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Become an Accredited Learning Provider


Why teach ZICA

We promote ZICA Global Learning widely through a range of on and offline media channels, ensuring that colleges and learning providers who work with us are the first choice for thousands of students and their employers. The primary mandate of the Institute is to promote the Accountancy profession through the regulation of the Accountancy practice and education. Arising from this mandate the Institute has powers among others to accredit local and foreign Institutes and Qualifications.


Accreditation Criteria & Grades

A training Institution that wishes to be accredited as a tuition provider for the ZiCA programmes shall apply using the prescribed application form and pay the appropriate non-refundable accreditation fees as prescribed by Council from time to time.

ZiCA shall conduct an onsite inspection of the training institution to verify the information provided in the application form.

Based on the inspection visit report, an institution that meets the minimum training standards shall be graded in accordance with the following grades and criteria.

The accreditation period shall be for a period of three (3) years subject to annual review.


Preconditions for Accreditation


CA Zambia

Management

  • At least three (3) members of the management team should have as a minimum a degree qualification or equivalent.
  • The head of Accountancy studies shall be fully a qualified accountant and a member of ZiCA (if applicable).

Lecturing Staff

  • The Lecturing Staff for Application and Advisory levels should have as a minimum a professional qualification/degree plus a Master Degree in the respective field of study.
  • The Lecturing Staff for Knowledge level should have as a minimum a professional qualification or degree in the respective field of study.
  • The Lecturing Staff should all have a Pedagogical (Teaching methodology) qualification.
  • The ratio of full time lecturers to part-time lecturers should be 60% to 40% respectively.

Student/lecturer/classroom Ratio

  • A student/Lecturer ratio of not more than 40 per subject offered.
  • A student/Classroom ratio of not more than 40 students per class.

Library facilities

  • A Student/Book ratio of not more than 5 students per book in the library for each subject
  • Minimum of one (1) hour Library time for each class per day.

Furniture condition

  • Classroom furniture in good condition.
  • Library furniture in good condition.

Sanitary facilities

  • Adequate toilet and other sanitary facilities for students and
    staff as per public health requirements.

Diploma in Accountancy

Management

  • At least two (2) members of the management team should have as a minimum a degree qualification or equivalent.
  • The head of Accountancy studies shall be fully a qualified accountant and a member of ZiCA (if applicable).

Lecturing Staff

  • The Lecturing Staff for level 1 should have as a minimum a diploma or its equivalent in the respective field of study.
  • The Lecturing Staff for level 2 should have as a minimum the penultimate level of any professional qualification or degree or its equivalent in the respective field of study.
  • The Lecturing Staff should all have a Pedagogical (Teaching methodology) qualification.
  • The ratio of full time lecturers to part-time lecturers should be 60% to 40% respectively.

Student/lecturer/classroom Ratio

  • A student/Lecturer ratio of not more than 40 per subject offered.
  • A student/Classroom ratio of not more than 40 students per class.

Library facilities

  • A Student/Book ratio of not more than 5 students per book in the library for each subject
  • Minimum of one (1) hour Library time for each class per day.

Furniture condition

  • Classroom furniture in good condition.
  • Library furniture in good condition.

Sanitary facilities

  • Adequate toilet and other sanitary facilities for students and
    staff as per public health requirements.

Diploma in Taxation

Management

  • At least two (2) members of the management team should have as a minimum a degree qualification or equivalent.
  • The head of Accountancy studies shall be fully a qualified accountant and a member of ZiCA (if applicable).

Lecturing Staff

  • The Lecturing Staff for the certificate level should have as a minimum a diploma or its equivalent in the respective field of study.
  • The Lecturing Staff for the diploma level should have as a minimum the penultimate level of any professional qualification or degree or its equivalent in the respective in the respective field of study.
  • The Lecturing Staff should all have a Pedagogical (Teaching methodology) qualification.
  • The ratio of full time lecturers to part-time lecturers should be 60% to 40% respectively.

Student/lecturer/classroom Ratio

  • A student/Lecturer ratio of not more than 40 per subject offered.
  • A student/Classroom ratio of not more than 40 students per class.

Library facilities

  • A Student/Book ratio of not more than 5 students per book in the library for each subject
  • Minimum of one (1) hour Library time for each class per day.

Furniture condition

  • Classroom furniture in good condition.
  • Library furniture in good condition.

Sanitary facilities

  • Adequate toilet and other sanitary facilities for students and
    staff as per public health requirements.

Public Sector Financial Management

Management

  • At least two (2) members of the management team should have as a minimum a degree qualification or equivalent.
  • The head of Accountancy studies shall be fully a qualified accountant and a member of ZiCA (if applicable).

Lecturing Staff

  • The Lecturing Staff should have as a minimum a professional qualification or a degree in the respective field of study.
  • The Lecturing Staff should all have a Pedagogical (Teaching methodology) qualification.
  • The ratio of full time lecturers to part-time lecturers should be 60% to 40% respectively.

Student/lecturer/classroom Ratio

  • A student/Lecturer ratio of not more than 40 per subject offered.
  • A student/Classroom ratio of not more than 40 students per class.

Library facilities

  • A Student/Book ratio of not more than 5 students per book in the library for each subject
  • Minimum of one (1) hour Library time for each class per day.

Furniture condition

  • Classroom furniture in good condition.
  • Library furniture in good condition.

Sanitary facilities

  • Adequate toilet and other sanitary facilities for students and
    staff as per public health requirements.

Grading Criteria

Training Providers will be assessed based on their ability to meet the training standards as outlined for each qualification category. For an Institution to qualify for accreditation, it should score a minimum of 50% on each accreditation criterion above. The grade/ status for each Institution will be determined as indicated in the table below:


GRADE/STATUS CRITERIA
PLANTINUM (*******) An Institution to qualify for Platinum will meet 90% and above of the training standards as outlined for each qualification category
GOLD (*****) An Institution to qualify for Gold will meet 85% to 89% of the training standards as outlined for each qualification category
SILVER (***) An Institution to qualify for Silver will meet 70% to 84% of the training standards as outlined for each qualification category
BRONZE (**) An Institution to qualify for Bronze will meet 50% to 69% of the training standards as outlined for each qualification category
UNGRADED Has attained less than 50% of the training standards as outlined for each qualification

Accreditation

Accredited Institutions will be given Certificates that will be valid for three years after which they will need to apply for renewal. Accredited Institutions will be subjected to annual inspection, based on which the accreditation grade may be raised, lowered or withdrawn. ZiCA will publish names of accredited Institutions in the public media annually.


Renewal Of Accreditation

Training Institutions are required to apply for renewal of accreditation three (3) months before the expiry of the subsisting every three years. Renewal of accreditation will follow the same process as that of initial application.


Adjustment & Withdrawal of Accreditation

The accreditation grade of an institution will be adjusted upwards when the findings of the annual inspection show that the institution has met the accreditation criteria of a higher Grade institution as defined in grading Criteria than was the case at the initial inspection of the running three (3) year accreditation. The accreditation grade will be adjusted downwards when the findings of the annual inspection show that the institution no longer meets the accreditation criteria for that Grade as defined in grading criteria than was the case at the initial inspection of the running three (3) year accreditation.


Amendments To Application

Amendments to the information provided in the application form for accreditation or renewal of accreditation may be carried out from the time of applying to the time of inspection. No amendments shall be made to the supplied information after inspection has been carried out. Amendments to the information in the data base for accredited institutions shall be done during annual inspections.


Complaints

Tuition providers, students, industry, parents/guardians and all other stakeholders may seek ZiCA intervention when they are dissatisfied with the service being provided at a given training institution or institutions. Complaints shall be made in writing to the: Secretary and Chief Executive, Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants, Box 32005, Lusaka, Zambia.

The complaints shall include the following information:

  • Full name and contact address of the complainant.
  • The name of the institution(s) against which the complaint is being made.
  • Particulars of the complaint together with copies of any documentary evidence where necessary or possible.
  • The likely nature of the harm that has been suffered by the complainant or others as a result of the action taken by the institution.
  • The relief being sought.

Resolution Of Complaints

Once the complaint has been received, ZiCA shall acknowledge receipt of the complaint within 48 hours, and follow the Institute’s laid down procedures for resolving complaints.