The global economy is going through a period of unprecedented change – change that will forever alter the role of accountants. Those who do not revisit and reinvent their skillsets run the risk of being left behind. Developed in collaboration with ACCA, this pathway is designed to help you with that reinvention, focusing on the 'professional quotients' accountants will need to adopt in response to change.

The pathway is based on the results of ACCA's major research project, Professional accountants – the future, which identified four major drivers of change: regulation and governance; digital technologies; expectations; and globalisation. Together these drivers will redefine the role of the accountant of the future.

By analysing the impact of these drivers on specific technical areas, and through discussion with over 2,000 professional accountants and employers, ACCA concluded that the accountant of the future will need an optimal and changing combination of professional competencies: a collection of technical knowledge, skills and abilities combined with interpersonal behaviours and qualities.

These conclusions are embodied in seven 'professional quotients': Technical skills and ethics (TEQ); intelligence (IQ) digital awareness (DQ); creative (CQ), emotional intelligence (EQ) vision (VQ) and experience (XQ).

Along with your fellow participants, you will work through the six skills quotients (not including TEQ), reflecting on and developing your competence to help you to thrive in the ever-evolving world of the accountant of the future.

ACCA Learning Pathway: Accountant of the Future will address the six skills quotients that ACCA have identified as being essential for an accountant:

  • Creative (CQ)
  • Digital (DQ)
  • Emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Experience (XQ)
  • Intelligence (IQ)
  • Vision (VQ)

Key information

  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Weekly study: 1 hour
  • Start date: ongoing
  • ACCA members use code ACCA101 at checkout for 10% discount

Programme outline

The programme has been split into different topics, which will be covered each week of the course.  

  • Programme outline
    • Introduction to the accountant of the future

    Intelligence quotient

    • Solving problems
    • Being proactive
    • Exercising professional judgement

    Creative quotient

    • Being creative
    • Creativity in a business context
    • Delivering results through creativity

    Digital quotient

    • Data analytics
    • Disruptive technologies
    • Digital technology and the role of the accountant

    Emotional intelligence quotient

    • Building resilience
    • Communication
    • Working in teams

    Vision quotient

    • Understanding PEST factors
    • Understanding your market
    • Reacting to the market environment

    Experience quotient

    • Creating value for internal customers
    • Delivering value for external customers
    • Delivering business success
    • Wrap up
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ACCA learning pathways in association with accountingcpd, who work with leading industry specialists to develop bespoke CPD courses.

Disclaimer: This course is available for ACCA members, you may need your ACCA membership number to complete your booking. This course and outline is provided by a third-party course provider. All course bookings are subject to the terms and conditions set by the course provider. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms and conditions. ACCA takes no liability for bookings made with third-party suppliers.