The National Business and Technical Examinations Board was established in 1992 to domesticate craft level examinations which were hitherto conducted by City & Guilds, Pittman’s, and Royal Society of Arts all, of UK, in accordance with the provisions of the National Policy on Education. Its establishment was the climax of an evolutionary process which spanned 15 years from 1977 to 1992, and in which FOUR Government Panels at different times were set up to review the place and structure of public examinations in Nigeria’s education system.

Each of these Panels advocated and justified the multiplication of the examinations bodies and, in particular, a separate body to perform the functions which NABTEB now performs. The process began with the findings of Justice Sogbetun Commission of Enquiry (1978), which was set up in response to public outcry on perceived inefficiency and unchecked leakages of public examinations. This was followed by the Angulu Commission, which was set up as a result of WAEC’s presentation to the House of Representatives Committee on Education in 1981 in which WAEC advocated the setting up of other examination boards in Nigeria “to reduce the burden of WAEC”. The third was the Okoro Panel set up in 1989 to review the Angulu Report. The forth was the Professor Akin Osiyale’s Task Force set up in 1991 “to evolve a strategy to reduce the burden of WAEC and bring about greater efficiency in the conduct of public examinations”.


The Board conducts the National Technical Certificate (NTC)/National Business Certificate (NBC) examinations as well as the advance level versions in the following trades/discipline:

  1. General Education
  2. Business Trades
  3. Engineering/Construction Trades
  4. Miscellaneous Trades

With its certificate being listed by the JAMB as a prerequisite for admission to tertiary institutions including the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, enrolment has increased tremendously over the years.

The Modular Trades Certificate Examinations (MTCE) will commence in March 2004. The MTCE will service persons who wish to acquire effective capacity in components of a trade. For example,

Motor Vehicle Mechanics Work Trade (steering and braking system mechanic work module); Catering Craft Trade (food preparation module);
Secretarial Studies Trade (typewriting 35WPM for Typist II module);
Book Keeping Trade (purchasing and supply module).

NABTEB has achieved a lot in its twenty five (25) years of existence. These include:
1. Membership of the International Association for Education Assessment (IAEA) and Association for Education Assessment in Africa (AEAA).
2. Development of modular Curricular in Collaboration with National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
3. Building and acquisition of housing facilities for its operations nation-wide e.g. the Board’s liaison office in Abuja, the headquarters office Complex in Benin City
4. Improved staff training, development and welfare.
5. Steady development of examination administration and the full computerization of its examination operation.


NABTEB is a vision-led, mission-driven public institution with a vision:
Be a Globally Recognized Assessment and Certification Body Preparing Candidates for the World of Work and Academic/Professional Excellence.


Become a Globally Acknowledged Assessment Body for Craftsmen and Technicians.