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Strategic professional

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Complete the final step of the ACCA Qualification with our Strategic Professional exams and you’ll be on your way to adding ACCA after your name. The final level of the ACCA Qualification towards ACCA membership, these exams will equip you with a unique blend of skills, real-world focus and specialisation options to super-charge your accountancy career and impress employers. 

What will I learn?

You’ll learn the dynamic skills and strategic vision that all great businesses and financial leaders need. Our Strategic Professional exams also give you the opportunity to specialise in areas that best suit your career ambitions.

What opportunities could it lead to?

Becoming an ACCA member unlocks the widest number of career opportunities, and gives you a mark of distinction that lets you drive your career to greater success. It could lead to very senior positions such as a financial manager, chief financial officer or a partner in a professional firm.

Did you know?

You could gain your ACCA Qualification and be an ACCA member in as little as 3 years  

The first time I wrote ACCA after my name it felt awesome – a real achievement. It’s my passport to work anywhere in the world.

Melissa Chew ACCA

Assurance Manager, BDO New Zealand

Our Professional level requires you to undertake:

4 exams

This includes two compulsory modules which include Strategic Business Leader and Strategic Business Reporting.

You then need to choose two further courses that suit your career ambitions from Advanced Financial Management; Advanced Performance Management; Advanced Taxation; or Advanced Audit and Assurance.

To become an ACCA member you’ll also need to complete:

1 ethics and professional skills module

We believe that finance professionals should be ethical and demonstrate the professional skills to make an impact immediately. This is why you’ll do an Ethics and Professional Skills module.

3 years’ work experience

in a relevant workplace role.

How long will it take?

If you combine your studies and work experience, you could gain your ACCA Qualification and be an ACCA member in as little as three years. However, we think your studies should fit around your life, which is why a range of flexible study options are available.

Am I eligible?

To complete the ACCA Qualification and become an ACCA member, you need to complete our Applied Knowledge, Applied Skills and Strategic Professional exams.

However, your previous education may qualify you for some exam exemptions, such as having a relevant degree from an ACCA-accredited university. If your previous qualifications exempt you from all the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills exams then you can start your studies at Strategic Professional.

Otherwise, you’ll need to start at either Applied Knowledge or Applied Skills.

Find out if you’re eligible to claim exemptions

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