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BBA (Hons) Accounting Stream enables students to obtain advanced standing or exemptions with the following professional accounting associations:


Incorporated on 1 January 1973, the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) is the only statutory licensing body of accountants in Hong Kong responsible for regulation of the accountancy profession.  Our Accounting Stream is accredited by HKICPA as an approved accountancy degree programme under HKICPA’s Qualification Programme (QP)*.  The QP of the HKICPA is a comprehensive training programme that provides the knowledge and skills necessary to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  You are advised to visit HKICPA's website to find out further details about the QP and the registration procedures to become a student.

*Note: Students are reminded that ACT3300 Company Law
and ACT4354 Advanced Accounting should be completed before they can be permitted to register as a student of the QP.



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 Stream 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.



CIMA Hong Kong

CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants offering the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business. If you are considering a career in business and finance, the CIMA qualification will open doors with employers all over the world. As a CIMA management accountant you’ll earn more and go further. Powered by the resources and expertise of the AICPA and CIMA, CGMA is the global designation for management accounting.


CIMA has new syllabus which is industry-leading with significant input from employers to ensure technological changes are embraced both from a technical standpoint and a skills and mindsets standpoint, so that you can maximise your impact at the workplace. With greater integration across the three pillars of the qualification (Enterprise, Performance and Financial) CIMA has also decided to 1) restrict the entry points to the start of each level or at case study level; and 2) review the awarding of exemptions based on the progress that students have demonstrated.


Appropriate entry and exemptions to enhance student’s employability

The new syllabus ensures that students are entering at the right level of the qualification, which takes into consideration the knowledge and skills you need to successfully progress through the Professional Qualification, thereby enhancing your employability. Simple and clear entry routes to CIMA means that students do not need to wait to have their exemptions confirmed and can start taking CIMA exams immediately. CIMA will award students who register with them conditional exemptions that allow students to start taking CIMA Professional Qualification exams before graduation. CIMA assumes that you will complete studies with BBA (Hons) Accounting Stream.


Please refer to the Appendix 1-3 below, and for more information on the new set of entry points:

Appendix 1:

Entry level: Management Level Objective Tests (E2, P2, F2)
All the following students will enter this level with eight exemptions
Bachelor majoring in:
• Accounting
• Finance
• Accounting and finance
• Financial management
• Corporate finance


Appendix 2:

Entry level: Management Case Study Exam
All the following students will enter this level with 11 exemptions
Master’s (or Postgraduate equivalent programme) in:
• Accounting
• Finance
• Financial management
• Corporate finance
• MBA with accounting focus (“accounting” must be stated in the graduation certificate or transcript)


Appendix 3:

All the following students will enter this level with four exemptions
Bachelor in:
• Business | Business administration | Business management | Business studies
• Commerce
• Economics


The following table shows the new exemptions accredited for the programs of your university:

Qualification New exemptions
BBA (Hon) Acc


Entry level: Management Level

Objective Tests (E2, P2, F2)

Master of Accountancy


Entry level: Management Case Study Exam


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



CPA Australia

Founded in 1886 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 breadth of the CPA Program ensures you are well equipped to tackle whatever challenging accounting, finance or business work you want in any sector.

The CPA Program is rigorous and integrates education and experience. Rather than simply providing you with a technical focus, the CPA Program equips you with an understanding of the dynamic issues facing organisations in a global marketplace. The CPA Program 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 will be exempted from all the 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.




The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS or the Institute) is a professional body which qualifies people who have roles as company secretaries, governance advisers, non-executive directors, risk managers, compliance managers and more. Its membership ensures individual remains at the forefront of global developments and best practice in governance.

Effective 1 January 2020, the Institute will launch a new qualifying programme, the Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme (CGQP), which replaces the current International Qualifying Scheme (IQS). The CGQP is an internationally recognised qualification programme with a curriculum developed by CGI and adapted by HKICS to meet local needs and applications. The first examination diet under the CGQP will be held in June 2020. 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 HKICS can be exempted for Lingnan Accountancy graduates:
(4) Interpreting Financial & Accounting Information
(5) Strategic Management
(7B) Hong Kong Taxation
For details of exemption, please contact HKICS at (852) 2881 6177 or email to


Please visit the official website of HKICS for details.



The Taxation Institute of Hong Kong (TIHK)

The Institute was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 29th September 1972 by a group of professionals with the major objectives of promoting the study of taxation, using as a venue for the exchange of taxation knowledge as well as to enhance the standard of tax professionals. Initially 34 members subscribed to the Memorandum and Articles of Association; and at present the Institute has more than 3,000 members.

Graduates of the BBA (Hons) - Accounting Stream Programme will be 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.