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Regular Programme








We offer the following programmes available on Part-time (Weekends) and Distance Study commencing in January, May and September yearly; with access to Bachelors and Masters Degrees in collaboration with our foreign partner Universities.


The Institute

Chartered Institute of Administration is a professional and examining body chartered by Federal Government Act No. 103 of 1992 (now Act of National Assembly Cap. C7 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004). The Act empowers the Institute to regulate the training in, and practice of, Administration within a professional framework throughout Nigeria.

The Institute’s qualifications are accredited and graded by Federal Ministry of Education for employment in all sectors of the economy.

The Institute is governed by a Council of members including a representative of the Honorable Minister of Education, whose work is supported by a number of standing committees and a permanent staff; with the National Secretariat accommodated in a two storey office complex wholly owned by the Institute.

The College

Nigerian College of Administration is the Institute’s statutory Professional Education and Training School, offering registered studies prescribed courses of study for the Institute’s professional examinations, and other related programmes.                                                                                                                                                                        



This is a Pre-Professional and Degree Foundation programme, with a duration of four semesters. It qualifies successful Diplomates for direct admission into ACIA Management Level. In addition, as students are studying for the DBS they are simultaneously studying towards meeting the requirements of our foreign partner Universities for the award of B.Sc Degree. This means that they are not required to undertake additional courses of the Universities.  

Course Structure

This comprises Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4, to be completed strictly in that sequence, subject to any exemptions awarded, plus Research Project, and Career Development and Training (CADET) workshop.

Summary of Subjects

Part One

1. Business Enterprises

2. Business Mathematics

3. Business Statistics

4. Communication in English

5. Principles of Economics

6. Principles of Financial  


Part Two

1. Communication Practice

2. Cost Accounting

3. Elements of Public


4. Financial Accounting

5. Information Technology

6. Principles of Business Law

Part Three

1. Fundamentals of Production


2. Fundamentals of Local

     Government Administration

3. Principles of Sales


4. Office Management

5. Research Methods

6. Stores Administration

Part Four

1.   Entrepreneurial


2. Fundamentals of Human

     Capital Management

3. Fundamentals of Nigerian


4. Principles of Management

5. Principles of Purchasing and


6. Principles of Marketing

Candidates may wish to download the DBS detailed syllabus on the Institute’s WEBSITE

www.cia.org.ng/index.php/downloads/student-downloads. Hardcopy of the detailed syllabus will be issued to each registered student.

Entry Requirement

Senior School Certificate or equivalents with five credits including English Language and Mathematics obtained at two sittings. Candidates who do not have complete credit passes are considered for provisional admission on the condition that they will make up their entry deficiencies before completing the course.­





This programme leads to the following awards of Chartered Institute of Administration.

(a)        Chartered Administrators Professional Examination Certificate.

(b)        Associate Professional Membership Certificate (ACIA)

(c)        Chartered Administrators Professional Practicing License

In addition, as candidates are studying for ACIA, they are simultaneously studying towards meeting the requirements of our foreign partner Universities for the award of B.Sc Degree; without having to undertake additional courses of the Universities.  

Course Structure

This comprises the following Levels: Fundamentals, Operational, Management, and Strategic; to be completed strictly in that sequence, subject to any exemptions awarded; plus Research Project, and Mandatory Professional Administration Workshop.

Summary of Subjects

Fundamentals Level

1. Business Communication

     And Research Reporting

2. Business and Corporate


3. Business Mathematics

4. Economics and Business


5. Financial Accounting

Operational Level

1. Business Taxation

2. Distribution and Logistics

3. Marketing Operations

4. Management Accounting

5. Production and Inventory

6. Purchasing and Supply


Management Level

1. Financial Reporting

2. Human Resource


3. Organizational Management

4. Pensions Management

5. Project Management

6. Public Sector Management

Strategic Level

1.   Corporate Control, Ethics

     and Governance Strategy

2. Enterprise Strategic


3. Performance Strategy

4. Strategic Financial


5. Strategic Purchasing and

     Supply Chain Administration

Candidates may wish to download the ACIA detailed syllabus on the Institute’s WEBSITE www.cia.org.ng/index.php/downloads/student-downloads. Hardcopy of the detailed syllabus will be issued to each registered student.

Entry Requirement

Any of the following qualifications in any discipline will be accepted: Degree, HND, Professional Examination Certificate, Diploma in Business Studies of Chartered Institute of Administration, National Diploma (ND), National Certificate of Education (NCE), or equivalents.


Holders of Degree or HND in Business Administration and Management will be exempted from all subjects of Fundamentals and Operational Levels; in addition to Human Resource Management, Organizational Management, and Project Management in Management Level.              

Subject-for-Subject exemptions on the Fundamentals, Operational, and Management Levels may, at the discretion of the Governing Council, be awarded to holders of other qualifications which indicate sufficient coverage of Institute’s syllabus.


The minimum duration for completing all levels of the Professional Examination, where no exemptions are awarded, is four semesters (i.e. one semester for each Level). Where exemptions are granted from all subjects of Fundamentals, Operational, and Management Levels, the candidate will require a short duration of only one semester to complete the Final Strategic Level.





Candidates who complete Chartered Administrators Professional Programme (ACIA) are automatically eligible for the award of B.Sc Degree of our foreign partner Universities, by Direct Conversion, without undertaking any further courses of the Universities.

The candidates are also eligible to participate in the National Youth Service Corps, to be mobilized by the awarding Universities.

Areas of Specialization

Accounting/ Finance, Business Administration/Management, Public Administration.

Entry Requirement

As in Chartered Administrators Professional Qualification.


Areas of Specialization

Accounting/Finance, Management, Marketing, Purchasing/Supply Chain Management, Public Administration.

Entry Requirement

ACIA, B.Sc in any business related discipline. Holders of HND are required to first complete the ACIA before becoming eligible for admission into the Masters Degree Programmes.


3 Semesters



1.         St. Felicite University, Republic of Benin

2.         Adonai University, Republic of Benin



In addition to Nigerian College of Administration, there are other Recognized Teaching Centres for the DBS and ACIA courses in several cities throughout Nigeria preparing students for the examinations of the Institute, from which the students can make a choice. Students are also free to study privately and register for the examination as independent candidates. For the full list of study centres visit our Website www.cia.org.ng/index.php/downloads/student-downloads.


DBS and ACIA Examinations are held in April, August, and December each year, in accordance with detailed Time Table for each examination diet to be published or notified to the candidates before the examination. Subject to sufficient entries the examinations will be held at the following cities: Aba, Abuja, Eket, Enugu, Ibadan, Lagos, Owerri, Nassarawa, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Warri, Zaria. The Examinations are open only to Registered Students who are either taking Institute’s examination courses with the Recognised Teaching Centres or who are studying privately as independent candidates.


List of fees payable for the programmes are obtained free of charge at the College or the Chartered Institute.


Application Form is obtainable in Person or by email at the College or at the National Secretariat, on payment of N5,000 for ACIA Professional course, or N4,000 for Diploma in Business Studies. Payment is by direct cash deposit into the bank account of Nigerian College of Administration with First Bank (A/C No: 2018190845) or Zenith Bank (A/C No: 1010223085). The bank deposit slip should be submitted in order to obtain the registration documents either in person or by mail.



__________________Director of Professional Education and Training ___________________



Membership of our Institute can be gained only by passing the institute’s professional membership qualifying examination the ACIA and fulfilling the practical experience requirement.


Diploma in Business Studies (DBS)

Its Objective is to develop fundamental knowledge in the theory and practice of general business organization, the Nigeria business organization, and the functional areas of business organization


ACIA Professional Certificate

Its objectives are to:

  1. Train Chartered Administrators for entitites in manufacturing, commercial or service organizations, in the public or private sector of the economy
  2. To examine whether prospective members have an adequate knowledge, understanding and mastery of the stated body of knowledge or skills
  3. To complement the institute's practical experience requirements