ACCA - The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
ACCA is the global body for professional accountants with 586,000 students and members in 170 countries.
With 20,000 members and students in Ireland - 50% of all professional accountancy students in Ireland are choosing to study with ACCA (Source: IAASA Annual Report 2011)
Here are some of the reasons why?
Get the skills that employers want
Career paths in the finance function are changing. As an ACCA finance professional you get the complete picture, developing skills in areas identified as key priorities by CFOs, from financial management and corporate reporting to management accounting, audit and assurance and taxation.
For individuals, broad-based finance qualifications such as ACCA help keep career doors open to pursue a wide range of finance and business careers, as well as providing insights into future career options. Having both financial and management accounting skills means that you can move between roles, industries and sectors.
Companies currently recruiting ACCA trainees include Microsoft, Dell, Kerry Group, Deloitte, Hertz...and more. http://www.acca.ie/irishgradguide/employers/
Choose your own exam timetable
ACCA offers flexible study options so you can choose yourself whether you study full-time or part-time around work. You can choose to self-study or study with a tuition provider by distance learning or face-to-face. You can also change around your study options for each exam.
ACCA offers two exam sittings each year so you can progress at your own pace and start at the right level for you.
Gain awards along the way
On the completion of each level of the ACCA exams students will be automatically awarded the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business and the ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business together with the option to complete a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting Degree that is awarded in conjunction with Oxford Brookes University in the UK.
No timing out
If you fail an exam you cannot be timed out and can repeat the exam as many times as necessary. You have 10 years in total to complete the full ACCA qualification.
Get a globally respected qualification
Our qualifications are based on international accounting standards making them globally relevant. We offer local law and tax options making your qualification locally relevant too.
So, you can choose to study and / or work in over 170 countries around the world which is great news if you are thinking of embarking on a globe trotting career, working for a multinational or even emigrating in the next couple of years, you can start your studies in one country and finish them in another.
Open entry policy with exemptions available for holders of relevant qualifications
ACCA has an open entry policy. You can start studying as an ACCA accountancy student without any prior accountancy knowledge. You do not need to be working in an accounts-related role to start the ACCA qualification.
Relevant degree holders may be exempt from up to 9 of the 14 ACCA exams. Exemptions will be confirmed as part of the ACCA online application process.
"ACCA was the obvious avenue for me to choose as it offers a global qualification with the flexibility of study at my own pace." - Grainne Coughlan, Financial Controller, CRH plc
"ACCA is a very well recognised qualification and internationally known. The global aspect of membership has always attracted me; I saw it as a huge advantage.” - Jack Gogarty, Finance Director, Coca-Cola Services
"ACCA appealed to me as a strong, internationally recognised qualification that would provide flexibility in my career options.” – Julie Spillane, Managing Director, Accenture Global Services