How to obtain Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Licence


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.

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.

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Several local and international schools now require teachers to present their TRCN-issued teaching licences to be qualified for employment. 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!

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.
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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.

Cost of TRCN Registration

A major step towards TRCN Registration is to be familiar with the payment schedule of each person based on their academic qualifications. That would determine how much you will pay.  The table below shows the cost of TRCN Registration and annual dues in relation to various academic qualifications.

Ph.D in Education or
Ph.D in other field +
M.Ed/MSc (Ed) or
Masters in other field
B.Sc (Ed)/B.Ed or
Degree in other field +
Letter of Professional Standing – N40,000

Procedure for TRCN 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:
  • Account Name: Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria
  • Depositor’s name: (as the case may be)
  • Purpose of payment:(Choose correctly from the service type/purpose. The purpose of payment may be with respect to any of various things. Here, it is for “Registration Fees”)
  • Phone number/e-mail address.
  • Date of payment.
  • Amount.
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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. 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. Though there are plans to make applicants write qualifying examinations, these are yet to be implemented as of the time of writing this guide.

Do you need any clarification about this guide? Ask in the comment box below.


    • The ‘letter of professional standing’ may be based on some request from your employer or agency. The person in whose respect it is being billed would pay. The TRCN Lagos Office is behind Government College, Agege. Click here to check out the list of TRCN offices nationwide.

  1. How much is the licence for B.ed…and is it true that we are to write a qualify test before we will be inducted???

  2. I graduated last year but I couldnt do my registration before graduating
    I want to do my registration once am through with service by October
    my question is can I register and obtain the license myself without the involvement of the school i graduated from?
    like can I just go to the trcn office with my teller and I ll be given d licence just like dat

  3. Please, I am yet to he my PGDE certificate of 2014 from NTI. Can I use PGDE from NTI to apply for Masters at FUTMINNA to study Educational Technology?

  4. Thank you for the post, it was very helpful. I already have a TRCN license and ID card. I need you to explain the process of getting a Letter of Professional Standing. I did not come across any helpful information on the TRCN website.

  5. Hi, as am not based in Nigeria and I have a bachelor’s in science education but have no license yet. How do I write the qualifying exam if I register?

  6. I have a B.Sc in Accounting and MBA and i have been teaching on a part time basis. I need a letter of professional standing to enable me practice teaching profession outside Nigeria. Please what do i do?

  7. Please we did the registration in the year 2017 and the completed forms were submitted to trcn office in Ibadan through NUT chairman in our local government but up till now no any helpful or useful information from the said chairman on whether we are going to sit for the exam or not because the acknowledgement PQE form is yet to be returned to us in our local govt. Please help .I stay outside Ibadan .

  8. good day!
    how do i get Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) past question materials and the video items
    the major approach to the entering the system for the computer based test

  9. Good evening. I had NCE in 2013 and I just completed my degree programme in Primary Education. Meaning that I haven’t collected my certificate. My questions are:
    **Can I still apply for TRCN?
    **Do I have to hold on for my certificate to be out before applying?
    **When should I apply as the next one is in May?

  10. I graduated with a 2:2 in computer science education this year, am i qualified to register for the TRCN?
    Apart from TRCN what other qualification do i need to be recognised as a qualified teacher in Nigeria. thanks.

  11. i registered since July 2018. up till date i have not gotten notification for the exams neither have i gotten my certificate. please what could be the problem and what am i expected to do?

  12. I read Educational Technology. I ll like to when exactly is the exam and when I ll get the certificate if I register this March.

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