Certified Accounting Technician CAT in Malaysia - HELP CAT

Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)

  • Programme Name : Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)
    Duration of Study : 1 to 1½ years
    Intakes : January, March, July
    Study Mode : Full Time
    Assessment : Paper Based Examination (PBE)
    Computer Based Examination (CBE)
    Awarding Institution : ACCA

  • The CAT is usually studied as an introductory qualification prior to training to become a Chartered Certified Accountant through the ACCA Professional Scheme. The duration is one and a half years to complete the nine CAT papers. There is no restriction on the number of papers that can be taken in each sitting. The Certified Accounting Technician is a skilled person capable of performing highly responsible and important jobs:

    • collect, check and analyse financial information
    • maintain and check financial records
    • receive and settle invoices from suppliers
    • monitor company expenses
    • complete and submit tax returns
    • manage the staff payroll
    • prepare company tax returns
    • record receipts and payments
    • audit (verifying an organisation’s accounts)
    • control budgets
    • write reports


    In a small company, Accounting Technicians may be the only employee qualified to look after financial records, invoices and wages. In large companies, they are likely to be part of a team that includes chartered accountants, other accounting technicians and general administrators. In this case they are likely to specialise in a particular area, such as audit or tax. Increasingly, accounting technicians are also responsible for identifying how a company can improve its profits and reduce costs.

  • Below are the entry requirements for CAT:

    5 Credits in SPM/O-Levels (including English & Mathematics)

    FA1 Recording Financial Transactions
    MA1 Management Information
    FA2 Maintaining Financial Records
    MA2 Managing Costs and Finances
    FAB Accountant in Business
    FMA Management Accounting
    FFA Financial Accounting
    Options (any 2 papers)
    FTX Foundations in Taxation
    FFM Foundations in Financial Management
    FAU Foundations in Audit
    General Subjects
    Pengajian Malaysia or Bahasa Komunikasi 1
    Critical Thinking
    Comparative Religion