Diploma in Accountancy

Course Overview

This programme is specially designed to train technical competent young accountants of the future with a robust curriculum and relevant industry practice. This pragramme will expose learners to various aspects of accounting skills. It allows learners to embark on a career towards becoming professional accountants, preparing them for further specialization onwards into their selected undergraduate programmes.


What you'll study

Semester I

    • Basic Bookkeeping
    • Elementary Business Mathematics
    • Basic Store Keeping
    • Commercial Knowledge
    • Basic Communication Skills
    • Basic Computer Application in Business

Semester II

    • Book-keeping and Accounts
    • Office Practice and Records Management
    • Elementary Business Finance
    • Elements of Costing

Semester III

    • Principles of Accounting
    • Introduction to Computer Application
    • Store and Stock Control
    • Introduction to Business Mathematics and Statistics
    • Introduction to Business Management
    • Communication Skills and Office Practice

Semester IV

    • Introduction to Accounts and Auditing
    • Introduction to Finance Principles
    • Elements of Economics
    • Customer Service
    • Practical Training

Semester V

    • Fundamentals Financial of Accounting
    • Introduction to Marketing
    • Fundamentals of Business Finance
    • Principles of Banking Operations
    • Principles of Auditing

Semester VI

    • Taxation
    • Principles of Cost Accounting
    • Fundamentals of Management
    • Introduction to Business Law
    • Principles of Entrepreneurship
Entry Requirements

Form IV (3 Years Programme)

  • Certificate of Secondary Education with 4 Passes in Non- Religious Studies.

Form VI (2 Years Programme)

  • Advanced Certificate of Secondary Examination with One Principal Pass and One Subsidiary Pass.
  • or any other equivalent qualification e.g. ATEC II

What you'll experience

On this diploma course, you will be able to:

  • Maintaining financial records.
  • Prepare financial statements.
  • Preparing tax returns.
  • Report on business performance.
  • Maintaining accounting systems

Careers and opportunities

Provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Accounts assistant
  • Tax agent
  • Bookkeeper
  • Assistant auditor
  • Accounts clerk

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical work and group discussions

How you're assessed

  • Presentation
  • Project work
  • Timed tests
  • Examinations
  • Group assignments

Course costs

Registration (IAA)   20,000/=

Examination (IAA)   70,000/=

Application Form (IAA)  10,000/=

Wear and Tear          20,000/=

IAASO                       20,000/=

STUDENT ID             3,000/=

NON CITIZEN

EAC                US$ 700

SADC              US$750

Others            US$780


How to Apply

Institute of Accountancy Arusha admission cycles are normally guided by two regulatory authorities which are The National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) and The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU). If you apply to IAA, you will be following provisions as set forth by the mentioned authorities.

Different programmes have different entry requirements. You can visit our programme page to see entry requirement for different programmes or be sure to read thoroughly the TCU admission guide book and the NACTE admission guide book.

We consider each applicant and put enormous care into evaluating every application. We hope you will explore the information in this section to understand what we look for in our admissions process.


  • Fee 900,000/=
  • Duration 3 Years (Form IV), 2 Years (Form VI)
  • Language English
  • Mode of Study Fulll Time
  • Intakes October and March Intake