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Awarded by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification is highly regarded accounting technician qualification designed for people who are looking at start a career in finance, achieve recognition for the skills and experience already gained in employment or gain accelerated progression to the ACCA Qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • Anyone aged 16 years and above
  • Minimum one ‘O’ level (either English or Mathematics) academic qualifications are required to start the course,

ACCA offers exemptions for those who have LCCI or GCE A level qualifications.  All students must contact ACCA to confirm their exemptions. Detailed information on exemptions can be found at

Course Syllabus
CAT is divided into 3 levels – Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Level.  All papers in the Introductory and Intermediate levels are compulsory.  Advanced level contains 3 compulsory papers and 2 optional papers.   You are only required to pass 9 papers unless exemptions are awarded.


Paper 1 Recording Financial Transactions (FA1)
Paper 2 Management Information (MA1)


Paper 3 Maintaining Financial Records (FA2)
Paper 4 Managing Costs and Finance (MA2)


Paper 5 Accountant in Business (FAB)
Paper 6 Financial Accounting (FFA)
Paper 7 Management Accounting (FMA)

Option Papers (Choose 2 papers only)

Paper 8 Foundation in Audit (FAU)
Paper 9 Foundations in Financial Management (FFM)
Paper 10 Foundation in Financial Management (FFM)



  • CAT Paper Based examinations are held twice a year – June and December
  • Candidates can sit exams in any order and there is no restriction to the number of papers you can sit at each examinations sitting, although we do advice you to sit the papers in sequential order and attempt no more than 4 papers per examination sitting
  • For introductory and Intermediate Level, you have the option to sit for computer-based or paper-based exams.
  • Exam duration for introductory, intermediate level and Paper 5 are 2 hours.
  • Exam duration for Advanced level is 3 hours.

In addition to completing the exams, you will need to gain one years’ relevant and supervised practical work experience. The one year can be obtained before, during or after your exams. Thereafter, you will be eligible to apply for the CAT status and use ‘CAT’ after your name.

Student Registration
You must register as a member with ACCA/CAT(S) if you wish to sit for your exams and become CAT qualified. It normally takes about 2-3 months to process an application once ACCA/CAT(S) have received all your documentation. Registration closing dates are as follows;

For June exams 15 December of the previous year
For December exams 31 July of the same year


Study Options
AT BICPA-FTMS Accountancy Sdn Bhd, we recognized that balancing work and personal commitments with studying is not easy.

We offer a variety of ways to study for the CAT exams.

Full-time Courses are conducted in the morning and afternoon. Duration: 5 hours per lecture
Part-time Courses are conducted in the evenings and/or on weekends. Duration: 3 hours per lecture
Course Materials only BPP Publishing offers study materials for CAT qualifications, including CAT textbooks and exam kits.
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