Foundation in Accountancy (FIA)



Dedan Kimathi Road, P.O Box 35243, Lusaka, Zambia.   View map

Opening Dates:

“Introduction – 8th July 2019”

“Intermediate – “First Intake: 8th July 2019″”

                            “Second Intake: 7th October 2019”


Foundation in accountancy consists of a suite of awards, including certificates, diplomas and a revised certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification. These flexible awards focus on the core skills of financial accounting and management accounting; and the wider role of the accountant in business at higher levels. the range of awards means employers can pick the level of qualification which most appropriately meets their business needs. in addition, it provides students with flexible entry points with certification awarded at each level, allowing students to tailor the awards, making them an attractive and relevant choice for employers.

Our foundation level qualifications comprise certificates and diplomas, as well as a technician level qualification. Exams and awards include:

Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting
FA1       Recording Financial Transactions
MA1      Management Information

Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting
FA2       Maintaining Financial Records
MA2      Managing Costs and Finance

Diploma in Accounting and Business

FAB       Accountant in Business
FMA      Management Accounting
FFA       Financial Accounting


‘Foundations in Professionalism’ is an online, interactive module. It will help you understand what it means to act professionally and ethically at work. You will need to complete this module in order to receive certificates for the awards you complete.

You can complete Foundations in Professionalism before or after completing your Foundation-level exams, at your own pace. You only need to complete the module once, no matter how many foundation-level awards you achieve.

Please note: the Foundations in Professionalism module and your work experience can be completed before, at the same time or after taking your exams.


We also offer a technician-level qualification – the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification.

To achieve this award, you will need to complete foundation-level qualifications and also:

  1. One year’s relevant practical experience in an accounting role to show you can use your knowledge from the exams in the workplace.
  2. The ‘Foundations in Professionalism’ module
  3. Two additional specialist exams as follows:
  • FTX – Foundations in Taxation
  • FFM – Foundations in Financial Management
  • FAU – Foundations in Audit
 Entry Requirements
Applicants should normally be at least 16 years of age. No formal academic qualifications are necessary to register, though grade 12 graduates with 6 points or better in English and mathematics are encouraged to study this course.

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