Examination requirements for graduates on or after 1 January 2019

An applicant must, at the time of his application for registration, attain the following on or after 1 January 2019

  1. Passed the final examination in accountancy of the Singapore Chartered Accountant Qualification (SCAQ) prescribed by the Singapore Accountancy Commission;
  2. Passed the final examination in accountancy of the following accountancy qualification programmes (recognised as equivalent to the SCAQ):
    1. The Association of Chartered Accountants Qualification under the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, including passing the examination module Advanced Level: Corporate Reporting;
    2. The Chartered Accountant Qualification under the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, including passing the examination module Test of Professional Skills: Assurance & Business Systems; or
    3. The Chartered Accountancy Programme under the Chartered Accountants Ireland, including passing the examination module FAE Elective: Advanced Auditing and Assurance

Examination requirements for graduates before 1 January 2019

An applicant must, at the time of his application for registration, attain the following before 1 January 2019

  1. Have passed the final examination in accountancy of one of the following:
    1. The Singapore Polytechnic for the professional diploma and for the degree course in accountancy for the years 1961 to 1969;
    2. The University of Singapore for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy;
    3. The Nanyang University of Singapore for the degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) or Bachelor of Accountancy;
    4. The National University of Singapore for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy or Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) Degree;
    5. The Nanyang Technological Institute for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy;
    6. The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (formerly known as the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore) — Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom Joint Scheme; including passing one of the following examination modules:
      1. Paper 10: Accounting and Audit Practice;
      2. Paper 3.1: Audit and Assurance Service; or
      3. P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance;
    7. The Nanyang Technological University for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy or Master of Business Administration (Accountancy);
    8. The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants Professional Examination;
    9. The Singapore Management University for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy or Master of Professional Accounting;
    10. The Singapore University of Social Sciences for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy;
    11. The Singapore Chartered Accountant Qualification prescribed by the Singapore Accountancy Commission; or 
  2. Have passed the final examination in accountancy of one of the following or its recognised equivalent:
    1. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS);
    2. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW);
    3. Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) (formerly known as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI));
    4. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) (formerly known as the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants); including passing one of the following examination modules:
      1. Paper 10: Accounting and Audit Practice;
      2. Paper 3.1: Audit and Assurance Service; or
      3. P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance;
    5. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA);
    6. CPA Australia (formerly known as the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants);
    7. New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) (formerly known as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand); 
      viia. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ);
    8. The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA); 
      viiia. Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada), except that CPA Canada members must have passed the following:
      1. 2 elective modules on Assurance and Tax; and
      2. The Common Final Examination;
    9. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA);
    10. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom (CIMA), except that CIMA members shall have passed the following subjects:
      1. Financial Reporting Environment;
      2. Accounting and Audit Practice;
      3. Advanced Taxation; and
      4. Company Law and Corporate Governance
    and shall have also passed such other examination and have fulfilled such other requirements as may be determined by the Oversight Committee.

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Examination requirements on local laws for graduates 

An applicant who has less than 2 years of relevant local experience and has not passed the Singapore Chartered Accountant Qualification or the final examination in accountancy from a specified Institute of Higher Learning, have to pass an examination in the following subjects: 

  1. Singapore Company Law; and
  2. Singapore Taxation and Tax Management. 
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