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how to get cpa(k) certification in Kenya

process of Getting a CPA(k) certificate in kenya

Last updated on June 10th, 2023 at 01:29 pm

This article is about the process of Getting a CPA(K) certificate in Kenya. The CPA(K) designation is reserved for members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the legal title for qualified accountants, who have passed the Certified Public Accountant’s certification exam.

In Kenya, the examination body for CPA is KASNEB.

Completion of the CPA course is a requirement for registration as an ICPAK member. After obtaining an ICPAK membership, the member is allowed to use the CPA(K) designation.

The CPA certification is for students who want to qualify and work as accounting professionals, auditors, accountants, tax professionals and accountants.

After successfully completing your CPA, you must complete the following steps to register as an ICPAK member.

  • Follow this link to fill out your personal information
  • Submit the completed online form along with the following documents:
  • Two recent passport photos
  • Educational certificates from the lowest educational level to the highest educational level.
  • One of your identity cards.
  • Certificate for three CPA sections or notice from KASNEB or result sheet. These certificates must be certified by a notary public.
  • A letter from your employer
    For full membership, pay the required membership fee (details on application form)
    To be accepted as a full member, you must have 3 years of professional experience.
  • Applicants who do not meet this requirement can join the Associate category.
  • At the end of these steps, you will be given a certificate of registration.

Members of ICPAK

  1. One who doesnt Practice

This category is open to:

  • All CPA graduates have experience of 3 years or more
  • Holders of foreign accreditation as defined in section 26(2) of the Accountants Act. NB- There is no right to provide the public with audit services or accounting services and to do so, one must apply for a certificate of practice.

Requirements for registration as a non-member of ICPAK

  • A fully filled registration form
  • All KASNEB Notification Forms.
  • KCSE/KCE form.
  • National Identity Card.
  • 2 color passport photos of the applicant.
  • Employment record for the last 3 years (with a confirmation letter from the employer or employers, (if the applicant is unemployed, they must declare this in the application).

Tuition: Ksh 22,200
Annual subscription of Kshs 11,200

  1. The One Practicing

This category is open to:

All current ICPAK members have 2 years or more experience in external audits supervised by a certified ICPAK member.
ICPAK Practitioner membership required

  • A fully filled registration form
  • One ICPAK registration form. Copy of personal PIN certificate
  • The applicant must have completed continuous professional development (CPD) hours in the last three years
  • Letters of reference from employers covering the past two years attesting to professional integrity
  • A letter from an accounting firm confirming experience and independent audit work
  • National Identity Card.
  • 2 color passport photos of the applicant.
  • Statements from two referees detailing their knowledge of the candidate. One of the petitioners must be a working accountant under whom the intern works.
  • An application fee of Kshs.10,000 will be paid to ICPAK.
  • An annual income of Kshs. 21,200
  1. Non-residents

This category is open to:

Members who do not live in Kenya.


  • A fully filled registration form
  • All KASNEB Notification Forms. Copy of academic certificate.
  • A copy of pages 1 to 5 of their passport
  • 2 color passport photos of the applicant.
  • Employment record for the last 3 years (via confirmation letter from employers) (if the applicant is unemployed, they must state this in the application form).
  • Membership fee
  • Registration fee
  • Kenyan citizens: Kshs. 27,200
  • Non-residents: Ksh. 29,200
    Annual renewal fee: Ksh. 8,950
  1. Partner

This category is open to:

CPA graduates with less than 3 years of experience; Civil Law, Taxation, Accounting/Auditing
Holders of foreign qualifications with less than 3 years of experience in; Civil Law, Taxation, Accounting/Auditing
Registration status

A fully filled registration form
All KASNEB Notification Forms. KCSE/KCE form.
National Identity Card. 2 color passport photos of the applicant.
A fee of Ksh 3,700 will be paid to IPAK
Duration of one partner – a maximum period of three years

Application Fee Kshs. 3,700

Annual subscription Kshs. 3,200

Benefits of ICPAK membership

Here are some of the benefits that come with being an ICPAK member.

  1. Affinity Card – ICPAK Smart, International Visa debit card
  2. Insurance – exclusive Car insurance rates.
  3. Professional publications – “The Accountant” magazine for free and access to their electronic magazine, E-link
    Publications for sale – discounted prices on new editions of IFRS and ISA handbooks

Money for members

1.KCA University – 20% discount on all training courses at KCA University for senior, 10% for spouse and 10% for two children.


  • 3.5% discount on the public price when buying a passenger car
  • 4.5% discount on the sale price when you buy a used car
  • 15% discount on the purchase of genuine Toyota spare parts
  • 15% for repairs and maintenance of used Toyota vehicles in the acquired area

ICPAK also provides its members with access to tools and information to help them improve their performance.

  • Technical Support – They provide members with technical advice and any other necessary information
  • Professional Standards – They regularly update members on professional standards
  • Legal Advice – The ICPAK Legal Department provides free personal or professional advice upon request.

For more information, you can contact IPAK at:

P.O. Box 59963-00200, CPA Centre, Ruaraka, Thika Road. Nairobi, Kenya


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