Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Certifications Barbados

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), set up in 1972, is an institution of the Caribbean community (Caricom) that provides educational certifications in 16 English speaking Commonwealth Caribbean countries and territories. The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) provides examinations and certification at the secondary and post-secondary levels. It provides two levels of examinations and certifications:

Caribbean Secondary Education Certification (CSEC): Students at the end of the secondary school studies are offered this certification. 

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE): This is offered for post-secondary candidates entering the job market and for those students who wish to go for tertiary/higher education. 

CXC Examinations

CXC examinations and certification are recognized accepted regionally and internationally.

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) 

Students after the completion of the secondary school in Barbados sit for CSEC examination and this examination marks the cessation of secondary school education. 
  • Aged: 16 and above

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE)

Students who have successfully completed their secondary school and want to go for higher studies can take the CAPE examinations. Pupils appearing for the CAPE exams generally must hold a CSEC or an equivalent certificate. 
The CAPE is a voluntary qualification used as an entry requirement for tertiary education in Barbados and some other countries as well.
  • Age: 18 years old

Examinations Dates

Examinations for the Secondary Education Certificate generally take place in January and May-June of each year. 
Examinations for the Secondary Level Competence Certificate and Advanced Proficiency Certificate generally take place in May-June of each year.

Issuance of Certificate

A certificate, diploma or an associate degree is issued to candidates based on the result of the examinations. The certificates, diplomas and associate degrees are sent to the Local Registrar who is responsible for distributing it to the educational institutions, or are sent to the individual non-school candidates as per the requirements of the participating Governments concerned.  


Educational institutions must send the preliminary estimates of the candidates for examinations to the local registrars. The local registrars would administer the whole process. Registration for the examinations- CAPE and/or CSEC must be done directly to the examination body by the candidates or by private institutions.

To know more about the registration, visit the official website of CXC.
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