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Can I Get NYSC Certificate Without Serving?

When I was contacted on this topic, I thought I should share the same with the wide audience who may want to get an NYSC certificate without serving.

After your HND or BSC, the next thing is mostly NYSC which, after one year of serving your fatherland, will lead to the award of a certificate called the discharged certificate.

Graduates who are overaged and could not serve will be awarded the exemption certificate which is a discharged certificate equivalent.

However, graduates who are produced through part-time, distance-learning, or sandwich programs, whether averaged or not, are warded exclusion letters.

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The Three Awards Are Acceptable Widely

In case, you're worried about the differences and their acceptability, experience has shown that the discharged certificates are generally accepted for any official purposes out there.

However, even though some private companies may be choosy when it comes to the exemption certificate and exclusion letter, they're equally accepted by all well-known companies and public/government-owned establishments.

So, let's say you're not a graduate, or you've not completed your schooling to deserve going for NYSC, or you're in NYSC but you've not got your certificate or you're only qualified for an exemption certificate or exclusion letter.

Yet, you're still interested in getting a discharged certificate without following the due process. Let me take you through what you must know.

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No NYSC Certificate If You're Not A Graduate

It won't matter if you're still in school or done with any foundational programmes such as NCE, ND, IJMB, RN, RM, etc., what it requires to be part of NYSC is being a graduate.

In other words, NYSC will neither mobilize you for nor issue you a discharged certificate or any of its equivalent, if you don't hold HND or BSC. 

Higher National Diploma (HND) or Bachelor's Degree (BSC) is the only prerequisite to register for NYSC and be mobilized for service. While the services of one year in the scheme determine your earning of a discharged certificate. 

You don't have to serve to earn an exception certificate and exclusion letter. Even in this case, you must still be a graduate.

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NYSC Certificates Can't Be Bought

To the best of my knowledge, you can't buy the NYSC certificate. By this, I mean, there is no way to maneuver the system such that, without being mobilized for NYSC you will be given any of the discharged certificates, exemption certificates, or exclusion letters.

First, before you can be given any of the three certifications, you must be mobilized through a school senate list, and partake in the online mobilization registration.

And those who will be given the discharged certificate, must also proceed to camp, be cleared, partake in the 21 days of camp activities and be deployed to individual places of primary assignment, serve there for a whole year, and be passed out.

Other than that, there is no way (official or unofficial) that will help you secure any of these certificates without following the due process.

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Fake NYSC Certificate is Possible But Will Boomerang

Needless to say, if you want a fake NYSC certificate you can get one designed by a computer specialist. However, you're on your way to jail.

History had shown the results of fake NYSC certificates. The story of the forged NYSC certificate by the Former Minister of Finance of the nation, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, could still be more recent

In your own case, you're almost certain to be jailed, with no delay, if you're caught with a fake NYSC certificate.

In case you are not certain you could be caught, NYSC has given a public platform to confirm the authenticity of any NYSC certificates presented by any individuals.

Through this medium alone, anybody or any organization can open your dirty secret.

Fake NYSC Certificate Can Put You in Jail

  1. They carry jail terms of between one to 14 years, according to the Penal Code Law and the National Youth Service (NYSC) Act.
  2. The law in section 13 provides that eligible Nigerians who skip the service are liable to be sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and/or N2,000 fine.
  3. Section 13 (3) of the law also prescribes a three-year jail term or option of N5,000 fine for anyone who contravenes a provision of the law as Mrs. Adeosun has done.
  4. Subsection 4 of the same section also criminalizes giving false information or illegally obtaining the agency’s certificate. It provides for up to a three-year jail term for such offenders.
  5. Forgery or giving false information is also a criminal Act under the Criminal Act applicable in the southern states, and the Penal Code in force in the northern states of the country.


It's a bitter pill that must be swallowed. NYSC discharge certificate, exemption certificate, and exclusion letter should be earned. To deserve any, you should be a polytechnic or university graduate.

Making attempt to forget the certificate is as dangerous as being caught after being forged.

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