STUDENT REGISTRATION

To undertake the ABDI examinations it is necessary first to complete Student registration.

Eligibility

The Institute wishes to ensure that those who begin their studies are capable of passing the examinations. For this reason, all applicants must meet requirement A and one of the options in requirement B below:

  1. The minimum age for Student Registration is 18 years at the closing date for Student Registration (or such lesser age as may be agreed by Council).
  2. The following alternatives are the minimum educational qualifications for entry to Studentship:The General Certificate of Education (GCE),West African School Certificate (WASC),Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) or equivalent with Credit in five subjects. The five credits must include English Language and Mathematics.Higher National Certificate (or Diploma) in Business Studies; and or in any field of study which is relevant and will be a lead foundation for the purpose of ABDI examinations.
  3. Degree awarded by any University in Nigeria or overseas which must have been approved by the Nigerian University Commission.The full Qualification of relevant professional bodies subject to Council approval.

The following conditions also apply to 1, 2 and 3 above

(a) Passes which are considered to involve an overlap of syllabus or similarity of subject, whether at the same or different levels, are treated as being in one subject only

(b) Passes in craft or technical subjects are not acceptable.

Special Considerations
In addition The Council is prepared to give special consideration to applications for Student Registration from older Students working, who do not meet the minimum educational requirements outlined in paragraph B above. Such applications will be considered in the light of:

  • The applicant’s age
  • His/Her working experience
  • An employer’s reference.

It is very unlikely that Council will approve any applications under this category from persons with less than five years working experience and who are not at least 23 years of age irrespective of an employer’s recommendation.

Documentation for Registration
In order to register you should obtain from the Institute an application form for Student Registration. This must be completed and returned together with:

  • All relevant certificates. If this is a problem please read carefully the notes for applicants which will be sent with the application form;
  • A cheque to cover the Registration fee and the annual subscription (payment can also be made by direct debit or deposit through the Institute bank account).

If you are applying under category C of the eligibility requirements you must also enclose a letter from your employer which may be placed in a separately sealed envelope.

Timing of Application
Applications for Student Registration may be submitted and will be considered throughout the year. It is in the interest of all potential Students (and essential for those applying under category C above) to submit their application early to allow adequate time for consideration. If you wish to enter for examinations in the May of any year you should submit an application form in the late November of the preceding year. This will allow you a full six months to study for the examinations.

Registration as a Student does NOT constitute an examination entry. Applicants are asked not to order tuition material when submitting their documentation for Student Registration.

Acceptance
You should expect to receive a letter from the Institute within three weeks of submitting your application indicating whether you have been accepted as a Student.

Exemptions
The Institute is prepared to consider granting exemption in respect of professional qualifications or in the case of an examination which overlaps considerably with one or more of the Institute’s examinations. An exemption list and application form is available from the Institute. Holders of professional qualifications and degrees not listed are asked to submit a syllabus and allow at least six weeks for its consideration. If you are applying for exemption in respect of one of the qualifications listed on the exemption list you should submit the appropriate fees at the time of application. For qualifications not listed it is suggested that only the syllabus be made available initially.

Acceptance
You should expect to receive a letter from the Institute within three weeks of submitting your application indicating whether you have been accepted as a Student.


STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS

Continuing as a Student

Once you have registered as a Student you will continue in Membership provided you pay the annual subscription. The annual subscription is payable in advance on 1 January each year.

As a Student of the Institute:

  • you are eligible to study and enter for the ABDI examinations
  • you will receive a copy of the Institute’s News on a monthly basis
  • you are eligible to attend conferences and seminars at preferential rates
  • you are eligible to apply for reduced subscriptions to certain publications

Fees

Application Form for Student Registration: N3000.00

Examinations:

  1. Foundation 1. N6,600.00
  2. Foundation 2. N7,400.00
  3. Intermediate N9,200.00
  4. Professional 1 N11,400.00
  5. Professional 2 N13,500.00

Application Form for Admission to Membership:

(a) Associate: N2, 500.00

(b) Fellow: N5, 000.00

Annual Subscription:

(a) Student: N3, 000.00

(b) Associate: N10, 000.00

(c) Fellow: N20, 000.00

All other fees will be as determined by the Council and will be published.

Lapsed Membership
If a Student does not pay the annual subscription his/her Membership will lapse. If the Student subsequently wishes to rejoin, the lapsed period of Membership will count towards the four and Ten Year Rules. Extensions to these rules can be granted in many circumstances. Any lapsed Student wishing to rejoin is asked to contact the Education Department of the Institute to discuss the procedure.