Technical qualifications
  • Get a hands-on qualification at the Technical, Bulawayo or Chitungwiza Campus
  • Improve your employability
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Establish good management skills and boost your earning potential

Start your career
  • Are you looking for a course which provides the first step towards a more advanced qualification?

Prospective Careers:

  • Advertising Agent
  • Area Manager
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Bookkeeper
  • Branch Manager
  • Cashier
  • Caterer
  • Credit Controller
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Inventory and Store Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Project Manager
  • Public Relations Practitioner
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Salesperson





Who will issue your certificate?

Once you’ve completed your study with Speciss College and passed the exams, you’ll be awarded the IAC Preliminary Certificate in the subjects of your choice - see details in the paragraph headed "The syllabus" below. That’s the second rung of the ladder of IAC qualifications. The third is the IAC Higher Certificate level.

Set your future in motion with IAC, the Institute of Administration and Commerce! These qualifications are recognized, respected and affordable, so they give you access to improved employment prospects and further learning opportunities

Employers throughout Southern Africa recognise and acknowledge the IAC qualifications, because IAC has built up, since its establishment in 1927, a reputation for excellence and academic rigour.

The University of Zimbabwe offers direct entry to the second year of their Bachelor of Accountancy Degree programme (BAcc) for students who have successfully completed the Institute's Diploma in Financial Accountancy. The University of Zimbabwe also accepts IAC graduates with the required post graduate experience to its MBA programmes.

IAC is recognised internationally for membership purposes by equivalent professional bodies. An IAC diploma is the start of a great future for you!



Entry requirements for this course

To register for the IAC Preliminary course, you need passes in 5 “O” level subjects including English Language. If you choose to study the finance subjects, you must also have “O” level Mathematics or Accounts.

If you are over 23 years of age and have relevant experience, but you don’t have these qualifications, you may be able to do the course at the discretion of IAC. Please talk to our Business School Director of Studies.

Bring certified copies of your certificates with you when you come to Speciss College to register as a student!


What will you learn? (the syllabus)

Preliminary Certificates
Accounting Studies Secretarial Studies Marketing Studies Public Relations Studies Human Resources Studies Purchasing & Materials Management
Business Practice X X X X X X
Communication X X X X X X
Management 1 X

Financial Accounting 1 X X X X X X
Marketing Management 1


Human Resources Mgmt 1

Public Relations 1


Purchasing & Materials

Management 1

Secretarial Office Techniques 1

What exams will you write?

Exams are held in May and October each year. You must register for your exams at IAC. Information on the exam fees, which are payable at least 6 weeks before the exam, can be obtained from the IAC website.

In addition to registering with Speciss College for your tuition, you must also register as a student member with the Institute of Administration and Commerce (Zimbabwe). Please visit their office at:
IAC Zimbabwe
No 6 Meredith Drive
Eastlea, Harare
Tel: 730770 or 251301/2
Fax: 251304
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When and where are the classes and what are the fees?

Lessons are offered at different times on different campuses, with some lessons being held during the day, and others in the evening or at weekends.

Often the same course can be studied at a variety of different times, so you can choose the one which is more convenient to you.

You’ll get your personal timetable when you register at Speciss College.


What about books and stationery?

You’ll need to bring your own notebooks and writing materials to your classes. For your convenience, we have a range of stationery items at the Speciss bookshops. The list of prescribed and recommended books is available on the IAC website. We strongly urge you to buy a copy of the prescribed texts.


Similar courses you should consider at Speciss

Similar courses which you can study at Speciss College include accounting, banking, management, marketing, finance, administration, purchasing, salesmanship and computer skills.


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