Become An ATSWA Student

The Accounting Technicians Scheme West Africa (ATSWA) programme is designed to produce middle level Accounting Technicians within the West African sub-region.

The objectives are to:

  • provide a recognised qualification for the accounting and auditing staff employed in the public sector, industry, commerce and in various offices or practicing accountants
  • help meet the need for middle level accounting personnel in the economy especially for the accounting and finance departments of various government agencies and corporations.
  • The ATSWA syllabus is divided into 3 parts and each part consists of four (4) subjects.

    AAT Certificate is awarded upon successfully completing the Accounting Technicians Scheme of West Africa (ATSWA) Examinations.

    The duration for the completion of the 3 level examination is a minimum of 15 months for those with ordinary level certificate and 6to12 months for those with higher certificate but not a degree certificate. The examination takes place twice a year i.e. March and September.

    • Five (5) credit passes in any subject including English Language and Mathematics in the West Africa School Certificate Examination, General Certificate of Education or Senior School Certificate of Education, NECO equivalent not more than two sittings or NABTEB.
    • Ordinary National Diploma of any Polytechnic recognised by the Council of the Institute
    • National Certificate in Education (NCE) from any College of Education.

    1. ATSWA registration fee is ₦6000 (bank charges not included) payable using any of the following methods of payment;

    2. Use the transaction reference and receipt number to generate your PIN and SERIAL NUMBER here.

    3. Click to submit on completion of the form.

    4. Print out the completed form and sign it.

    5. Attach the below documents and submit the hard copies to any of our offices;

    • Original copy of the pay direct receipt/transaction reference
    • Certified photocopies of your credentials any (NECO,WASCE, NABTEB, OND, NCE)

    NOTE: YOU WILL REQUIRE A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT OR ASSOCIATE ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS (AAT) TO ENDORSE YOUR APPLICATION FORM & CREDENTIALS ON COMPLETION.

    The Accounting Technicians Scheme, West Africa (ATSWA) examinations will be held in member countries on 12 & 13 March 2019 under the Council of The Association of Accountancy Bodies in West Africa (ABWA). The examinations will be held in the following centres in Nigeria: Aba, Abakaliki, Abeokuta, Abuja, Ado-Ekiti, Akure, Amuwo-Lagos, Awka, Benin-City, Calabar, Enugu, Ibadan, Ikeja, Ilesha, Ilisan, Ilorin, Ikorodu, Jalingo, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Lokoja, Makurdi, Malete, Mowe, Ogbomoso, Okija, Onitsha, Osogbo, Otta, Owerri, Oye-Ekiti, Port-Harcourt, Umuahia, Uyo, Victoria-Island, Warri and Yenagoa.

    The Institute reserves the right to transfer any candidate from his or her chosen centre to another centre if the need arises.

    EXAMINATION REGISTRATION

    The registration PORTAL for the March 2019 diet of ATSWA Examinations will open from Thursday, December 20, 2018 to Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    MODE OF REGISTRATION FOR MARCH 2019 EXAMINATIONS

    Candidates are required to register online for March 2019 diet examinations at the ICAN website www.icanexamsonline.org/ats using Pay direct.

    Kindly note that registration for the examination is restricted to registered students of the Institute, that is, those that have been given registration numbers.

    The Study Texts are available for collection FREE by candidates at any ICAN District Offices and Liaison Offices in the respective centres outside Lagos while those for Lagos centre will collect theirs at 82, Murtala Muhammed Way, Ebute-Metta, Lagos on presentation of a hardcopy of the evidence of payment.

    Candidates should download September 2018 diet’s INSIGHT from the Institute’s website, www.ican-ngr.org. Also STUDY TEXTS may be downloaded from the Institute’s website under ‘STUDENTS’ icon.

    DIRECTIVES FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION

    1. BEFORE PAYMENT: Check and Print out your Examination/Financial Status under the Student icon on the Institute’s website: www.icanig.org before effecting payment through Paydirect,

    2. METHODS OF PAYMENT FOR EXAMINATION FEES

    Pay Direct: pay directly into ICAN e-Collection Account at any Commercial bank in Nigeria. Obtain your payment Receipt and thereafter:
  • Proceed with your application for the exam at ICAN website: www.icanonline-ngr.com/paydirect
  • Enter your Deposit Slip Number on the payment receipt
  • Enter your receipt number
  • Click on the SUBMIT button to generate eVoucher containing 12 digits and 6 digits PIN and Serial Number respectively required for your online registration
  • Proceed to the web address on the e-voucher i.e. www.icanexamsonline.org/ats to register for the examination.
  • 3. ON-LINE REGISTRATION:

    a) Requirements:
  • Scan a copy (JPEG format, 20kb maximum file size) of your passport photograph (white background) for the online registration before commencement of online examination registration.
  • Scan a copy of your signature. (JPEG format, 20kb maximum file size)

  • b) Procedures:
  • Complete the Online form at ICAN website: www.icanexamsonline.org/ats and click on submit.
  • Print the following after clicking on submit:
    • i. Completed online examination form;
    • ii. Examination Time table, centres and their addresses;
    • iii. Examination offences and disciplinary measures;
    • iv. Examination warning to all candidates
    Note that (iii) and (iv) above should be thoroughly understood and applied as appropriate.
    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    a. Registration for March 2019 ATSWA Examinations closes on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    b. NO REFUND WILL BE MADE ONCE EXAMINATION FEE IS PAID.

    c. Candidates may not have access to the examination website after Wednesday March 6, 2019 afternoon

    d. Deferment of March 2019 examinations application will not be entertained.

    e. Candidates who have applied for EXEMPTION from any level of the examination are advised to confirm that their applications are successful before making payment for the examinations.

    f. Candidates are not permitted to apply for EXEMPTION and EXAMINATION at the same time.

    g. Application for change of examination centres will not be processed after 12noon on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    h. Candidates are to ensure the accuracy of the information on their forms. The passport photographs must be the true semblance of the applicants and must be of white background.

    i. The signature on the registration form must be the personal signature of the candidates.

    j. Any discrepancy discovered on the signature when compared with signature on the attendance sheets, dockets and answer booklets at the examination hall or marking centre will be taken as a breach of the examination rule. This shall attract appropriate disciplinary action which would be communicated to the affected candidates in due

    k. Candidates are advised to download the ATS Insights, Study Texts, Examination Time Table, Dockets and other instructions from the ICAN website, www.ican-ngr.org

    l. Candidates must come to the examination hall with the downloaded docket to locate their desks.

    m. Candidates are warned in their own interest not to bring MOBILE PHONES into the Examination Hall, as anyone caught violating this instruction will be stopped from continuing with the examination and the paper will be CANCELLED

    Candidates may seek assistance by contacting the ICAN Help Desk through the following telephone numbers and e-mail addresses: 01-4542083, 012912821 (IT), 09053847512-4 (Reception), 09053847528 (DL), 08037146126, 08023145547, 07056556712 and 08033348045 phd@ican.org.ng or atsexam@ican.org.ng
    MARCH 2019 EXAMINATIONS FEES (Exclusive of Bank Charges of N 300.00)
      AMOUNT (N)
    LEVELS 4 PAPERS 3 PAPERS 2 PAPERS 1 PAPERS
    PART I 24,300 21,100 17,900 14,700
    PART II 26,450 22,900 19,350 15,800
    PART III 29,700 25,550 21,350 17,200
    ATSWA EXAMINATIONS TIME TABLE FOR MARCH 2019
    DAY/DATE TIME PART I PART II PART III
    TUESDAY 19/03/2019 9.30a.m - 12.30 p.m.
    Basic Accounting Processes & Systems P & P of Financial Accounting Principles of Auditing
    2pm - 5pm Business Law Information Technology Management
    WEDNESDAY 20/03/2019 9:30am - 12:30pm Economics Public Sector Accounting Cost Accounting
    2pm - 5pm Communication Skills Quantitative
    Analysis
    Preparing Tax Computation & Returns