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Outside the UK

Depending on your location around the world, there are a number of ways your organisation can recruit and train the next generation as well as ways to upskill your existing staff.

ACA

The ACA is a rigorous and globally-recognised chartered accountancy qualification. Designed for today’s commercial landscape, it provides your employees with the professional skills and strategic insight they need to make a real impact on your organisation.

Who is it for?

It doesn’t matter if your employee is a school leaver, a graduate or someone who’s been in the world of work for some time. Provided they’re capable and committed to a career in accountancy, the ACA is the perfect choice.

Many employers choose the ACA to put their finance department on firm foundations. However, just as many use it as part of their succession planning strategy – as a way of developing their future business leaders.

What’s involved?

The ACA has four components that combine study and exams with ‘on-the-job’ experience. Each component has been designed to complement the others. Your employees will also enter and follow an ACA training agreement which will outline the support they will receive from you during training and will include details about tuition, study leave and mentoring.

To offer the ACA qualification you’ll need to be authorised by us. We have made the process simple, straightforward and stress free. You don’t need to be a particular type of organisation to become authorised. We have over 5,000 authorised training employers around the world – both large and small, from every kind of sector. Some employ hundreds of thousands, others only a handful.

Converting from ACCA to ACA

In some countries, ACCA affiliates, students or members may be eligible for up to 12 exam credits towards the 15 ACA exams, and in some cases also eligible for up to 12 months’ credit for prior work experience.

This means to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant they would need to be registered as an ACA student and sit/pass the remaining ACA exams, complete the professional development, work experience requirements and ethics training.   

ACA top-up programmes

ACA top-up programmes are available in Bangladesh, Greece, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka where individuals have completed the local chartered accountancy qualification. Individuals may be eligible for exemptions on up to 12 of the ACA exam modules. Conditions and full programme requirements vary by country.

ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB)

ICAEW CFAB provides the practical skills and knowledge needed for today’s competitive business world. Across six modules, ICAEW CFAB will provide your employees and new recruits with a good understanding of business, finance and accounting, adding value across your organisation.

Who is it for?

There are no academic entry requirements – so it is open to all including school leavers, undergraduates, mature students, career changers or to upskill your existing staff. 

Why is it a good option?

  • No academic requirements, so open to all employees
  • The six modules can be completed in a year (or longer if more convenient)
  • Flexible study allows for learning in own time and around busy times in the office
  • All exams are online and can be taken at any time, in any order
  • Credit for prior learning is available for up to five modules for those with previous relevant qualifications
  • It’s a respected standalone qualification that also serves as a stepping stone to the Business and Finance Professional (BFP) designation and the ACA qualification

ICAEW Business and Finance Professional (BFP)

ICAEW Business and Finance Professional (BFP) is a new ICAEW designation to help you upskill your employees and recognise their achievements and professionalism.

By combining the technical knowledge gained through ICAEW CFAB with relevant work experience and an understanding of ethics, the designation recognises professionals and supports them in their continuous development. BFP holders also have access to ICAEW helplines and resources, and adhere to an internationally recognised code of ethics. 

Who is it for?

There are no minimum academic entry requirements, so BFP is suitable for:

  • Employees with accountancy or finance experience, but no relevant qualification
  • Individuals who are partly qualified with other professional bodies such as AAT or ACCA
  • ICAEW CFAB students or ICAEW CFAB holders
  • Staff not working in finance or accountancy, but who want to gain essential business and finance knowledge

What’s involved?

To gain the BFP designation, individuals complete the six modules of ICAEW CFAB, the ICAEW ethics learning programme and12 months’ of work experience in a business and/or finance environment.

Why is it a good option?

  • No academic requirements, so open to all employees
  • BFP designation allows you to recognise your employees for their professionalism, ethical understanding and commitment to their continuous development
  • Can be completed in a year (or longer if more convenient)
  • Flexible study allows for learning in own time and around busy times in the office
  • All exams are online and can be taken at any time, in any order
  • Credit for prior learning is available for up to five modules for those with previous relevant qualifications
  • It’s a respected standalone qualification that also serves as a stepping stone to the ACA qualification

Pathways route

If you have experienced and fully qualified members from certain professional bodies already working in your organisation, then they may be eligible to apply for ICAEW membership based on their experience. Individuals complete an Examination of Experience at home in their own time and submit this by the relevant deadline with the required evidence of their past achievements. The Examination of Experience assesses their professional judgement, planning and analytical skills, ethical awareness, quality of thought and  awareness of current and technical issues. It is an ideal route for senior professionals.

Reciprocal arrangements

Members of some professional bodies may be eligible to gain ICAEW membership based on reciprocal agreements or advanced credit arrangements.