About National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)

The National Board for Technical Education is a principal organ of Federal Ministry of Education specifically created to handle all aspects of Technical and Vocational Education falling outside University Education. It was established by Act No. 9 of 11th January, 1977.


In addition to providing standardised minimum guide curricula for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the Board supervises and regulates, through an accreditation process, the programmes offered by technical institutions at secondary and post secondary school levels. It is also involved with the funding of Polytechnics owned by the Government of the Federation of Nigeria.



To be a world class regulatory body for the promotion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Nigeria



To promote the production of skilled technical and professional manpower for the development and sustenance of the National Economy.




NBTE latest News....


Heads of polytechnics and specialized tertiary technical institutions in the country have been enjoined to key into the fight against corruption by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.


Speaking during an interactive session between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Rectors and Provosts of polytechnics and specialized institutions organized by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in Kaduna, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala reiterated President Buhari's vow to stamp out corruption in Nigeria's public life.


While stressing that corruption hinders development of a nation, Dr. Nwaobiala urged the rectors to take pride in accomplishments while in office and not try to amass wealth through corrupt means, adding “Let us also change our value systems and entrench accountability and transparency in our everyday life”. Read More



Young people out of employment, or under employed, having left education too early or completed and with inadequate skills, are everywhere in Nigeria and at high risk of economic marginalization and social exclusion. Upgrading their skills is essential in helping them to enter, or return to, the labour market. So the challenge is hugely depended on how Nigeria can transform its youthful population into highly skilled and competent citizens. A major part of the responsibility for preparing such a workforce rests on our Nation's education and training systems. It is for this reason that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has been spearheading skills development programmes in Nigeria. Read More


Beware of Illegal Polytechnics! NBTE Scribe Warns

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Executive Secretary, Dr. Masa'udu A. Kazaure has warned members of the public to beware of individuals and institutions which are in the habit of admitting students to study courses in unapproved and illegal Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Innovation Enterprise Institutions (IEIs) with a promise to award the National Diploma (ND) or Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates. Read More

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TVE is the Answer to Unemployment in Nigeria - Dr. M.A. Kazaure

Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa'udu A. Kazaure has said that the revitalization of technical and vocational education (TVE) is a panacea to solving the problem of unemployment in the Nigeria.

Speaking while as guest on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) morning programme “Good Morning Nigeria” Dr. Kazaure said “with the right environment, individuals with skills would not only provide employment for themselves but also for others”. 

He said the Board was collaborating with relevant bodies through the National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) to enhance standard and quality in skills training in Nigeria but lamented that the near comatose state of the industrial sector was affecting skills development in the country, arguing that training institutions were supposed to interface with industries to produce the right skills. 

Dr. Kazaure listed funding as a major challenge facing the TVE sector, stressing that funding was necessary for the procurement of up-to-date training equipment and consumables as well as training and retraining of technology teachers and instructors.

He called on the government to critically look into the issue of power supply, revitalization of the industrial sector and improved funding to the technical education sector to accelerate job creation in the country.


NVQF is Key to Skills Development in Power Sector- Executive Secretary

Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Dr. Masa'udu A. Kazaure, mni has emphasized that for any skill development programme to succeed in the power sector, there must be a suitable qualifications framework and verification system that will provide the necessary quality assurance and control mechanism.

Dr. Kazaure who stated this in a keynote address he delivered at the graduation ceremony of the Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP) of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja added that the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) will do a great deal at improving the understanding of qualifications in terms of information they convey to an employer about prospective workers' competencies.
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FEC Aprroves Six-Levels NVQF for Nigeria

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had, at its meeting of Wednesday April 10, 2013, approved a Six-Level National Vocational Qualification Framework for the country.

The framework as approved by the Federal Executive Council would recognize and certify skills and vocations outside the school system and place same in the scheme of service.


This means is that Nigeria, for the first time, recognizes that skills development can be done within or outside the school system and there are six areas that are being developed in terms of coming from the lowest level to the highest level.