How To Get Your Matric Certificate

After completing your Matric, there will come a time when you will want to get your Matric certificate. Here is where you can get your Matric certificate:

  • The examination centre where you wrote your Matric or
  • The school where you wrote your Matric

How Do I Replace My Matric Certificate?

If you have lost or damaged your original Matric certificate, you will have to apply for a replacement through the Department of Basic Education (DBE). Here is what you will need:

  • An affidavit stating what happened 
  • The original national/ senior certificate (if it is damaged),
  • A certified copy of your ID
  • Proof of payment

How Do I Get My Matric Results?

There are basically five ways that you can use to get your Matric results. Here is what you can do:

  • Online
  • School or exam centre
  • News publications
  • SMS
  • USSD

Online

Here is how you can get your Matric Certificate results:

Step 1: Visit the Department of Basic Education website

Step 2: Click on exam results

Step 2: Enter your examination number

Step 3: Fill in your personal details

Step 4: Click search

Step 5: Your matric results will be displayed

School Or Exam Centre

You can get your results from the school or examination centre where you wrote your exams. You will be issued a statement of your results.

News Publications

You can also obtain your results from online news publications. Here are some of the publications that publish Matric results:

  • News24
  • Sowetan

SMS

As a student, you can also retrieve your Matric results by SMSing your exam number to 45856. Once your exam number is verified by the system, your results will be displayed. You will pay for the SMS.

USSD

Here is what you do:

  • On your phone, dial the USSD code *120*45856# 
  • Enter your exam number
  • results will then be sent to your phone once they are available
  • You will be charged for the USSD

What Is A Matric Certificate?

A Matric certificate is also referred to as A National Senior Certificate or Amended Senior certificates, issued to students who you have met the requirements of obtaining the Matric Certificate. There are different types of Matric certificates depending on the level of achievement. They are:  

National Senior Certificate Pass

This Matric certificate requires the following :

  • 40% minimum for your home language
  • 40% for another 2 subjects
  • You can fail a subject – even your first additional language
  • You must then get 30% or more for the other 6 making a total of 6 passes

Higher Certificate Pass

This Matric certificate requires the following:

  • 40% for your Home Language.
  • At least 40% in two other subjects.
  • A minimum of 30% for three other subjects.
  • One of the two language requirements to qualify for a Higher Certificate

Diploma Pass

This Matric certificate requires the following:

  • 40% in the home language
  • 40% for the three other high credit subjects, excluding the home language
  • 30% for two, other languages

Bachelor’s Degree Pass

This Matric certificate requires the following:

  • 40% for your home language
  • A minimum of 50% for four other high credit subjects
  • At least 30% for two other subjects

How Can I Get My Matric Certificate Quickly?

If you want to get your Matric certificate quickly, you can study for an Adult Matric, here is the course information:

Certificate TypeSenior Certificate
Awarded ByUmalusi
NQF LevelLevel 4
SAQA ID49647
Credits120 Credits
Duration12 – 36 Months recommended

Here is what you need to do:

  • Contact one of our course experts
  • As soon as you register, you will receive your textbooks and study notes within 5 -7 days
  • Come up with a realistic timetable
  • Stick to your study timetable
  • Attempt your first assignment and more thereafter
  • Interact with your tutor by discussing the challenges you may be having
  • Interact with fellow students in online study groups
  • Practice with past exam papers
  • Get exam tips
  • Write your exam
  • Pas your Matric
  • Get your Matric Certificate

How Can I Get My Matric Statement Online?

Here is how you can get your Matric statement online:

Step 1: Visit the Department of Basic Education website

Step 2: Click on exam results

Step 2: Enter your examination number

Step 3: Fill in your personal details

Step 4: Click search

Step 5: Your matric results will be displayed

Can I Get My Matric Results With My ID Number?

Yes, you can get your Matric results online with your ID number. When you log on to the Department of Basic Education website, you will be required to provide some personal information. This personal information includes your 13-digit ID. Yyour exam number will also be required.

How Much Does It Cost To Get My Matric Certificate?

There is no charge for collecting your certificate after you have completed your Matric. The cost for both a replacement certificate and a combination of results is R141.00;. You will to make a bank, ATM deposit or EFT. These fees were valid from 01 April 2021 until 31 March 2022.

Where Do You Collect Your Matric Certificate?

When you have applied for a replacement certificate through the Department of Basic Education, you can collect it from their offices when the replacement is done. 

When you have completed your Matric, you can collect your certificate from the centre where you wrote your exams or from the school where you wrote your exams.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Matric Certificate?

When you have applied for a replacement certificate either due to the fact that your original one has been lost or damaged, you will have to wait for about four to six weeks before the replacement is done. 

However, If your records are not on the system, it will take longer as records needs to be retrieved from the Archives and loaded on the system.

How Long Are Matric Results Valid?

Matric results do not have an expiry date. Matric results are valid for as long as you live. If you lose your certificate, you can get it replaced through the Department of Basic Education.

What Does The Following Codes On My Statement Of Results Mean?

  • An NSC/BACH – National Senior Certificate, qualifies to study towards a Bachelor degree
  • NSC/DIP – National Senior Certificate, qualifies to study towards a diploma
  • NSC/HC – National Senior Certificate, qualifies to study towards a higher certificate
  • NSC – Achieved the National Senior Certificate only
  • NSC/LSEN – National Senior Certificate, a learner with special educational needs
  • NOT ACHIEVED – does not qualify for National Senior Certificate
  • INCOMPLETE – subject package of 6/ 7 (depending on curriculum) not offered
  • CODES
  • 999 – absent
  • 888 – subject change
  • 777 – outstanding mark
  • zz – ending (irregularity)
  • px – null and void (irregularity)
  • mo – marks outstanding

Is A Matric Certificate A Qualification?

Yes, a Matric is a qualification. Here  is what a Matric qualifies you for:

  • Further education
  • Learnerships
  • Entry-level employment

Author: Collin Wilbesi
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: May 27, 2022

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