CPA New Syllabus 2021

Certified Public Accountants(CPA) New Syllabus

CPA STRUCTURE: 17 PAPERS

CPA Foundation Level

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

CPA Intermediate Level

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

CPA Advanced Level

  1. Leadership and Management
  2. Advanced Financial Reporting
  3. Advanced Financial Management

Specialisation (Select one, Double specialisation allowed)

Click here to Download KASNEB Revised CPA Study notes

Practical Paper on Business and Data Analytics

Note: In addition to the above papers, prior to certification, candidates to:

  • Attend workshops on ethics,leadership and soft skills organised by kasneb and ICPAK and earn IPD hours
  • Obtain 1 year practical experience, or alternatively attend workshops on work based simulation organised by kasneb and ICPAK

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

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    1. Hello admin Am Herman I did CPA up to Section 5 passed two paper and failed one in 2015 , need to seat for december exam
      my NAC/225469
      Assist where to start

  1. Hello, am at the foundation level ,heard applied for the November examination and now have seen that accounting degrees holders can be exempted from the foundation level ..am undertaking my accounting degree at Kibabii university kindly help me to be exempted

    1. Hello admin .I did my CPA section 4 more than two years ago. I want to finish the course. How many sections or papers am I supposed to sit for.or where should I start?

  2. Hello, how can I continue my studies if I had stopped doing kasneb exams? I was at the intermediate level and I had attempted that level and passed three papers. Kindly advise me on the same, thank you.

    1. Hi admin.,
      I have just finished my degree in bcom with public finance and taxation option and I want to register for my cpa kindly advise me on the registration process and the exemption.

      1. Hello, admin,I failed quantitative analysis in the previous syllabus,CPA 4,how can I proceed,can I go to advanced level direct, please help,

  3. Hi,I did my ATC final exams back in 2013 and would like to continue,at what level should i start from?

  4. I sat for my refer in public finance and taxation which was my final attempt and failed again.on my result notification am told to sit for the paper failed under the transition protocol, what does that mean since tax is now in section 4

    1. Hello admin .I did my CPA section 4 more than two years ago. I want to finish the course. How many sections or papers am I supposed to sit for.or where should I start?

  5. I am supposed to do Sec 4 in Dec and I already did Management Accounting and Public Finance and Taxation in previous sections.
    Kindly advise what papers i need to sit for in Dec under Sec 4.

    Thank you.

  6. Hi my brother failed a paper in the intermediate ATD.That is principles of management.In the new syllabus will he have to resit for the paper together with the new unit of taxation? Please assist

    1. Hello admin .I did my CPA section 4 more than two years ago. I want to finish the course. How many sections or papers am I supposed to sit for.or where should I start?

  7. Hi I had I did the old syllabus upto sec 4 and passed company law, kindly advise on the way forward from there, am a Bcom-finance holder as well, kindly advice

  8. Hello, kindly help. I did section two but failed one paper of public finance and taxation. I am supposed to repeat it on December exam. Should i repeat that paper and it is pushed to intemedaite level or which paper should i do

  9. Good Morning,
    Kindly help, i can’t find notes for financial markets and specialised institutions(CS) intermediate level

  10. Hello,kindly explain.You have said that Accounting degree holders will be exempted Foundation level.What will be exempted to Finance degree holders? Thanks

  11. I did my section four and I passed. Which units do I need to register for section five. Will I continue with the old system or the new system

  12. I did my CPA part 1 in early 90s & managed to pass Economics, Financial accounting, Busines law and auditing but in different sittings. Can this qualify me to complete the remaing papers then and get a certificate. Have 25 yrs of service in a busy finance office of a multinational agricultural farm

    1. Hello, Am planning to enroll for CPA as from january and i have a degree in accounting , will i be eccempted from all units in foundation level?

  13. Hey I failed my a unit that was currently called Business law and I want to retake it what unit should I apply for

    1. Hello, I finished my ATC I&ii on 2015 and I was to seat for CpA section 2 but due to unavoidable reasons I was unable to seat for the exam, I want to get back to class, where am I supposed to start and which section am I supposed to seat on with new syllabus?

  14. Hello, kindly advise me on the way forward , I just want to begin my CPA coming January 2022 alongside my commerce degree but unfortunately I even don’t understand the whole process of commencing, I would also like to know when you do your intakes please, thanks.

  15. I had one failed in section 3 in my last sitting in 2017. I want to resume my studies now in 2022, will I continue from were stopped or start from section 1 again? Please I need clarification.

  16. hello , am 3rd year student taking bachelor of business management -banking and finance option . before completing my degree is it possible to have exemption ?????

  17. Hello team.
    I had done Section 1 & 2 in the old Syllabus and passed. Should I now continue with Intermediate level or what should I do?

  18. Hello.. which units will I be excempted .I have completed my Atd and want to proceed to CPA and how much will it cost.

  19. Hello.Is there exemption for intermediate level,i .e
    Auditing, Management Accounting and public finance for degree holders or we are to take the three.
    Or in a different fashion,what does the word ‘elective’mean?

  20. Hey, i wish to continue on,las sat for the exam in 2012 got a refer back then for one unit in section 4. now that the syllabus have changed should i be required to undertake the whole of section section 4?

  21. I did diploma in accountancy knec and l want to take cpa which section am l going to start from and ll there be some exemption

  22. Hello ..I wish to pursue CPA and I got mean grade of B plain am asking if I qualify to skip the Foundation level

  23. Hi, please clarify on the workshop period. Over what period will the workshops be? and will they be chargeable?
    Also what happens to one who has been working actively in an accounting position? do they still have to do they still have to do the one year practical?

  24. Hello,I did bachelor of procurement and supply chain and I can see in foundation level there’s some paper s I have done,will get exemption?

  25. I did my sec 1 back in 2019 and I failed,,I have completed myy degree course in finance,can I apply for exemption?

  26. HI… I did cpa section 5 and 6 long ago on 2013 and failed two papers in section 5 and also two papers in section six….will it be possible for me to re-sit the papers as i can se a drastic change of the syllabus

  27. hello,am kelvin i had earlier paid exemption under the old syllabus and i want to combine intermediate level,how many units will i be exempted in the intermediate level and how much should i pay?
    regards kelvin

  28. Hi,i did my sec 3 in 2013 dec and is supposed to redo the whole section but the syllabus has changed again. how do i go about it, thanks

  29. hello,i did my sec 3 in 2003,i know want to sit for sec 4 this year 2022,will i have to sit for management information system which i passed in 2003

  30. I did sec. 6 in the old syllabus and passed two papers tax. and. Audit. the overall results were a fail, will I be exempted on these two papers in the new syllabus?

  31. I am a CPA finalist, i would like to pursue certified investment ans financial analyst CIFA, which level should i join?

  32. hello,am Jacinta l did section one and two in 2015,passed sec 1 and failed 2,since then have done any progress.please advice on way forward l want to continue with course,l have a degree.

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