Throughout our history, we’ve done things differently.
We put our values into practice so we’re regularly the first in the profession to introduce new products and services, and showcase new research and policies.
From being the first accountancy body to admit women to membership in 1909 to doubling the number of exam sessions we run in 2016, we’re proud to be pioneers.
Find out more from our timeline below.
UN Sustainability Development Goals
Responding to the UN’s call for ‘a decade of action’, we announce a set of commitments towards delivering the SDGs.
Call for action against climate change
We call for action against climate change as part of the Accounting for Sustainability network
20 years in the Caribbean
We celebrate 20 years since we established our ACCA Caribbean office
Introduction of Strategic Professional
September 2018 sees ACCA introduce Strategic Professional – a new level of the ACCA Qualification
Together we shape the future
ACCA celebrates its 30th anniversary in China
200,000 people around the world are ACCA members and celebrate at events around the world
Expanding opportunities for our members
We form a strategic alliance with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
Delivering flexibility for students and employers
We've doubled the number of exam sessions we run. Now our students can choose from four exam sessions per year.
Access accountancy with ACCA-X
We make a career in accountancy even more accessible by launching ACCA-X - a combination of free and affordable digital courses leading to our professional qualification.
World first with University of London
Our ground-breaking partnership with the University of London means that we're the first accountancy body to join with a university to enable students worldwide to gain a Master's degree and a professional accountancy qualification at the same time.
Our first MOOC launches
In partnership with the University of Exeter we developed Discovering Business in Society.
World first in integrated reporting exams
We're the first accountancy body to examine integrated reporting throughout our professional level exams.
New strategic partnership
We form a global strategic partnership with the Institute of Management Accountants.
Online Job Board launches
In response to market demand, we launch ACCA Careers, our online Job Board.
Celebrating our services to accounting
Chief executive Helen Brand receives OBE for services to accountancy.
Foundations in Accountancy
Our new entry-level suite of qualifications launches to give more people the chance to access the profession.
We produce our first CSR report, putting our own operational performance on the area of sustainability on record.
Do the right thing
We put ethics and professionalism at the heart of a revamped ACCA Qualification.
Keeping our members up to date
Our continuing professional development scheme is introduced, which requires our members to keep their skills and experience up to date.
Celebrating 100 years of opportunity
Events around the world mark our centenary, and 100,000 people around the world are ACCA members.
ACCA Connect opens - it's the first global contact centre for an accountancy body.
Degrees of membership
Following the success of our BSc, we launch an exclusive MBA programme with Oxford Brookes University for our members.
Maximising opportunities for students
With Oxford Brookes University, we launch a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting. This means that our students can gain a degree and a professional qualification at the same time - it's a first in the market and now the largest undergraduate accounting programme in the world.
Technician-level qualifications are part of our range of qualifications for the first time as we introduce the Certified Accounting Technician qualification (CAT).
Growing the profession
Membership reaches 50,000 and nearly 130,000 students.
Setting the standard
Our new syllabus is launched, based on international accounting standards - a first in the profession.
www.accaglobal.com is launched. Now that we have a web presence, development starts on a comprehensive suite of e-business services.
A woman's place in the boardroom
Anthea Rose becomes our first female chief executive.
We introduce an environmental reporting awards scheme, and it's the first of its kind.
We begin market development in mainland China.
In the UK, we become recognised under the Financial Services Act.
Growing the profession
We now have 25,000 members.
Vera di Palma becomes our first female president - and also the first female president of any international accountancy body - when she takes office.
Behind the Iron Curtain
We begin to explore opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe, helping to develop the profession in former Soviet states and in the Russian Federation.
Royal recognition of excellence
We receive our UK Royal Charter.
Growing our presence in the Caribbean
A joint examination scheme is established in Jamaica, leading to partnerships with many bodies in the Caribbean.
Branches spring up in Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Nigeria and Malawi.
During the Second World War, with the help of the Red Cross, we enable prisoners of war to sit ACCA exams.
Arrival in Asia
Our Malaysia-Singapore branch is set up.
2,800 students take our exams.
Our first branch outside the UK is opened in South Africa.
Our first thousand
We reach a milestone - the registration of 1,000 members.
Making women count
Ethel Ayres Purdie becomes a member, the first woman to belong to a professional accountancy body.
Ready, study, go
We introduce our first examinations.
Our members' journal - The Circular - is launched and is still produced today as AB magazine.
On 30 November, eight accountants found the London Association of Accountants, the forerunner of ACCA.