Courses and Programmes

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

The ACCA course provides globally recognised accounting knowledge, skills and professional values essential for building successful jobs and careers.

MAT is a Platinum Approved Learning Partner of ACCA for Student Tuition in Uganda. Platinum level approval for Student Tuition guarantees a quality learning experience and is strongly recommended by ACCA, and that our students consistently meet exam results targets, set by meeting or exceeding ACCA’s worldwide pass rates. MAT is an authorized Centre for Computer Based Examinations (CBE) for ACCA. We conduct CBE's most Friday mornings, and at more or less any other time with sufficient prior arrangement.

Why ACCA?
Please read on to find out the reasons why ACCA is your future in finance and accounting…

Biggest
Join ACCA and you are accessing an unrivaled global network of offices, learning providers, examination centres and employers.
•    Students and members in 170 countries
•    Office and centres in nearly 80 countries
•    Partners worldwide

Fastest growing
Every six minutes, somewhere in the world, someone registers as an ACCA student. So will you still stand out from the crowd? Absolutely. ACCA students and members are individuals in every sense, not bound by business-sector or country-border constraints.

World-class reputation
ACCA has been around for over 100 years and in that time we have built a reputation of excellence in qualifications and training that is recognized around the world, especially by employers of accountants.

ACCA Qualification
The ACCA Qualification is designed to provide the accounting knowledge, skills and professional values which will deliver finance professionals who are capable of building successful careers across all sectors, whether they are working in the public or private sectors, practicing in accounting firms, or pursuing a career in business.
In order to qualify as an ACCA member, you will complete:
•    14 exams (nine of which are eligible for exemption)
•    Relevant practical experience, with a minimum of three years
•    A Professional Ethics module.

Benefits of CBE

MAT is an authorized Computer Based Examination Centre (CBE) for ACCA. CBE offers you the following benefits:
•    Flexibility - as you can sit CBE at any time of year. And there is no restriction on the number of times you can re-sit the examinations by CBE.
•    Instant feedback - Your result is available at the end of the examination.
•    Results are uploaded by the licensed Centre and will be transferred to your ACCA account within 72 hours.
•    New students, who registered too late for paper based examinations, are still eligible to sit CBE's anytime.

Revision:
Upcountry students who may not be able to attend the full schedule of weekend and evening classes, may find it more convenient to attend revision classes, which are scheduled over short periods, entirely during May and November (download timetable below).

Entry Requirements
2 principal passes at Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) / GCE A Level / Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate [grades A- E]
PLUS
5 credit passes at Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) / GCE O Level / Cambridge Overseas School Certificate [grades 1-6]
(in 5 separate subjects including English and Mathematics)
(University) Certificate or Diploma

 

Career Opportunity / Benefits of obtaining the ACCA professional qualification
Having the letters ACCA or FCCA after your name offer a real advantage in a competitive global work place.

They designate the quality of the ACCA Qualification, and they represent membership of a professional body that has professionalism and ethics at its heart.

ACCA’s globally relevant qualifications give people an excellent start in accountancy, finance and business skills. ACCA’s online competency framework also helps to demonstrate the different competencies developed through all parts of the ACCA Qualification (exams, ethics module and experience requirement), lining these competencies to jobs in finance.

It is a valuable tool to illustrate how ACCA members are complete finance professionals and have comprehensive skills set to work in a variety of accounting and finance roles.
Accountancy is a rewarding career, and it could be a route to working at the top of organisations. As well as a challenging and rewarding job, a career in finance offers opportunity and excellent financial reward.

ACCA believes that finance professionals play an important role in every organisation.  As such, working in a role which contributes to the success of an organisation makes accountants respected business professionals.

And choosing accountancy as a career means someone can follow their dreams. This is because finance professionals work in every industry – from banking to fashion to mining to travel and tourism.

Choosing accounting and finance means being in demand with employers everywhere. But don’t take ACCA’s word for it.

There is a wealth of information on ACCA’s website about the benefits of being a professionally trained accountant and where that can get someone in their career.
And ACCA also regularly consults with employers about what they think of the ACCA brand and the qualification. 94% of employers said ACCA was a respected global brand; 90% of employers say that ACCA is a world class organisation and 89% of employers would recommend ACCA to other organisations. In addition, 59% said that ACCA is a global leader in the profession, ahead of the next most mentioned international body at 12%.

So the numbers speak for themselves – a career built on strong foundations with ACCA makes for success. Find out more on ACCA’s website: http://www.accaglobal.com/gb/en/qualifications/why-acca.html and our careers portal: https://www.accacareers.com/

Beatrice Isagayite
Head of ACCA Uganda

 

Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

Edinburgh Business School
Heriot Watt University
A Masters degree or course in Business Administration empowers professionals pursuing better jobs & careers in Uganda or globally with a wide range of skills and expertise.

MAT is an Approved Learning Partner for the Edinburgh Business School MBA programme. Edinburgh Business School is the Graduate School of Business for Heriot-Watt University.

As a busy and ambitious professional, you may want the range of skills and expertise that an MBA can provide, but do not have the time to accommodate the schedule of a less flexible MBA programme. Firm on standards and quality, the Edinburgh Business School MBA programme allows you to tailor your study route to meet your own specific requirements.

The Edinburgh Business School Master of Business Administration programme is specifically designed to provide an intellectually demanding and rigorous programme that enables you to study when and where you wish and to take examinations anywhere in the world.

You work towards your MBA on a course-by-course basis. After completing three courses, you are eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration, and after six courses for a Postgraduate Diploma. The certificate and diploma awards are formal recognition of your progress; they can also be used as exit awards. To obtain a General MBA, you need to complete 7 core courses and 2 electives.

To do a specialization, you need to do seven core courses and four electives. We can now award up to four credits from the MBA for holders of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Professional Qualification, which means that they need to complete only five papers for the General MBA and seven courses for the specialized MBA. Students with the ACCA Professional qualification can also opt for the M.Sc. in  Financial Management.

Registration & Requirements
For one to register has to bring 2 pass port photos (colored), a detailed CV and academic qualifications both originals and photocopies for comparison purposes plus the 690 GBP for any paper you want to start with (if 2 papers 1,380 GBP).

Registration is a continual process; please call at MAT for information on the next examination sitting. Please also note that for anyone to be registered for the Exam you need to have purchased the course first.

The benefits of an MBA are numerous; personal and professional development, promotion or a change of career, providing a launch pad to starting your own business, global networking opportunities with like-minded professionals, and a broader, deeper understanding of business issues. Students see a good return on their investment as their employability is heightened as a result of gaining applied skills that will make a real difference to their careers and their organisations.

The greatest ambassadors of Edinburgh Business School are the graduates, whose successes and belief in the business school have seen it grown into one of the largest in the world. We are proud to be in partnership with MAT and the quality of services provided by MAT is a key factor in the growing reputation of the Edinburgh Business School

Melanie Sturmheit
Regional Manager
Edinburgh Business School, Southern Africa

Certified Public Accountants of Uganda CPA (U)

MAT provides tuition for all the four levels of the CPA (U) Programme.

The CPA (U) course provides a foundation for professional accountants to become chartered accountants, certified financial analysts and pursue good jobs and careers in accounting.

The foundation of knowledge, basic skills and professional values allows those who transcend through it to keep learning and adapt to change through their professional career. Save for the initial years, to become a full member, one ought to sit and pass the CPA (U) examination of the institute.

ICPAU has a new web site. To access your CPAU results on line, and for further information click on this link direct to CPAU http://www.icpau.co.ug/

EXAMINATION STRUCTURE TO BE INCLUDED

Entry Requirements
Anyone is eligible to register as a CPA (U) student but on condition that you meet one of the following qualifications;

A-Level
A Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with at least two principal passes of at least grade “D” or the equivalent plus a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 credits including English and Mathematics.

Certificates/Diplomas
Dip. Ed. & Dip. In Accounting (ITEK); UDBS, HDM, UDA & UHDA (NBEEC), ICSA, CPS (K), KATC & ATC (U)

Other Diplomas
A first or second class diploma from a Higher Institution of learning/University plus a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 credits including English and Mathematics. If the qualifications are obtained from Uganda, the respective government must accredit them.

Degree
A degree from a recognized university. If the qualification is obtained from outside Uganda, the respective government must accredit it.

Why you Should Enrol for CPA

About CPA
The Certified Public Accountants (CPA) course is offered by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU), the regulator of the accountancy profession in Uganda.  CPA is spread over 4 levels, with 16 papers.  CPA has 2 examination sittings; June and November.  

Why CPA?
Course content: CPA offers relevant course content.  The course is benchmarked to the International Education Standards for Professional Accountants issued by International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB). The taxation and business law taught in CPA are tailored to suit the Ugandan economy.  This makes it easier for CPA students to apply principles on the job.  Individuals who hold a foreign accountancy qualification must undergo a localization process by studying ICPAU Taxation (Paper 11) and Business Law (Paper 3), as the minimum to qualify for membership enrolment.     

Eligibility for ICPAU Membership: Completion of the CPA course is one of the requirements for ICPAU membership enrolment, the other being attainment of 3 years’ accountancy work experience.  ICPAU membership has benefits such as; opportunities for professional growth, opportunities for leadership, regulation and networking, and affiliation to the International Federation of Accountants, among others.  Also According to Section 34 of the Accountants Act, all heads of Finance in private and public sector entities are required to be members of ICPAU.

Eligibility to Practise Accountancy: The establishment of an audit firm is the ultimate goal of many accountants.  One must have a Practising Certificate in order to start an audit firm and  membership of ICPAU is a prerequisite for Practising Certificate application.

Fair costs for training: Examination and study fees for CPA papers are fair. This enables students to complete the course will less hustle while growing their savings for future use.

Accessible Examination Centres: CPA(U) course is currently examinable from six (6) examination centres around Uganda namely Arua, Gulu, Mbale, Fort Portal, Mbarara and Kampala.  Students are at liberty to choose examination centres of their preference.

Recommendation for Employment:  CPAs are frequently sought after and ICPAU ensures that received employers’ job adverts are regularly forwarded to all ICPAU Members and students depending on the nature of the job.

The choices you make today will determine your future.  Professional accountancy education is your key to a successful accountancy career.

CPA Derick Nkajja
Secretary /CEO, ICPAU

Association of Business Executives (ABE)

ABE offers Diplomas in Business Management, Business Startup & Entrepreneurship, Human Resource, Marketing, Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

MAT is an accredited tuition provider for the ABE Diploma in Business Management in Uganda. MAT does not combine subjects for different courses ensuring a more focused syllabus approach, thus maximizing the students’ success rate. MAT provides the highest quality of professional teaching in Uganda, evidenced by our Approved Learning Partner Status with both the ACCA and the Edinburgh Business School – the only tuition provider in Uganda with this status.

WHY ABE?
ABE offers professional business and management qualifications worldwide, and they are recognized as an awarding body by the Qualifications and Curriculum (“QCA”), the UK qualifications regulator. Please visit www.ndaq.org.uk

ABE Qualifications
ABE qualifications are recognized by colleges, universities, employers and ministries in all over 80 countries around the world.
ABE qualifications give you skills to make a real difference in the workplace, and are highly valued by employers.
ABE qualifications give you entry to the second and final years of many Bachelor degree programmes around the world, and the Advanced Diploma can help you fast to an MBA

For more details please log on to www.abeuk.com

ABE Diploma Requirements

For Level 4 Diploma

Open to any student, but should be fluent in written and spoken English and competent in maths.

For Level 5 Diploma

Entry Requirements
•    To enroll for the diploma you must have two principal passes at UACE or equivalent
•    Four passes at “O” level including credit passes in English and Mathematics
•    Students with two years relevant work experience may also be eligible to apply
Or an ABE Level 4 Diploma

Benefits from Business Management

•    BM is the most popular qualification and the first one to receive QCA (UK) accreditation.
•    BM students acquire the key skills required for a career in the business world, including accounting, marketing, planning and strategic management.
•    The BM diploma is set at NQ level 5 (UK first year University level) and qualifies you for exemptions at many Universities around the world from first year study, and also qualifies you for some examinations exemptions form other professional qualifications such as ACCA, (saving you time and money)

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

The CFA course empowers you with a strong foundation in your jobs and careers by providing you with the training you need in today's finance & investment industry.

MAT offers tuitions for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program in Uganda. The CFA credential has become the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world. MAT provides an opportunity for you for getting this qualification.

Why CFA?
The CFA Program is a globally recognized, graduate level curriculum that provides you with a strong foundation of the real-world investment analysis and portfolio management skills and practical knowledge you need in today's investment industry. It also emphasizes the highest ethical and professional standards.

The CFA Program focuses specifically on investment knowledge. In addition, the self-study format allows you to continue working full time while you earn the charter. The CFA Program provides the skills needed to succeed in the workplace and that earning the CFA charter demonstrates the persistence, flexibility, and hard work required of today's investment professionals. Employers recognize the CFA charter as a reliable way to differentiate the most qualified and determined job applicants, frequently listing the CFA charter as a requirement for certain positions.

Please download more details on the tuitions provided by MAT from the Download section. For more details on the CFA programme, please log on to www.cfainstitute.org

Qualifications/Entry requirements
•    Bachelor's degree or equivalent
•    At least four years of professional work
•    Valid international travel passport

While many CFA Program candidates describe their time studying for the CFA exams as the most difficult, Ibrahim differs. This was the most enjoyable time of his life.  I preferred to study in the morning waking up by 4.00 am each day. CFA gave me the opportunity to express myself and its analytical nature stretched my abilities.

I think pursing the CFA program and obtaining the Charter is the best career decision I have ever made. My career goal was to manage assets and I realized I needed the CFA Charter if I were to be successful. Indeed the investment has paid off handsomely. In 2009 when I was starting up the CFA program I was a Compliance Audit Officer at NSSF. By 2012, I had risen to the level of Investment Risk Manager.

Earning the Charter gave me the opportunity to understand the financial industry and asset management. CFA exposed me to global practices and in continuous connection to fast-paced world of global finance. This comes with sacrifices. It’s challenging to prepare for the CFA exams while working but I always started exam preparations early and remained disciplined. This made my CFA journey interesting.

The Charter opens doors and enhances your reputation amongst your colleagues and clients. Membership to the CFA Institute offers opportunities to improve yourself and stay relevant, connected, and engaged with the rest of the investment management community — a community network that spans the globe.

Ibrahim Buya, CFA – A Personal Story

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