About IBAS


THE INSTITUTE

In 1980, the Foundation for Business Studies was launched in Zimbabwe. The aim of the Foundation was to bring practical business education within the reach of people who have attained a secondary school leaving certificate but would not have acquired the requisite formal education to pursue the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators’ course.

About IBAS

In 1980, the Foundation for Business Studies was launched in Zimbabwe.  The aim of the Foundation was to bring practical business education within the reach of people who have attained a secondary school leaving certificate but would not have acquired the requisite formal education to pursue the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators’ course.
To better identify with the new thrust of the Foundation, the name was changed in 2007 to the Institute of Business and Accounting Studies (IBAS).  The IBAS is a course offered by the  Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Zimbabwe (ICSAZ).
Not only is the Institute meeting a felt need by students but it has also achieved recognition by employers, many of whom sponsor their employees as students; and by the colleges, where the Institute’s examinations have been incorporated into business studies training programmes as a first step towards a more advanced qualification.

Standards
Standards are set and maintained by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Zimbabwe, which does this with other bodies including the Zimbabwe Institute of Management.
As is well known, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators has the highest standards of professional excellence and maintains consistent examination standards.
Employers, therefore, need to have no fears concerning the value of Certificates and Diplomas issued by the Institute of Business and Accounting Studies.

Entry Qualifications
Certificate
Normal entry
Five ordinary level subjects including English Language and Mathematics or Principles of Accounts.
In addition to the entry requirements stated in (i) above the Institute may consider the following qualifications:
National Foundation Certificate in Business Studies or any other equivalent qualifications.
Special entry
The Institute may, at its discretion, approve an application from a prospective student who has not fully satisfied a substantial part of the normal educational requirements provided the prospective student has had at least two years commercial working experience.  An applicant should submit a letter from an employer as proof of relevant working experience for consideration together with the application.
The following educational certificates will be accepted for registration purposes.
Intermediate Diploma & Diploma
Normal entry
–   An IBAS Certificate in Business and Accounting Studies.
–   A Certificate in Accounting issued by a recognised Institution.
–   Any other qualification judged to be the equivalent to the normal entry qualifications.
Five ordinary level subjects including English Language and Mathematics or Principles of Accounts.
The following educational certificates will be accepted for registration purposes.
Higher Diploma
Normal entry
–   An IBAS Diploma in Business and Accounting Studies.
–   Current IBAS Diploma students can register to write the Higher Diploma provided that they would have passed at least 5 subjects at Diploma level.  The student must write the remaining subject together with the Higher Diploma subjects.
–   Any other qualification judged to be the equivalent to the normal entry qualifications.
(ii)           Five ordinary level subjects including English Language and Mathematics or Principles of Accounts.

STUDENTSHIP
Only students registered with the Institute of Business and Accounting Studies are permitted to write its examinations.
The closing dates for registration by a student registering for the first time, to write are:All students are required to register bi-annually by 31 March and 30 September.  Re-registration after this date attracts a penalty.  Please note that payment of the penalty will not entitle one to write the May / November examinations.
May examinations – 31 March
November examinations – 30 September
Registration
Every applicant for registration as a student is required to complete an application form which must be accompanied by certified copies of any relevant certificates or diplomas gained since leaving school.
The Council of the Institute may accept or reject any application and its decision in this matter will be final.
Tuition
The Institute is an examining body and does not provide tuition. Tuition is provided by many private colleges and correspondence colleges.
It must be noted that it is the responsibility of students, and not of the Institute to arrange study programmes.  Students are advised to register with colleges that are registered with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education.