several courses.

Note that ND or Diploma courses are usually opened to holders of SSCE - WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, and their equivalents. 

Advanced Diplomas

These are more available and perfect for working people. It helps to upgrade them for their fields or industries. Some schools call these professional courses or certificate courses.

It's usually opened to holders of BSc, HND, or higher.

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  1. Replies
    1. Please sir what about diploma certificate of computer's training centers can I get admission to university with it?

    2. No, you can't gain admission with that.

  2. And sir I'm about to register for aminu Kano legal school yola part time with neco, when I have done can I get admission to university and what's the durations?

    1. I think that certificate is better the same school admission if they're accepting it. And some will use that to upgrade their positions at works.

  3. Please i want more information about aminu kano legal college , cos i just filled the form for part time.

    1. You will see all details through the links below.



  4. if i have national diploma in public management can i get access to university and which university is that ?

    1. First, study the JAMB brochure.


      They look for the universities offering that and the requirements.

  5. Please I have advance diploma in university of ibadan, please is it equivalent to HND or BSc and is it possible for me to process NYSC exemption letter?

    1. No, it's not as you can see in the post above. And for the NYSC, no.

  6. Sir, please enlight me, I have Diploma in Law certificate, I want to further my education but I don't want to do the law course anymore, I want to change my course, please what are the available courses for me.

    1. With Diploma in Law, you have to do your course at the university where you did the Diploma. In this case, you have to speak to your admission office or coordinator on another course you can change to.

  7. Why can't I get a job in government with my diploma in education from OAU they said it not the same as OND. But it is a 2 year course 4semeste. I'm tired of this country.

    1. Hmmmm. A diploma is better used to upgrade yourself at work to not get the first job.

    2. What is Advance diploma equivalent to and after the program (Advance diploma) what program is next. Thanks

    3. Advance Diplomas are just to add to your base knowledge and they are usually to get promotions at works.

  8. I enrol for diploma in dental therapy at oshotech how can I further more sir


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