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To become a registered student of the ICAJ/ACCA you must have:

  • A minimum of three "O" Level or CXC (1 & 2) passes and two "A"Level passes Or One "O" Level or CXC (1 & 2) passes and; three "A" level passes (including mathematics and English). (Statistics, accounting or commercial mathematics may be considered alternatives to mathematics) Or You've completed the examinations of the ACCA Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) programme.
  • Or You've completed the two year programme for the Mature Student Entry Route (MSER) If you have a degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies (UWI) or the University of Technology (UTECH) you may also be accepted and will be entitled to exemptions from certain subjects under the ICAJ/ACCA Professional Examination.

Comments: You must apply to the ICAJ and also to our joint partners in the United Kingdom, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), to be admitted as a registered ICAJ/ACCA student.

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If you're over 16 years old and looking for an introduction to accountancy, you may be interested in ACCA' Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) programme. No prior knowledge of accountancy or formal academic qualifications is necessary to register.

There's no time limit! You qualify at your own pace and fit your studies around work and family commitments.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you can use the designation CAT (Certified Accounting Technician) after your name.

Certificates are awarded after completion of all three stages of the examinations and you are automatically transferred to Part 2 of the ACCA professional examinations.

Comments: For further information contact the Institute at 929-5869 or 929-6082 or via e-mail at

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A Chartered Accountant is a person who is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ). Having graduate status does not enable anyone to refer to him/herself as a Chartered Accountant, which is a misconception held by many persons. Only Chartered Accountants are entitled to use the designation CA.

This designation indicates that by experience and competence in certain key areas such as Financial Regulatory Obligations, Taxation, Management, Audit and Business Planning & Control, the person is deemed qualified to provide the highest level of service to the business world.

What are some of the benefits I can derive as a member of the Institute? Use of the designation - CA which has a marketing value, and is well respected among employers. Free publications. Bye-Laws, Accounting & Auditing Standards (with updates) The ICAJ subscribes to professional bodies (IFAC and IASC) for auditing and accounting standards and has adopted over 30 such standards. Bi-Annual Charter Magazines.

Quarterly Newsletters. The opportunity to serve on the Institute's Council and various Committees, thereby having an input in the operation and development of the accountancy profession. Invitation to serve on National Boards/Committees. Invitation to make national commentaries.

International Representation on Councils/Boards. The Public Accountancy Board. The ACCA's Council. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean. PSOJ BOJ

Comments: For more information call the Institute at (876)929-5869.

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To Become a Chartered Accountant (a Member of the ICAJ), successful candidates must:

Pass any of the qualifying examinations of the Institute (ACCA Professional examinations or a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Mona, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant (AICPA) examinations or the Canadian Certified General Accounting (CGA) examinations)

Have obtained practical experience of not less than three years, by working in a professional firm or being engaged in accounting work in other acceptable organisations in senior positions

Be at least 21 years old Be recommended by two members of the Institute Be approved to membership by the Council of the Institute. Council may consider qualifications under other prescribed bodies upon application.

As a prerequisite to becoming a Chartered Accountant, one can pursue studies through any of the following routes:

The ICAJ/ACCA Joint Scheme examinations

A relevant first Degree from the University of the West Indies or the University of Technology

A Master of Science in Accounting from the University of the West Indies (Mona)

ACCA's Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Programme or The Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) Programme

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountant (AICPA) examinations

The Canadian Certified General Accounting (CGA) examinations.

Comments: For details on how to become a Chartered Accountant click here for brochure. N.B. This document is in PDF Format. You must have the Acrobat Reader installed to view. To download the latest version of Acrobat Reader, please click here. For further information contact the Institute at 929-5869 or 929-6082

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"The ICAJ is committed to being a cohesive national body of trusted and influential professionals, that seeks to regulate and advance the Accountancy profession, consistent with world standards, for the benefit of its members, its students and its publics and, through creative thought leadership, encourages national development and the advancement of positive global changes".