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How to Equate Foreign Qualifications – General Education

This service enables people who attended their general education (primary and secondary) from foreign institutes to apply for the equivalency certificate from the National Examination and School Inspection Authority. This service is provided by the National Examination and School Inspection Authority (NESA). 

The processing time is 7 working days. The price for this service is Rwf 1,000. 


  • Applicants with or without an account can apply for this service.

  • Rwandan citizens should have a national ID number.

  • Foreigners should have a passport number

  • Conditional attachments;

  • Primary Leaving Certificate or Equivalence

  • Ordinary Level Certificate or Equivalence

  • Laissez-passer

  • Passport copy

  • Academic transcript from awarding institution

  • Applicants should have a valid phone number and email address or both.

Follow these simple steps to apply for an equivalency certificate for foreign qualifications: 

  1. Visit and under Education, click on Application for Equating Foreign Qualifications – General Education. 

  1. Click on Apply.

  1. Fill in the Applicant Details, the details will be retrieved and displayed on the right side of the page.

  1. Attach all the required documents in the right format and size. Attachments change depending on the applicant’s nationality or the level of qualifications.  

  1. Click on Next to proceed. 

Note: Prior to submission, the supporting documents should be notarized by Rwandan notaries or the Embassy of Rwanda in the awarding country.

  1. Verify that the information is true, enter a phone number and email address, check the verification box, and click on Submit.

  1. A billing number/ID (88….) will be generated, Click pay

  2. Applicants can pay offline using MTN Mobile Money, Airtel Money, BK App, BK Branches, and BK Agents, or pay online using VISA or MasterCard.

NOTE: After applying and successfully paying via IremboGov, the application is sent to the National Examination and School Inspection Authority Rwanda(NESA) to be processed; and if it’s found authentic, the application will be approved.

The applicant receives an SMS/Email notifying them that the certificate is available and that they can download it from the IremboGov platform.

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