ACCA Vs CA. What’s The Difference?

January 31, 2020

Before going to ACCA vs CA discussion, let’s have an introduction about ACCA and CA.ACCA stands for Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a globally recognized qualification spreading over 180 countries, the world’s leading professional accounting body which set up in London 1904.

What is ACCA?

ACCA has more than 5,00,000 students throughout the world.  It mainly focuses on the excellence of the Accounting and Finance profession giving their students additional knowledge of UK GAAP, their Laws, and IFRS and this is the main advantage of doing ACCA.

After pursuing ACCA, one can start his career with some MNC or a local firm handling overseas and local clients. They can opt for various career options like Finance, Taxation, business consultants, Audits, Bankings and many more. Some countries which highly recognize the ACCA qualification are Australia, Ireland, the UK, Canada, and many others.

What is CA?

CA stands for Chartered Accountancy, one of the most sought and rewarding career options among the commerce students. Chartered Accountants mainly focus on Audit as their main profession. 

They are treated as an expert in various domains starting from accounting, auditing to finance, taxation, corporate laws, etc. The career options after becoming a Chartered Accountant are countless. They can join an Audit firm, or Local or Multinational Company as an Internal Auditor,  or can join some foreign or local banks to guide them in their financial and legal matters or start your own practice.

In Nepal, the profession of Chartered Accountancy is regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nepal (ICAN) which was established by parliament under the Chartered Accountants Act, 1997. After completion of three levels of examination (CAP I, CAP II, and CAP III) with three years of articleship training under a qualified CA, one can get the membership of ICAN and with the Certificate of Practice (COP), one can practice as a professional accountant. 

What is the difference between ACCA and CA ( ACCA vs CA )?

Which one is better? Which is more flexible? If you are confused between ACCA and CA and the above questions are bothering you, then you should not miss reading this. 

11 Common Difference between ACCA and CA:

S.NoPoint of DifferenceACCA in NepalCA in Nepal
1.RecognitionRecognized in more than 180 countriesRecognized in Nepal and some other countries where ICAN has MOUs 
2.Established year1904, one of the oldest professional accounting bodies1997
3.Regulating bodyACCA UKICAN
4.DemandsEqually demanded by govt & private organisations, MNCs, firms, etcEqually demanded by govt & private organisations, MNCs, firms, etc
5.Practice in NepalNeed to pass some ICAN papers and fulfill articleship requirementsICAN members can directly go for practice in Nepal
6.Accounting standardsFocuses on IFRS (International Financial reporting standards). Gives additional knowledge internationally accepted accounting practices & GAAP (Generally accepted accounting practice)Focuses on Nepal Accounting standards. Recently it has started to work on NFRS (Nepal financial reporting standards)
6.Flexible study optionsVery flexible. one can attempt a single paper at a timeOne has to attempt at least one group at a time.
7.Pass percentage40% – 50%4% – 5%
8.No. of papers13 papers20 papers
9.Entry requirements+2, Bachelors, Masters+2, Bachelors, Masters
10.Articleship required3 years3 years
11.Average Salary rangeSimilar Similar


Both ACCA and CA are popular choices in the market. Both courses are based on quality, learning approaches and highly respected. To decide which qualification fits more, one can visit local offices and colleges or go through the official website of ACCA and ICAN.

Official website of ACCA:

Official website of ICAN:


You can even visit one of the leading ACCA College in Nepal, Seed Financial Academy, to have the actual figure of these professional qualifications.