The West African Examination Council (WAEC) disclosed that it has finalized plans to launch its new digital certificate to candidates, which will be automatically released to them immediately the results are out.
This was disclosed by WAEC’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan at a luncheon organized by the exam body in Lagos.
Mr Patrick stated that the digital certificate platform would be launched on Thursday, October 20, 2022, adding that the process would initially be applicable to those who wrote the exams between 1999 till date. He however stated that candidates who sat for the exams during the preceding years would be considered much later.
In his words, “Whether your certificate was burnt or lost to flood or eaten by termite, you don’t have to go through the stress of recovering it.
“Just pick up your phone and log on to our website and it comes straight from the WAEC database. We have solved the problem of theft. We have saved you the headache of carrying the hard copies of your certificate.
“And the good thing that will come out of this is, by the time we take a final decision and perfect everything if we release the results today, I can tell you that the certificates are ready. It is just to roll them out.
‘’If we announce the release of results today, the certificates will automatically be ready for release. It may just take a year to transit because the certificates we have now are going to be treated, but immediately after they are treated, they will be available in the database. The next one, that will be 2023 or 2024, immediately we release the results the certificate will be ready.”
This digitization of certificates by WAEC, has been described as a mobile and web-based application which comes with powerful features.
The examination council disclosed that this feature was designed to assist candidates, and institutions by giving them the access, to share, request, and confirm certificates.
It is interesting to note that the Digital Certificate Platform is already available online via www.waec.org. The mobile application can be downloaded on Android and iOS app stores.