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The Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) are pleased to announce to the public that with effect from 1 January 2024, UBTEB will take over the assessment and conduct of examinations for all candidates pursuing Acccounting Technicians Diploma (ATD). However, the students currently registered under ICPAU will complete their course with ICPAU. The public should note that ICPAU is no longer registering new ATD students.

UBTEB and ICPAU signed a memorandum of understanding in 2018 with the objective of enhancing the competitiveness and smooth career progression of accounting related programmes examined and awarded by Uganda Business and Technical examinations Board (UBTEB).

As part of our collaboration, the Board will streamline and harmonize all content in the business/accounting programmes at Diploma levels to enable UBTEB graduates benefit from course exemptions while pursuing the Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (CPA(U)) programme offered by ICPAU. The CPA(U) is a professional accountancy programmme. With the roll out of the assessment of the ATD by UBTEB and close collaboration, UBTEB graduates will have an added advantage to progress easily from certificate and diploma levels to degree programmes accredited by ICPAU in line with the Uganda Accountancy Qualifications Framework (UAQF).

In line with the Government’s call on producing competent and productive labour force, the UBTEB and ICPAU collaboration will enable students to save on money and time in their quest to become Certified Public Accountants. This will enable smooth career progression for example; if students complete a Diploma in Accountancy, they will be exempted from attempting lower level papers at professional level (CPA). UBTEB and ICPAU will engage further to conduct a joint development of curriculum/Assessment guides, research and capacity building programmes to provide TVET graduates with an avenue for access, progression and continued learning in accountancy and other related fields.

Today’s roll out of a road map for the assessment of ATD to UBTEB will help institutions to teach Accounting and other related programmes in accordance with the Uganda Accountancy Qualifications Framework. UBTEB working with ICPAU will accredit any Tertiary institutions including Universities and that are interested in offering ATD examined and assessed by UBTEB.

As a country, the idea of working in isolation is long gone. We need to work together with the nationally approved agencies and bodies in order to skill people properly. Today, UBTEB and ICPAU have set a precedence of streamlining and regulating the assessment and award of various TVET programmes. This is a bold step forward and all trainers of students should desist from offering students institutional based Certificates and Transcripts that are not recognized.