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Build a prosperous career by establishing a concrete base in business theory

Your future begins here
  • Do you want to gain an introduction to the world of business and accounting?

Prospective Careers:

  • Advertising Agent
  • Area Manager
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Bookkeeper
  • Branch Manager
  • Cashier
  • Caterer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Inventory and Store Manager
  • Insurance Industry
  • Marketing
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Project Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Salesperson





Who will issue your certificate?

Once you’ve completed your study with Speciss College and passed the exams, you’ll be awarded the IBAS Certificate in Business Studies. Then you can progress to the Diploma level of this qualification. Holders of the IBAS Diploma may be exempted from some CIS Part A subjects.

IBAS is the new name of the Foundation for Business Studies (FBS). The name may have changed – but the high quality of the qualification has not!

IBAS operates under the combined auspices of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (Zimbabwe); the Zimbabwe Institute of Management; the Institute of Personnel Management of Zimbabwe; and the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce.

Such a wide range of expertise ensures that the IBAS syllabi are of excellent quality, and are directly relevant to the Zimbabwean environment.

When you enroll for an IBAS course, you can be confident in the knowledge that you are laying a solid foundation for the rest of your career.


Entry requirements for this course

To join the IBAS family and move into the business world, you need 3 “O” level passes.


What you will learn

The 5 subjects in the IBAS Certificate in Business Studies syllabus are:

  • Basic Accounting
  • Introduction to Quantitative Techniques
  • Business English
  • Business Economics
  • Business Methods

You can see the syllabus in detail on the IBAS website.  You can find the link on the Resources Menu.

What exams will you write?

Exams are held in May and November each year. You’ll register for the exams with IBAS. Information on the exam fees, which are payable at least 6 weeks before the exam, can be obtained from the IBAS website.

In addition to registering with Speciss College for your tuition, you must also register as a student with IBAS. Please contact their office at:
Dzidzo House
32 McChlery Avenue, Eastlea
P.O. Box CY 172
Tel: 263-4-721454 / 702170 / 700553
Fax: 263-4-700624
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When and where are the classes and what are the fees?

Lessons are offered at different times on different campuses, with some lessons being held during the day, and others in the evening or at weekends.

Often the same course can be studied at a variety of different times, so you can choose the one which is more convenient to you.

You’ll get your personal timetable when you register at Speciss College.


What about books and stationery?

You’ll need to bring your own notebooks and writing materials to your classes. For your convenience, we have a range of stationery items at the Speciss bookshops. The list of prescribed and recommended books is available on the IBAS website.  We strongly urge you to buy a copy of the prescribed texts.


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