Accredited Accounting Technician (AAT)

Provided by SAA Global Education


Awarded by ISCA Accredited Accounting Technician (ISCA-AAT)

Course introduction


ISCA has collaborated with AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) to provide the flexible skills-based ISCA Accredited Accounting Technician (ISCA-AAT) qualification. This partnership supports the government’s SkillsFuture initiative, offering aspiring accounting technicians from various background opportunities to equip themselves with relevant skill sets to meet the demand for competent accounting and finance staff to support senior levels of the profession.

The ISCA Accredited Accounting Technician is suitable for those who aim to achieve a professional qualification with real-world accounting knowledge.

It helps students to build solid accounting knowledge and practical skills that they can apply directly at work.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

The ISCA Accredited Accounting Technician (ISCA-AAT) is made up of three levels; Foundation, Advanced and Professional.  You will earn individual certificates upon completion of each level.

Foundation Level
The Foundation Certificate in Accounting equips you with the skills in finance administration. This level covers a range of basic accounting practices and techniques, from double-entry bookkeeping to costing. You will also gain invaluable self-management and time management skills, and develop an appreciation of ethical issues and sustainability, which is essential in any workplace.Example job roles: Accounts Assistant, Bookkeeper, Payroll Officer, Tax Assistant, Purchase/Sales Ledger Assistant.
1 Bookkeeping Transactions
2 Bookkeeping Controls
3 Elements of Costing
4 Work Effectively in Finance
Certificate: Foundation Certificate in Accounting  (Awarded by ISCA)
*Students are required to sit for a synoptic assessment after completing the Foundation Level.
Advanced Level
This Advanced Certificate in Accounting covers more complex accounting tasks, such as maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. You will also acquire skills in the use of accounting software and develop an understanding of the principles of Singapore law and tax.Example job roles: Accounts Payable Assistant/Executive, Audit Officer, Bookkeeper, Payroll Supervisor, Accounts Assistant/Executive, Tax Assistant.
1 Advanced Bookkeeping
2 Final Accounts Preparation
3 Management Accounting: Costing
4 Principles of Singapore Law and Tax (Developed by ISCA)
5 Information Technology for Accountants (Developed by ISCA)
Certificate: Advanced Certificate in Accounting  (Awarded by ISCA)
Professional Level
The Professional Certificate in Accounting covers higher-level accounting tasks, including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. In addition, you will have the flexibility to select one out of two optional modules – credit management, cash and treasury management.Example job roles: Senior Accounts Executive, Cost Accountant, Financial Analyst, Payroll Manager
1 Financial Statements of Limited Companies
2 Management Accounting: Budgeting
3 External Auditing
4 Management Accounting: Decision and Control
5 Accounting Systems and Control
6 Cash and Treasury Management or Credit Management
7 Ethics for Accountants (Online module) (Developed by ISCA)
Certificate: Professional Certificate in Accounting  (Awarded by ISCA)
*Students are required to sit for a synoptic assessment after completing the Professional Level.
The ISCA-AAT consists of 16 modules.
To learn more about the ISCA-AAT qualification structure and syllabuses, please visit:
Students will be assessed via computer based assessments.  The assessments are mainly closed-book computer-based and are a combination of multiple choice and structured questions. Results will be released by ISCA in 3 working days (fully computer-marked) to 7 weeks (partially computer / human-marked) from the date of assessment.
Note that apart from the individual assessment for each module, there is a separate synoptic assessment at the end of the Foundation level and the Professional level.  There is no synoptic assessment at the end of the Advanced level.
Grading will only be awarded upon the completion of each level, not individual assessments. All unit assessments and synoptic assessment will count towards the grade on an equal basis. The mark range for each grade is as follows:
Grades Mark Range
Distinction 90% – 100%
Merit 80% – 89%
Pass 70% – 79%
Unclassified 0% – 69%Or failure to pass one or more assessment(s)

Entry Requirements

Students can enter the programme at the Foundation or Advanced level, depending on current skills. Applications for ISCA-AAT are now open!Please visit for more information.

Level Minimum Age Academic English Proficiency
Foundation 16 years old Students must have at least 3 GCE O Level passes (C6), including English and Mathematics, or equivalent. IELTS 4.5 or pass in English Language at GCE N level or its equivalent 
Advanced 18 years old Students who have 2 GCE A Level passes (A to E) or Higher NITEC in Accounting graduates from Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education (ITE), or equivalent may enter directly into the Advanced level. IELTS 5.5 or pass in English language at GCE O level or its equivalent
Professional 18 years old Students completed and Passed Advanced Certificate in Accounting or its equivalent (i.e. Diploma in Accounting, Certificate in Bookkeeping and Ethics, Certificate in Computerised Accounting and Ethics offered by AAT) are eligible to entry into the Professional level. IELTS 5.5 or pass in English language at GCE O level or its equivalent
Depending on your prior course of study and/or relevant working experience, you can be exempted a maximum of 50% of modules at each level. Recent qualifications within 3 years are considered for exemptions. The 3-year period commences from the award date on the certificate issued by the Awarding Institution.
For more information, please contact ISCA Pathways Development and Qualifications team at 6597 5610 or email [email protected] for more details.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Accredited Accounting Technician by Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountact ( ISCA-AAT )
Foundation Certificate of Accounting   3-Feb     4-May              
Advanced Certificate in Accounting     3-Mar                  
Professional Certificate in Accounting     3-Mar                  

Fees & Funding

Course Fees $650 (20% early bird discount)

Foundation Level Modules Contact Hours Course Fee
Elements of Costing 36 $650
Work Effectively in Finance (No Unit Assessment) 36 $650
Bookkeeping Transactions 36 $650
Bookkeeping Controls 36 $650
Revision class is offered for the Foundation Level with contact hours of 18 hours each. The fee is $500 for each individual module.
Advanced Level Modules Contact Hours Course Fees
Advanced Bookkeeping 42 $750
Final Accounts Preparation 42 $750
Management Accounting: Costing 42 $750
Principles of Singapore Law and Tax (ISCA) 54 $850
Information Technolofy for Accountants (ISCA) 54 $1,000
Professional Level Modules Contact Hours Course Fees
Financial Statements of Limited Companies 54 $850
Management Accounting: Budgeting 54 $850
Management Accounting: Decision and Control 54 $850
Accounting Systems and Controls (No Unit Assessment) 54 $850
External Auditing 54 $850
Cash and Treasury Management (Optional) 54 $850
Credit Management (Optional) 54 $850
Ethics for Accountants (e-learning)
*Students are required to sit for a synoptic assessment after completing the Professional Level.
  1. There is a one-time application fee of $53.50 to SAA-GE for tuition enrolment purposes. Application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  2. Course fees to SAA-GE are inclusive of GST and Textbooks.
  3. SAA-GE pays for the Fee Protection Scheme fees.
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