How to Apply for TSC Number and Certificate Online and the Requirements

Learn how to apply for a TSC number and certificate online in Kenya. Follow the step-by-step guide and meet the essential requirements

Oct 3, 2023 - 16:44
How to Apply for TSC Number and Certificate Online and the Requirements
How to Apply for TSC Number and Certificate Online and the Requirements

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has played a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape in Kenya. Established in 1967, its roots trace back to the 1950s when teachers, under the leadership of retired President Daniel T Moi, passionately advocated for a unified body to oversee the welfare of educators. The TSC was created to ensure equitable remuneration and consistent terms and conditions of service for teachers. In this comprehensive guide, we will take you through the process of applying for a TSC number and certificate online, outlining the essential requirements and steps required for a successful application.

The Importance of a TSC Number

Before we delve into the application process, it's crucial to understand the significance of having a TSC number. This unique identifier is not just a formality; it's a gateway to a teaching career in Kenya. With a TSC number, you can be assigned duties in public and private schools, making it a fundamental requirement for aspiring educators.

Minimum Educational Requirements

To be eligible for a TSC number, you must meet specific educational criteria based on your qualifications:

  • Certificate Holders: You should have scored a minimum of C Plain in KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education).
  • Diploma Graduates: A minimum of C+ (plus) at KCSE is required for diploma holders.
  • Degree Graduates: If you hold a degree, you must have attained a minimum of C+ (plus) at KCSE.
  • Primary Teachers: Aspiring primary school teachers need at least a P1 qualification before applying for a TSC number.
  • Secondary School Teachers: Secondary school educators should have a diploma or degree in education with two teaching subjects. You must have scored at least a C+ in both subjects and a mean grade of C+ in KCSE.

Required Documents

Before you embark on the online application journey, ensure you have the following documents ready:

  • Up-to-date Certificate of Good Conduct
  • GP 69 Medical Form
  • One passport-size photo
  • National Identity Card
  • Certified copies of academic and professional documents
  • For non-citizens, a valid work permit from the Immigration Department
  • Bank Deposit Slip

Please note that you need to deposit a non-refundable fee of Kshs. 1055/- to the TSC Registration Account at the National Bank of Kenya (Direct Banking to A/C No. 01001000905001) or use the Pay Bill Business Number 625625 for fee payment.

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a TSC Number and Certificate Online

Now, let's walk through the online application process:

  1. Visit the TSC online registration portal at
  2. Enter your ID number and Surname, then click Next.
  3. Fill in the form with your details accurately and click Next.
  4. Upload scanned copies of all the required documents.
  5. Proceed to section C, where you will provide additional details, including the Major and Minor subjects you studied.
  6. Select your preferred mode of payment and input the pay-in slip number.
  7. Review all the information to ensure accuracy.
  8. Save and finalize your application.

Checking Your TSC Number Registration Status

After completing the application process, you can check the status of your TSC number registration:

  1. Visit the TSC online services portal.
  2. Enter your ID number or passport number.
  3. Click "Go," and you will receive the confirmation of your TSC number registration status.

Receiving Your TSC Certificate

Once your TSC number is successfully assigned, the commission will send your TSC certificate to the postal address you provided during registration. Ensure the postal address you provide is accurate, as any discrepancies may cause delays in receiving your certificate. If you have not received your certificate after a month, contact the commission for clarification.

How to Pay the TSC Registration Fee via MPESA

Paying the TSC registration fee via MPESA is convenient. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Go to the TSC Online registration portal
  2. Click New Teacher registration
  3. Register by providing the required details
  4. Once you get to the payment page, select Mpesa
  5. Enter Paybill number 222222
  6. Enter the account number provided on the Pesaflow checkout page. Use the account format indicated on that page
  7. Enter amount
  8. Enter your Mpesa Account PIN and submit the payment
  9. Once you have made payment, go back to the TSC payment page and click Complete

Denial of Registration

It's important to note that TSC can deny registration if:

  • You need to gain the relevant academic and professional qualifications.
  • You do not have good morals and have been convicted of an offence against a learner, including sexual offences.
  • You have been convicted of a criminal offence that renders you unfit for teaching.
  • You are involved in activities prejudicial to peace, good governance, and order.
  • You suffer from a mental or physical condition that renders you incapable of performing teaching duties.

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Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the Teachers Service Commission plays a pivotal role in ensuring the quality and standardization of education in Kenya. Obtaining a TSC number and certificate is not just a formality; it's a testament to your commitment to the teaching profession. By following the outlined requirements and steps for online application, you can embark on your teaching journey with the necessary credentials and make a meaningful impact on the future generations of Kenya. stands proudly as a preeminent Publication Blog in Kenya, dedicated to delivering an unparalleled wealth of informative content across a multitude of subjects that resonate with both the Kenyan audience and the global community at large. Our unwavering commitment to quality and accuracy has made us a trusted resource for readers not only in Kenya but also in the United States and South Africa.