Every profession has minimum requirements of entry, without which no one could be deemed a professional. In the past, you can be legally regarded a teacher in Nigeria based on your certification.
Teaching certification is obtained after the successful completion of required courses in a teacher-training institution. The institutions, according to the National Policy on Education, include the Colleges of Education, Faculties and Institutes of Education in Nigerian universities, Schools of Education in the Polytechnics, and the National Teachers Institute. The National Mathematical Centre and the National Institute for Nigerian Languages are also there.
Certification is no longer enough. Licence is very important. You must be licensed to practice the teaching profession. That is where TRCN comes in.
What is TRCN?
TRCN means the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria. It is an agency under the Federal Ministry of Education, established with the major mandate of regulation and control of the teaching profession at all levels of the Nigerian Education System, both in the public and the private sectors.
Why is TRCN Licence Necessary?
Teaching is a noble profession that attracts all manner of people, most of whom just found themselves teaching accidentally. There are, of course, those who passionately chose teaching intentionally for the purpose of reshaping the next generation.
Irrespective of the choice, condition and motive behind joining an educational establishment, every teacher who wants to be taken seriously is expected to get TRCN registration to gain appropriate recognition.
Several local and international schools now require teachers to present their TRCN-issued teaching licences to be qualified for employment. Even those that earned their teaching qualification in Nigeria may be asked of their an attestation from the TRCN that they are qualified teachers in the country. That one is called the “Letter of Professional Standing.”
You wouldn’t want to lose that mouth-watering offer merely because of a licence you could have obtained long ago. Register for licensing with the TRCN today!
Other things TRCN does
Beyond registering and licensing qualified teachers, the following are the functions of the TRCN.
- Accreditation, monitoring and supervision of the courses and programmes of teacher training institutions in Nigeria to ensure that they meet national and international standards.
- Organisation of Internship Schemes and induction programmes for fresh Education graduates to equip them with the necessary professional skills before licensing them for full professional practice.
- Conduct of professional examinations and interviews to determine teachers that are suitable for registration.
- Establishment of national minimum standards for and execution of Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) to guarantee that teachers keep abreast of developments in the theory and practice of the profession.
- Organisation of Annual Conference of Registered Teachers (which is the first of its kind in Nigeria) intended to unite all teachers irrespective of social class or the level of education system to which they belong.
- Publication of a register of qualified and licensed teachers in Nigeria in hard copies and available through the World Wide Web.
- Enforcement of professional ethics among teachers using the Teachers Investigating Panel (TIP) and the Teachers Tribunal.
- Prosecution in the law court of unqualified persons performing the job of teachers in contravention of the TRCN Act section 17(2).
- Acting as the voice of the voiceless teachers and continuously initiating/driving public policies and practices that could reposition the teaching profession in Nigeria as first among equals.
The above list shows that the TRCN serves as a regulatory agency for all those in the teaching profession at any level of education. It means that already licensed teachers may have their licence withdrawn over some misconduct deemed inappropriate of a teacher.
Steps to obtain TRCN registration licence
The steps applicable to obtain your TRCN Licence include the Professional Qualifying Examination and the Registration.
Professional Qualifying Examination
The examination is a pre-requisite for registration. From 2017/2018, the TRCN had introduced writing the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) as a requirement to be issued TRCN licence.
Before then, only registration with your credentials used to be sufficient. Now, you have to pass the exam before you can register as a teacher. Students in any of the teacher-training institutions get to write the exam during the final semesters on campus. But for those who had graduated without writing it, that exam holds twice in a year.
The PQE is computer-based and you must therefore be computer literate aside your competence in education pedagogy.
Visit the nearest TRCN state office to you to obtain and complete registration forms for the PQE. Completed registration forms must be returned with evidence of payment of examination fees payable according to categories thus;
|1||Category ‘A’ (PhD holders in Education or with Education qualification)||N5,000|
|2||Category ‘B’ (Masters degree in Education or Masters in other fields with Education qualification)||N4,000|
|3||Category ‘C’ (Bachelor’s degree in Education or Degree in other fields with Education qualification)||N3,500|
|4||Category ‘D’ (NCE)||N3,000|
A candidate would be designated to an examination centre in the state of registration.
Cost of TRCN Registration
Those who passed the examination will still pay registration fee for eventual registration as professional teachers. Like it is for the PQE, the candidate would pay according to their academic qualifications. Then, they will also pay an annual due to the TRCN.
The table below shows the cost of TRCN Registration and annual dues in relation to various academic qualifications.
|QUALIFICATION||CATEGORY||COST OF REGISTRATION (NAIRA)||ANNUAL DUES|
|PhD in Education or
PhD in other field +
NCE, PDE, PGDE
|M.Ed/MSc (Ed) or
Masters in other field
+ NCE, PDE or PGDE
|B.Sc (Ed)/B.Ed or
Degree in other field +
NCE, PDE or PGDE
For the Letter of Professional Standing (explained above), an applicant would pay N40,000.
Procedure for TRCN payments
Payments could be done online via remita for both the PQE and the registration.
- Fill out and Generate RRR (remita retrieval reference) number HERE.
- Take the RRR number to any Nigerian bank and fill the teller as instructed below and make payment.
Fill the deposit slip and ensure you provide the following information:
- Name of MDA: Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria
- Name of service/purpose: This may vary. For PQE, click on “Professional Qualifying Examination Application Fee” while on the portal. For registration, choose “Registration Fees”. Other options are there too depending on your mission. For annual dues, choose “Annual Licencing Renewal Fees”.
- Depositor’s name: (as the case may be)
- Phone number/e-mail address.
- Date of payment.
You do not need to provide an account number on the teller. Inform the bank staff processing the transaction that the payment is to be made through Remita.
Visit any of TRCN Office close to you with your teller/invoice and you will be issued a cash collection receipt to enable you process your registration.
After TRCN registration…
Officials at the TRCN would intimate you of the readiness of the teaching licence in due course.
You are to be inducted into the teaching profession alongside your colleagues from your respective teacher-training institutions.
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