ACA Qualification

The ACA is a qualification awarded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and stands for Association of Chartered Accountants. It is known as the highest level of accountancy qualification and is recognized worldwide.

Its integrated components provide you with an in-depth understanding across accountancy, finance and business. Combined, they help build the technical knowledge, professional skills and practical experience needed to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. More than 2,850 employers are authorised to provide training by the ICAEW, with around 6,000 training vacancies open each year.

In Mauritius, there are around 40 authorised training employers, 250 ICAEW members and nearly 200 students studying towards the ACA qualification.

The ACA qualification typically takes three years to complete, though it can take up to five years (generally the maximum length of a training contract). Graduates will often find that the qualification comes as part of finance-related graduate schemes in various firms, though this is not the only route in. Students with good A-level results can also start studying the ACA through the direct school entry route. There are essentially four parts to attaining the qualification:

  • 15 ACA modules
  • Practical work experience (3–5 years)
  • Professional development
  • Ethics/professional scepticism training.

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