Our open and inclusive community
Inclusion was a founding value for ACCA in 1904, when we opened the profession to everyone regardless of background. Today, our global community remains open and inclusive - everyone with an interest in the work of ACCA is welcome.
Opening the profession
We believe that anyone, regardless of background, should have the opportunity to pursue a career in accountancy. And, the important role our great profession plays in creating fair and sustainable organisations and societies, means that it is vital that our profession actively includes and welcomes people from all backgrounds and reflects the societies in which we work and serve.
For over 115 years, we have provided a route into the profession for anyone with the ambition and determination to succeed, with different entry points into our qualifications that acknowledge prior academic attainment. As a result, the diversity of experience, expertise and perspective in the ACCA global community is unmatched.
Find out how to join ACCA and become part of the world’s most diverse and inclusive accountancy community
Our open-access digital learning programme
ACCA-X is a great example of our commitment to opening the profession to all. It is ACCA's first open-access digital learning programme and, now in it’s fifth year, it has been the starting point for many successful journeys into a rewarding career in accountancy.
There are several courses available to our learners, including both free and paid-for courses, meaning we can cater for people at all levels. Our free courses are available to anyone around the world and meet rigorous international standards for accessibility.
Read our students' experience with ACCA-X
A supportive community
Our community is passionate about encouraging and nurturing the next generation, so they have the greatest chance of success. An example of our supportive community in action is our mentoring programme. It is designed to help members give back to the profession and ACCA, by mentoring and supporting the career ambitions of our affiliates and students.