Who we are
ACCA is the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. We’re a thriving global community of 219,000 members and 527,000 students based in 179 countries that upholds the highest professional and ethical values.
We believe that accountancy is a cornerstone profession of society that supports both the private and public sectors. That’s why we’re committed to the development of a strong global accountancy profession and the many benefits that this brings to organisations, individuals and society.
Our qualifications develop forward-thinking professionals with the financial and business skills essential for the creation of sustainable economies and flourishing societies. Every day, ACCA professional accountants support people and organisations in making sound decisions and doing the right thing. We build public trust by creating an inclusive profession with people from all backgrounds, bound by a common global code of ethics and committed to updating their skills to meet ever-changing needs.
Since 1904 being a force for public good has been embedded in our purpose, and this powers everything we do. Like offering everyone, everywhere the opportunity to access a rewarding career in accountancy. By working in partnership with emerging economies to establish their own professional accountancy organisations and grow their finance ecosystems. Through freely sharing our leading-edge research that answers today’s questions and prepares us for tomorrow. And by supporting our global family of members , future members, and partners and developing the profession for the next generation.
We think ahead and lead the profession.
Our reputation and recognition
We're leading the way in the accountancy profession. Our expertise is widely recognised, and our input and opinion is sought by governments, professional bodies, academic institutions, employers and the media, worldwide.
Our qualifications are the gold standard in accountancy, opening doors to highly respected, interesting work in any sector. And our professional ACCA Qualification has been officially benchmarked to Master's level. This means our members can benefit from academic credit, and sometimes even public funding, if they want to further their studies.
Employers know they can expect a high global standard from our professionals. We've had audit recognition in the UK since the 1930s and our partnerships allow our members to work internationally, complying with regulation in marketplaces worldwide. This makes them even more valuable to the businesses in which they, or their clients, work.
In 1974, we received our UK Royal Charter, recognising the excellent quality of our core qualification.
Read about our qualification recognition status (PDF, 119KB)
ACCA Rulebook is the definitive guide to our bye-laws, regulations and Code of Ethics and Conduct.