This is the Institute’s Administrative Technician Course (ATC) , with a duration of four semesters. It qualifies successful Diplomates for direct admission into Management Level of the Professional Programme. In addition, as students are studying for the PDBS 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, provided they also complete the Professional Programme, the Advanced Diploma in Professional Administration.

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. Fundamental 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. 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.

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
N5,000 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


__________________Director of Professional Education and Training ___________________