ACCA - The global body for professional accountants

Professional

ACCA Qualification

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs and two A Levels in five separate subjects including maths and English or their local equivalent.

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. 

Entry level

Foundations in Accountancy and the CAT Qualification

Entry requirements

None, it is open access and trainees can start at any level.

Do you have any employees who are starting their careers in accounting and finance? Or already working in finance but have no formal qualifications? Then they can take any or all of our entry-level qualifications, referred to as Foundations in Accountancy.

Specialist

Certificate in International Financial Reporting (CertIFR)

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required. Designed for professional accountants and auditors qualified in national accounting standards. Those with experience but no formal qualifications in accounting and auditing 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. 

Specialist

Certificate in International Financial Reporting Standard for SMEs

  

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required. If you are a professional accountant who works for an SME or with SMEs, then this is the qualification for you. The CertIFRS for SMEs will help you develop an understanding of this new standard and how to apply it in the workplace.

  

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

  

Specialist

Diploma in International Financial Reporting (DipIFR)

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.

Specialist

Certificate in International Auditing (CertIA)

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required. Designed for professional accountants and auditors who are qualified in national accounting standards. Those with experience but no formal qualifications in accounting and auditing 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.

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.