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Certified Accounting Technician - CAT
Foundations in Accountancy

The certified accounting technician (CAT) qualification is granted by the ACCA upon completion of each of the nine coursesbelow.For detailed course descriptions, please visit To pass, students must earn at least 50% on the international ACCA exam; exams are taken at the CamEd Business School computer examination center. Each exam or pair of exams is awarded with a certificate or a diploma. The Diploma in Business is awarded three exemptions from the professional ACCA program.

Registration Requirement

A high school diploma or equivalent is required in order to register in the CAT program (Chinese high school diplomas are accepted). Applicants should apply online at and they will be invited to take an entrance exam. The entrance exam tests English and math skills.

Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting
Course Description Skills Acquired
Recording Financial Transactions FA1  
This course introduces recording financial information
from originating document up to the trial balance.
It also covers banking procedures,
maintaining and reconciling cash records.
Maintaining a cash-book
Preparing a bank reconciliation
Recording sales
Recording purchases
Management Information MA1  
This course introduces basic costing techniques,
sources of information, and cost classification.

Accounting for materials
Accounting for labor, product costs
Presenting information in spreadsheets


Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting
Course Description Skills Acquired
Maintaining Financial Records FA2  
This course concentrates in depth on the double-entry system
and on recording, processing, and reporting business
transactions, including accounting for fixed assets.
Preparing ledger accounts
Recording receivables, payables, provisions
Recording inventory, non-current assets
Preparing a trial balance

Maintaining Costs and Finances MA2  
This course develops costing techniques, starting with recording
costs and continues to study management decision making.
Absorption costing, marginal costing
Process costing, service costing
Cash budgets
Diploma in Accounting and Business
Course Description Skills Acquired
Foundations of Financial Accounting FFA  
Students learn how to prepare financial statements,
focusing on the income statement and balance sheet.
Preparing a balance sheet
Preparing an income statement
Correcting accounting errors
Management Accounting FMA  
This course reviews costing techniques, proceeding to
study budgeting, standard costing and variance analysis.
Budget preparation
Budget control and reporting
Standard costing, variance analysis
Accountant in Business FAB  
This is a course on the functions of business with a strong
emphasis on managing people and business strategy.
Motivating individuals and teams
Principles of business strategy
Principles of corporate governance
Certificate in Auditing
Course Description Skills Acquired
Foundations in Audit FAU  
This course covers purpose of audit, duties of the auditor,
and the process of an audit of financial statements,
beginning with audit planning and evaluating internal controls.
Testing internal controls
Audit planning and risk assessment
Audit procedures
Audit documentation and reports

Certificate in Financial Management
Course Description Skills Acquired
Managing Finances FFM  
This course introduces planning and controlling cash flow,
making capital investment decisions, and managing trade credit.
Maintaining a cashbookbr
Preparing a bank reconciliation
Recording sales