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ACA training in Russia

The ACA from ICAEW is internationally recognised as a premier financial business qualification in more than 160 countries around the world.

Who can study for the ACA?

We welcome university graduates on to the ACA programme; however your degree does not necessarily need to be in the field of business or finance. It can be a recognised degree in any discipline. Individuals with other professional qualifications or experience (such as ACCA, CIMA etc) can also study for the ACA from ICAEW.

However, if you are a high achiever who is in their final year before university graduation, it may be possible to register with ICAEW earlier. Please contact our student support helpline to discuss your circumstances.

In Russia, all students must take a two level English language test before being admitted onto the course. 

There are two ways you can study for the ACA qualification.

  • The most popular way is to study for the ACA under a training agreement with an organisation that is an ICAEW authorised training employer. This means that you can learn and earn at the same time.
  • You can start to study for the ACA qualification as an 'independent student' however you cannot complete your studies (or qualify as an ACA) without completing an approved period of work experience (usually 450 days). This can only be done if you are employed with an ICAEW authorised training employer and in an ACA training agreement.

Training opportunities

There are a growing number of organisations around the world that offer ACA training including accountancy practices, businesses, industry and government. Any organisation that offers ACA training opportunities will have met strict training criteria and will be authorised by ICAEW to train ACA students. This helps ensure support for our students wherever they train around the world.

Our careers site offers you support and advice on how to make the step from university to ACA training and beyond, explains your options and allows you to search for ACA training opportunities.

What does the ACA look like for you?

The full ACA programme is available in Russia. It combines four essential elements: exams, technical work experience, initial professional development and structured training in ethics. Together, these four elements give you the expertise and added-value skills that help define a chartered accountant. You must successfully complete all four elements to qualify as an ACA and become a member of ICAEW.

Other requirements:

  • To achieve your full technical work experience requirements (and be able to qualify as an ACA) you must be employed in training agreement with an organisation that is authorised by ICAEW to train ACA students.
  • During your training, you must meet with your employer every six months to discuss your progress and record your development activity. This helps you to stay on track to qualify as an ICAEW member.

Contact member details


Mr Kirill Karpov ACA

Head of Business Planning and Budgeting, Adduco Management

Tel: + 7 916 165 3455
Email: kkarpov@gmail.com


Photograph of Kirill KarpovKirill started his professional career with PricewaterhouseCoopers Cyprus. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Kirill moved to Russia where he worked in Basic Element Group as the Investment Analyst and later M&A Project Manager.

Kirill is currently Head of Business Planning and Budgeting at Adduco Management (a company that provides financial, legal, and other professional services).

Mr Geoffrey Townsend FCA

Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, OAO TMK and OAO Raspadskaya; Owner and soon to be General Director, OOO Arnika

Tel (Mobile): + 7 985 765 0486
Tel: + 7 499 242 1056
Email: geoffrey.townsend@gmail.com

Frunzenskaya Naberezhnaya 50/90


Photograph of Geoffrey TownsendFormerly Wirtschaftspr├╝fer and partner in KPMG Germany and Russia and Head of Corporate Finance KPMG Russia, Geoffrey has been involved over many years in reform of accounting and auditing in Russia.

He is currently a Member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of 2 listed Russian companies and owner of OOO Arnika (a corporate governance consultancy).

Geoffrey is also a Professor at the Finance University attached to the Government of the Russian Federation where he teaches corporate governance.

St Petersburg

Mr Denis Gulyarenko ACA

Project Manager, BFA-Development

Tel: + 7 812 919 1999
Email: denis.gulyarenko@bfa-d.ru

18 Vosstaniya St.
Lit. A
St. Petersburg


Denis GulyarenkoDenis holds a position of a project manager at BFA-Development, a major Russian real estate development company. He leads a St. Petersburg-based team that works on international real estate projects. Previously, he was in charge of a landmark destination resort project in Italy and currently he develops some Asian projects of the group.

Denis qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in Cyprus, where he worked in the Assurance and Advisory Department for 3 years. He was a triple worldwide prizewinner in the ACA exams. Prior to his departure to Cyprus, Denis graduated from Graduate School of Management at St. Petersburg State University with a degree in International Management

Russia Student Society (CCASS)

Student societies and networks organise a range of social, networking and work-related events throughout the year. There is a student society for ACA students in Russia.