ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. ACCA has a network of 89 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development.
ACCA course is a recognised degree in many countires and is a good accounting qualification to work in United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU), Ireland, South Africa, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland etc.
Multi National Companies in India also consider ACCA as a recognised accounting qualification.
An ACCA member holding certificate of practice has a signing authority in multiple countries. However ACCA is not an approved qualification to become a practicing Chartered Accountant in India.
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Three GCSEs and two A Levels in five separate subjects including maths and English or their equivalent are required for this accountancy qualification.
Equivalent Qualification in India would be Senior Secondary or 10+2. (Passes are held in 5 subjects including English and Mathematics / Accounts, mark of 65% in at least 2 subjects and over 50% on the others.
You can gain your practical experience before, during or after you complete the exams. It doesn’t matter what sector or organisation you work in or choose to work in. ACCA trainees can work in any sector and size of organisation.
As part of your ethical development, you are required to complete the Professional Ethics Module. This will give you exposure to a range of ethical perspectives and includes several self-tests which require you to reflect on your own ethical behaviour and values. The module becomes available to you online when you become eligible to take Paper P1.
- Initial Registration – £79
- Subscription Fees – £79
Exam Entry Fees
Apply early for an exam and you will have to pay much lesser fees as compared to late application.
Total exam fees would approx. amount to £1,200 as on Dec. 2013 over and above registration and annual subscription fees of £79.
Exam Entry Deadlines
ACCA has two exam sessions per year and students can sit a maximum of four papers in a session, so you could complete all the exams in 2 years.
As you also need three years practical work experience before you can become an ACCA member and be considered a qualified Accountant, the qualification takes a minimum of 3 years to complete.
In total 14 papers are to be cleared. Exams are computer based for few foundation papers and written for other papers. Min. passing requirement is 50%.[learn_more]
- F1 Accountant in Business – Business organization structure, Governance of management, Key environmental influences & constraints, Specific functions of accounting and internal financial control, Leading and managing individual teams, Recruiting and developing effective employees.
- F2 Management Accounting – Accounting for management, Cost classification, Types of cost, Cost accounting techniques, Absorption and marginal costing, Short term decision making, Budgeting and standard costing.
- F3 Financial Accounting – Context and purpose of Financial Reporting, Qualitative characteristics of Financial Information and the Fundamental Bases of Accounting, Use of Double Entry and Accounting Systems, Recording Transactions and Events, Preparing a Trail, Preparing Basic Financial Statements.
- F4 Corporate and Business Law – Essential Elements of the Legal System, Law of Obligations, Employment Law, Formation and Constitution of Business organizations, Capital and the Financing of Companies, Management, Administration and Regulation of Companies, Legal Implications Relating to Companies in Difficulty or in Crisis, Governance and the Ethical Issues Relating to Business.
- F5 Performance Management – Specialist Cost and Management Accounting Techniques, Decision making Technique, Budgeting, Standard Costing and Variance Analysis, Performance Measurement and Control
- F6 Taxation – The UK Tax System, Income Tax liabilities, Chargeable Gains, Corporation Tax Liabilities, National Insurance Contributions, Value Added Tax, The obligation of Tax payers and/or their agents
- F7 Financial Reporting – Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting, Regulatory Framework for Financial Reporting, Financial Statements, Business Combinations, Analysis and Interpreting Financial Statements
- F8 Audit and Assurance – Audit Framework and Regulation, Internal Audit, Planning and Risk Assessment, Internal Control, Audit Evidence, Review, Reporting
- F9 Financial Management – Financial Management Function, Financial Management Environment, Working Capital Management, Investment appraisal, Business Finance, Cost of Capital, Business Valuation, Risk Management
- P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics – Governance and Responsibility, Internal Control and Review, Identifying and Assessing Risk, Controlling Risk, Professional Values and Ethics.
- P2 Corporate Reporting – Professional and Ethical Duty of the Accountant, Financial Reporting Framework, Reporting the Financial Performance of Entities, Financial Statements of Groups of Entities, Specialized Entities, Implications of changes in Accounting Regulation on Financial Reporting
- P3 Business Analysis – Strategic Position, Strategic Choices, Strategic Action, Business Process Change, Information Technology, Quality Issues
- *P4 Advanced Financial Management – Role & Responsibility towards Stakeholders, Advanced Investment Appraisal, Acquisition and Mergers, Corporate Reconstruction and Re-organization, Treasury and Advanced Risk Management Techniques, Economic Environment for Multi-Nationals, Emerging Issues in Finance and Financial Management
- *P5 Advanced Performance Management – Strategic Planning and Control, Economic, Fiscal and Environmental Factors, Performance Measurement Systems and Design, Strategic Performance Measurement, Performance Measurement, Performance Evaluation and Corporate Failure, Current Development and Emerging Issues in Performance Management.
- *P6 Advanced Taxation – Knowledge and understanding of the UK Tax system through the study of further capital taxes, together with more advanced topics within the taxes studied previously, the importance of Taxation to personal and Corporate Financial Management, the impact of relevant taxes on various situations and courses of action including the interaction of taxes, Minimizing and/or deferring tax liabilities by the use of standard tax planning measures
- *P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance – Regulatory Environment, Professional and Ethical Considerations, Practice Management, Assignments, Reporting, Current Issues and Developments
*Only 2 papers to be completed from P4 to P7[/learn_more]
To pass the ACCA Qualification you need to pass the exams, complete the Practical Experience Requirements and the Professional Ethics module.
Exemption from Certain Papers
Exemption from certain papers is provided on the basis of your prior qualification. However for each exemption fees is to be paid at rate of early registration charges.
- Exemption available for CA’s – F1 to F9
- Exemption available to most of the graduates – F1 to F3
Check Exemption applicable for your qualification here
I would like to know that how many papers i would get exemption in ACCA exams..I will be a Bcom graduate this year from India and i am doing CA as well i have passed my CPT exam and i am doing my IPCC exam which i have given 1 group. I find CA very challenging and i am interested in knowing if i pass my IPCC exam whether 1 group or both than how much exemption would i get in ACCA exam papers. Please do reply.
You will get exemption in F1, F2 and F3 paper.
hi my name is swaroop i want do bcom honours with acca is it good
Good Luck to your acca exam, i will do mine hopefully in early 2015
Can you tell me from your experience, how much a ACCA Qualified professional earns as a fresher and say, 5-10 years down the line. I am a CMA (IMA – USA) passed, and in 4th yr. of my Graduation. Can you give me your mail Id, i would like to talk with you in person about it.
Waiting for your immediate reply.
Aditya Kumar Roy.
Where are you located?
Generally in India an ACCA can earn equal to a CA as a fresher (many big 4 accounting firms now take ACCA qualified professionals). In the long run it will always depend on your performance at work.
You can discuss all your queries with me on our forum (http://forum.pace2race.com) and I will try to answer all your queries at the earliest.
Thanks for your info.. I am a B.com graduate and work with a IT company in a Global finance team. Though I did my graduation through distance learning I was able to manage to come to this level now.. But many companies are giving more preference for professional qualification. I am currently doing my CWA inter. I want to know if I take ACCA along with CWA will it be useful for my career is it wise decision. and do I need to go for any classes for ACCA subjects or can we manage it from home itself.
Thanks in Advance, Take care..
ACCA is for sure a much global course and will be a real value addition. With CWA though it is a professional qualification, but it is not yet well accepted in india or internationally. ACCA on the other side is recognised internationally.
Thanks for your reply. I have few more questions buddy. Do we need to go for classes if so which training center is good. I am from Chennai. And the fees do we need to pay any wholesome amount or just initial registration and annual sub is enough and whenever we appear for exams we pay each papers. Please confirm..
Classes are not very necessary if you can give enough time. You can pay per subject wise.
I live in Tokyo. How can I study for ACCA exam in Japan ?
You can take online tutorials.. one free resource is http://opentuition.com/
Sir, What is the total estimated cost for acca[including coaching]?
Estimated cost is INR 3 to 4 lakhs.
I have cleared my CA Final Group 1 and Group 2 is pending since past 3 years.
I need to know exemptions in ACCA that will be available and fees in INR
How much cost is required to do ACCA? Can we do ca and ACCA both at a time..Im bcom graduate and I’m clear my cpt as well as group 1 in how many subject I get exemption
Estimated cost is Rs. 3 to 4 lakhs. You should do one course first and then thing about other things.
I am a Ca and bcom graduate .what will be estimated cost for me.and how much time will be required for completion of this course.directly I have to register for finals?
visit this link (https://portal.accaglobal.com/accrweb/faces/page/public/accreditations/enquiry/main/EnqInstitutionsTable.jspx) to see exemptions available to you. cost should be approx. 2 lakhs.
my question is that….will they compulsorily check the 10+2 marks,even if we have finished our CA and BCom….
Yes they will.
After completing graduation. If our 10+2marks are not matched by acca qualification table. So we cant do acca?
There is no requirement of minimum marks you need to pass there exams for getting ACCA certification.
Hi All, I am working as Manager in Bank and interested for some accounting based course. Pls suggest
I cleared +2 ,now i decided to go for acca,but i am confused about the scope of acca in india….is there any scope for acca graduates in india??…moeover about the total cost for acca.
Expecting the reply….
Thanks in advance…..
In India scope for ACCA is limited. You should go for CA.
I am graduate in Commerce & working in pvt.ltd.company as a assistant account.
I want to study ACCA UK for that I want to know eligibility criteria and total fees in Indian rupees. Please inform me about this details.
I’m a graduate in India and am working with one of the Big 4s (auditing firms). I’d like to ask whether there is any way an ACCA can become an Indian CA as well, like in ACA the person has to give 4 (I guess) exams to qualify as an Indian CA after completing his/her ACA.
CA is recognized by Indian law and this will never happen for ACCA. However for purpose of working in Big 4’s. ACCA is recognized as a good option.
Acca has good scope outside india, but does it have good scope in india.
I wish to work in india so will acca provide me with good job opportunities??
In Big 4 firms ACCA is considered good but not at other places. So for india ACCA can be seen as additional degree but not main as of now.
Acca not Approved qualification in India
Whats Benefits in India
After completed acca not receive govt. Job
Why are u doing acca?
ACCA can be add on qualification if you are working in private sector specially in big 4’s
need some advice
i have a family business that is into manufacturing of elevators and car parts!
i wish to look into matters related to accountancy and taxation primarily with apt knowledge of valuation of companies – related to mergers acquisitions and joint ventures
My firm is in india
so will acca provide me with this knowledge to work in my own firm in india
For getting accounting knowledge ACCA will be a good course. But if you are looking for standards specific to india, then it will not be apt.
I have completed my 12th with95 percent marks . I have been looking for a course related with accountancy and I found CA and ACCA ! I’M really confused whether to opt CA or ACCA ? I would like to work in Abudhabi (UAE) after completing my studies . SO which one will favour me sir? can you suggest ? (which one is valued more ?)
* I am the currently in kerala , sir
For working in Abu Dhabi, ACCA should be ok. But for India only CA.
I m not intrested in ca,cs or icwa can u please suggest me a good carrear path.i m studying FYBcom and wish to work in india.pls pls pls help me
Hi sir, I am currentyly pursuing a bachelors in commerce with Finance and Taxation from a college in Kerala, India and i am planning to do acca. If i complete my degree how many and which of the papers can i get exempted from??
Please check in given link.
sir, am a chartered accountant and working in textile industry from 2months.i would like to pursue ine international recognition course, can u suggest me in this regard,CPA OR CIMA or ACCA
It will depend on what are your long term goals. If you want to go out of india, then you can do one of these course.
sir,i completed my cpt course so how my papers i get exemptions and suggest me which university best for acca in india
No exemption for CPT course.
I am B.COM graduate from india intrested to do ACCA can i claim exemption or how do i appear for it..
Sir, i am in my 12th (cbse) right now. I want to work in europe and not settle in india and i plan on doing bcom primarily. Should i be doing acca after my bcom or along with my bcom? Also, how long will it take in both the above cases?
ACCA would be good, time depends on how much you take, min 2-3 years.
I am currently studying in 12th grade. After my school I’ve planned to take a career in Accountancy. I wish to work in India, but i don’t mind internship abroad. I am confused between ACCA and CA. I feel in future everything is going to be globalised and my thinking is ACCA would be better. I am very confused about its job opportunities in India and please let me know if i can do CA after ACCA just by writing the tax paper.
You should first do CA and later on you can do ACCA with exemptions on basis of CA.
I have done my bcom and I am done with both the groups of ipcc of ca exam. I couldnt get through my ca final examination since last 3 attempts. I am thinking to do acca from London. Please tell me the exemptions I can get and whether it is worth doing ACCA and does it have good job opportunities in India as well as outside India?
For exemptions please check on ACCA site. ACCA has more opportunities outside india.
Hello! Sir I am presently studying in class 12 and am expecting to score 97%( I dont have maths). Should i do bcom and then acca or directly acca . And from where I can do Acca . It wouldbe great if you can help me
You can do directly, register with ACCA institute and take some coaching.
Hi can you please tell me what starting salary can we expect after finishing ACCA?
im presenting studying gr 12. i wish to go for acca. but i would lyk to do ca so tht i can work in india also. i wish to go for acca after ca. if i dnt pass ca final exam, would i be able to join acca?
Yes you will be able to.
i am a B.com graduate willing to work in UK Australia or UAE . my question is do we need to complete the ACCA to get a job or we can secure a entry level job by doing part of it and continue the course with the job. thanks in advance
It might not be easy to find entry level jobs, if you can then its ok. Better you finish it and then get a job.
I have completed my graduate and CA-CPT and IPCC group-1 , currently working in manufacturing industry for the last 2 years , if I do ACCA what would be the estimated cost and how many papers I will get an exemption and how many papers need to write.
I would like to know that in how many papers i would get exemption. I am Bcom graduate from India and completed my IPCC.
I am currently pursuing CA IPCC and I m doing it in CPT route also I am not doing college ..AM i eligible to register for ACCA and do it along with CA.??
Yes you are, however it would be better to focus on one course.
Hello sir ,
I am a student in India I want to do ACCA. Although CA is more accepted in India.do I get job opportunities. Also I am thinking that after completing ACCA I would also do CPA USA . am I planning right thing or not sir. Please fun me sir.
hello sir, I m bcom graduate and I m very confused relating my further studies .. I wishing to do ACCA or MBA to work in india.. which one should I do. I m interested much more in ACCA, but here no one dnt knw about this course, not even CA’s. they says I wont have any job in india after doing ACCA .. here it has no value due to ICAI.
I belongs to middle class family and I would have to take loan for my studies .. so plz suggest me better option..
if I do ACCA by taking loan, its worth doing? ? or not..
may I get job in india especially in ahmedabad.. after doing it?
I want to join ACCA professional course so I want to know that is there any practical training as like in CA i.e (articleship)
There is no requirement of practical training like articleship.
what is the scope of icwa. i have 45% in graduation but i want to do icwa can i have a right to do it. If i have right soplz tell me the subject of icwa and how much time it takes to complete and which is good icwa or cs related to accounts.
I would like to ask if I complete my acca in india and if I go to London for job how much salary ll I get and after going to London how much time it ll take to get a job and to whome do I have to ask for a job or some1 ll offer it from London then I ll have to go. plz plz help me. thnx in advance
It will depend on a lot of things. You should find a job from here and then go.
WHAT IS THE EXEMPTION FOR B.COM GRADUATE IN ACCOUNTANCY TO STUDY ACCA
Hi Sir, I have completed B.Com Graduation in Bangalore, i planning to join ACCA, How will be the job opportunities in India, will get a job here…. and one more doubt is which subject is difficult ACCA or CA…
I have completed my 12th so can I get execemption in ACCA
My brother has passed 12th from commerce stream this year now he want to pursue for acca degree .
Which institutes are there in delhi from where we can get all the detailing of acca course
Hi there sir, i just passed my 12th with 75% and i wish to settle abroad….. My question is that do i have to do b.com in order to pursue acca or i can directly apply for acca without having any bachelors degree….. I would be really thankful for ur reply nd guidance…….
You can do directly as well.
i just joined in acca at calicut
and i have a doubt…
what are the job in india when the complition of acca?
You can apply with Big 4’s with ACCA qualification.
I have completed my bcom ,and opt to do ACCA , and i know that i got 4 papers exempt, but i need to know whether there is a benefit for avoiding exemption and write from F1
There is articleship in ACCA. You still need to complete 3 years of articleship. Unlike CA you can do it anytime. ACCA is for those who would like to work in Big 4 or MNC’s or for those who would like to go abroad. Its recognized in 180 countries, and if you have got your practicing certificate then you can practice too. ICAI for reasons they know or maybe they are feeling insecure, does not allow an ACCA to be a signing authority in India, whereas in many other countries they do allow. And for those who think that Association of Chartered Certified Accountant or ACCA is an easier course than CA, then you are wrong. Unless you are focused on finance and you are a hard worker, do not attempt to join this. This course is the equivalent of Indian CA. In UK they have ACA and ACCA. Both are chartered bodies and are equivalent to Indian CA. So if you have it in you, then join it. Otherwise don’t.
I am in 11th std and i want to know…Is maths necessary for acca? I am good at math but i am planning to switch to sp…will i face any problem in the future if i drop math?
Hello , I would like to know whether I can complete the ACCA course without joining any coaching centre or institutions ? If yes, Where should I find the test books and where should I appear for examz (Exam centre) ? And please tell me the aggregate expense (exam fees, registration fees and test book cost excluding coaching and institution fees) of this course.
Location: Trivandrum , Kerala
I’m an IPCC passed student from India. I’m shifting to UK. What course out of the two -ACA or ACCA would get me exemption from the exams previously given? Please suggest . Would be a great help. Thanks.
If I complete my B.com.what exemptions I will get in ACCA???
Paper f1 f2 f3 f4
What are the Exemptions available to CA students in ACCA????
I am planning to do BCom(accountancy) at an Australian university. After than I am planning to do acca. With the degree I will get exemption from 9 subjects of the acca. Is this a good decision or should I go to acca directly ?
I am a bcom graduate from India. And planning for ACCA. I want to know that does it holds good carrer options in India.
And how long will it take to complete the course if i give one exam only in one particular attempt.
Can i get an exemption if i am doing bcom as correspondence along with acca?
Can i do my per(practical experience) (ACCA) under a indian ca ….
Im a acca student and i completed upto paper f5 and now can i go for my practical traing
Sir i am cpt cleared n in nov.17 would appear for ipcc…so how many exemption i would get if give acca exam in the same year?…n wht is better between giving acca exam after ipcc or before ipcc?
Hi Prabhat Sir.
I am not able to make a choice between CA and ACCA. I just cleared my 12th exams. It’s like I think CA is very common and I am interested in ACCA but I want to work in India ( I live in Mumbai ) so I wanted to ask can I get a good job in India after pursuing a ACCA with BAF. As people are suggesting me CA is a better option for working in India. But I wish to do ACCA. I am really confused sir. Help.
can I will get a job in uk after study acca in india
is acca vl b beneficial in india or not ?
i hv completed mah masters in commerce & i m CA finalist.
so my query is whch course vl beneficial in india either cpa or acca ??
Hello Sir ,
I cleared CA IPCC level and in CA Finals i am getting negative results , plz guide whether I should go with ACCA and if yes then in which subject i can get exemptions.
Try mock tests, it would be really helpful to understand your weak areas.
i am student in india studing 11th,i am interested in acca if i have any coaching from now onwards as ca foundation or after finishing 12th only???
Hey!I have done bs in economics and finance,MBA executive in financial risk management and also have designation of chartered market technician.I would like to know in how many papers in acca I would get exampted?
Hey my name is Kanishka and a CIMA qualified person and im looking into do ACCA ,so can I know the exemptions that I can get from ACCA.
I am Some doubt ACCA-PER (practical experience)where are doing PER in India
Please tell me
Hey sir! My name is Rebecca. I am currently pursuing my b.com final year. I have also cleared my ICWAI foundation . Intermediate , i will be appearing in June 2018.I heard about ACCA recently. I do have plans of going abroad . But still not clear . By doing ACCA,will it help me get placed in a good company abroad? Which country according to you is good for this course ?
I am studying in +2,I like to do CA.After CA how many paper should I write to be ACCA.
I would like to know that how many papers i would get exemption in ACCA exams..I have completed my 10th under CBSE Board and then Alevel (economic,business and accounting ) under edexcel board.So, will I have to give FA1 FA2 and FA3 too??
Hi sir I am Bcom now I have 1 subject back final year I can join f5
I cleare November that subject
Hi, I am Inter CA (India) , B.Com, Now Practicing In India . Is ACCA help me for Good Exposure for Outside India Jobs . What is the requirements ?
I have completed M.com & IPCC Group 1 so i have to know which papers i have to give ACCA. please tell me
i just want to know that after 1, completing f1 to f9 we get an degree from brookes or we can also get a chance to go brookes but the expences are of our own ?
2 ,as after completing f1 to f9 we can go for a job or do the 3 year traning as i am a gradugate so i have to do 1 year traning cum job and compelete my p level exams?
I am CA Inter and also completed my articleship. I’m interested in ACCA. Please guide me.