The Complete List of Trade Subjects needed to complete ‘O’ Level Exam registration such as WAEC, NECO and GCE.

It is a must to choose a trade subject along with other 8 secondary school subjects during WAEC, NECO and GCE registration. And let me quickly tell you this…

Yoruba is a compulsory subject you must register in any WAEC, NECO or GCE examination if you are considering any higher institution in Lagos State. Please be guided.

You should choose subjects as required by a university course or polytechnic and college of education. It is important you verify the subject requirements of any course before attempting to register them in WAEC, NECO or GCE. Else, you will be screened out if you ever made it to departmental screening.

Those who wrote WAEC before the introduction of trade subjects are safe. No need to rewrite WAEC if you pass the required subject combination without a trade subject.

Is trade subject compulsory?

Yes. You cannot register for WAEC or NECO without registering a trade subject. It is expected that you learn one trade subject in secondary school. Moreover, trade subjects offer students the opportunity to acquire some entrepreneurship skills. The type of trade made available for learning in schools will depend on equipment and resources available, the need of the community where the school is located as well as the vision of the school.


Here is the list of trade subjects for O level/WAEC

  1. Animal husbandry
  2. Auto body repairs
  3. Auto mechanic
  4. Auto electrical work
  5. Automobile parts merchandising
  6. Block laying, bricklaying and concreting work
  7. Bookkeeping
  8. Carpentry and joinery
  9. Catering craft practice
  10. Data processing
  11. Dyeing and bleaching
  12. Plumbing and pipe fitting
  13. Printing craft practice
  14. Radio, television, and electronics
  15. Salesmanship
  16. Stenography
  17. Tourism
  18. Upholstery
  19. Welding and fabrication engineering craft practice
  20. Marketing
  21. Metalwork
  22. Mining
  23. Painting and decorating
  24. Photography
  25. Plumbing craft practice
  26. Printing craft practice
  27. Leather goods manufacturing and repairs
  28. Insurance
  29. Machine Woodworking
  30. GSM phone maintenance and repair
  31. Garment making
  32. Furniture making
  33. Fisheries
  34. Shorthand
  35. Keyboarding

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