Kasneb Courses, qualifications, exemptions, syllabus, and fees structure

KASNEB is an examination body that is governed by the Accountants Act of 2008, the Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya Act of 1988, and the Investment and Financial Analysts Act of 2015. Its mandate is to develop syllabuses, conduct technical and professional examinations in accountancy, finance, credit management and other related fields; award certificates to successful students, and accredit relevant institutions.

KASNEB Courses

In line with this role, KASNEB offers certificate, diploma and professional examinations in the following areas:

  • Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
  • Certified Secretaries (CS)
  • Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (CIFA)
  • Certified Credit Professionals (CCP)
  • Accounting Technicians Diploma (ATD)
  • Diploma in Credit Management (DCM)
  • Certificate in Accounting and Management Skills (CAMS)

KASNEB Entry Requirements

Like any other education course, KASNEB courses have certain minimum requirements.

For professional examinations such as CPA, CS, CCP, and CIFA, the following entry requirements must be met:

  • KCSE mean grade of C+
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) with at least TWO Principal passes provided that the applicant has credits in Mathematics and English at Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) level or equivalent qualifications.
  • Diploma or professional examination certificate from KASNEB
  • Degree from a recognized university
  • IGCSE grade C in at least 6 papers
  • Any other certificate or diploma that KASNEB may approve

In the case of a diploma KASNEB examination, you must have at least a C- in KCSE or D in IGCSE. You can also qualify for a KASNEB diploma course if you have a certificate in Accounting Management Skills (CAMS).

The minimum entry requirement for a certificate course at KASNEB is KCSE mean greade of D+.

If you meet any of these qualifications, you can pursue a professional, diploma or certificate course in accounting, finance and credit management. Your dream of becoming a certified accountant starts with these KASNEB requirements.

KASNEB Registration Dates

Remember that KASNEB does not offer class lessons, it only provides examinations. If you want to be taught in class, you should look for an institution that offers accounting, secretariat, or credit management courses. A good example is Strathmore University or KCA.

You can also register for examinations and study on your own. If you choose this method, you need to access KASNEB sylabus and KASNEB notes and revision materials. The most recent and updated materials are offered online at a fee, but you can also contact distributors who sell hard copy KASNEB notes and revision materials.

KASNEB examinations are often done twice in a year – May/June, November/December.

To sit for the May exam, you are required to register as a kasneb student by 15th March of the year you plan to sit for the exam. If you want to sit for the November exam, you must register not later than 15th September.

You may pay a discounted fee if you register early. For the May exam, you get the discount if you pay your May kasneb examination fees by 31 December. You also get a discount if you pay for the November exam by 30th June.

How to Register as a KASNEB Student and Book Exams

You are advised to download KASNEB app on Google play store for the registration process. You may also visit KASNEB offices at GPOs in Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu, Nyeri, Kisii and Nakuru.

KASNEB Annual Renewal Fee and Reactivation Fee

Every year students are required to pay an annual renewal fee, which is required by 1 July in the first year of registration.

Students who register for KASNEB membership and fail to book for an exam within three years will have their registered numbers deactivated. They can only be reactivated after they pay a reactivation fee. During the period of deactivation or suspension, the student does not pay the annual fee.

KASNEB Exemptions

Exemptions for holders of kasneb qualifications

(a) Exemptions will be granted for all common and similar papers in the diploma and professional examinations.
(b) No exemptions will be granted to diploma examination graduates beyond Part I of the professional examinations.
(c) There will be no exemptions in the CAMS qualification.
(d) In granting exemptions, consideration will also be given to the core areas of expertise of the person seeking exemption. For instance, a CPA graduate is considered to be proficient in accounting and therefore would be exempted in accounting papers in other professional examinations of kasneb.

Exemptions for holders of qualifications from universities and other examination bodies

Exemptions may be given to holders of degrees and diplomas from recognised universities, institutions of higher learning and other examination bodies. In order to qualify for exemption under this category, applicants must provide evidence of adequate coverage of the content of the papers for which they have applied for exemption. However, no exemptions will be granted in Part III of the professional examinations except to graduates of the examinations of kasneb.

Procedure for exemptions

Applicants seeking exemptions must complete the relevant application forms for exemption and pay the prescribed exemption fees. All applications for exemption must be accompanied by the relevant supporting documents. (The exemption policy is available on the kasneb

Note: An exempted candidate is not allowed to enter for the exempted paper without prior authority from the Chief Executive Officer of kasneb. Any candidate who flouts this rule will automatically forfeit all exemptions granted to him/her.

KASNEB List of Examination Centers

When booking for an examination, you will be required to choose three examination centers, and KASNEB will assign you one of them based on availability of space in the centers you have chosen. If you study on your own, it is advisable you choose an examination center near you, but one that is not too competitive.

This is the latest list of Examination centers:

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KASNEB Fees Structure

CPA Fees structure,  CS, CCP, and CIFA – all KASNEB examination and registration fees are provided below:

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KASNEB Examination Parts and Sections

Professional, diploma, and certificate examinations by KASNEB are divided into parts and sections. CPA has six sections, for example, which are divided into three parts of two sections each.

A student can combine two sections from one part (part 1, part 2, or part 3) in one examination period (May or November). However, you cannot sit for sections in two different parts. For instance, you cannot sit for CPA section 2 and section 3 in the same period because they belong to part 1 and part 2 respectively.

Check the complete sections and parts of each below:

  • Certified Public Accountants (CPA)

CPA Sections 1-6

  • Certified Secretaries (CS) 

CS kasneb exam

  • Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (CIFA)

COFA kasneb exam

  • Certified Credit Professionals (CCP)

CCP kasneb exams

  • Accounting Technicians Diploma (ATD)

ATD kasneb examination

  • Diploma in Credit Management (DCM)

DCM kasneb examination

  • Certificate in Accounting and Management Skills (CAMS)

CAMS kasneb exam


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