The Membership of the Institute consist of two Categories:
1. The First Category is the Associate Member with designation of CFA.
- The Second and being the Highest Category is the Fellow Member with designation of FFA
- And members admitted to membership in such grades shall be entitled to use the initials CFA or FFA after his or her name as the case may be.
(a) A member of the Institute who is an Associate is entitled to use the
Professional designation of “Certified Forensic Accountant” and use after his or her names, the initials CFA (Certified Forensic Accountant).
(b) A Fellow member of the Institute is entitle to use the designation of “Fellow of Forensic Accountant” and use the initials FFA after his or her names.
QUALIFICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
4. No person shall be eligible for admission into direct membership of the Institute unless:
(a) He is a member of Professional Accountancy Bodies as may from time to time be approved by the Institute’s Council or a Graduate in Accountancy of any Polytechnics or Universities as may be approved by the Institute’s Council with a minimum of six years post qualification experience.
And at that date of Application he is in self-employment as practicing Accountant, or he/she is holding a position as an Accountant, or Auditor in the public service of the Federation or Statutory Corporation or reputable Industrial and Commercial Organization. And must be a fit and proper person to be so elected.
(b) Any Nigerian citizen that was immediately before the incorporation of the Institute was an Accountant General or Auditor General or Director of Finance, Chief Accountants in the Public Services, Statutory Corporation or Finance Commissioners of Federal or State Inland Revenue Department, provided he possesses a Bachelor Decree in Accountancy or equivalent, with three years working experience.
- Other classes of membership may be set from time to time by the Institute’s Council. The Institute’s Council shall also have power at its discretion to discontinue Admissions to any class of Membership not being Corporate Members or to close down any such class or classes of Membership. Particulars of persons admitted to the classes not being classes or Corporate Members will not be entered in the Register of Members kept pursuant to Section 83.
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFIED FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT (CFA) MEMBERSHIP DESIGNATION
Applicants within Nigeria should download the Membership Application Form below .Completed forms with photocopies of credentials and current C.V with evidence of the fees payment should be forwarded by courier services to The Chief Executive /Registrar at our physical contact address in Kaduna, Nigeria.
Fees stated on the Application form should be paid into the Institute’s bank account stated below:
- Diamond Bank Plc. Account Number 0013525018
- After payment of fees into the institute’s bank account, applicants should send the hard copies of their completed form with two passport photo graphs and photo copies of credentials by courier service to the Chief Executive at the institutes address in Kaduna, Nigeria for processing.
The Nature of work of IFA members
ADMISSIONS OF MEMBERS
- Application for admission to Corporate Membership of the Institute shall be considered in such manner as the Council may direct. Applicants for admission to Corporate Membership shall poses the necessary qualifications appropriate to the grade into which they are admitted, as specified in the Institute’s Bylaws.
- The Institute’s Council have power from time to time to make Bye-Laws prescribing the conditions for Admission to any class of Membership not being Corporate Members and for Transferring a Member from one such class to another.
- Members of the Institute shall be entitled to describe themselves as being Members thereof in their different grades and to receive all Publications of the Institute, to attend all Meetings, Lectures and other Functions arranged by the Institute. The Member shall receive such advice and assistance in connection with their Professional work, as the Institute Council may be able to offer.
- Membership of the Institute of any category shall be personal to the Member and shall not be transferable to any other person by the Member or by operation of law.
- Every Member of the Institute shall be Bound to further to the best of his ability the objects, interests and influence of the Institute and shall observe all the Bye-Laws made pursuant to the powers in that behalf herein contained.
- Every person shall upon applying for admission, sign an undertaking that he or she will if admitted and so long as he or she is a Member duly observe the Articles and all Rules, Regulations, Bye-Laws of the Institute for the time being in force. He or she will not use the Professional designation of Certified Forensic Accountant or such other designation as may be adopted by the Members in General Meeting or any designations letters denoting membership except while being a Member of the Institute.
- A Member of the Institute shall cease to be a member:
(a) If such Member Resigns by giving notice in writing of his or her Resignation.
(b) If he or she becomes of Unsound Mind.
(c) If, after the issue of at least three requests for payment of Membership Fees and there is default for a period of six months in the payment of any subscription payable by him/her to the Institute, unless the Institute’s Council considers that there is extenuating circumstances.
(d) If he or she is excluded from Membership under Article 12 hereof.
(e) If he or she otherwise ceases to Qualify for Membership under the Articles.
Provided always that any member who ceases to be a member shall remain subject to any liability imposed upon him/her by Statutes and shall remain liable for all subscriptions and contributions due from or imposed upon him/her for the year in which he/she shall cease to be a Member.
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13. Any person ceasing by Death, or otherwise to be a Member of the Institute, shall not, nor his/her representative, have any claim upon or interest in the funds of the Institute, but this Article shall be prejudice to the rights of the Institute at the time of his/her ceasing to be a Member. The privileges of a Member shall not be transferable.
14. Any Member of the Institute may be excluded from membership of the Institute by resolution of the Institute’s Council acting upon the recommendation of a committee established by the Institute for the purpose of considering the matter. The Member concerned shall be entitled to attend a meeting of the Committee and at least seven days notice of such meeting shall be given to him/her. At such meeting he or she shall be entitled to be heard in his own defence but shall not be entitled to take any further part in the proceedings of the Council unless the Committee or the Council shall permit same. The failure for any reason of a member to attend any meeting, to which he shall have been invited, shall be deemed to be abandonment by him/her of his/her rights to Membership of the Institute.
Know the Professional Code of conducts.
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
Like many professionals, all IFA members are required to complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) throughout their career.
WHO HAS TO DO OUR CPD?
All of our Associate(CFA) and Fellow(FCFA) members, and some of our Retired members, are required to complete CPD on an annual basis. If a member is fully retired and undertake no accountancy work, such member will be exempt from the CPD requirements.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?
To meet our CPD requirements all our members must:
- Complete at least 20 units of verifiable CPD each year
- Complete at least 120 units of CPD over a rolling three-year period
- Keep your online CPD record up-to-date
- Complete your annual CPD declaration on 1st November every year
- Keep evidence supporting your CPD Record for each rolling three-year period (in case you’re selected for a review)
Our approach to CPD is in line with IES 7, the International Education Standard for CPD, set by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).