Accountancy is a truly global profession. To make it easier for you to work wherever you want, we’ve formed mutual recognition agreements with several other prestigious global accountancy bodies around the world.
AAA United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The UAE aspires to become the leading financial services centre globally. To achieve this, there is a government-led drive to develop the national accountancy profession.
To support the government’s vision, we’ve signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement with the prestigious local accountancy body of UAE – AAA (Accountants and Auditors Association) – to enhance the finance sector in the UAE by:
- sharing knowledge on key issues for the accountancy and finance professions in the UAE, the wider region and globally;
- implementing a national qualification – the UAECA (United Arab Emirates Chartered Accountant); and
- collaborating on research and policy which will include the publication of jointly branded reports/surveys on relevant local and global accountancy and finance topics.
What this means for our members in the UAE
This partnership will enhance your recognition as a finance professional in the region with dual membership of both ACCA and AAA.
You’ll become part of an innovative network, working towards developing a leading financial centre in the UAE and the wider region.
This is a very exciting time to be part of such an influential partnership and its success relies heavily on the knowledge and experience that you can bring to help develop the profession.
Apply for AAA membership
As an ACCA member, you can apply for membership of AAA at no additional cost. Here’s how:
- Email your completed UAECA application form to AAA at email@example.com along with confirmation of your ACCA Membership (one from: scanned copy of your ACCA membership certificate/letter of good standing from us/email confirmation of your membership from us) and a copy of your passport.
- AAA will process your application and give you an update within 21 working days.
- You can start using the UAECA designation as soon as you’re admitted to the AAA and should receive your membership certificate within six weeks.
AAA membership application form (PDF, 208kb)
CA Australia and New Zealand
In June 2016 we announced a strategic alliance with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
The alliance brings together the resources of the largest global professional accountancy body with one of the world’s pre-eminent CA bodies and by sharing expertise across geographies and sectors the alliance will create a stronger voice on behalf of its members.
As part of the alliance we have signed a Reciprocal Membership Agreement (RMA) with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). This paves the way for members of each organisation to join and benefit from the other.
Applying for membership
If you’re a member of CA ANZ and want to apply for membership of ACCA, please use the application form in the 'related downloads' section of this page. If you’re an ACCA member, please download the relevant CA ANZ application form using the 'related links' on this page.
CA ANZ members
If you’ve been admitted as a Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand, who is in good standing and completed five years' relevant post-qualification experience you are eligible for direct admission to ACCA membership.
Along with the completed membership form you are required to submit:
- A letter from CA ANZ confirming that you are a member in good standing, having achieved membership by completing the professional education/ examinations and practical experience requirement. This letter should also state your date of admission to membership of CA ANZ and confirm that you have fully complied with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
- Two references which can attest to your professional competence and suitability for membership of ACCA
- A personal statement with third party verification of activities contributing to the professional life, the community, your membership body or ACCA.
For more information on this agreement
CA ANZ members - download an application form (PDF format 52kb)
ACCA and the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) have a global mutual recognition agreement (MRA). Originally signed in 2006, the agreement was renewed in July 2011. In 2012, CGA Canada became part of CPA Canada. The MRA remains in effect in all provinces other than Quebec.
About the agreement
This MRA strengthens the excellent relationship between our two bodies and has already provided a route for many qualified members from each association to become members of the other body, and enjoy the benefits of both. These include increased international recognition and improved professional mobility.
To gain membership of each, members of both bodies should successfully complete an overview course in Canadian/UK tax and law, approved by both us and CGA-Canada. The CGA-Canada course is available online, so you can start the application process whenever it suits you.
Members of both bodies, who apply under the terms of this agreement, should also remain members of their original designation.
About practising certificates
This MRA doesn’t convey practice rights. Certain additional requirements need to be met before you can obtain a practising certificate for general public practice or audit work from either ACCA or CGA-Canada.
Applying for membership
If you’re a member of CGA and want to apply for membership of ACCA, please use the application form in the 'related downloads' section of this page. If you’re an ACCA member, please download the relevant CGA application form using the 'related links' on this page.
CGA membership application form (PDF, 53kb)
CGA frequently asked questions (FAQs) (PDF, 46kb)
HKICPA Hong Kong
In 2015, we renewed our existing Agreement for Recognition Arrangements (ARA) with the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA). The renewed agreement will be in force until 30 June 2020.
The ARA outlines how our members and HKICPA can join the other body. It covers students who enrolled in ACCA on or after 16 August, 2004 and applies to our members who qualified in the UK and Hong Kong.
Transition arrangements for students who enrolled earlier have been agreed separately.
We’ve signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA). This paves the way for members of each organisation to join and benefit from the other. Both institutions have also joined forces to work on strengthening the Malaysian accountancy profession.
MICPA is an established professional accountancy body with a reputation for technical excellence, with more than 3,100 members and over 500 students pursuing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualification.
To enjoy membership of both organisations,
Who have completed:
- our Qualification exams; and
- five years' relevant post-qualification experience, including
- at least three of which have been in Malaysia
should pass an interview with the MICPA Membership Admission Panel.
Who haven’t completed:
- five years' relevant post-qualification experience
- including at least three in Malaysia
but who have completed our Qualification exams, including papers:
- P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance or paper
- 3.1 Audit and Assurance Services
- have satisfied our practical experience requirements; and
- completed our Professional Ethics module
should pass the MICPA Admitting Examination, which comprises two papers:
- Malaysian Taxation and Regulatory; and
- Financial Reporting Framework of Malaysia.
ACCA members who’ve passed the Malaysian version of ACCA's paper P6 Advanced Taxation or paper 3.2 Advanced Taxation will be deemed to have passed the Malaysian Taxation paper of the MICPAs Admitting Examination.
- who’ve been admitted as Certified Public Accountant members on or after 1 January 2009, and completed five years' relevant post-qualification experience, are eligible for direct admission to ACCA membership.
- who’ve completed five years' relevant post-qualification experience and were admitted as Certified Public Accountant members before 1 January 2009, should complete our Professional Ethics module.
- who’ve completed less than five years' relevant post-qualification experience and who were admitted as Certified Public Accountant members before 1 January 2009, should pass ACCA's paper P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics.
For more information on this agreement
- ACCA members - please refer to the ‘related links’ on this page;
- MICPA members - please refer to the ‘related downloads’ section, where you can download the direct admission application form.
ACCA admission form (PDF, 81kb)
FAQ's on admission to ACCA (PDF, 49kb)