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

(a) Chartered Administrators Professional Examination Certificate, the Advanced Professional Diploma in Administration (APDA).
(b) Associate Professional Membership Certificate (ACIA)
(c) Chartered Administrators Professional Practicing License

In addition, candidates without Degree as entry qualification studying for APDA, 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, Business Operations, Management, Finance, Policy and Strategic (Final); to be completed strictly in that sequence, subject to any exemptions awarded; plus Research Project, and Mandatory Professional
Administration Workshop.

Summary of  Examination Subjects
A) Fundamentals Level (Now: Fundamentals of Administration 1(FA1))
1. Business Communication And Research Reporting
2. Business and Corporate Law
3. Business Mathematics
4. Economics and Business Environment
5. Financial Accounting

B) Business Operations Level (Now: Fundamentals of Administration 2(FA2))
1. Distribution and Logistics
2. Marketing Operations
3. Management Accounting
4. Production and Inventory
5. Purchasing and Supply Operations

C) Management Level (Now: Professional Qualifying Examination 1(PQE1))
1. Enterprise Management
2. Human Resource Management
3. Marketing Communications
4. Project Management,
5. Public Sector Management,

D) Finance Level (Now: Professional Qualifying Examination 2(PQE2))
1. Corporate Finance
2. Corporate Taxation
3. Financial Reporting
4. Pension Management
5. Performance Management,

E) Policy and Strategic Level (FINAL) (Now: Professional Practice Examination(PPE))
1. Corporate Control, Ethics and Governance Strategy
2. Corporate Strategic Administration
3. Strategic Marketing Administration
4. Strategic Financial Administration
5. Strategic Purchasing and Supply Chain Administration

Candidates may wish to download the ADPA detailed syllabus on the Institute’s WEBSITE. 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 and Organizational 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.

1. Shepherd 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 PDBS and APDA 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 examinations as independent candidates. For the full list of study centres visit our Website

PDBS and APDA Examinations are held in June, 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. This can be downloaded on our website

Application form is obtainable in person or by email at the College or at the National Secretariat, on payment of N10,000 for APDA Professional course, or N4,000 for Professional 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 before the Application Form for Student Registration is processed. Email:

Application Form for applicants outside Lagos

Application Form for applicants within Lagos


Programme Fees

Study Centres
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