These programmes cover the three technician-level qualifications of ICMA:
- Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)
- Registered Cost Accountant (RCA)
- Registered Business Accountant (RBA)
An overview of the Technician Level programme is illustrated in the following figure.
High school graduates with a pass level at a Country (or State) administered university entrance examination (e.g. TER, SAT, IB or ‘A’ Levels) (or equivalent), may apply to undertake ICMA’s Technician-level programmes. Those holding a Graduate Diploma in Accounting are eligible to join at the Registered Cost Accountant (RCA) level and those holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting are eligible to join at the Registered Business Accountant (RBA) level. Part qualified student members of recognized professional accounting bodies (e.g. CA, CPA, CIMA, ACCA etc.) would also be eligible for this pathway at a suitable entry point as determined by ICMA, based on the percentage of part-completion obtained.
Practical Experience Requirements
No practical experience is required to obtain membership at any of the stages of the Technician-level programs and for the Graduate Management Accountant (GMA) certification and membership. Note however, a degree (in any discipline) is required for GMA certification.