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What is an ACCA qualification? Click here to read our free quick guide to ACCAs.

If you’re thinking about training to become an accountant, there are various types of qualification you can opt for to jump-start your career.

A qualification from the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is one of the most popular qualifications out there, but the question is, what is an ACCA qualification?

The AACA qualification is a globally-recognised accounting accreditation awarded to you by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. This level of qualification is advisable if you are looking for a high-quality and professional accreditation to bolster your career in accounting.

Who are the ACCA?

The ACCA are one of the largest accounting bodies worldwide, and one of the fastest growing too! With high quality comes high standards – and to gain an ACCA qualification you’ll need to pass 14 out of 16 exams, as well as gain relevant work experience and demonstrate your career ethics and motivations.

The ACCA supports more than 140,000 members and 404,000 students throughout their accounting careers through a large network of offices and active centres. The ACCA’s experience spans over 100 years and the organisation is there to support its student members throughout all studying and examinations.

Here, Helen Brand, the CEO of ACCA, gives a brief explanation about the organisation.

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Where can I study for an ACCA?

There are various ways in which you can study for an ACCA qualification, beginning with the simple classroom-based study.

Part-time classroom study is ideal for you if you are currently employed or otherwise engaged and cannot spare enough time to dedicate yourself to a full-time course. There are a wide range of courses available for part-time classroom students, including learning experiences and pass & go modules.

Full-time classroom study is available to those students looking to commit themselves to a full-time course. The ACCA qualification will be taught at dedicated training centres around the country and can be tailored to suit the needs and requirements of all students (including international students).

Distance learning ACCA courses are available for students who wish to study at home in their own time, at their own pace. These courses are ideal for those who are currently employed and would like to fill their spare time with studying. While time limits do apply for these courses, you are not tied to a strict timetable, so if you don’t have time to study one night, you can still catch up on your work next time you sit down to study.

Why study for an ACCA qualification?

The ACCA has over 100 years’ experience in providing account and finance qualifications. Not only this, but the support the ACCA offers is often unrivalled elsewhere in the industry. You know that with a qualification from the ACCA, you’re in safe hands.

Can I study an ACCA online?

Of course, while there are options to attend classes and even learn at your own pace, there is an option to learn online too.

Live online training is available to students who would prefer to learn over the internet in a ‘virtual’ classroom. These sessions are ideal for students who aren’t able to attend classroom sessions for various reasons, but would still like to gain a qualification delivered by professionals.

As you can see, there are many ways in which you can study towards your ACCA qualification – and the right one for you will depend on your circumstances and requirements (amongst other things).

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