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* The fees vary depending on the type of examination. More details on the fess can be found using the [ Kenya National Examinations Council] Website.<br><br>
* The registration fees vary depending on the type of examination. More details on the registration fees can be found using the [ Kenya National Examinations Council] Website.<br><br>

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Kenya - Register with the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC)


  • The Kenya National Examinations Council (also referred to as KNEC or the Council) was established in 1980 under the Kenya National Examinations Council Act Cap 225A of the Laws of Kenya. This Act (Cap 225A of 1980) was repealed in 2012 and replaced with KNEC Act No. 29 of 2012.
  • The Kenya National Examination Council is an examining board established to determine the examinations required in the public interest in Kenya, to conduct the examinations and to award certificates comparable to those of equivalent examining authorities internationally.

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Normal Registration.
  1. Registration with the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) can be done online through the following Online Portals depending on the type of exam you intend to sit for.
  2. By accessing the above portals you will be able to download registration documents from [ KNEC website] and use registration forms to capture the information of the candidates.
  3. Using the captured information, the headmaster of a particular school or any authorized persons representing an education institution is then required to log into the [ KNEC website] for capturing of the registration details of the candidates and uploading of the required using the registration password for the respective examination center.
  4. The following documents are required from the candidate for registration.
    • Passport photograph
    • Valid ID card/ Passport/ Birth Certificate
    • Academic certificates
  5. All candidates must be registered where they have been learning. Registration in two centers (double registration) will be treated as an examination malpractice.
  6. KNEC will remit examination fees for all primary school and secondary school candidates. However private candidates and tertiary candidates are required to pay for registration.
  7. All heads of institution are expected to ensure all candidates registration details are captured correctly and every candidate has confirmed the same and signed the nominal roll.
  8. After verification the head teacher/ head if educational institution should make a declaration of all candidates to the KNEC
  9. For new schools/old schools not offering KNEC examination the head teacher he/ad if educational institution should send a Nil Return form to KNEC
  10. Specific details about Technical and Business (BTEP & BMGT) Examinations Candidates Online Registration can be found in this User Manual
  11. Specific details about Technical and Business (BTEP & BMGT) Examinations Private Candidate Online Registration can be found in this Private Candidate User Manual

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Required Documents

  1. Passport photograph
  2. Valid ID card/ Passport
  3. Academic certificates
  4. Proof of registration fees payment

Office Locations & Contacts

Kenya National Examinations Council
Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box: 73598 00200, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: +254 020 3317412 / 3317413 / 3317419 / 3317427 / 3341027 3341050 / 3341071 / 3341098 / 3341113 / 2213381
Fax: +254-020- 2226032
Website: [ Kenya National Examinations Council]

Mitihani House
Dennis Pritt Road, Kilimani
Tel: +254 - 020 2713874 / 020-2713894 / 020-2713845; 020-2715980 / 020-2711536
Industrial Area Offices,
Ministry of Public Works, Supplies Branch,
Likoni Road.
Tel: +254 - 020 650821 / 020-650822

Online Portals
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  • All candidates both private and public (Citizens and non- citizens) at primary, secondary and tertiary-level institutions, polytechnics, and universities are eligible to register for with Kenya National Examination Council.
  • In the case of the school examination, the prospective candidate must be in a final class in a recognized school.
  • For the private candidates' examination, any one of the following categories may enter for the Kenyan national Examination Council
(a) Those who have attempted the KNEC in previous years;
(b) Those who have attempted the KSLC and obtain a Kenya School Leaving Certificate: or higher (including English & Math) pass at least English and Math subjected are eligible.
(c) Those who have passed the Teacher's grade two Examination and 5 college level subjects with grade 'C' are Eligible.
(d) Those students who are eligible to be promoted to the next level of Education through the administration of national exams are Eligible.


  • The registration fees vary depending on the type of examination. More details on the registration fees can be found using the [ Kenya National Examinations Council] Website.


  • The validity period for examination registration is usually one year.
  • KNEC’s certificates have no expiry date.

Documents to Use

  1. Registration are done online.
  2. Application document can also be found in KNEC’s Website

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Sample Documents

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.

Processing Time

  • The processing time is usually one month

Related Videos

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type='website'>video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites. 	
Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url '' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.

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  • Registration of candidates for the KNEC examinations is based on the Regulations and Syllabuses for specific examination which give the guidelines and procedures required for the registration of candidates.
  • After all the information for the candidates has been keyed online, heads of institutions/schools MUST re-check the online report thoroughly to ensure that it is accurate. The head institution must then download the list of candidates, sign and stamp on the space provided and indicate all other details required in the nominal roll after verification.

Required Information

  1. Candidate’s index number
  2. Candidate’s Full Name
  3. Centre name
  4. Centre no.
  5. County name
  6. Sub county name
  7. Sex
  8. Religion
  9. Occupation (if applicable)
  10. Educational standard reached in school (if applicable)
  11. Adult class you are attending and duration you have attended (if applicable)
  12. Year Of Birth
  13. Address
  14. School where to sit For Practical Examination (Private Candidate)
  15. Secondary School Choices
  16. Candidate’s ID card No. (Where applicable)

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Need for the Document

  • Registration allows the candidate to sit for KNEC’s Examinations and earn a KNEC Certificate.

Information which might help

  • The Council usually advertises entry periods and entry procedures in national newspapers. In respect of the KNEC for example, the Council conducts two exams each year; the first in May/June for school candidates and the second in October/November for private candidates.
  • Registration for either May/June or the November/December is done through the Internet (online) and manual system is accepted. The May/June exam is for school candidates and all entry formalities are undertaken by the schools presenting candidates.
  • In the case of the private candidates' examination, entry is on an individual basis. A prospective candidate purchases form from the school where he/she attends and completes the form with the guidance of the School.
  • A registered candidate subsequently prints out the form and add the following documents the identification photo card, which contains vital information about the candidate's center name, location, number and the subjects entered for.
  • The examination timetable and subject syllabuses are also made available to prospective candidates.
  • It is important to note that once the prescribed fee is paid to the accredited selling agent, a prospective candidate begins the registration process. The Candidates are required to enter and sit for a minimum of eight (8) and a maximum of nine (9) subjects.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links

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  • The Kenya National Examination Council is an examining board established to determine the examinations required in the public interest in Kenya, to conduct the examinations and to award certificates comparable to those of equivalent examining authorities internationally.
  • By this mandate, the Council is expected to;
  1. set and maintain examination standards;
  2. conduct public academic, technical and other national examinations within Kenya at basic and tertiary levels;
  3. award certificates or diplomas to candidates in such examinations;
  4. confirm authenticity of certificates or diplomas issued by the Council upon request by the government, public institutions,
  5. learning institutions, employers and other interested parties;
  6. issue replacement certificates or diplomas to candidates in such examinations upon acceptable proof of loss or damage of the original;
  7. undertake research on educational assessment;
  8. advice any public institution on the development and use of any system of assessment when requested to do so, and in accordance with such terms and conditions as shall be mutually agreed between the Council and the public institution;
  9. promote the international recognition of qualifications conferred by the Council;
  10. advice the Government on any policy decision that is relevant to, or has implications on, the functions of the Council or the administration of examinations in Kenya;
  11. Do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the preceding functions.
  12. Assist in the development of sound education
  13. Ensure that educational standards are maintained
  14. Give the people of Ethiopia a vision of the great potentials which lie beyond examinations.
  15. preparation of the Examination regulations,
  16. selecting and appointing chief examiners,
  17. getting the Examination paper written,
  18. screening educational documents of candidates,
  19. Registering of candidates, printing the Examination,
  20. controlling and distributing the Examination,
  21. processing of grades,
  22. certificates and issuing certificates,
  23. establishing Examination centers and attending logistics therein,
  24. reporting about the Examination,
  25. Issuing of copies of certificates on request, and keeping records of examinations.