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Foundations in Accountancy is a suite of awards that employers can use to provide employees with a grounding in accounting and finance.

The qualifications can be used to develop recruits from secondary schools or to encourage those already working in accounts support roles to obtain formal recognition of their abilities. There are no formal entry requirements.

As Foundations in Accountancy consists of a suite of awards you can pick the qualification which is best matched to the job role and educational achievements of individual employees:

  • Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting = two exams and a professionalism and ethics module
  • Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting = two exams and a professionalism and ethics module
  • Diploma in Accounting and Business = three exams and a professionalism and ethics module
  • Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) = all of the above exams, plus two further exams, a professionalism and ethics module and one year’s relevant practical experience
  • Certificates in Auditing, Taxation and Financial Management = an individual certificate plus a professionalism and ethics module.

The CAT Qualification and the Diploma in Accounting and Business offer a route into the ACCA Qualification, providing you with a development path for employees with high potential.

For further information on Foundations in Accountancy, please download the document in the Related documents box at the bottom of this page. Or click on the link in the Related links box in the top left-hand corner of this page to find out how to register your trainees.

Last updated: 14 Feb 2014