Registration FAQs

Will I be entitled to exemptions from some CGA exams?

Yes. Students who have a previous qualification should be entitled to some exemptions. Previous qualifications may include masters, degree (both relevant and non relevant), post graduate in business, certificate, diploma, accounting technician exams and other professional qualifications.

The more relevant the qualification is, the more exemptions likely to be granted. Prior to registration a student will need to submit their transcripts from their previous qualifications in order to confirm what exemptions they are entitled to. CGA-PAKISTAN® will check exemptions on email copy of transcripts, however original transcripts must be sent to the Institute when you register as a CGA student. Transcripts can be assessed for exemptions at any time during the year. There is no charge for this service.

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What fees must I pay?

For the fee details you must visit the CGA-PAKISTAN® website and face book page. There will be registration fee, Exemptions or Exam fee, membership fee and annual subscription fee and others.

  • Please note that Exemption fees and the Exam fee is same.

What documents should I send in with my registration form?

If you have a past qualification and are applying for exemptions you must bring the original transcripts relating to that qualification.

  • If you are a mature student (23 or over) you must include either your original birth certificate, your passport or your drivers license.
  • If you are a graduate or post graduate student then you will bring your college cards and certificate results.

2 passport sized photographs (signed on the back)

Complete Student / Membership form.

Who can sign off on the student recommendation form?

The student recommendation form can be signed either by a professionally qualified accountant (CGA, CPA, CCPA, ACCA, CA, CMA), your employer (full time or part time work), a course tutor (past lecturer or current educator) or your local police station.

Please note completion of this form is very important. Your registration will not be processed without it.

Who is considered a mature student?

A mature student is someone who is 23 years or older with no previous qualifications.

What photographs are required?

Two official colour passport photos, signed on the back.

What are the requirements for becoming a CGA?

Accountancy is primarily a “social business” where it is essential to have an outgoing personality and good communication skills with both clients and colleagues.
In order to qualify as a Certified General Accountant, you need three years’ practical work experience combined with passes in the examinations set by the Institutes. The training programme is flexible although there is a maximum time limit of ten years within which you must have passed all the exams. However, most organisations who offer a contract for a trainee accountant will usually expect him/her to complete the exams within three to four years. The accountancy experience can usually be gained before, after or during study for the qualification.
Requirements needed to become a member of the Institute are:

to have passed the final examination;

  • to have gained a minimum of three year’s relevant practical experience;
  • to have submitted a satisfactory records of practical experience;
  • to be not less than 21 years of age and
  • to have completed the Professional Ethics module.

Members are entitled to call themselves Certified General Accountants and to use the designatory letters “CGA”. The Certified General Accountant or CGA title bestows upon a person the status of a highly trained business professional, who has the knowledge and experience to recognize and meet the needs of business. Training to be an accountant needs determination, hard work and requires a firm commitment from the individual.

What kinds of services do CGAs provide?

As a CGA, you have the opportunity to pursue a variety of finance careers in any business sector with the luxury of career mobility and the freedom to choose your own career path to gain the knowledge and skills required to rise to the top in your chosen field.

CGAs provide a wide range of services and are employed in public accounting and other professional services firms, business and industry, government and education. CGAs in public practice are engaged by their clients for a variety of services including accounting, tax, personal financial planning, technology consulting and business valuation. CGAs employed in business, industry and government are likewise responsible for activities from accounting and financial reporting, implementing and managing internal controls and information systems, to compliance with tax and other laws and regulations and other areas of business and financial management.

How much does a CGA charge for his or her services?

Fees or services vary depending upon considerations such as: the nature of the service performed, time involved and complexity of the service. A person seeking services should have an understanding of the cost of the services to be provided prior to the engagement.

Who disciplines CGAs when something goes wrong?

Upon joining the CGA-PAKISTAN®, a member agrees to abide by its Code of Professional Conduct and Bylaws adopted by a vote of the Council/membership. The bylaws provide a structure for enforcement of the Code by the Institute’s Professional Ethics Division. When allegations come to the attention of the Ethics Division regarding a violation of the Code, the division investigates the matter, under due process procedures, and depending upon the facts found in the investigation, may take a confidential disciplinary action, settle the matter with suspension or revocation of membership rights, or refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee for a hearing. The bylaws mandate publishing the member’s name if he or she is found guilty by a hearing panel, is suspended or expelled by settlement.

State and other regulatory agencies may also take disciplinary action against a practicing CGA under statutes, regulations and rulings of the state.

Aren’t CGAs and accountants the same thing?

All CGAs are accountants but not all accountants are CGAs. In many countries, anyone can call himself/herself an “accountant.” In order to become a CGA all countries require that an individual meet educational, experience and ethical requirements. Only then an individual can call himself/herself a CGA.

Students’ general FAQS

Can I obtain a letter confirming I am a registered student?

You will receive notification of your student status as soon as your registration application has been processed. If you require confirmation of your status at a later date please contact the Manager, Student Affairs who will be able to assist you.

What exam certificates are awarded for the CGA Qualification?

Students are awarded:

A Certificate of Achievement
Students are awarded a Certificate of Achievement if they achieve a pass mark of 85 per cent or above for any paper.

General Accounting Technician (GAT)
Students are awarded the General Accounting Technician when they have successfully completed the Technician level module.

General Accounting Practitioner (GAP)
Students are awarded the General Accounting Practitioner when they have successfully completed the Practitioner level module.

CGA Professional Program Level Certificate
Students are awarded a Certificate of completion when they have successfully completed all of the exams in the Professional level of the CGA Qualification (Eighteen papers, three case studies and the professional experience).

I am a CGA affiliate; can I use the CGA letters after my name?

You may refer to yourself as having CGA affiliate status but may not use the designatory letters after your name or refer to yourself as a CGA member in any context. Affiliates who do so may be liable to disciplinary action. This is important to safeguard the reputation of CGA and its members.

Students’ FAQs on registration

How long will it take for my registration application to be processed?

We aim to process all applications within two weeks of the date of receipt. You will then be sent a letter or email confirming your application has been processed.

Can I submit my registration form and send payment at a later date?

Unfortunately, an application cannot be processed without the relevant fee. Please ensure that a payment is submitted as part of your application.

Students’ FAQs on exemptions

What is an exemption?

If you already have some qualifications you may not have to take all of the exams in the CGA Qualification. These are called exemptions. The exemption policy exists to ensure that the point of entry for each member is reflective of their level of knowledge and skills and to prevent repetition of areas with which members are already familiar.

Exemptions from certain CGA-PAKISTAN® examinations may be considered on the basis of your relevant previous qualifications or experience. It should be noted, however, that exemptions are not automatically granted to members, and supporting information is required to be successful in such applications.

Upon receipt, your application will be considered and any award of exemption will be confirmed at the point of your registration.

The exemption policy of the Institute is subject to change, and assessment procedures may be revised without prior notice. Candidates are advised to obtain written confirmation of their exemption status from the Institute before commencing upon any course of study.

Candidates will be required to pay an exemption fee for each paper/part awarded. Exemption fees are given under FEES.

Exemptions are an award of merit and CGA reserves the right to change its exemption policy or the level of exemption awarded to accredited programs at its discretion.

Why does CGA award exemptions?

There are several routes to CGA membership and many students undertake prior learning which is equivalent to some CGA papers. Where appropriate, CGA wishes to ensure that students’ entry points match the knowledge and skills they have acquired from their previous qualifications. In doing so, we aim to provide students with the quickest possible route to membership.

What types of qualification does CGA award exemptions to?

We award exemption to qualifications offered by educational institutions worldwide. Some examples are:
Certificates and diplomas (awarded by recognized institutions)
Bachelor degrees
Postgraduate qualifications
And any other qualifications as prescribed in the CGA-PAKISTAN® website.

How can I find out what exemptions I'm entitled to?

The exemption provisions are wide and varied and are awarded on the basis of qualifications or experience, which are relevant to the contents of the CGA-PAKISTAN® syllabus. It is not possible to provide a comprehensive list of exemptions here. If you think that you have the necessary qualifications or experience to qualify for an exemption please return your completed application form together with relevant documents to the registry. We shall respond to you within the shortest possible time and in any case within seven working days.

We intend to produce in the near future a user guide to the exemption enquiry database, which provides a short step-by-step guide to checking what exemptions you may be eligible to claim.

When can I apply for exemptions?

You should apply for exemptions when you first register as a student with CGA.

If you have gained additional qualifications since you first registered as a student and believe you may be eligible for further exemptions, you can apply for these at any time. You can send copies of your educational documents by post or fax, or email a scanned copy of these documents to

Please be aware that you should wait until your exemptions have been confirmed as awarded before committing to any course of study. CGA-PAKISTAN® will not be held liable for any fees incurred for changes to tuition or study materials where the award of exemptions has not been confirmed in advance.

What documents do I need to submit with my application for exemptions?

You must send official proof of any qualifications you already have or are studying for along with your registration form so that we can assess if you are eligible for exemptions. Please submit copies of academic transcripts or award certificates as evidence.
Only copies of official documentation, signed and stamped by the awarding body can be accepted. This includes online print outs of academic transcripts.
Any documentation which is not in English must be officially translated before submission. Official translations must be stamped and signed by the translator.

Please ensure that original documents are not submitted with your application, as CGA-PAKISTAN® cannot take responsibility for the return of irreplaceable documents. You can email a scanned copy of your documents to

Why did I not receive the exemptions I expected?

Our assessment of students’ qualifications takes into account a number of variables, which may cause students with similar qualifications to be awarded differing levels of exemption. These variables include:

  • the institution or campus where studies were undertaken
  • the type of qualification that was awarded
  • the program of study undertaken
  • the subject major stated on the completion certificate, transcript or other documents
  • the modules studied during the course of the qualification
  • the year studies were commenced or completed
  • the date students registered with or claimed exemption from CGA.

To find out what exemptions are available for the qualifications that you hold, please consult CGA-PAKISTAN® ‘s exemption enquiry from the Manager Student Affairs.

Confirmation of qualifications downloaded from the internet cannot be accepted. Only copies of official documentation issued by the awarding body can be accepted.

When/how can I pay for my exemptions?

When your exemptions have been awarded, you will be issued with an exemption notification, and an invoice, and the relevant section will be updated in myCGA. Please pay for your exemptions as soon as you have received the invoice.

The easiest method of making a payment is by bank direct transfer. You can also send payment to our office by the following methods:

Through cross cheque , bank draft, money order , Postal Orders.

Why do I have to pay for exemptions?

Students are charged a one-off fee for each exemption awarded to cover administration costs.

If I disagree with the exemptions awarded to me, what can I do?

In the first instance please check CGA’s exemption enquiry database with the Manager Student Affairs. If the exemptions awarded to you match those stated on the database, this is the maximum exemption available to you.

If you have not received all of the exemptions stated on the database for your qualification, please ensure that you have submitted all of your relevant educational documents.

If your exemption award differs from that stated on the database and you have submitted all of the required supporting documentation, please contact the Manager, Student Affairs who will be able to assist you.

How much do I need to pay for exemptions?

The current exemption fees are same as examination entry fees.

How will I know if my exemption application has been approved?

You will be sent an exemption notification and also be able to ask about your exemptions status from office.

Why can I not find my institution on the exemption enquiry database?

CGA-PAKISTAN® can only award exemption on the basis of qualifications awarded by recognized institutions (i.e those which are recognized by the local Ministry of Education as public sector institutions or the equivalent status under their regulations.)

If your institution is not listed on the exemption enquiry database, CGA-PAKISTAN® will check the status of your institution with our external references on receipt of your educational documents.

Please also be aware that we list qualifications under the awarding body, not the study centre. If you have taken a qualification which is awarded by an establishment other than the one where you studied, please ensure you have checked the database for the awarding establishment.

I have not completed my degree - can I apply for exemptions?

If you still intend to complete your qualification it is best to wait until you have done so before claiming exemptions. This is in order to ensure that you are able to enter for the most appropriate CGA Professional exams with no duplication of your studies.

If you have part-completed a qualification, you may still be able to claim some exemptions depending on the level of the qualification and how much of the qualification you have completed.

I have not completed my degree - can I apply for registration?

Yes, please confirm your expected date of graduation on your application and submit your transcript confirming the modules you have completed.

Who can I contact about exemptions?

The Manager Student Affairs – is the first point of contact for prospective and existing students’ enquiries about entry to and exemption from CGA’s qualifications.

Students’ FAQs on exam entry