New kasneb exemption policies as from 1st july 2011

Posted on: 10/24/2011 6:30:06 AM  Posted By: mwash  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 109      




The revised examination syllabuses of KASNEB were implemented with effect from 1 July 2009 and examined from the December 2009 examination sitting. The revision of the syllabus necessitated a review of the exemption policy.

The exemption policy under the previous examination syllabuses provided for exemptions on the basis of levels, sections and parts. The revised exemption policy provides that exemptions will be granted on a paper by paper basis. This means that students will be granted exemptions in those papers in which they demonstrate sufficient coverage of course content in their respective undergraduate degree programmes. For this purpose, students may be required to submit detailed course curricular for the course units upon which they base their applications for exemption. This general rule is however subject to certain conditions specified in this policy document.

The revised exemption policy also gives additional emphasis to the specialisation areas under the various degree programmes (referred to as majors, options or concentrations).

Students are reminded that an exemption granted in a particular paper will be forfeited if one subsequently enters to sit the paper. Similarly, a student should not apply for exemption in a particular paper if he has already entered to sit or has already sat the paper.

Students are further required to note that:

1. Exemptions will only be granted on the basis of undergraduate degree qualifications.

2. Applicants for exemptions should complete the official Application for Exemption Form (also available for download on the KASNEB website: and attach certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts. Students awaiting graduation should attach certified copies of transcripts and a letter from the university confirming that the student has completed the undergraduate studies and is awaiting graduation.

3. Applications for exemptions should ideally be submitted at the time of registration or before payment for the first examination. Where, subsequent to registering with KASNEB, a student obtains a qualification for which he is eligible to seek exemption(s), the student may still apply for exemptions provided that such exemptions relate to subsequent section(s) for which the student has not attempted any of the papers.

4. No exemptions shall be granted in Part III of the professional examinations of KASNEB except for holders of a professional qualification of KASNEB who wish to pursue another KASNEB professional qualification and who have sat for papers designated as “common papers”.
5. Students whose degree certificates and transcripts are in a language other than English will be required to include copies of the original degree certificates and transcripts together with a set of these documents translated into English by a qualified translator. The translated documents should bear the official rubber stamp of the translator indicating the name, telephone number and physical address.

6. Students who have only attempted introductory papers in their undergraduate degree programmes, such as Introduction to Financial Accounting or Introduction to Economics will not qualify for exemptions in the respective papers in the professional examinations of KASNEB. To qualify for an exemption in the Economics paper, for instance, a candidate must demonstrate that he has sufficiently covered micro and macro-economics, ideally as two distinct papers.

7. Holders of degrees from some universities may be required to obtain written confirmation on recognition of their universities from the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) in Kenya or its equivalent in the particular university’s country of residence before exemptions can be granted by KASNEB.

8. This exemption policy shall be subject to review as and when appropriate.

The various categories of degrees for which exemptions will be considered are listed below:


For purposes of assisting holders of various undergraduate degree qualifications to ascertain the papers in which they could be exempted in, the qualifications have been grouped into seven categories as listed below:

I Business degrees with specialisations in either accounting, finance (including co-operative and micro-finance) or banking from recognised universities based within the East African Community.
II Business degrees with specialisations in either accounting, finance (including co-operative and micro-finance) or banking from recognised universities based outside the East African Community or branches of recognised foreign universities operating within the East African Community.
III Business degrees with other specialisations including marketing, human resources management, entrepreneurship, management science, purchasing/supplies management and management information systems.
Non-business degrees with specialisations in business studies/ economics/agri-business management.
IV Science based degrees with specialisations in either actuarial science, mathematics, statistics, management science/operations research or related areas.
V Science based degrees with specialisations in either computer science, information technology (IT), management information systems (MIS) or related areas.
VI Degrees in law.
VII Other degrees (including education/arts degrees with specialisations in non-business areas).

The specific exemptions under each category of degree qualifications are explained below:


Note: Students are hereby advised that the underlisted exemptions are purely a guide. For an exemption to be granted in any one paper the applicant must prove that he attempted and passed an equivalent paper at the undergraduate degree level whose course content at least match that of the paper for which an exemption is sought. For this purpose, the applicant may be required to submit the university catalogue detailing the course content for the various papers in which exemptions are sought.

(a) Exemptions for Category I Degree Holders

Financial Accounting
Introduction to Law
Entrepreneurship and Communication Section 1
Organisational Behaviour
Introduction to Law
Communication and Report Writing Section 1
Introduction to Computing
Entrepreneurship and Communication Section 1
Financial Mathematics
Financial Institutions and Markets
Entrepreneurship and Communication Section 1
Credit Management
Introduction to Law
Entrepreneurship and Communication
Section 2
Cost Accounting
Auditing and Assurance Section 2
Financial Accounting
Taxation Theory and Practice Section 2
Financial Accounting
Section 2
Financial Accounting
Taxation Theory and Practice Section 2
Financial Accounting
Taxation Theory and Practice
Section 3
Financial Management Section 3
Financial Management Section 3
Financial Management Section 3
Financial Management
Section 4
Company Law Section 4
Company Law Section 4
Company Law


1. Where a degree offers an additional qualification (minor) in information technology or related area, the holder would also qualify for exemption in the Management Information Systems paper in Section 3 of the respective professional examinatio


Membership Level: Bronze    Total Points: 7
am highly moved by this revision of exemption policy and i must say it going to do great justice and motivation to those self driven students.
We the mostly are taking several courses. So mine is what if one is taking a degree course and you want to start on CPA. Does one have to wait till completion and one has the result slips. Can one already with a letter from the administration. Am samuel from the former mombasa polytechnic now the technical university of mombasa taking a degree in business administration
16 Mar 2013 @ 10:53

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