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Role & Functions



The State Examinations Commission is a new body established by statutory order in March 2003. The Commission assumed responsibility for the operation of the State Certificate Examinations from the Department of Education and Skills from 2003 onwards. The organisation is staffed by civil servants and there are five Commissioners appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.

The Commission deals with the provision and quality of the Irish State Examinations. The organisation is committed to working in partnership with school authorities and education providers in order to deliver a high quality examination and assessment system that is efficient, fair and accessible and to ensure that the system is operated in an environment of openness, transparency and accountability.

Mission Statement

"To provide a high-quality candidate-centred state examinations service."


The Commission is responsible for the operation of all aspects of the established Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, Leaving Certificate Applied and Junior Certificate Examinations including written, oral, aural and practical components and assessed course work in some subjects. Two million components are examined annually. We also organise certain trade and professional examinations. The individual functions involved in the operation of the examinations include:

  • Preparing examination papers and other examination materials.

  • Determining procedures for the conduct and supervision of examinations.
  • Recruiting contract staff to draft and mark examination components and to superintend at the examinations.

  • Arranging for marking of work presented for assessment and examinations.

  • Issuing the results of examinations.

  • Determining procedures to enable the review and appeal of results of
    examinations at the request of candidates.

  • Charging and collecting fees for examinations.

  • Designating places where examinations may be held.
State Examinations Commission, Cornamaddy, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 TP65. Tel: 090-644 2700 Fax: 090-644 2744 Email us: Click here link to the Contact Form
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