How the ACCA Qualification develops career-zone expertise

Digital adoption is key to organisation growth and creating competitive advantage through innovation. The digital playmaker is the accountant with a deep understanding of technology possibilities, together with a deep understanding of the business, and these are essential to driving technology adoption in organisations.

From robotics to machine learning, they’re focused on transforming finance and business operations and championing digitally enabled teams, or working with clients on significant technological change and transformation opportunities as businesses digitalise. 

They champion better data governance and are focused on working across organisations and particularly with technology teams to drive productivity and better decision support processes through tech adoption.

Competencies needed by the digital playmaker

Digital playmakers will need the well-rounded skills provided by the ACCA Qualification, with particular emphasis on the competency areas highlighted:

ACCA Qualification diagram showing all of key competencies making up the qualification. Assurance advocates need to focus, in particular, on the 'Audit and Assurance' and 'Governance, Risk and Control' competencies

These competences are developed throughout the ACCA Qualification in the exams, ethics and experience components of the qualification.

Digital Playmakers will be expected to ensure effective and appropriate governance, allowing evaluation, monitoring and implementation of appropriate risk identification procedures - skills developed throughout the ACCA Qualification so that they can be the champions of data governance within their organisations. The role of ethics is therefore crucial. Ethical and professional values are embedded throughout the ACCA Qualification in our exams, our practical experience and the Ethics and Professional Skills Module which means students can ensure the implementation of appropriate ethical frameworks, laws and regulation relating to digital enhancements to businesses.

Through the ACCA Qualification students will be able to guide their organisations with the remarkable possibilities of emerging digital tools, as digital skills and data technology is embedded throughout Strategic Professional, including real life case study examples to assess how digital impacts different types of business.

They will be able connect teams and leverage the power of technology through their strategic, leadership and stakeholder management skills. These are embedded using skills developed through exams such as Strategic Business Leader which encourage students to think strategically in real business scenarios. 

The qualification progressively develops the necessary skills to be able to advise on the digital transformation for business and its environment and be able to provide appropriate business advice. 

The competences required to meet the demands of this role are developed throughout the ACCA Qualification in exams, ethics and experience.