Although the government plans to abolish Technical and business KNEC exams in polytechnic and TVET institutions in the country, KNEC released a circular for March and July 2024 Technical and business Exam series which is still open for registration in some TVET institutions.
KNEC will not offer November Examinations for TVET Institutions from November 2024. TVET examinations will instead be offered in March and July only as seen in the timetable.
KNEC 2024 registration Technical and business exams
Key dates for 2024 KNEC examination
March 2024 exam series; Registration period- 1st November to 15th December 2023.
July 2024 exam series; Registration period- 1st March to 30th April 2024.
2024 KNEC exams timetable
|1st – 29th March 2024
|Business and Technical Exams
|5th July – 2nd August 2024
|Business and Technical Exams (Continues into August)
Registration requirements Business and technical TVET exams
Some of the details you need to prepare for Exam registration include your passport photo, Results slip for module 2 and 3 candidates, KNEC exam fees and also your signature will be required on submission of these documents as per the respective institutions guidelines.
- NVCET courses: KCPE certificate and examination fee
- Certificate courses: KCSE D plain with pass in relevant subjects and examination fee
- Diploma courses: Minimum KCSE C- with pass in relevant subjects and examination fee
- Higher Diploma courses: KCSE C- with pass in relevant, Certificate or Diploma course and examination fee
KNEC refer exam registration
Referred candidates can register to resit Business TEP exams at their former institution or any other KNEC examination center approved to offer the refer paper. Repeaters for Business and technical exams registered will be offered with a candidate index number starting with 9000, the candidate will pay respective fee for the paper. Full PDF from KNEC
Colleges and TVETs institutions in Kenya uses the KNEC examination for evaluation and promotion to the next step or modules. To move to the next module or next yearly phase, candidates always sit for KNEC examination. To qualify to the next module a candidate should have a minimum of pass in all the units he or she sat for. If not a candidate can also proceed to the next module with pass in other units and not more than 2 fail units This is normally known as referred.
Referred means that in a unit a candidate scored a minimum of pass. In this instance a candidate proceeds to the next phase or module but he or she re-sits the referred units later. Keep in mind that other courses require only one referred unit to proceed to the next step without re siting the whole academic year this happens for courses with minimal units
To fully graduate from your course you should have a minimum average of pass in all your examinations results so with any referred paper you are required to register for KNEC exam and attain a minimum of pass in the referred units.
There are various classes and grades according to the KNEC grading system for TVETs institutions and colleges they are shown in the table below
|Pass with Distinction
|Grade 1 and 2
|Pass with credit
|Grade 3 and 4
|Grade 5 and 6
The official grades are determined from the final scores in each unit a candidate sits for in his or her KNEC exam we have prepared a table below to show the raw scores and its association with the grading system this will help candidates to target for the examination scores or final results of the KNEC examination they sit for.
Overall KNEC exam performance is indicated as:
- 1 PASS with DISTINCTION
- 2 PASS with CREDIT
- 3 PASS
- CRNM: course requirement not met this happens when you fail to sit in for a particular exam offered in your course
If a candidate scores 39 and below in a paper sat for, he or she is referred essentially meaning you failed the paper in this instance as stated earlier in the article you have to re sit the paper after paying for the KNEC exam again but this time you only pay for the failed/referred paper only through your college or TVET institution.