How to become a Chartered Accountant


Registration of Articles

The student should:
  • Register as an articled clerk with an accredited training office (ATO) in Zimbabwe, the list of these ATO’s can be found at the ICAZ reception or download here.
  • Through the ATO, register as an ICAZ student accountant

A Level Holders → Embark on the undergraduate UNISA B Compt Financial Accounting programme

Accounting Degree Holders → Embark on the ZCTA programme from either Chartered Accountants Academy (CAA) or from UNISA

CTA Holders from South Africa → Embark on the Zimbabwe Taxation Examination through ICAZ

ZCTA Holders → Embark on the final qualifying examinations

Registration for the UNISA B Compt Financial Accounting undergraduate degree programme (3 year programme

The student should apply for the programme on the UNISA website

Registration for the Zimbabwe Certificate in Theory of Accounting ZCTA

The student may enrol for this course through either CAA or UNISA

  1. Through the CAA route students should be in possession of an undergraduate accounting degree to embark on the 1 year full time programme and should also pass the pre-test conducted on registration. There is also a part-time 2 year programme for; working students in possession of an accounting degree, students who will have failed the pre-test and those in possession of qualifications from other bodies such as ACCA, CIMA & CIS.
  2. To embark for the UNISA CTA programme students should apply early on the UNISA website. On registering with UNISA for the CTA programme students should be aware that the Taxation module is registered at ICAZ.

In cases where five years have lapsed since the student last passed ZCTA. The relevant students should redo and pass one of the above ZCTA programmes again.

Students should pass all modules in one sitting to obtain the ZCTA qualification.

Registration for the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) (Previously Board One

The student should:
  • Have a recognized Certificate in Theory of Accounting (CTA) qualification and completed the Zimbabwe Advanced Taxation Examinations - all these should not be older than 5 years.

Registration for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Examinations

The student should:
  • Have passed the ITC exam
  • Be under a training contract through an ATO for more than 20 months or have completed the training.
  • Have successfully completed the Professional Competence Development Programme.
  1. Requirements for Membership Applications

    For one to apply for membership they need to submit the following:

    Registration Fee USD 402.50
    PAAB Registration Fees USD 402.50
    Annual Subscriptions (pro-rata basis)

    The following Certified documents are required:

    • Degree Certificates
    • ZCTA Certificate
    • FQC Certificate
    • Letters discharging your training records and training contract
    • Application Form duly completed.
  2. Requirements for a Letter of Good Standing

    • CPD HRS It is a requirement that all members serve at least 20 CPD hours a year and cumulative 120 CPD hours over three years. This determines if you are technically up-to-date. Please indicate the number of CPD hrs over the above periods in your application and also provide a confirmation letter from your organization (where you attended the courses) of the CPD hours that you attained.
    • SUBSCRIPTIONS Current year subscriptions should be fully paid. ii. CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT Please state if you have abided by the legislation and by-laws that governs the accounting profession conduct in Zimbabwe or country you are residing in. Click here for your copy. iii. EMPLOYERS LETTER A letter from your current employer stating that you have been acting in a professional manner during the conduct of your duties. iv. CURRICULUM VITAE Please provide us with a copy of your CV. v. PAYMENT You will be required to make a payment of USD50 for the letter. We will start processing the letter as soon as you submit the requirements and also note that it takes a maximum of three working days to be ready.
    • Completion of the form below: Letter of Good Standing Declaration and Clearance Form

      We will start processing the letter as soon as you submit the requirements and also note that it takes a maximum of three working days to be ready.

  3. Requirements for Membership Applications from those wishing to convert under the reciprocal agreements

    A member of a body that has reciprocal agreement with ICAZ can become a member of ICAZ after producing the following:

    • Letter of good standing from the reciprocal body
    • Membership application form and its requirements
    • Paying the requirement application fees.
  4. Requirements for Application for a Practising Certificate

    For one to apply for a practicing certificate, they need to:

    • Be a fully registered member of ICAZ
    • Have attained at least 20 CPD hours for the current year
    • Complete the Practising Certificate Application
    • Form Provide proof of professional Indemnity or subscribe through ICAZ
  5. Requirements for Application to PAAB

    For one to be registered with PAAB, they need to:

    • Be a fully registered member of ICAZ
    • Complete the PAAB Application Form
    • Pay the required fees
  6. Fees for different registrations

    • ICAZ Registration    USD402.50
    • ICAZ Practising Certificate Application Fee    USD200
    • ICAZ Certificate Replacement Fee    USD80
    • PAAB Registration    USD250
    • PAAB Practising Certificate Registration    USD300
    • PAAB Certificate replacement Fee USD150 Student Initial Registration Fee    USD60
    • Application for Remission of Training Contact Fee    USD20
    • Application for Transfer of Training Contact Fee    USD20
    • Application for Suspension of Training Contact Fee    USD20
  7. Current subscriptions

    • Local member    USD530
    • Non Resident     USD403
    • Articled Accountant Zimbabwe USD300 Articled Clerks Annual Subscription    USD95
  8. Requirements to Register a Training Office

    For an organization to be registered as a training office the following should be satisfied:

    • At least 1 Chartered Accountant within that organization
    • The application form should be completed and submitted to ICAZ for the Education Committee
    • The registration fee (USD1000) to be paid upon Accreditation.

Downloadable Forms

On completion of the APC and after training records have been discharged one can then apply to become a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe.  After which one can use the designation CA(Z).  Please note that it is an offence to use the designation CA(Z) if you are not a member of ICAZ.