This stage of Examination is for those with deficiency in their GCE O’Level or candidates who by this means wish to be qualified either to enroll for the foundation or professional examination of the institute or to practice Commerce at a clerical positions. The examination is on the following subjects; English Language, Type writing, Shorthand, Book-keeping, Office Practice, Economics, Commerce Secretarial duties, Business Methods and Mathematics.
Examination at this stage is in two parts, which candidates must pass before proceeding to the next stage of the professional level and is equivalent to OND from the polytechnic.
Professional Examination I & II are conducted in the discipline of Commerce in the following options with asterisk.
* COMMERCIAL ADMINISTRATION * ACCOUNTANCY *MARKETING * SHIPPING/TRANSPORT MGT. * ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS * SECRETARIAL STUDIES * COMPUTER/DATA PROCESSING MGT.
This stage of the Examination is the final part of the Membership Examination and it is compulsory to every option taken at stages I and II of the Professional Examinations above. This final stage is in Two Parts and must be taken in a different series. Note: Option taken at professional I must be the same in II. The two parts must be passed before this stage is taken which at the end of this, candidate is qualified for NYSC exemption.
All candidates applying for exemption/examination from the Institute Examinations/Exemption at any level must satisfy the student registration conditions i.e. GCE/SSCE/NECO/NABTEB in five subjects at Credit Passes including English and Mathematics. Or, IOCN Intermediate Certificate/Qualifying Results with five credits including English Language and Mathematics, or their equivalence.
As a professional examination board, we conduct examinations or other suitable tests with the objects of raising the status of those practicing commerce to high professional level and to certify them competent and award diploma.
When we indicate that our Certificates and Diplomas are equivalent to certain qualification, we mean that the degrees of difficulty and the amount of work and understanding called for to succeed are about the same for the qualifications. The Institutes Examination Scheme provides an examination service, which recognizes levels of achievements determined by established standards acceptable to the business and professional communities. These standards have been agreed in practical terms by businessmen and teachers of commerce and are based on the expectations of employers in satisfying their organizations. Our major criteria therefore apart from knowledge, ability to solve problems, control of skills, etc. are employability.
The syllabuses presented by Chartered Institute Of Commerce Of Nigeria for the award of Associate Diploma in various areas to the Federal Ministry of Education from foundation to final are “considered rich and compared favorably with the polytechnics standard for the award of Higher National Diploma and standards slightly above Higher National Diploma”. The courses and topics covered are wide enough to provide enough background in preparing the candidates as middle level manpower in Commercial and General Administration in Nigeria.