Entry routes

In general there are six entry routes for QP admission:

 

Route 1: Recognized accountancy degree holders (programmes accredited by the Institute)

Route 2: Non-accountancy degree holders
Route 3: Sub-degree holders
Route 4: CICPA members or graduates of PRC CPA Uniform Exam
Route 5: Mainland China university degree holders
Route 6: Non-Hong Kong degree holders

 

Route 1: Recognized accountancy degree holders (programmes accredited by the Institute)

Online application for QP registration

 

Graduates of the accredited accountancy degree programmes are eligible to register as students of the Institute.

Recognized local tertiary institutions

Accredited local accountancy degrees

Caritas Institute of Higher EducationBBA (Hons) in Accountancy
Centennial CollegeBachelor of Professional Accounting (Hons)
The Chinese University of Hong KongBBA (Hons) in Professional Accountancy
Chu Hai College of Higher Education BCom (Hons) in Accounting & Banking

City University of Hong Kong

BBA in Accountancy

BA (Hons) in Accountancy (Part-time)

(phased out in Jul 2001)

BBA (Hons) in Accountancy and Law (to be phased out)
BBA (Hons) in Accountancy and Management Information Systems (to be phased out)
Hang Seng Management CollegeBBA (Hons) with Accounting Concentration
Hong Kong Baptist UniversityBBA (Hons) - Accounting Major (phased out in August 2011)
BBA (Hons) - Accounting Concentration
BCom (Hons) in Accountancy
Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher EducationBBA (Hons) in Accounting
The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityBA (Hons) in Accountancy (phased out)
BA (Hons) in Accountancy (Part-time)
(3-year route or 5-year route) (phased out)

BA (Hons) in Accountancy (Part-time Conversion Degree)

(phased out)

BBA (Hons) in Accountancy/ BBA (Hons) with a major in Accountancy
BBA (Hons) in Accountancy/ BBA (Hons) with a major in Accountancy (Mixed mode) (transferred to SPEED/HKPU with effect from Sep 2014)
BBA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance/ BBA (Hons) with a major in Accounting & Finance

Hong Kong Shue Yan University

BCom (Hons) in Accounting
The Hong Kong University of Science & TechnologyBBA (Hons) in Professional Accounting
Lingnan UniversityBBA (Hons) - Accounting Stream

Self-financed BBA (Major in Accounting)

(phased out in Aug 2008)

The Open University of Hong Kong

BBA (Hons) in Accounting (distance learning)

BBA (Hons) in Accounting (full-time) (phased out)

BBA (Hons) in Professional Accounting

Bachelor of Professional Accounting with Honours
(HKICPA/OUHK Joint PBE Degree Programme)
 (ceased new intake after Sep 2013)

The University of Hong KongBBA in Accounting & Finance
BBA (Law) with a Professional Core in Accounting

School of Professional and Continuing Education (in conjunction with the School of Business), the University of Hong Kong

Bachelor of Accounting (phased out in Aug 2010)

School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED), the Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityBBA (Hons) in Accountancy
Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)BA (Hons) in Professional Accounting

Tung Wah College

BBA (Hons) with Major in Professional Accountancy

Recognized mainland universities

Accredited accountancy degrees

Beijing Normal University – Hong Kong Baptist University, United International College

BBA (Hons) in Accounting

Capital University of Economics & Business

Bachelor of Management (Accounting)

Bachelor of Management (Financial Management)

Central University of Finance and Economics

Bachelor of Management (Accounting)

Bachelor of Management (Financial Management)

Fudan UniversityBachelor of Management (Accounting)
Guangdong University of Foreign StudiesBachelor of Management (Accounting)
Bachelor of Management (Auditing)
Bachelor of Management (Financial Management)
Nankai UniversityBachelor of Management (Accounting)
Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityBachelor of Management (Accounting)
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Bachelor of Management (Accounting) 

(accreditation covers student intake up to 2012/13)

Sun Yat-Sen UniversityBachelor of Management (Accounting)
Tianjin UniversityBachelor of Management (Financial Management)
University of International Business and Economics

Bachelor of Management (Accounting)

Bachelor of Management (Financial Management)

Xiamen UniversityBachelor of Management (Accounting)
Zhejiang University

Bachelor of Management (Accounting)

Bachelor of Management (Financial Management)

Recognized overseas universities

Accredited accountancy degrees 

Curtin University (in partnership with School of Professional & Continuing Education, the University of Hong Kong)BCom (Accounting) (to be phased out in 2016 [Full-time] and 2018 [Part-time])
BCom (Accounting & Accounting Technologies) (to be phased out in 2016 [Full-time] and 2018 [Part-time])
Edinburgh Napier University (in collaboration with School of Continuing & Professional Education of City University of Hong Kong)BA (Hons) Accounting (Hong Kong) (Full-time & Part time)
Queensland University of Technology (in collaboration with School for Higher & Professional Education - Chai Wan , VTC)

Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)

(phased out in Sep 2005)

Southern Cross University (in collaboration with Hong Kong Institute of Technology)

BBus (Major in Accounting)

(accreditation covers student intake up to 31 Dec 2013)

University of Canberra (in collaboration with the School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University)Bachelor of Accounting
BCom (Accounting) (phased out in March 2012)
University of Hull (in collaboration with the School of Professional and Continuing Education, the University of Hong Kong)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Accounting (Full time & 9 module part time)

University of South Australia (in collaboration with the School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University)

Bachelor of Accountancy (Hong Kong)

(accreditation valid up to Dec 2013)

BCom (Accounting)
The University of Wales (in collaboration with the School of Professional Education and Executive Development, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Accounting

(phased out in Sep 2013)

Flinders University (in collaboration with the School of Continuing & Professional Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

(Phased out in Sep 2016)

Teesside University (in collaboration with the Hong Kong Institute of Technology)BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Recognized Macau universities

Accredited accountancy degrees 

University of MacauBachelor of Science in Accounting (Professional Accountancy)

 

Graduates of degree programmes other than the accredited accountancy degree programme(s) of the same institution would also be considered as having met the QP’s pre-entry education competency requirements, provided that they have taken and passed all those specified core and non-core accounting and basic business knowledge subjects required in the curriculum of the accredited accountancy degree.

 

Students may have to complete specific elective and/or additional subject(s) for meeting the registration requirements of QP. Please contact the universities directly for details.

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Route 2: Non-accountancy degree holders

Online application for QP registration

 

Non-accountancy graduates have to complete a conversion programme before registering as a student of the Institute. The objective of the conversion programme is to bridge the technical knowledge gap between non-accountancy degree holders and accountancy degree holders. The focus of the programme will be on the development of technical knowledge and skills. Alternatively, students can opt to take the Hong Kong Institute of Accredited Accounting Technicians (HKIAAT) route by completing the Accredited Accounting Technician (AAT) Examination plus the successful completion of the Professional Bridging Examination (PBE). For details, please refer to "Route 3: Sub-degree holders" below.

 

The following programmes have been accredited by the Institute as conversion programmes:

 

Recognized local tertiary institutionsAccredited conversion programmes
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accountancy/ Master of Accountancy (Part one)

City University of Hong Kong

Master of Science in Professional Accounting and Corporate Governance - Professional Accounting Stream  

Master of Arts in International Accounting

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

Hong Kong Baptist University

 

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (Full-time regular, Full-time intensive and part-time mode)/ Master of Accountancy (Part One) 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting/ Master of Professional Accounting (Part One)

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (HK CyberU) (phased out in Aug 2011)

Institute of Advanced Executive Education (IAEE), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Executive Diploma in Accountancy

The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Master of Science in Accounting

Lingnan University  

Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy/ Master of Accountancy (Year One)

The Open University of Hong Kong

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting/ Master of Professional Accounting (Core courses)  

Master of Professional Accountancy (Chinese)

(phased out in Jan 2016)

School of Professional & Continuing Education, the University of Hong Kong  

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting  

Kaplan Financial

Kaplan Conversion Programme (HK)

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (in collaboration with School of Professional & Continuing Education, the University of Hong Kong)

Deloitte conversion programme

(exclusively for employees of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu)

Ernst & Young (in collaboration with IAEE, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Ernst and Young conversion programme
(exclusively for employees of Ernst & Young)

KPMG (in collaboration with Kaplan Financial)

KPMG / Kaplan's conversion programme
(exclusively for employees of KPMG)

PricewaterhouseCoopers (in collaboration with City University of Hong Kong)

PricewaterhouseCoopers conversion programme
(exclusively for employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Recognized mainland universities

Accredited conversion programmes

Beijing Normal University – Hong Kong Baptist University, United International CollegeProfessional Accountancy Conversion Programme

Central University of Finance and Economics

Master of Professional Accounting

Fudan University

Master of Professional Accounting
Nankai UniversityMaster of Professional Accounting
Peking UniversityMaster of Professional Accounting
Renmin University of ChinaMaster of Professional Accounting
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Master of Professional Accounting

Master of Auditing

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Master of Professional Accounting 

(accreditation covers student intake up to 2012/13)

Sun Yat-Sen University

Master of Professional Accounting

University of International Business and Economics

Master of Professional Accounting

Xiamen University

Master of Professional Accounting
Zhejiang UniversityMaster of Professional Accounting

 

Enquiries relating to the Conversion Programmes should be directed to the respective universities / institutions.

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Route 3: Sub-degree holders

Online application for QP registration

 

The Institute recognizes that sub-degree holders represent an important source of manpower to the profession and to Hong Kong. To satisfy the pre-entry educational requirement, sub-degree holders will be required to complete the HKIAAT's Accredited Accounting Technician Examination (AAT graduate) plus successful completion of the Professional Bridging Examination (PBE) with effect from the December 2013 examination session of QP registration.

 

 

Route 4: CICPA members / graduates of PRC CPA Uniform Exam (online application)

click here for more details.

 

Route 5: Mainland China University degree holders (online application)

click here for more details.

 

Route 6: Non-Hong Kong degrees holders

Online application for QP registration

 

For candidates who have obtained their tertiary qualifications from universities outside Hong Kong, to be eligible for registration with the Institute, they must:

 

  1. have a "relevant degree" granted by a "recognized non-Hong Kong tertiary institution" AND have acquired sufficient knowledge of Hong Kong law and tax; OR
  2. have a degree granted by a "recognized non-Hong Kong tertiary institution" AND have completed an Institute's accredited conversion programme.

 

A "relevant degree" means a degree with academic coverage of accounting and related subjects which substantially meets the graduate competency standards required by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. As a matter of guidance, the Institute will establish whether the degree is relevant or not by reference to a recognized accountancy body, where appropriate. Non-Hong Kong qualification will be assessed by the Institute on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to the information sheet "QP applicants with non-Hong Kong degrees" for further details.

 

 

Notes:

For practising certificate (PC) issuance purpose, graduates of accredited accountancy degree programmes or conversion programmes of the Institute are required to sit and pass the Institute's PC Examination – Law or the Aptitude Test – Hong Kong Law when they apply for the PC if they have not studied and passed the requisite Hong Kong law subjects in the degree or conversion programmes. This requirement is applicable to students enrolled in the Institute's accredited accountancy programmes from the 2008-09 academic year onwards.


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