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 ₦7,000 (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 hold in member countries on 28 & 29 March 2023 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, Alimosho, Amuwo-Odofin, Auchi, Awka, Benin-City, Calabar, Enugu, Ibadan, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Ilesha, Ilisan, Ilorin, Jalingo, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, LASU-OJO, Lokoja, Makurdi, Malete, Minna, Mowe, Ogbomoso, Okija, Omu-Aran, Onitsha, Osogbo, Otta, Owerri, Oye-Ekiti, Oyo, Port-Harcourt, Umuahia, Uyo, Victoria-Island, Warri and Yenagoa.

    Where registration for a centre is low, the Institute shall reserve the right to transfer candidates from the chosen centre to another nearest centre at no cost to the Institute.

    EXAMINATION REGISTRATION

    The registration PORTAL for the MARCH 2023 diet of ATSWA Examinations opened on Thursday, December 8, 2023 and will close on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

    MODE OF REGISTRATION FOR MARCH 2023 EXAMINATIONS

    Candidates are required to register online for March 2023 diet examinations at the ICAN website www.icanportal.org/ats/examinations

    Eligibility for Enrolment: The examinations are open to the Institute’s registered financial students. Other interested persons should visit the Institute’s website www.icanig.org for guidelines on Students’ Registration.

    Free Aid to Candidates: All ATSWA candidates can download for free the soft copies of STUDY TEXTS and INSIGHTS from our website https://icanig.org/students/atswa-learning-materials

    DIRECTIVES FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION

    1. BEFORE PAYMENT: Check and Print out your Examination/Financial Status at the Institute’s ATS students portal: www.icanportal.org/ats before effecting payment through Paydirect, Verve/Master ATM Card;

    2. METHODS OF PAYMENT FOR EXAMINATION FEES

    a. PayDirect: 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.icanportal.org/ats/paymasters/paydirectindex
    • 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.icanportal.org/ats/examinations to register for the examination.

    b. Naira ATM Card: Pay online using your Naira ATM Visa, Verve or Mastercard by selecting the relevant payment type following the steps enumerated below:

    1. Go to https://icanportal.org/ats LOGIN BY:

    • Entering your registration number and password to view your Examination and Financial Status if you have previously set up your account.
    • If you have not set up your account, click on "New Student Registration" to create a "Password".
    • Click pay ICAN and select ‘WebPay’ and click on "New Payment".
    • 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: https://icanportal.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.

        4. Visit the website three days after online submission of the examination form to confirm your enrolment.

        IMPORTANT NOTICE

        a. The registration period for the examination is between Thursday, December 8, 2022 and Thursday, March 23, 2022.

        b. Candidates are warned in their own interest not to bring MOBILE/GSM PHONES, Electronic Gadgets or Programmable devices into the Examination hall. Anyone found violating this instruction will be stopped from continuing with the examination and the paper will be cancelled.

        c. Candidates are warned that all kinds of WRISTWATCHES (DIGITAL/ANALOG) are not allowed into the examination hall

        d. Candidates are discouraged from bringing valuables items into the examination centres, hence; any loss would be at their own risk and the Institute will not be liable for any loss of personal items.

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

        h. Deferment of March 2023 examinations application will not be entertained.

        i. Candidates may not have access to the examination website after Thursday, March 23, 2023 afternoon.

        j. Application for change of examination centres will not be processed after 12noon on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

        k. 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.

        Candidates may seek assistance by contacting the ICAN Help Desk through the following telephone numbers and e-mail addresses: 01-2912745, 01-2912821 (IT HELP DESK), 09053847512-4 (Reception), 09053847528 (ATSWA Direct Line), 08037146126, 08034928859, 07039592755 and 08157578995 phd@ican.org.ng or atsexam@ican.org.ng




        MARCH 2023 DIET ATSWA EXAMINATIONS FEES (Exclusive of Bank Charges of ₦300.00)

        AMOUNT
        LEVELS 4 PAPERS 3 PAPERS 2 PAPERS 1 PAPER
        PART I ₦26,700 ₦23,200 ₦19,700 ₦16,200
        PART II ₦29,100 ₦25,200 ₦21,300 ₦17,400
        PART III ₦32,700 ₦28,100 ₦23,500 ₦18,900




        ATSWA EXAMINATIONS TIME TABLE FOR MARCH 2023 DIET

        DAY/DATE TIME PART I PART II PART III
        TUESDAY 28/03/2023 9.30a.m - 12.30p.m Basic Accounting Financial Accounting Principles of Auditing & Assurance
        2p.m - 5p.m Business Law Information Technology Management
        WEDNESDAY 29/03/2023 9.30a.m - 12.30p.m Economics Public Sector Accounting Cost Accounting
        2p.m - 5p.m Communication Skills Quantitative Analysis Taxation