The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) was founded in 1904 and is a global professional accounting body. It offers the Chartered Certified Accountant qualification to its members.
In order to apply, aspiring students must have 2 A Levels and 3 GCSE passes, covering 5 distinct subjects, two of which are Maths and English.
A Levels must be passed with a grade between A and E, while all GCSEs must be passed at grade C or above.
It is encouraged to apply online, as this is the fastest and most efficient method of application.
Booking of exams is done online through the myACCA account, and through the online system, accountants can access the study aids, and the materials for Continuous Professional Development (CPD), which are critical for attaining Fellow status, and keeping skills up to date.
Membership of ACCA shows that an accountant works to a certain standard, a standard recognised on a global scale. It gives status to accountants in the industry, and gives authority to the people who are a member of the ACCA in industry.
Furthermore, ACCA have online modules for their members to run through periodically, which ensures that their accounting skills are still sharp and up to scratch, and can improve or update the knowledge of members, keeping them at the forefront of the industry. This is known as CPD, or Continuing Professional Development.
Membership of the ACCA can also lead to an accountant becoming qualified enough to become self-employed and open their own practice.
After five years continuous membership, and compliance with all CPD, then members can become Fellows, with an FCCA certificate.
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