Trinity’s guitar certificate exams offer an alternative to graded exams.

  • Create your own mini-recital
  • Gain marks for programme planning, programme notes and stagecraft
  • Receive precise and specific feedback to inform your continued musical development
  • Prepare for Trinity’s Performance diplomas, which follow the same format as certificate exams
  • There is no technical work and there are no supporting tests

Our music certificate exams are open to all candidates, with no age restrictions or other limitations. There is no requirement to have passed lower levels, theory exams or other qualifications.

Choose from three levels of assessment representing key stages of musical development.

Certificate level

Equivalent grade level


Grade 3


Grade 5


Grade 8

Certificate exams are available for the following guitar subjects:

  • Acoustic guitar
  • Classical guitar

Classical Guitar
The listed repertoire must be played on a nylon-strung classical six-string guitar. Instruments with cutaways may be used. Own-choice pieces may be played on any type or size of instrument, including bass guitar, as appropriate.


Certificate repertoire lists are available for some subjects. For full details (including what you can play, and how long your recital should be), please see the syllabus.

Classical Guitar repertoire lists

Further information

Full details (including our procedures, syllabus requirements, what to expect, and what to bring with you) can be found in our Information & Regulations.

Exam report forms are released typically within 1-2 weeks, enabling candidates to benefit from the detailed feedback whilst the exam experience is still recent. Certificates usually follow 4 weeks later. Occasionally, we may not be able to release the exam result straight away. Further details about this can be found on our music syllabus Infringements page. For any other questions, please see our music exam help pages.

Information & Regulations Music syllabus infringements Music exam help

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