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ACA training in Greece

The ACA qualification is a world leading professional qualification. It has integrated components which give an in-depth understanding across accountancy, finance and business. Combined, they help build the knowledge, skills and experience needed to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Who can study for the ACA?

There are multiple entry routes to the ACA qualification, so you can start training towards the ACA as a school leaver, university graduate, or if you hold another qualification, including AAT, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA or ICAEW CFAB.

Become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant

Step 1: Register as an ACA student

Students can start studying for the ACA independently or while working for an ICAEW training employer. To start, they need to register as an ACA student on our website. Once registered, they become part of a global community of ACA students and will be able to access information, advice and resources.

Apply for credit for prior learning (exemptions)

Credit for prior learning (exemptions) is not restricted to accounting or finance degrees. If students have covered the syllabus as part of their degree studies or professional qualification, than their application will be considered. 

The online directory also includes the credit for prior learning available for SOEL members.

Complete ACA training

The ACA qualification provides the combination of knowledge, skills and experience needed to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. Students gain practical work experience, develop their knowledge of accountancy, finance and business, as well as their business ethics and professional credibility. 

ACA exams are sat at the British Council in Athens.

A number of tuition providers offer ACA tuition in a variety of delivery methods around the world. Find out what tuition is available in Greece,

Find an ACA training agreement

Students who want to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant will need to complete an ACA training agreement with one of our 3,000+ authorised training employers. ACA training vacancy opportunities are promoted on our training vacancies website. Here students can create a personal profile and upload their CV which can be easily searched by employers. 

If students are currently working, our new authorised training principal scheme could also help. It enables individuals to support ACA students during training. So, if their manager is a qualified accountant, they could be eligible to help.

Students can also check if their current employer is already authorised to train ACA students, email our student support team. If they are already authorised, students can speak to them about wanting to study the ACA, alternatively, it is a free and straightforward process for employers to become authorised.

Be accepted as an ICAEW member

Once a student has successfully completed their ACA training and are accepted as an ICAEW member, they can call themselves an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and use the prestigious ACA letters after their name.

ICAEW members can also become a member of SOEL. All membership requirements will need to be satisfied by successfully passing the SOEL tax and law modules.

ICAEW-SOEL Accredited Membership Programme

ICAEW and SOEL (the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Greece) have launched the Accredited Membership Programme (AMP), which enables students to study and qualify as chartered accountants and members of both ICAEW and SOEL. 

SOEL membership for ICAEW ACA students

Start your journey to a highly rewarding career in accountancy, finance and business by studying towards the ACA qualification and achieve SOEL membership. 

To achieve the ACA qualification, students must undertake all components of ACA training – professional development, ethics and professional scepticism, 3-5 years practical work experience and successfully complete 11 of the 15 accountancy, finance and business modules. Students are not required to sit the ACA Certificate Level Principles of Taxation, Law or the Professional Level Tax Compliance and Business Planning: Taxation modules, instead they need to successfully pass the SOEL equivalent tax and law modules.

ACA students working in practice in Greece after graduating from university or higher technical institute, who want to achieve SOEL membership, may also be eligible for additional SOEL credits. Contact Despina Lekka at SOEL to find out more.

SOEL membership for ICAEW members

ICAEW members can apply for exemptions with SOEL and undertake relevant additional SOEL modules to achieve membership.

ICAEW membership for SOEL members

To achieve ICAEW membership, SOEL members must successfully complete all elements of ACA training – professional development, ethics and professional scepticism, 3-5 years practical work experience and 15 accountancy, finance and business modules.

SOEL members are eligible to apply for nine ACA modules as credits for prior learning. 

Individuals in the process of qualifying as a SOEL member via the SOEL-ACCA Joint Examination Scheme can also register as an ACA student and apply for credit for prior learning based on ACCA exemptions listed within our online credit for prior learning directory.

Currently, there are no charges for ACA students or ICAEW members to apply for SOEL credits; there are also no charges for SOEL members or ACCA students or affiliates to apply for ICAEW credits.

Audit rights in Greece

An individual who has qualified as a SOEL member through the ICAEW-SOEL Accredited Membership Programme is required to complete and provide proof of a further two years’ practical work experience to the Hellenic Accounting and Auditing Standards Oversight Board (ELTE), in order to be registered and authorised as a statutory auditor in Greece. This is in addition to the ACA requirement of 450 days practical work experience. 

An eligible ICAEW member applying for recognition as a registered auditor in Greece, who has qualified through a route other than the ICAEW-SOEL Accredited Membership Programme is required to complete the SOEL exams and register with ELTE in order to comply with the provisions of the relevant EU legislation. An eligible member is one who holds the ACA qualification and is authorised to audit the annual or consolidated accounts in an EEA jurisdiction or in a non-EAA jurisdiction.

Audit rights in the UK

An individual who has qualified as a member of ICAEW and SOEL through the Accredited Membership Programme and who is a registered auditor in Greece with ELTE, who applies for statutory auditor status in the UK is required to successfully complete the ACA Certificate Level Principles of Taxation and Law exams in order to comply with the provisions of the relevant EU legislation. They must then apply to ICAEW to be registered as a responsible individual and comply with the ICAEW’s practising certificate regulations. 

An individual SOEL member who is a registered auditor in Greece and qualified outside of the ICAEW-SOEL Accredited Membership Programme, and is registered to conduct audits with ELTE, can pursue one of two options in order to obtain statutory auditor status in the UK, in compliance with the relevant EU legislation: 

  1. register as a Statutory Auditor by becoming an affiliate member of ICAEW. The individual will also be required to successfully complete the ACA Certificate Level Principles of Taxation and Law modules; or 
  2. register as a Statutory Auditor by becoming a full member of ICAEW. The individual will be required to successfully complete the ACA Certificate Level Principles of Taxation and Law modules along with the remaining Professional and Advanced Level exams and the fulfilment of any necessary work experience requirements.

Find out more 

For more information and to register for the SOEL-ICAEW Accredited Membership Programme, contact Despina Lekka at SOEL or Kate Holroyd-Smith at ICAEW.