Course details

The CAT is usually studied as an introductory qualification prior to training to become a Chartered Certified Accountant through the ACCA Professional Scheme. The duration is one and a half years to complete the nine CAT papers. There is no restriction on the number of papers that can be taken in each sitting. The Certified Accounting Technician is a skilled person capable of performing highly responsible and important jobs:

  • collect, check and analyse financial information
  • maintain and check financial records
  • receive and settle invoices from suppliers
  • monitor company expenses
  • complete and submit tax returns
  • manage the staff payroll
  • prepare company tax returns
  • record receipts and payments
  • audit (verifying an organisation's accounts)
  • control budgets
  • write reports

In a small company, Accounting Technicians may be the only employee qualified to look after financial records, invoices and wages. In large companies, they are likely to be part of a team that includes chartered accountants, other accounting technicians and general administrators. In this case they are likely to specialise in a particular area, such as audit or tax. Increasingly, accounting technicians are also responsible for identifying how a company can improve its profits and reduce costs.

Entry Requirements

Below are the entry requirements for CAT:

  • 5 Credits in SPM/O-Levels (including English & Mathematics)



  • FA1 Recording Financial Transactions
  • MA1 Management Information


  • FA2 Maintaining Financial Records
  • MA2 Managing Costs and Finances


  • FAB Accountant in Business
  • FMA Management Accounting
  • FFA Financial Accounting

Options (any 2 papers)

  • FTX Foundations in Taxation
  • FFM Foundations in Financial Management
  • FAU Foundations in Audit

General Subjects

  • Pengajian Malaysia or Bahasa Komunikasi 1
  • Critical Thinking
  • Comparative Religion

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