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ICSA International Qualifying Scheme  print
The International Qualifying Scheme (IQS) is an express route for holders of Institute recognized Bachelor and Masters degrees to complete the ICSA programme. Students eligible for this scheme gain entry into the Professional Part 2 programme. Entry for IQS is divided into two categories, namely Related Degree and Non-Related Degree holders.
Related Degree
This includes recognized degrees in Accounting, Law, Finance and/or Business studies from recognized institutions. Students who enter under this category may be required to complete a maximum of 2 modules in Professional Part 1 by CPE if the modules have not been incorporated in the degree.

CPE Policy: Under this category, students are ALLOWED to attempt the modules in Professional Part 2 whilst attempting the CPE modules in the Professional Part 1.
Non-Related Degree
This includes Institute recognised degrees that are not classified under Related Degree above. Students who enter under this category are required to complete all 4 modules in Professional Stage 1 by CPE.

Holders of non-related degrees with a major in Accounting, Law, Finance and/or Business Studies are advised to write to MAICSA with a certified true copy of their transcript, details of the course structure and syllabus for evaluation to determine if it can be considered for the Related Degree category.

CPE Policy: Students under this category are STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED to attempt any modules in Professional Part 2 without successfully completing ALL 4 CPE modules in Professional Part 1. No appeals will be entertained by the Institute under ANY circumstances.
CPE Programme
CPE stands for Continuing Professional Education. This is a seminar and assignment-based method in which students of the IQS have to comply with to complete the requisite modules in Professional Part 1.

Upon successful completion of the required CPE modules, Students can then proceed to complete the final 4 modules in the Professional Part 2 programme by way of examination (refer to the above on CPE policy for related and non-related degree holders). To find out how to register for this scheme, refer to Student Registration.