FAQs on Revised Programme

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Revision of ZICA Accountancy Programme

  1. Question: Why has Institute revised the curriculum of the ZiCA Accountancy programme?
    Answer: In order to comply with the Education and Training Policy, which requires that after every five years, the ZiCA qualifications should be reviewed to ensure that they are in line with current business and environmental changes.
  1. Question: Will the name for the current programme change after the review of the syllabus?
    Answer: Yes, the current ZiCA Accountancy programme has been split into two: Chartered Accountant Zambia (CA Zambia) and Diploma in Accounting.
  1. Question: How is the structure of the CA Zambia Programme?
    Answer: The CA Zambia Programme will have three levels, with 6 modules at Knowledge level, 5 modules at Application level and 3 compulsory subjects plus 2 optional subjects from a choice of three routes, Public Practice, Business, and Public Sector at Advisory level.

  1. Question: How is the structure of the Diploma in Accounting Programme?
    Answer: The Diploma in Accounting Programme will have two levels with seven (7) modules or papers in level one and five (5) modules or papers in level two.

  1. Question: What will be the certification regime for the CA Zambia and Diploma in
    Accounting Programmes?
    Answer: Under the CA Zambia and Diploma in Accounting Programmes, candidates will be certified at the end of the programme and therefore there will be no certification at each level. For the CA Zambia qualification, candidates should note that the certificate will only be awarded upon completion of both the examinations and practical training components.
  1. Question: What are the Pathways to Entry into CA Qualification?
    Answer: The CA qualification has three levels and therefore candidates can enter into the programme at each of these levels as follows:

  1. Question: What are the Pathways to Entry into Diploma in Accounting?
    Answer: The minimum entry requirements for the Diploma in Accounting are as follows:
    i) School Leavers: Full School Certificate or its equivalent with five credits or better in English, Mathematics and three other subjects.
    ii) Non School Leavers: Holders of any other recognised qualifications approved by the Institute.
  1. Question: When will the CA Zambia and Diploma in Accounting take effect for tuition and studying?
    Answer: The CA Zambia and Diploma in Accounting will take effect from July 2017 for tuition and studying.
  1. Question: When will the first examination be held under the CA Zambia and Diploma in Accounting?
    Answer: The first examination for CA Zambia and Diploma in Accounting will be held in December 2017.
  1. Question: What transition arrangements have been put in place for the current students to switch to CA Zambia and Diploma in Accounting?
    Answer: Students on the current programme at Technician and Licentiate levels will be switched to the CA Zambia and Diploma in Accounting depending on the subjects they have already passed. Those students at Technician and Licentiate levels who meet the direct entry requirements into CA Zambia will be given an option to switch to CA Zambia directly or go through the Diploma in Accounting route. For those at Professional level, they will automatically be moved to the CA Zambia programme. Download conversion document here.
  1. Question: How many exemptions will a graduate from the Diploma in Accounting have at Application level of CA Zambia?Answer: Two exemptions – 2.2 Management Accounting and 2.4 Taxation.
  1. Question: What will the status of the current ZICA Professional graduates be in terms of recognitions compared to the CA Zambia?
    Answer: The status of both the ZICA professional graduates and CA Zambia will be the same in terms of recognition and equivalence. It must be noted that the CA Zambia status will not be granted automatically. CA Zambia graduates will be required to attain the mandatory 3 year practical experience, which is also a requirement for ZiCA professional graduates.
  1. Question: Will ZICA students who have already passed examinations in the subjects whose content has changed be required to sit for the examinations again in the same subjects?
    Answer: No, students who have already passed examinations in the subjects whose content has changed will not be required to sit examinations in those subjects.
  1. Question: Will students who were awarded exemptions in the subjects whose content have changed lose the exemptions?
    Answer: The students will maintain the exemptions provided they pay for them by 30th June, 2017. Exemptions that will not be paid for by 30th June 2017 will be forfeited and students will have to re-apply.
  1. Question: How many examination sessions will be held under CA Zambia and Diploma in Accounting each year?
    Answer: There will be two (2) examinations sessions each year, in June and December.
  1. Question: Are there any other important changes that students ought to be aware of?
    Answer: Yes, there has been changes on the due date for subscription from 31st March to 1st January each year. For June examination session, the due date for new registrations/re-registrations, and examinations has changed to 28th February and 31st March respectively. The table below shows the new due dates.

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