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Lingnan’s BBA (Hons) Accounting and Corporate Governance Major enables students to obtain advanced standing or exemptions with the following professional accounting associations:


The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) is the only statutory licensing body of accountants in Hong Kong, and is responsible for regulation of the accountancy profession. The QP of the HKICPA is a comprehensive training programme that provides the knowledge and skills necessary to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Our Accounting Major is accredited by the HKICPA as an approved accountancy degree programme under HKICPA’s Qualification Programme (QP). Students passing certain courses within our Accounting and Corporate Governance Major can apply for corresponding exemptions from respective QP examination papers.  


You are advised to visit HKICPA's website to find out further details about the QP and the registration procedures to become a student.



ACCA is an international accountancy body based in the United Kingdom. Its aim is to be a global leader in the profession by offering the qualification to people who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.  Students passing certain courses within our Accounting and Corporate Governance Major are entitled to corresponding exemptions from respective ACCA examination papers.  

You are advised to visit ACCA's website to find out further details about its exemption policy and qualification requirements.




The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (HKCGI) provides a professional qualification for people who have roles as company secretaries, governance advisers, non-executive directors, risk managers, compliance managers, and more. It stands at the forefront of global developments and best practice in governance.


The Institute’s qualifying programme, the Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme (CGQP), is an internationally recognised qualification programme with a curriculum adapted to meet local needs and applications. The CGQP is designed to meet the governance needs of today’s organisations, and it equips company secretaries and governance professionals with the knowledge and skills to support the board and senior management in corporate governance and regulatory compliance.


The following modules of the CGQP may be exempted for Lingnan Accountancy major graduates:
Module 4: Interpreting Financial & Accounting Information
Module 5: Strategic Management
Module 7B: Hong Kong Taxation


Please visit the official website of the HKCGI for details.



CIMA Hong Kong

CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants, and offers a prestigious accounting qualification for a career in business.


CIMA may award Accounting major students who register with them conditional exemptions that allow students to start taking CIMA Professional Qualification exams before graduation.


You are advised to visit CIMA's website to find out further details about the organisation and the qualification programme.



CPA Australia

CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest professional accounting bodies representing more than 168,000 members globally. The CPA designation is internationally recognised with CPAs going to work in 100 countries and regions every day.


The CPA Program is rigorous and integrates education and experience. It includes four compulsory subjects, two electives and a practical experience component that will give you the skills to stand out in the real world.


Graduates from the Professional Accounting concentration of the Accounting major are exempted from all 6 Foundation Level exams and will be eligible to apply for the CPA Australia Associate membership and start the CPA Program.


You are advised to visit CPA Australia's website to find out further details about the organisation and the CPA Program.



Taxation Institute of Hong Kong (TIHK)

The TIHK is incorporated as a company with the major objectives of promoting the study of taxation, providing a venue for the exchange of taxation knowledge, and enhancing the standard of tax professionals. At present the Institute has more than 3,000 members.


Graduates are eligible for exemptions from the Certified Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualifying Examination papers as follows:

CTA paper
On the basis of successful completion of
Paper 1 Accounting and Finance

ACT2200 Intermediate Accounting I plus

ACT2201 Intermediate Accounting II plus

BUS2201 Financial Management

Paper 2 Hong Kong Tax

ACT3203 Taxation

(renamed as Taxation I from 2019-20)

Full details of the syllabus of the CTA Examination are available on the Institute's website.