The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has introduced a facility to allow Leaving Certificate candidates to confirm their subject and level entry details online through the Candidate Self Service Portal, and to indicate whether they want to take the examinations, or to receive SEC Accredited Grades, or both.

The Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) is a service provided by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Department of Education for 6th year candidates entered for the 2021 Leaving Certificate.

Information will be provided in due course to schools about Year 1 Leaving Certificate Applied candidates (5th years).  They are not included on the portal as this is not the final year of the programme and their information will be gathered directly from their school.

The Candidate portal will open at 12 Noon on Wednesday 10 March and close at 6 pm on Tuesday 16 March.

The Leaving Certificate Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) can be accessed at or Click on ‘Leaving Certificate Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) 2021’.

To assist Candidates the SEC has prepared a step by step ‘Before You Start Guide’. All candidates must read this Guide and the important information before they commence the registration process on the Candidate Self Service Portal.

The Before You Start Guide updates the information provided in Circular 7/21 regarding candidates confirming that they want to sit examinations after the 16 March.  Note please that it will be possible for candidates to update their choices at the end of April/early May to include indicating that they want to take an examination in a subject which they had opted out of taking.  However, there are limitations on this choice as by the time the portal reopens candidates will have lost the opportunity to take any of the related assessment components in multi-component subjects.

Please click here for the Leaving Certificate Short Information For Students, Parents and Guardians.

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