Wednesday, November 20, 2019

All You Need to Know About Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN)


The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) is the regulatory body for teachers in Nigeria just like we similar bodies for lawyers, doctors, pharmacists and accountants. It was established through Decree 31 of 1993 (Now TRCN Act CAP T3 of 2004) and has the motto: “Teaching for Excellence”. 

Its vision is:

To control and regulate teacher education, training and practice at all levels and sectors of the Nigerian education system in order to match teacher quality, discipline, professionalism, reward and dignity with international standards.

While its mission is:

To promote excellence in education through effective registration and licensing of teachers; and to promote professionalism through accreditation, monitoring and supervision of teacher training programmes, mandatory continuing professional development and maintenance of discipline among teachers at all levels of the education system.

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The responsibilities of TRCN according to section 1(1) of its establishment act are:
i.                 i. Determining who are teachers for the purpose of this Act.ii. Determining what standards of knowledge and skills are to be attained by persons seeking to become registered as teachers under this Act and raising those standards from time to time as circumstances may permit.
iii.        iii. Securing in accordance with the provisions of this Act the establishment and maintenance of a register of teachers and the publication from time to time of the lists of those persons.
iv.            iv. Regulating and controlling the teaching profession in all its aspects and ramifications.

As you can probable see by now, TRCN has wide ranging powers to regulate teaching in Nigeria and it does this through its programmes, which are:
·  Registration and licensing of qualified teachers.
·  Accreditation, monitoring and supervision of the courses and programmes of teacher training institutions in Nigeria to ensure that they meet national and international standards. The institutions include the Colleges of Education, Faculties and Institutes of Education in Nigerian universities, Schools of Education in the Polytechnics, and the National Teachers Institute.
·    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 TRCN organizes the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) and different teachers with different qualifications have different registration and annual fees as seen below:

The category and cost are based on an individual’s qualification:
PhD + Educ.
Masters + Educ.
Bachelors/HND + Educ.

All-in-all the TRCN and professionalism for Nigerian teachers is here to stay. If you are a teacher or intend to be one, you have to be prepared to be certified and licensed by the TRCN if you are not to be regarded as a quack and sanctioned. Professionalism as a teacher is the keyword here.


Teachers seeking to enroll for the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE), are to complete the registration forms obtainable from State offices nationwide. Completed registration forms must be returned with evidence of payment of examination fees payable according to categories thus;
Category ‘A’ (Ph.D holders in Education or with Education qualification) 
Category ‘B’ (Masters in Education or Masters in other fields with Education qualification) 
Category ‘C’ (Degree in Education or Degree in other fields with Education qualification) 
Category ‘D’ (NCE 
Note: (i) That the exam fee does not cover cost for Registration. Candidate who passed the examination will still pay registration fee for eventual registration as professional teachers.
(ii) On the remitta portal candidate are to click on “PQE application fee”

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