Getting a Head Start on Your Career Through the CFAB

For school leavers looking to get a head start in their careers, or for university students looking to improve their employability, ICAEW’s CFAB programme is specially designed for them.

First launched in the UK in 2008, the Certificate in Finance, Accountancy and Business (CFAB) has been a great success. It’s a qualification that is suitable for all who wishes to speak the language of business and finance.

In Malaysia, it is offered at Sunway-TES and Taylors University College. The programme at Sunway-TES is offered as a full time programme for SPM school leavers. It is a unique and accelerated route to the prestigious ACA qualification, known around the world as a gold-mark of business and accounting expertise.

CFAB is also very useful to all university graduates, irrespective of their field of study. As the modules are the same 6 knowledge modules of the ACA, university graduates with a CFAB certificate will demonstrate to their prospective employers that they have what it takes to add value to the company.


The ACA is ICAEW’s gold class qualification for the accountancy and finance profession, and is known throughout the world as a mark of exceptional calibre and professionalism.

Many of Malaysia’s captains of industry are ICAEW members including Dato Mohd Bakke from Sime Darby, En. Rauf Rashid Country Managing Partner of Ernst & Young, En Faiz Azmi , Executive Chairman of PwC and Dato Gan AT, MP of BDO).

The programme seamlessly merges examinations with practical on-the-job training to fully equip students with all the relevant experience, skills and professional knowledge to make sound decisions in business environments. It also emphasizes on professional development and ethics awareness to provide the expertise and value-added skills that define an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

“Malaysian students have consistently scored very highly in their exams, outperforming students in other parts of the world,” said Loh Wei Yuen, Head of ICAEW Malaysia. Since 2004, Malaysian students have bagged a total of eight World Prizes for best exam scores globally.

“This shows the high calibre of Malaysian students, as well as the support and expertise of our university partners, Authorised Training Employers (ATEs), and Malaysian ICAEW Chartered Accountants.”

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*Although most training contracts are awarded to Malaysians due to work immigration purposes, other nationalities may still apply to firms directly, subject to immigration/work permit rules. —StudyMalaysia