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Conversion Programme (CP)

What is Kaplan Conversion Programme(CP)?

Kaplan Financial is the pioneer in CP. Bringing our experience in conversion and recruit training courses from UK into Hong Kong, Kaplan Financial has been running CP for non-accounting graduate trainees of Big 4 organizations since 2000. Kaplan Financial focuses in providing our students with the highest quality learning experience. Over the decade, we have successfully trained a steady stream of CP graduates for the accounting profession. 

2006 is the milestone year that Kaplan Financial has achieved the accreditation from HKICPA and reviewed by HKCAA (Hong Kong Council of Academic Accreditation) to offer Conversion Programme to the public. Successful students can then progress onto their HKICPA QP. Kaplan Financial is proud of being the only private education institution which has achieved this status as to-the-date. Kaplan CP was assessed and approved by HKCAAVQ (The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications) in May 2010 and was re-accredited by HKICPA in April 2011.

Why Kaplan Conversion Programme?

  • Recognition: HKICPA and HKCAAVQ accredited programme; Route to ACCA with 9 papers exemptions; Route to CPA Australia with 6 paper exemptions
  • Big 4 Accounting firms: Preferred provider since 2000
  • Entry to QP: Progress into QP within 2 months (subject to HKICPA exemption assessment)
  • Exemptions: Exemptions for both Pre-modules and Core-modules
  • Fastest route: Fastest with most flexible schedule to fit your needs

About Conversion Programme

Professional Recognition   

This is an accredited Conversion Programme of HKICPA (Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants). Graduates of this programme who have met the HKICPA student registration requirements will be eligible to enter the HKICPA QP.


Programme Objectives

  • To provide comprehensive knowledge in the core areas of professional accountancy to graduates of business, non-accounting disciplines to ensure they are qualified to enter the HKICPA Qualification Programme (CPA QP), and to multinational business organisations;
  • To enable students to acquire necessary competency in professional accounting so as to contribute significantly to both their work place and the development of the accounting profession in Hong Kong; and,
  • To provide solid training that is highly relevant to accounting professionals.


Outcome Statements    

  • To impart to students the concepts and practices of the core areas of professional accounting that include financial reporting, law, auditing, taxation, financial management, management accounting;
  • To further develop students’ conceptual and analytical abilities particularly in relation to accounting issues and problems; and,
  • To facilitate the attainment of professional accounting qualifications.


Programme Structure

Programme Structure and Exemption
Kaplan Conversion Programme consists of 5 Pre-entry modules and 7 Core modules.


Pre Modules
For those students who did not study the related modules in degree, they are required to take the following pre-module. Tuition consists of theory discussions and 2 hours end of course exam.

Module Contact Hours
(P1) Foundation Accounting 21
(P2) Principles of Economics 18
(P3) Principles of Management 18
(P4) Principles of Marketing 18
(P5) Principles of Statistics 18
TOTAL Contact Hours of Pre-Modules 93

Exemption (P1-P5)
Module P1: Entry test for Accounting is available for all candidates. A pass in entry test will exempt you from "Foundation Accounting".

Module P2-P5: You can apply for exemption from the pre module if you have sat and passed subjects on Economics, Statistics (or Quantitative Methods), Marketing and Management in your tertiary studies.

Core Modules
The total 314 contact hours for the core modules comprises of lectures, exercises, case studies and discussions. Tuition consists of lectures, group work and worked examples. Assessment comprises coursework and 3 hours of traditional examinations.

Module Contact Hours
(M1) Strategy and Information System 35
(M2) Accounting and Financial Reporting^ (CEF reimbursed) 70
(M3) Taxation* 46
(M4) Auditing 36
(M5) Cost and Management Accounting 42
(M6) Hong Kong Law^ (CEF reimbursed) 49
(M7) Financial Management 36
TOTAL Contact Hours of Core Modules 314

* including 4 hours tutorial
^ This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund purposes (CEF course code: 23Z05358-8, 23Z05405-3. Institution Code: 519)

Exemption (M1-M7)
Module M1-M7: Exemptions in core modules will be given only for maximum 3 subjects in the whole programme. If you would like to apply for exemption, please contact us for details.

Subject to approval of Kaplan Financial, individuals who failed can be allowed to retake modules or resit examinations.

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should hold business OR non-business degree awarded by institutions which are recognised by the HKICPA.
  • Expecting bachelor’s degree holders who would have completed their degree before the programme commencement may also be eligible to apply for admission.
  • Applicants should consult with the HKICPA if their degrees meet the HKICPA student registration requirements before applying for admission.

Enrolment Procedures
Students can enroll in person at Kaplan Causeway Bay Centre. Please bring along the original copy of your University Transcript and Certificate. Application fee must be paid in full on application.

Tuition Fee

Application fee (non-refundable, payable at the time of application)

Pre Modules Contact Hours Module Fee
(P1) Foundation Accounting 21 $4,100
(P2) Principles of Economics 18 $3,900
(P3) Principles of Management 18 $3,900
(P2) Principles of Marketing 18 $3,900
(P2) Principles of Statistics 18 $3,900
Total Contact Hours 93   $19,700
Core Modules Contact Hours Module Fee
(M1) Strategy and Information System 35 $5,500
(M2) Accounting and Financial Reporting 70 $9,800
(M3) Taxation* 46 $6,900
(M4) Auditing 36 $5,500
(M5) Cost and Management Accounting 42 $6,400
(M6) Law 49 $7,200
(M7) Financial Management 36 $5,500
Total Contact Hours 93   $46,800

Tuition fee will be paid according to our payment schedule. The first installment will be charged once admission is granted. HK$1,500 exemption administration fee will be charged for each successful core module exemption.

Interest Fee Installment (For Non-CEF Applicant Only)
HSBC credit card holders can enjoy interest free installment for Kaplan Conversion Programme

  • 6 months interest fee installment.
  • Interest Fee Installments are available ONLY for advanced one-off M1 – M7 payment.
  • Installment plan enrolments must be made in person at our centre.

CEF is available for Kaplan Conversion Programme in the below modules:

Institute Code 519
Institute Kaplan Financial (HK) Limited
CEF Code 23Z05358-8 23Z05405-3
Course Title Accounting & Financial Reporting (Module from Kaplan Conversion Programme) Hong Kong Law (Module from Kaplan Conversion Programme)

Upon successful completion of the above modules, eligible applicants may be reimbursed up to 80% of the course fees, subject to a maximum sum of $10,000.

For more details about CEF,please visit or call 3142-2277.
(For CEF first applicant: student should have read the guideline of CEF application and understood all the requirements of CEF application. Kaplan bears no liability if student’s CEF application is rejected.)

Top 4 Student Application Scenario

Non-accounting degree from local or foreign university

Student can join our Conversion Programme and finish within 4-5 months studying full time or 7-8 months studying part time.


Case: Ms Li came to us while still in her last semester of her non-accounting bachelor degree. She was able to start early in the Conversion Programme and finished within 4 months and be eligible for the QP.


Accounting degree from a local university
Student can complete the online QP registration to confirm whether he needs to take CP for the entry of QP.


Case: Ms. Lam does not have an accounting degree, but she was able to finish the full time Conversion Programme in 4 months and went on to the QP while still be able to take care of her family.


Accounting degree from a foreign university
Student can complete the online QP registration on HKICPA first. Yet due to the possible 2 months waiting time for the HKICPA assessment letter, one can also consult our consultant for possible module that you may need to take in CP.


Case: Mr Wong has been working in the finance field for more than 7 years, and was interested to obtain a CPA qualification. He spent 3 months studying part time in the Conversion Programme and went to CPA Australia to enter into their CPA program.


HKICPA assessment letter/email
The assessment letter indicate student to study for the full programme or individual modules. He can then contact our course consultant for the best timetable possible for the Conversion Programme.

Case: Student can complete the online QP registration on HKICPA first. Yet due to the possible 2 months waiting time for the HKICPA assessment letter, one can also consult our consultant for possible module that you may need to take in CP.
Mr. Lau received the HKICPA assessment letter after 2 months, but waited 1 year before looking into fulfilling the assessment requirements.
Since HKICPA only require 2 modules for him to meet the QP requirement, he was able to finish them within 1.5 months in one of our part time intake.

Support & Service

Kaplan is committed to building futures. We understand that in some cases our students may need some extra support, or struggling to fit their studies in around work and family commitments. We endeavor to provide this extra support. 

Deferral/ Transferal Application
Kaplan Financial retains your passing result for up to 2 years. We offer 6 intakes every year. You can apply for deferral or transferal in our programme according to your personal or work schedule. Enjoy the flexibility during your study!

Tutor Support
At Kaplan we are passionate about helping all students through their training, and this doesn’t just stop the moment our students leave the classroom. Our lecturers are approachable and accessible for consultation through emails to help you overcome any issues you may have.

* Please contact our customer service officers at 2526 3686 to know more about our services.

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