Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA)

BICA is an internationally recognized Accountancy qualification awarded by the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants and underpinned by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). 

Entry Requirements

  • Any Degree recognised by BICA as equivalent to a University of Botswana degree
  • AAT Graduates
  • ACCA/CIMA Students who have completed Part 1 and CBA respectively
  • Members of any IFAC recognised Accountancy Body


Four years (4) but could potentially be less depending on the entry point.

Course Structure

The BICA syllabus is broken down into three levels:

  • Certificate level (6 Modules)
  • Professional level (6 Modules)
  • Advanced level (3 Modules)

Certificate Level

  • Principles of Taxation
  • Business Law
  • Accounting
  • Business and Finance
  • Management Information
  • Assurance

Professional Level

  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Tax Compliance
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Financial Management
  • Business Taxation Planning
  • Business Strategy

Advanced Level

  • Corporate Reporting
  • Strategic Business Management
  • Case Study


We offer the programme as follows;

Day classes
Evening classes
Block release (on demand/minimum of 20 students)


Exemptions or Credits for prior learning (CPL) are awarded at the professional stage if you have an accounting or business related degree, AAT, CAT, or other professional accountancy qualifications.

Examination Method

Certificate level - 1 ½ hour e-assessment (55% Pass mark)
Professional level - 2 ½ hour paper based exam except one paper which is 3 hours (55% Pass Mark)
Advanced level - 3 ½ hour paper based exam (50% Pass mark)
Advanced level - case study - 4 hour paper based exam (50% Pass Mark)

Career Prospects

It provides opportunities in a range of roles including general practice, taxation, insolvency, assurance and management accountancy. On average, ACA (ICAEW) qualified accountants earn more than other accountants. 49 of the FTSE 100 Finance Directors are ACA qualified

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