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Finance Qualifications - The ACA

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When people set out on a career in accountancy, they need to make a big decision, namely, what qualification should I study for. Over the next few weeks, I shall look at the ACA, ACCA and CIMA qualifications and my experience from many long years of recruiting of why they differ and where each might lead.

The Association of Chartered Accountants used to be the qualification which held the most prestige amongst the three qualifications I have listed. In some respects it still does. If you have an interest in working in the City of London or one of the big accountancy firms or any firm which needs to raise joint venture capital, then an ACA qualification is an advantage from my experience. 

There are a number of ways you can study for the ACA qualification either straight from school, through an apprenticeship, after university or doing an AAT course. Further details can be found on the ACA website at

Next week, I shall be looking at the ACCA, how it differs from the ACA and CIMA qualifications and where it can lead to. 

Until then, have a great week.

Jeanette Robinson FREC (Hon)