The applicant must be able to demonstrate the acquisition of significant academic knowledge and practical experience.
- The admission requirements for the Accredited Bookkeeper fall into 4 different categories:
- Competency based qualifiers: Applicants who have obtained qualification as Certified Accounting Technician at the approved Institutes will be accepted if they comply with the practical experience requirements.
- Part qualified NIPA Trainees: Registered NIPA trainees, or NIPA trainees that abandoned the program, who have completed the practical experience of their training, but not their academic requirements will be accepted, if they comply with the practical experience requirements.
- Part qualifiers: Applicant who hold only a part academic qualification, or a degree that is not prescribed by the Institute, with at least Accounting II AND have relevant experience of a minimum of 5 years will be accepted if they comply with the practical experience requirements.
- Experienced qualifiers: Applicants who hold no academic but at least Grade 12 AND have relevant experience of a minimum of 5 years will be accepted if they comply with the practical experience requirements
- Applicants will be evaluated to determine the level of practical experience. It is required to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge to an evaluation panel appointed by Council. Upon the recommendation of such evaluation panel and fulfilment of all other entrance requirements, Council may admit the applicant as an affiliate Member.
- It is required that all Accredited Bookkeepers acquire Professional Indemnity insurance for not less than N$ 1,000,000
- It is required that all Accredited Bookkeepers shall comply with the CPD requirements applicable to members as prescribed
- It is required that all Accredited Bookkeepers will be subject to a Practice Support Visit as prescribed
- A firm, whether incorporated or not, may be registered as a practising firm, provided all Accredited Bookkeepers and ultimate beneficial members (or shareholders, partners or beneficiaries, as the case may be) are registered and continue to be so registered as Accredited Bookkeepers with the Institute. The firm name to be registered with the Institute is subject to approval by Council, who has the right to decline a name if it is deemed to be undesirable or misleading.
Recognition for Prior Learning
- Accredited Bookkeepers may not perform the duties of Accounting Officers, nor will they be allowed to sign off any AFS of a trust, CC or company.
- Once admitted to the Accredited Bookkeeper tier, applicants will be able to progress to full membership as prescribed
- Accredited Bookkeepers that comply with the following requirements may be admitted as full members of the Institute
- Academic requirements:
- Applicants must at least have obtained a grade 12 certificate
- Applicants must at least have passed the following subjects:
- Financial Accounting NOF level 6
- Taxation NQF level 6
- Commercial and Business Law NOF level 6
- Or any such subjects which in the opinion of Council are significantly similar to the above subjects and NQF levels
The implementation period for this grandfathering route is 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021, where after no admissions in this class will be permitted.
- Other requirements:
- Applicants must be between the ages 35-55
- Must have practical experience of not less than 10 years
- Accredited bookkeepers who have the academic and practical requirements and fall within the age group will be required to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge to an evaluation panel. Upon the recommendation of such evaluation panel and fulfilment of all other entrance requirements, Council may admit the applicant as a Member.