How Long Does WAEC, NECO, NABTEB Result Expire?

Situations where WAEC, NECO or NABTEB Results Years can Be Invalid
Does the WAEC ever result expire? Does NECO or NABTEB result ever expire or have a certain validity period?

I’ve got this question more times lately.

A variant is, “can I use my WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB result after 5 years or 10 years for admission or jobs”?

Obviously, that last question was by people who believe or have heard that SSCE results must have an expiry date or period of validity.

The direct answer to the question is NO it never expires.

I won’t stop there without giving you personal experiences and official explanations.

Will WAEC and Other SSCE Results Be Valid for Admission for Many Years?

By SSCE, I mean WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, and NBAIS. These exam results will be accepted for admission for as long as the original owner is alive and presents them for admissions.

But take note of that, “admission purpose”.


I said that because older results may not be accepted or seen as not valid on certain other occasions.

I will explain that shortly.

In order to clarify the confusion many students are having as to whether their SSCE results can be used for more than 5 or 10 years, The registrar of the West African Examination Council has once said, “WAEC certificate valid for life”.

WAEC has also answered this question on her Twitter page very recently.

The registrar has said, the basis was that WAEC is an achievement test which implies that you have gone through the educational system for a period of years and you have achieved it. Therefore, you are qualified to move to the next stage, which is a tertiary institution or you can go and work; a job that requires academic achievement for that level.

In a similar question, Jamiu Ali asked WAEC,

please kindly confirm if it is true that WAEC result got more than 10 years ago cannot be used for first degree admission if one has never used it for any other higher education admission

It's not true. WASSCE certificates/results do not have an expiry date.

Situations Where WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB Results Age Can Render It Invalid

There are two common cases where the age of a result can render it outdated. But this is on purpose – not GENERALLY. In other words, the fact that they’re not accepting results - 4 or 7 years old doesn’t mean, you won’t be able to use it for other things. They don’t just want it for that specific purpose.

Below are such cases.

1. Employment/Job Purpose

Recently, some companies and establishments are restricting the age of results by the prospective applicants for positions in their organizations.

This may be done to reduce the number of applicants or because they prefer fresh graduates and school leavers.

For example, the Nigerian Air force, Navy, and similar agencies had recently limited applicants to holders of SSCE results within specific years till the date of application.

We’ve equally seen some private businesses stating this on their vacancy adverts.

The real reason is that these organizations are aware that prospective applicants do lie about their real ages in order to make their way. Hence, if they could be limited by the age of their results, they might not succeed with such lies.

2. Scholarships Awards

Some scholarship adverts will state the year or year range of WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, or NBAIS results they want. In fact, the scholarships may strictly be for the result of a particular year.


If you’re curious to know if your SSCE result is valid for admission purposes forever, the answer is YES. But some dates may be invalid or unacceptable in other situations, as detailed above.

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  1. Good day sir ,please I want to confirm this I graduated last year and I’m waiting for Nysc the issue here is that my Waec result was written 2019,Cause the main result I used entry the school for my ND 2016 was bad so I did awaiting so I wrote Anther 2019 before going back for my HND I want to ask if it will stop me from going to NYSC .

    1. No, it won't. The only think that will stop you is if you're more than 30.

  2. Sir I write waec 2020 can I still use my result this year (2022)..
    Or is it invalid

    1. Yes, you can use your result as long as you're still alive.

  3. Sir I went to one college of health technology for admission into pharmacy technician department but they denied me the admission, their reason was that my ssce result more than 10years old. What should I do. ???

    1. Before obtain another form, visit the college first. Go tot the admission office and ask if they accept results with your own year of exam. They will save any disappointment later.

  4. Can I re-write NABTEB, next year

  5. I write neco in 2013 can i still use my result to seek for admission in 2024

    1. Me Tolani please give an answer to this question

    2. If you need immediate reply, you can request that on WhatsApp only (08065152292). Be ready to pay #500 for the private consultation.

  6. Sir can I use my side result of 2016 to seek for admission next year 2024 in Jpts University?


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