Students must pass or be exempted from all nine Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills exams pass both Essentials and two Options Strategic Professional exams.
There is no requirement for students to sit and/or pass any of the exams together.
Students can attempt up to a maximum of four papers per examination cycle. There are two examination cycles per year: 1 February to 31 July and 1 August to 31 January.
Papers must be taken in line with the following module order. However, students can attempt the papers within each module in any order:
- Applied Knowledge exams – available by computer-based exam (CBE)
- Applied Skills exams - available by computer based exam (CBE) or paper based format depending on location
- Essentials exams – available by paper-based format
- Options exams – available by paper-based format
For example, students can take Financial Accounting (FA) before Accountant in Business (AB) and Management Accounting (MA), but they must complete all three exams before taking Corporate and Business Law (LW).
If a student’s status allows them to enter for exams across modules, please remember that they must complete the exams in order and enter for outstanding exams in their current module if they wish to enter to sit papers in the next module.
For example, they may have already passed Accountant in Business (AB) and Management Accounting (MA). They can enter for Financial Accounting (FA) and Corporate and Business Law (LW) at the same time, but they would not be allowed to only enter for Corporate and Business Law (LW).