State Examinations Commission

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State Examinations Commission
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State Agency of the Department of Education overview
Formed6 March 2003
Preceding State Agency of the Department of Education
  • Examinations Branch, Department of Education
HeadquartersCornamaddy, Athlone, County Westmeath
State Agency of the Department of Education executives
  • Andrea Feeney, Chief Executive
  • Patrick Burke, Chairman
Key document
  • State Examinations Commission (Establishment) Order 2003

The State Examinations Commission (Irish: Coimisiún na Scrúduithe Stáit) is the organisation that replaced the Examinations Branch of the Department of Education in Ireland.[1]


The State Examinations Commission is a State body established by statutory order on 6 March 2003.[2] The Commission assumed responsibility for the operation of the State Certificate Examinations from the Department of Education.

The State Examinations Commission has an online system which allows examination candidates to view their results on its website.


The commission is staffed by civil servants and there are five Commissioners appointed by the Minister for Education.


The commission oversees the state examinations at secondary education level in Ireland. Its offices are located in Athlone, County Westmeath. The two examinations the commission oversees for accreditation and certification are:

Typically about 60,000 students present for each of these examinations each year, generally commencing on the first Wednesday of June. The commission holds the results of public examinations carried out by the Intermediate Education Board for Ireland (1879-1924), these include the Junior Grade, Middle Grade and Senior Grade. A list of the department's former examinations include:

Years Examination
1924-1991 Intermediate Certificate
1929-1967 Primary Certificate
1947-1991 Day Vocational (Group) Certificate

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Flaherty, Rachel. "Leaving Cert site for external candidates to apply is fixed". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  2. ^ State Examinations Commission (Establishment) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 373 of 2003). Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Irish Statute Book.

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