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If you wish to apply for NYSC certificate of Exemption, you should apply to the office of the tertiary institute attended.

The process will begins from the institute by compiling a list of all their graduates who intend to join the NYSC Corps Training scheme for one year.
  • The School will submit the master list of their graduates after the Senate approved result to NYSC offices for consideration.
  • The NYSC officers will scrutinize the list of graduates submitted from various institutes to classify those to be called up for NYSC service training and those that are to be Exempted from the Training.

A print-out list will be generated which will be sent back to the institution where the names were originally come from for verification and corrections for any mistake in the be it name spelling or any other mistake.

After the institution has verified the list and it is free from any mistake then the print-out is returned NYSC offices as an agreed and corrected Document for consideration by NYSC officials.

Those that are identified on the list and they don't qualify for the scheme are given Certificates of Exemption.

The Exception certificates are prepared at NYSC offices then sent back to the Institutions for issuance to the appropriate persons indicating that they are exempted from the NYSC Corps training Scheme and the reasons are given why they are exempted.

Foreign Student Registration procedure for NYSC certificate of Exemption

a.if you are a Foreign Student in Nigeria, You should visit the NYSC Secretariat in Abuja, ask for the Foreign Students Registration office at NYSC offices.

  • Submit your application together with other Documents to be excluded from the NYSC training Scheeme and proof to indicate that you are a foreign student ie Passport
  • The NYSC Verification officer will review your documents (originals)for scrutiny to prove that you are a foreign student.
  • Upon completion of the review, you will be given the NYSC Registration Form to fill and attach all the necessary document (Follow Instructions on the Document up to the end).
  • You will be asked to go to a room where your documents (photocopies) will be arranged for final review by the Verification Officer.
  • Return all the filled forms with relevant attached documents to the NYSC Verification Officer for final submission.
  • The verification officer will take time to verify and if all is in good order an exemption certificate will be issued to you after 3 days of submission.
  • Name Inconsistencies

i.If your name is inconsistent among your document, get a Court Attestation or Sworn Affidavit concerning that document from a Nigerian Court.

ii. There is a Court outside the NYSC Secretariat, but get one before you get to NYSC Secretariat

Please note
  • Collection of Certificate of Exemption for home trained graduates is only done in the Institution of graduation and not in NYSC office.

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Required Documents[edit]

Home Trained
  • A letter of notification/request routed through the Institution of graduation and addressed to the Director-General, NYSC.
  • Police Extract/Report
  • Court Affidavit
  • Where available, a copy of the lost Certificate of Exemption.
Foreign Trained
  • A letter of notification/request addressed to the Director-General, NYSC.
  • Police Extract/Report
  • Court Affidavit
  • Photocopy of International passport
  • Where available, the copy of the lost Certificate of Exemption

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

National Youth Service Corps,



Directorate Headquarters,

Plot 416, Tigris Cresent.

Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama.

PMB 138, Garki ,Abuja.


Plot 416, Tigris Crescent, Maitama, Abuja.

Visit this link for Various offices located in Various parts of the Country

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Nigerian Graduates either home or oversea trained who have the stipulated qualification of (B.SC, B.A or HND) from approved or accredited Institution by (NUC, NTBE or NCCE) are eligible for Exemption Certificate however while foreign trained graduates must submit their Certificates at the Mobilization Department for Evaluation.


This certificate is free of charge

  • instead You will be fed and paid your allowances while in the Orientation Camp. You are advised against carrying large amounts of money to the camp.
  • You will be paid a monthly Basic Allowance of N19,800. While in the Camp, you will be paid your Transport and Bicycle Allowances. Your entitlements are written behind your Call- up letter.


The certificate is valid for 12 months

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

The process takes 30 working days

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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  • That such group of youths assigned to work together is as representative of Nigerian as far as possible.
  • In order to achieve the objectives the corps, the service corps shall ensure
  • the equitable distribution of members of the service corps and the effective utilization of their skills in areas of national needs
  • that as far as possible, youths are assigned to jobs in States other than their States of origin
  • that such group of youths assigned to work together is as representative of Nigerian as far as possible
  • that the Nigerian youths are exposed to the modes of living of the people in different parts of Nigeria
  • that the Nigerian youths are encouraged to eschew religious intolerance by accommodating religious differences
  • that members of the service corps are encouraged to seek at the end of their one year national service, career employment all over Nigeria, thus promoting the free movement of labour
  • that employers are induced partly through their experience with members of the service corps to employ more readily and on a permanent basis, qualified Nigerians, irrespective of their States of origin

Required Information[edit]

  • 3 Passport Photographs
  • Write your name on the back of the pictures
  • Nigerian Passport (if Dual Citizen, bring Other passports)
  • Make photocopies of the following passport pages
  • Biographic data pages.(Both passports if Dual Citizen)
  • First Departure date from Nigeria (if applicable)
  • Student Visa (if applicable)
  • Last arrival date into Nigeria
  • High School Result/Diploma
  • West African School Certificate (WASC) or
  • GCE O level, GCSE, IGCSE, SSCE,NECO; or
  • Higher School Diploma for those who schooled in U.S.A etc.
  • You need the Original Certificate, and not the Notice sent to you.
  • (Look on the what you have and if it is a notice, it will stipulate that this is not the original certificate)
  • High School Testimonial Certificate is not Acceptable
  • If WAEC or GCE, etc, you must have 5 credit in at least 2 sittings including English and Mathematics.
  • University /College Transcript
  • Non-English Transcript must be translated to English.
  • Marks-sheets (for Indian Schools only)
  • University Diploma
  • Non-English Transcript must be translated to English.
  • Medical / Dental / Pharmacy Students
  • Registration Certificate with Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (for Pharmacists only)
  • Registration Certificate with Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (for Doctors only)

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Need for the Document[edit]

The government and people of Nigeria set for the country, fresh goals, and objectives aimed at establishing Nigeria which is united, strong and self reliant nation, through NYSC scheme.

The universities and other institutions of higher learning are normally expected to be training ground for future leaders, except that, as we are all aware, these institutions are first and foremost committed to the advancement of learning and knowledge, training of people for good citizenship. Little wonder that the products of these institutions have been accused of being too elitist in their outlook, of not identifying with the plight of common man, and of inability to appreciate predicament of the vast majority of the Nigerian people who live in the rural areas.

Information which might help[edit]

  • In accordance with the National Youth Service Corps Decree 1993 section 2 subsection (1) it is stipulated that;
  • "With effect from 1st August, 1985, a person shall NOT be called upon to serve in the service corps if, at the date of graduation or obtaining his diploma or other professional qualification" :
  • He is over the age of thirty (30) years
  • He has served in the Armed Forces of the Federation or the Nigeria Police Force for a period of more than nine months; or
  • He is a member of staff of any of the following:
  • The Nigerian Security Organization or
  • The State Security Service, or
  • The National Intelligence Agency or
  • The Defence Intelligence Service
  • He has been conferred with any National Honour.

T*hese categories of persons are therefore exempted from service and issued with the Certificates of Exemption.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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