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Professional

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.

Professional

CertIA - Certificate in International Auditing

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.

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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

Certificate in International Public Sector Accounting Standards

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.  

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