The Singapore CA Qualification and the Accountant of Today

Singapore’s national chartered accountant qualification is internationally recognised and offers an Asian perspective.  

Accountants are business leaders in demand anywhere in the world.  They have more than just technical knowledge. They have multi-disciplinary skill sets, come from a diversity of academic backgrounds, and provide high value-adding specialised services. With an international outlook, they provide holistic business advice and are the financial backbone of a company. In short, they are trusted advisors, critical to the success of a business.

The Singapore CA Qualification is designed to develop these business leaders.

Singapore’s national Chartered Accountant qualification

The Singapore CA Qualification is the national CA qualification. It was developed by the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC) in 2013. Upon completion of the programme, candidates can apply for full membership at the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) to be conferred the designation, Singapore Chartered Accountant. 

Internationally Recognised

The Singapore CA Qualification is globally recognised and internationally portable.  Through the Reciprocal Agreements with members of Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW), the most prestigious group of professional bodies, the Singapore CA Qualification is mutually recognised with world-renowned chartered accountant qualifications in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, and the United Kingdom. 

Reciprocal Agreements have been signed with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). 

Professional Qualification with an Asian Perspective

The qualification comes with a curriculum that imparts cutting edge technical skills. It also weaves together elements that meet the needs of Singapore and the Asian market, making this a truly unique accountancy programme.

Wide Career Options

The Singapore CA certification offers wide career options in any industry, including leadership positions in C-Suite roles.  

CA Singapore Career

Your Pathways to the Singapore CA Qualification

The Qualification is open to holders of diverse academic backgrounds, ranging from recognised accountancy degrees to non-accountancy degrees, local Polytechnic Diplomas in Accountancy, and undergraduates. Have a look at the Chart below to determine your pathway to the Singapore CA Qualification:

Three steps to complete the CA Singapore Journey

1. Complete the Foundation Programme, if required

2. Seek employment in an Accredited Training Organisation (ATO)

3. Complete the Professional Programme while gathering Practical Experience (3 years of relevant work experience)

Advisory Committees

The Professional Education Council guides the development of the Singapore Chartered Accountant Qualification. 

Professional Education Council

Mr Mohammad Shariq Sayeed Barmaky (Chairman)
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Ms Dilys Boey
Workforce Singapore

Mr Chua Chin San
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Ms Koh Kah Sek
Far East Organisation

Mr Joshua Ong
Baker Tilly Singapore

Mr Ow Fook Chuen
Accountant-General's Department

Professor Sum Yee Loong
Singapore Management University
Mr Kelvin Tan Wee Peng
National University of Singapore

Mr Evan Law
Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority

Learning and Assessment Committee - Professional Programme

Professor Ho Yew Kee (Chairman)
Singapore Institute of Technology
Associate Professor Cheng Nam Sang
Singapore Management University

Associate Professor Chng Chee Kiong
National University of Singapore
Mr Daniel Ho
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mr Maurice Loh
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Mr Loh Eng Kiat
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Associate Professor Low Kin Yew
Nanyang Technological University
Mr Damien Tai
Grant Thornton Singapore Pte Ltd

Mr Evan Law
Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority
Ms Jocelyn Tay
Cushman & Wakefield

Mr Wong Yew Chung
Ernst & Young LLP

Learning and Assessment Committee - Foundation Programme 

Associate Professor Low Kin Yew (Chairman)
Nanyang Technological University

Adjunct Associate Professor Annette Foo Wai Yin
National University of Singapore

Mr Evan Law
Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority

Mr Goh Bun Hiong
PKF-CAP Tax Solutions Pte Ltd

Associate Professor Premila Gowri Shankar
Nanyang Technological University

Mr Timothy Ling Guo Leng
Foo Kon Tan LLP

Ms Yeap Lay Huay
Singapore Institute of Technology

Mr Yeo Leng Tiong
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

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