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Taxation Programme

Taxation is a specialist field which draws on law, administration and accountancy. By and large, most taxation work in Zambia is undertaken by accountants. However, tax is a complex and diverse field requiring specialised technical knowledge. Increasingly, there has been demand from the market for a specialised training programme in Taxation to increase technical capacity that matches the growth in the Zambian economy. In putting this programme together, the Institute drew upon the wide experience it has in training accountants.

Why ZiCA Taxation Programme

To Offer Thorough Understanding of Tax System

Offer a thorough understanding of the Tax system and practice of Taxation in Zambia to professional accountants.

To Enhance The Understanding of Tax

Enhance the understanding of tax among the professionals from a wide range of disciplines who may not have a background in accounting but are actively involved in the various facets of taxation.

To Grant An Opportunity in Taxation

Give an opportunity to all those who require a recognised professional qualification in Taxation for whatever reason.

Registration and Entry Requirements

Registration Requirements

All students must register with the Institute at the start of their course. Student registration numbers will be sent to all students. Registration forms can be obtained from ZICA offices in Lusaka and Kitwe or from any accredited ZICA tuition provider. Alternatively, the forms can be downloaded below. All prospective students are encouraged to complete the form and attach all relevant documents as stipulated. All statement of results or qualifications attached must be certified.


Minimum entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are set out below:

Normal route

Full school certificate, or its equivalent, with credits in English language, Mathematics and three other subjects.

Holders of any other qualifications approved by ZICA

Holders of any other qualifications approved by ZICA

Methods of Study

The method of study shall be full time and part time at colleges and Institutions approved by TEVETA. Private home study is also encouraged.


The student on full time study attends class at one of the accredited tuition providers as a full-time student of the ZICA Diploma in Taxation


The student on part-time study attends tuition at one of the accredited tuition providers as a part-time student of the ZICA Diploma in Taxation


The student on distance learning mode of study registers with the Institute and reads the materials for the subject they want to sit from home. They are not registered with any tuition provider.


Students may change modes of study. However they must inform the Institute every time they wish to change.



ZiCA will run two examination sessions in a year: June and December. The Examination timetable for each year shall be sent to individual candidates and examination centres. The timetable will also be posted to the Institute’s website: during the first week of February every year and published in all issues of the Student Accountant magazine.

Critical Dates

All registered students must pay the annual subscription fee by 1 January of each year. Any student who would have not paid their annual subscription fees by 31 March each year shall be de-registered. A de-registered student will be required to pay a student re-registration fee as prescribed by Council from time to time to activate his/her student membership.

 Fees  June  December
 28 February  31 August
Subscription fees  31 March  31 March
 Examination  31 March 30 September

Examination Procedures

  • You must be in the examination room at least 30 minutes before the paper is due to commence.The doors will be closed at that time to enable the invigilator to issue instructions and distribute stationery, and give you an opportunity to sign the attendance register.
  • Do not bring any paper or printed material into the examination room. Possession of such material may result in your being barred from participation in the examination.
  • Examination paper on which to answer the questions will be provided.
  • Cell phones are not allowed in the examination room.
  • If you arrive more than 40 minutes after the starting time of the examination, you will not be allowed to sit that paper.
  • You will not be permitted to leave the examination room during the first hour nor the last 30 minutes.
  • You will not be allowed finally to leave the examination room without permission until you have handed in your answer booklets.
  • You must cease writing immediately the invigilator has declared the examination over.

Course Structure

The programme has two levels, the certificate and the diploma. Each level consists of six (6) modules. The candidates who pass the six (6) modules at the certificate level are awarded with a ZICA Certificate in Taxation and those who pass all the six (6) modules at Diploma level are awarded with the ZICA Professional Diploma in Taxation.

Certificate Level

The entry requirement at certificate level is five (5) O-level credits or better including English and Mathematics

C1 Business Management

This paper introduces students to the wider concepts of business organisation and governance, environmental influences...

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C4 Direct Taxes

This Paper introduces students to IncomeTax, covering topics like the Role and purpose of taxation...

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C2 Economics and Financial Mathematics

This Course introduces students to the foundational aspects of Economics and Financial Mathematics...

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C5 Indirect Taxes

This Paper introduces students to indirect taxation and covers aspects of Value Added Tax and Customs..

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C3 Accountancy for Tax Practitioners

This Paper assumes elementary knowledge of accounting and focuses on interpretations...

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C6 Law for Tax Practitioners

This Paper introduces students to general principles of Law as it applies to the field of taxation.

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Diploma Level

ZICA Certificate in Taxation or any other relevant qualification approved by the Institute. This programme prepares students to carry out duties as: Tax Accountants; Tax Advisors; Compliance Officers; VAT Accountants; VAT Inspectors; and Customs Officers.

D1 Business Information Management

This Paper introduces students to the wider concepts of business information management...

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D4 Personal Taxation

This Paper focuses on personal income taxation, including aspects such as determination of tax residence for individuals

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D2 Financial Management

This Paper introduces students to the framework of financial management, Financial planning and analysis, Sources of finance...

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D5 International Taxation

This Paper introduces students to International Taxation, taking a closer look at issues such as the Global economic environment.

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D3 Business Taxation

This Paper builds on the knowledge gained in Paper D 4 – Direct Taxes. It covers topics such as Sole trader income tax, Partnerships

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D6 Tax audit and Investigation

This Paper introduces students the wider concepts of auditing and investigations.

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