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Association of Certered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

About CMA Certification:

Why choose to study ACCA?There are many accountancy bodies that offer accountancy qualifications around the world. Here is a summary of why you should choose ACCA:

Unrivalled global network
ACCA is the global body for professional accountants with over 162,000 members and 428,000 students in 173 countries.

We have 91 offices and centres globally all offering localised support.
Our qualifications are based on international accounting standards making them globally relevant.
We offer local law and tax options making your qualification locally relevant too.
ACCA qualifications are recognised by key regulatory and education authorities around the world and we have joint membership of other international accountancy bodies.
ACCA’s qualifications are benchmarked against education levels around the world. So by choosing ACCA, you choose qualifications that have been independently quality checked.

Respected by employers

Over one hundred years of proven reputation for quality and excellence.
8,500 approved employers globally
Qualifications developed with employers giving you the skills and knowledge to be work ready
A strong focus on ethics means that employers know they are getting ethical accountants.
Quality assured qualifications mean employers can be confident of your ability and knowledge.

Putting you in charge of your studies and career

You can study full-time or part-time around work. You can choose to self-study or study with a tuition provider. You can progress at your own pace and start at the right level for you.
Once you qualify with ACCA you can gain exemption from parts of other academic qualifications, making it quicker for you to complete them.
Having both financial and management accounting skills means that you can move between roles, industries and sectors. We provide you with the core knowledge in all areas of accountancy to ensure you have the complete skillset required of a finance professional, and so that you can choose the right finance role for you in any industry.

ACCA Qualification

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs and two A Levels in five separate subjects including maths and English or their equivalent are required for this accountancy qualification.

Work experience : Three years.

Number of exams: Up to 14, depending on exemptions.

How long does it take? : Three to four years on average.

What else is involved? : A professional ethics module.

Foundation level: Foundation Level qualifications.

Entry requirements : None, it is open access. So if you do not have the entry requirements to start at the ACCA Qualification, you can start your studies here.

If you are starting out in accounting and finance or already working in finance but have no formal qualifications, you can start your journey with ACCA at our foundations level.

Post membership: Global MBA.

Entry requirements: ACCA member or a minimum of three years’ professional/managerial work experience.

Work experience : None involved in qualifying, but three years' professional/managerial work experience is required for entry.

Number of exams: Assignment-based and two exams.

How long does it take?: If an ACCA member, as little as 21 months.

What else is involved? : Two face-to-face workshops.

Professional: CertIFR - Certificate in International Financial Reporting

Entry requirements: No formal qualifications are required. Designed for professional accountants and auditors qualified in national accounting standards. Those with experience but no formal auditing or accountancy qualifications can also register.

Work experience: None involved in qualifying, but the qualification is designed to accompany relevant work.

Number of exams: One online multiple-choice assessment.

How long does it take?: Average of 20 hours.

Professional: Certificate in International Financial Reporting Standard for SMEs

Entry requirements: No formal qualifications are required. Designed for professional accountants and auditors qualified in national accounting standards. Those with experience but no formal auditing or accountancy qualifications can also register.

Work experience: None involved in qualifying, but the qualification is designed to accompany relevant work.

Number of exams: One online multiple-choice assessment.

How long does it take?: Average of 25 hours.

Professional: DIPIFR - Diploma in International Financial Reporting

Entry requirements: Professional accountants and auditors working in practice and industry and qualified in national accounting standards are eligible to take the qualification.

Practitioners not yet qualified, but who can verify the following, are also eligible:
-A relevant degree plus two years' work experience.
- Three years' work experience.
- ACCA affiliate status.
- ACCA Certificate in International Financial Reporting plus two years' work experience.

Work experience: None involved in qualifying, but the qualification is designed to accompany relevant work.

Number of exams: One written exam.

How long does it take?: Three to six months.