CPA New Syllabus 2021

Communication Skills, Introduction to Law and Ethics, Economics, Quantitative Analysis, Information Communication Technology, Company Law, Financial Management, Financial Reporting and Analysis(Incorporation of IPSAS), Auditing and Assurance, Management Accounting, Public Finance and Taxation, Strategy and Risk Management, Advanced Financial Reporting, Advanced Financial Management, Advanced taxation, Advanced Auditing and Assurance, Advanced Management Accounting, Advanced Public Financial Management

CPA New Syllabus 2021

CPA COMPETENCIES

CPA STRUCTURE:  17 PAPERS (Training under this syllabus to start July 2021)

CPA Foundation Level

(To Replace Part I: Section 1 and 2)

  1. Financial Accounting
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Introduction to Law and Ethics
  4. Economics
  5. Quantitative Analysis
  6. Information Communication Technology




CPA Intermediate Level

(To Replace Part II: Section 3 and 4)

  1. Company Law
  2. Financial Management
  3. Financial Reporting and Analysis(Incorporation of IPSAS)
  4. Auditing and Assurance
  5. Management Accounting
  6. Public Finance and Taxation




CPA Advanced Level

(To Replace Part III: Section 5 and 6)

  1. Strategy and Risk Management
  2. Advanced Financial Reporting
  3. Advanced Financial Management

Specialization (One paper)

  1. Advanced taxation
  2. Advanced Auditing and Assurance
  3. Advanced Management Accounting
  4. Advanced Public Financial Management

Practical Paper on Business and Data Analytics

CPA for Accounting degree holders from recognised universities.




Accounting degree holders will be exempted from Foundation level and therefore they will only be require to take 9 Papers

CPA Intermediate Level

  1. Company Law
  2. Financial Management
  3. Financial Reporting and Analysis(Incorporation of IPSAS)
  4. Auditing and Assurance (Elective)
  5. Management Accounting (Elective)
  6. Public Finance and Taxation (Elective)

The elective will determine the specialisation at advanced level

CPA Advanced Level

  1. Strategy and Risk Management
  2. Advanced Financial Reporting
  3. Advanced Financial Management

Specialization (One paper)

  1. Advanced taxation
  2. Advanced Auditing and Assurance
  3. Advanced Management Accounting
  4. Advanced Public Financial Management

Practical Paper on Business and Data Analytics

22 thoughts on “CPA New Syllabus 2021”

  1. I can see Accounting Degree holders to be exempted and will only do 9 papers, what about Diploma holders like Diploma in ACCOUNTANCY??

  2. I would suggest that new syllabus be introduced to beginners while the continuing students be allowed to clear with the old syllabus. In addition, Kasneb should have some mercy on the old students who are on the verge of losing hope with CPA due to many attempts on single papers yet results come as a fail. personally have been stuck on sec 6 with just one paper pending and its demoralizing because i usually kiss the ground every time i make an attempt.

  3. What will happen to the progressing students where some of the units have been taken to lower levels they had covered previously and others introduced like ICT? Will they have to go back and cover them?

  4. I would like to say that in as much as CPA is a good professional course, the professional aspect of the course is being diluted by the fact that any person can undertake CPA studies any, as usual, any profession which is open to anybody loses taste and meaning.
    My opinion on the CPA course has always been that being that it is a professional course, the entry requirement should be a relevant University degree and that makes it possible for CPA students to take only two years to cover the course. This approach has made professions like Law, Education, and Medicine stand out in the job market. Those who study CPA from the certificate level should be allowed but not to practice as professional accountants. Professional practice should require a University degree puls CPA certification.

    On the new syllabus, it looks better and organized. This is so because it brings some aspects of specialization. However, there are some units that have been reorganized at both foundation and intermediate levels.KASNEB should allow those who had begun taking exams in the old syllabus to proceed with the same and new candidates to begin studying the new syllabus.

    On the matter of exemptions, it should be based on each paper. Both accounting and finance graduates should be considered for exemptions as the two disciplines are related to one another.

    1. Do you know that those creme del creme students from national and provincial schools who scored clean A in their kcse find it hard to Match a student from a harambee school given the same conditions?? I am a kasneb tutor and most degree students struggle to pass a basic Accounting question which a kasneb certificate student breeze through. For further avoidance of doubt , I am a fully qualified accountant and a holder of the best degree you can attain in our universities which makes me an authority in this field

  5. Hello, being a graduate in BBA- FINANCE OPTION With IT at Maseno University, I think I deserve to be exempted from all the six foundation level units. I had been issued with an exemption letter without these two units included (Quantitative Analysis & ICT) of which I think I had thoroughly covered during my degree coursework. Please, advise on the way forward. Regards, Winfred.

  6. We welcome this,. Let the Accountancy training be harmonized ,& see Academic ACCOUNTANCY programmes (BCOM/BBM/BBA-ACCOUNTING OPTIONS) take a shorter time to get to CPAK,..& at the same time Kasneb work close with kenyan Universities offering Business courses to Harmonize the Degree programme with the professional paper to. Avoid duplication of papers at the various levels .(just the way ACCA does with Oxford Brooke’s University.Why cove FM FM IN CPA,Bcom & MBA?…Just to mention afew,.when the content is the same?

  7. If I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree finance speciality,what am I being exempted from in new KASNEB 2021 syllabus??

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