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List of Qualifications ACCA Provides

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global professional accounting body offering a wide range of qualifications. ACCA has been constantly updating itself and introducing industry-relevant qualifications which certainly adds milestones in the career of accounting and finance aspirants and professionals irrespective of their levels.

Here is the list of qualifications that ACCA offers:

1. ACCA qualification

The ACCA qualification is the main qualification that ACCA provides. It is one of the most sought-after qualifications in the UK and all over the world which provides the most up-to-date skills you need to become a finance and accounting professional. The qualification has its presence in over 180 countries and the demand for ACCAs only seems to be growing in the corporate world.

Entry requirement:   10 +2/ A levels or equivalent in any field.

Duration:  3-4 years on average.

Achieving the qualification:

Pass 13 papers and Practical Experience Requirement (PER) of 3 years. However, you make get exemptions based on the prior acca qualification.

The qualification is divided into 3 levels:

Applied Knowledge Level: 3 papers

Applied Skills Level: 6 papers

Strategic Professional Level: 4 papers

After completion of the applied skills level, students are eligible for the “Ethics & Professional Skills Module (EPSM)”. This module prepares the student for a professional level and also provides the student with an advanced diploma certification.

2. Foundation Level qualifications:

The Foundation-level consists of the following seven acca qualifications:

  1. ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting.
  2. ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting.
  3. ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business.
  4. ACCA Certificate in Audit.
  5. ACCA Certificate in Taxation.
  6. ACCA Certificate in Financial Management.

Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification.

Also, you can get enrolled in Knowledge level once you complete the foundation level papers and continue the ACCA qualification normally.

After completion of the knowledge level, you can also get the diploma certificate by completing the online, interactive module – “Foundations in Professionalism”.

3.Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification

This is a technician-level  offered by ACCA qualification.

Achieving the qualification:

  • Complete the foundations level qualification & “Foundations on Professionalism” module.
  • Complete two additional specialist exams.

One year’s relevant practical experience in the accounting field.

 4. Oxford Brookes BSc Degree

ACCA students can use the knowledge and skills from their professional qualifications to gain a university bachelor’s degree from Oxford Brookes University.

Entry Requirement:

  • Registered ACCA Student and have opted-in to the BSc Degree Scheme.
  • Completed Applied Skills level.

Achieving the qualification:

  • Complete Applied Skills Level,
  • Pass the Oxford Brookes University Research & Analysis Project
  • Complete ACCA Ethics and Professional Skills Module (EPSM)


Degree must be completed within 10 years of the earliest date of your first examination pass or the date of first ACCA exemption being granted, otherwise, the eligibility is withdrawn.

 5. University of London MSc in Professional Accountancy

The MSc in Professional Accountancy is the integrated master’s programme with ACCA at the professional level. The design of this master’s degree has been customized with pathways for ACCA students, affiliates, and members, providing them with a unique opportunity for career advancement.


  • Complete the MSc in under a year or take longer( up to max. 5 years) if that’s more convenient.
  • Each module and the Strategic Financial Project are studied over a 22-week session, requiring an average of 12 hours of study per week.

Achieving the ACCA qualification:

  • PGCert: you must be a current ACCA student with passes in all Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers.
  • Pathway 1:you must be a current ACCA student with passes in all nine Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers and the two Strategic Professional Essentials (SBL and SBR).
  • Pathway 2:you must be a current ACCA Member or Affiliate, with passes in all nine Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers, the two Strategic Professional Essentials (SBL and SBR), and two Strategic Professional options from AFM, APM, ATX, and AAA.

In addition to ACCA essential professional papers, you need to study additional few modules to complete the MSc alongside ACCA qualification.

6. Oxford Brookes Global MBA

The Oxford Brookes Global MBA is a flexible MBA programme where you can choose to study online where you can choose to study your MBA online or during teaching weeks on campus or a mixture of both, all this without compromising on the quality.

Entry requirement:

  • Be an ACCA member (ACCA students and affiliates are not eligible)
  • Have a minimum of three years’ professional/managerial work experience.

Duration: 2.5 years (approx.)

 7. Certificate in Digital Innovation for Finance (CertDIF)

The ACCA Certificate in Digital Innovation for Finance is aimed at accountancy, finance, business and advisory professionals who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and awareness of Innovations in digital technology and its impact on the finance professional. It focuses on merging technologies, future disruptors and digital transformation.

Entry requirement: No prior knowledge is required.

Duration: 20 hours

8. Certificate in International Financial Reporting (CertIFR)

It is designed for professional accountants and auditors qualified in their national accounting standards who need to update their skills to meet the challenges involved in adopting and implementing IFRS in their workplace. An educational or vocational background in financial reporting is recommended before starting the Cert IFR. This course also benefits ACCA members who gained their qualifications before the introduction of IFRS. For ACCA members whose qualifications are already based on IFRS, the Cert IFR is an opportunity to update their IFRS knowledge for recent IASB publications.

Achieving the certification:

Completion of one online multiple-choice assessment.

Eligibility: No prior knowledge required, however, an educational or vocational background in financial reporting is recommended before starting the Cert IFR

Duration: Average of 20 hours.

9. Diploma in International Financial Reporting. (DipIFR)

The course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards. It attempts to explain the IASB’s Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting and make candidates able to apply relevant financial reporting standards, disclosures and prepare group financial statements.


Professional accountants and auditors working in practice and industry and qualified in national accounting standards are eligible to take the acca qualification.

Practitioners not yet qualified, but who can verify at least one of the following are also eligible:

  • Membership of an Accountancy Professional body
  • A relevant degree qualifying 4 exemptions (Applied knowledge level and Law paper) plus two years of relevant work experience.
  • Three years of relevant work experience

 10. ACCA Affiliate: ACCA Diploma in Financial Management, DipFM (or Certified Diploma in  Accounting & Finance)

This certification has been designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the way organizations finance their operations, planning and controlling cash, optimizing the use of working capital, and allocating resources to capital expenditure projects.

Entry requirement:

The minimum entry requirement for the DipFM is a recognized degree, higher national certificate/diploma, or a non-accounting professional qualification (for example a law qualification).

If you do not hold any of these qualifications, you may be admitted to the program based on your work experience. In such a situation you would need:

  • An employer’s reference stating that the DipFM would be relevant to your work; or
  • If you are self-employed, a reference from an accountant, solicitor or bank manager

Achieving the certification:

Completion of exam and project-based Assessment Modules.

Duration: There is no time limit to completing the Diploma.

11. Certificate in International Auditing (CertIA)

The certification is designed for professional accountants and auditors working in an audit or seeking to make a move into audit practice. It benefits ACCA members who qualified before the clarified ISAs were introduced on for members who wish to ensure that their audit knowledge is up to date with all the relevant IAASB publications.

Eligibility: No prior knowledge required, however, an educational or vocational background in auditing is recommended before commencing CertIA.

Achieving the qualification: Completion of an online multiple-choice assessment

Duration: Average of 25 hours.

12. Certificate in International Public Sector

The qualification is designed for professional accountants and auditors qualified in national accounting standards or International Financial Reporting Standards.

The module is written as an introduction to IPSAS, on the assumption that the reader knows a reasonable or has sufficient experience of accounting and financial reporting.

Eligibility:No prior knowledge required, however, an educational or vocational background in accounting and financial reporting is recommended.

Achieving the qualification:

Completion of an online multiple-choice assessment.

Duration: Average of 20 hours.

13. Certificate in Public Financial Management (Cert PFM)

It has been prepared for new entrants to the public sector, staff with practical experience but without formal professional qualifications or professional accountants moving into the public sector from the corporate sector or professional practice.

Eligibility: No prior knowledge required, however, an educational or vocational background in the relevant finance field is recommended.

Achieving the qualification:

Completion of an online multiple-choice assessment.

Duration: Average of 40 hours.

14. Certificate in Business valuations

The course is designed to help you understand how to apply the principles of business valuation. Primarily the course is aimed at people who already have a professional accountancy qualification and will to develop their skills in Business Valuations. No prior knowledge is required, however, an educational or vocational background in the relevant finance field is recommended. The certification can be gained after the successful completion of an online multiple-choice assessment.

15. Advanced Diploma in Finance and Business (Russian)

It is equivalent to the ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business.  It provides an opportunity for native-speaking students based in 12 countries to develop a broad financial and practical skillset, achieving an internationally recognized accountancy qualification benchmarked at a Bachelor’s degree.


Students must hold qualifications that would exempt them from the Applied Knowledge exams of the ACCA Qualification to be accepted onto this qualification.

Achieving the qualification:

Complete Up to 6 papers, depending on exemptions plus Professional Ethics Module.

Duration: 18 months on average.

How to choose the best ACCA college in Nepal?

Many of us battle to pick a correct career path after 10+2. This is generally because until high school we don’t generally think about our career/interests and even if we did, with so many choices available we get unsure about ourselves. Once the high school studies are over, we start planning on what we want to do with our careers. This is a big life decision as a college degree helps decide what we do in our life. Thus, it is important to consider the qualification that is relevant, well-recognized globally, and in high demand which empowers you with 21st-century skills. So how do you choose the ideal best Acca college in Nepal for you with many options available?

Best college to study acca

One of the worthy choices accessible is to become a Professional Accountant with ACCA (The world’s most forward-looking professional accounting bodies in the world).

The ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is a global professional body providing profoundly respected and valued international qualifications in accountancy, finance, and business. ACCA is the largest and fastest-growing international accountancy body, with over 486,000 students and 200,000 members in 179 countries. The qualification is so much lucrative because the skill sets it offers through the highly relevant and updated syllabus is in growing global demand which equally applies to Nepal. In other words, there is a huge scope of ACCA in Nepal and abroad.

Now if you have chosen or thought of pursuing ACCA as a career, you will inherently have confusion on choosing the right college. Here is the important list of things you should consider as your criteria for choosing the ACCA college in Nepal to complete your professional studies and shape a beautiful career in accountancy and finance.

Is the College in Nepal approved by relevant Authorities?

The first and foremost criteria to consider is whether the College has been approved by relevant authorities in Nepal. Prior, the Ministry of Education used to grant such approval but now, it comes under the authority of the provincial government to grant these approvals. This approval guarantees you that the college is genuine and can be relied upon since there have been cases in the past where colleges have been shut down by authorities leaving hundreds of students stranded. This approval also assures you that the college has been registered and paying applicable taxes to the government. You can demand the respective college for the approval letter just for your solace. Here is a snapshot of how the approval looks like:

Is the College a registered tuition provider approved by ACCA for Nepal?

The second most criteria to consider is whether the college is a registered tuition provider approved by ACCA. Various institutes have been running ACCA courses in Nepal without legitimate approval from ACCA. They have been operating merely without proper physical infrastructure and reasonable assurance about the quality of education. The list of colleges approved by ACCA can be found on the ACCA website

Physical Infrastructure

The physical infrastructure of a college plays a pivotal role in the learning and development process. The colleges need to have a better physical infrastructure with advanced libraries, parking areas, computer lab, digitally equipped classrooms to provide a state-of-art learning environment. You must look at the classroom learning environment as this is where you will spend most of the time at the college. Make sure the learning environment is good and common spaces and study areas are adequate. The best way to find out is to take a college tour during your visit and reach out to college officials with any follow-up questions.

Pass rates

Pass rates are one of the most important indicators of how good an ACCA College and high pass rate assure the good quality of education. You may make an enquiry about previous pass rates for different ACCA papers with the college along with official evidence substantiating the same. Further, you may compare the pass rates of the college with Global pass rates from the official website of ACCA.
Alternatively, the number of Nepal rank holders and World Rank Holders produced by different colleges for various ACCA papers can be looked at to get an idea about the quality of learning. It is preferable to look at the current statistics since the more recent the rank holders are produced, the more relevant it is to identify the best college to study ACCA.
If the college fails to provide a clear representation of ‘global vs college’ pass rates or have the pass rates below the global pass rate, you should seriously reconsider the college

Management Team

The role of management starts from the first time you enter the college, i.e. when you step in to know more about the course or for admission procedures. A good management team gives you correct and proper information right from the initial stage. Do not believe in whatever you have been told, so it is best to equip yourself with enough and the right information. More information about the course can be accessed here.
Apart from the information given to you, research about the Management Team of the college and enquire about the focal point of contact and if they are qualified enough to give you proper guidance about the course and support. In a professional course, the Management Team plays an important role in guidance about how to progress with your studies and the career.

The College Faculty Team

Does the college have highly qualified Tutors, or do the Tutors seem to be amateurs?
To make sure you are getting the best possible education, you need to study with highly educated teachers that not only have experience teaching but also real-world skills. Please check the profile and teaching experience of the teachers. Sometimes it is best to get suggestions from a student who is already studying at a particular college. Also, enquire about the depth of the team and if the specialist teachers are teaching a particular paper. Avoid colleges where a number of subjects are taught by some individuals without actually being a specialist.

Learning environment and support

The learning environment, be it infrastructure-wise or support from the Management and the team of Faculties plays an important role in the overall progress of an ACCA student. As said earlier, see it for yourself if the college has adequate infrastructure like a library, study areas, availability of tutors outside the classrooms, digital support, and sound space to give students a college-like experience rather than an institute. Empirically speaking, there is a direct relationship between college infrastructure and educational performance. Therefore, you should seriously consider the support and learning environment. Get advice from seniors on support from the management and tutors on overall progression.

Fee structure and payment options

Unless you already have a large savings fund, the cost is probably an important metric for you. Some prospective students may look at pricier college, but for others, it’s important to choose a qualitative yet affordable college. It’s very important that you enquire about the total cost of the course and understand it very well. There are two components to the total cost of the course, one payment to the college as Course Fees and other the payment to ACCA as exam fees, registration costs, subscription fees etc.
You must not be fooled by colleges claiming our Fees are the lowest as sometimes they do not clearly explain to you the cost-related. They often hide the subscription fees paid to ACCA which brings down the total cost of the course by almost Rs 50,000. Also, check the payment options available, bulk fees at once (aka package-based payment) will tie you down to the same college if you are not satisfied with their quality of teaching. ACCA is a very flexible course, it is advisable to pay on instalments (paper-based payment) for the papers you are going to study so just in case if you are not satisfied you can move to a different institution without any hassle.

Learning Resources

Majority of the learning resources for an ACCA course is accessible from its official website. Many colleges provide you with just ‘Textbook and Revision Kit (Question bank) as the learning resource, which is often insufficient to pass your ACCA exams. You should enquire with the college the range of learning resources they provide to student, apart from Text-Book and Revision Kit. You should choose the college provide students with purchased exam-style simulation tests, important slides, notes and access to books of various publications without any additional charge. The more access to learning resources and learning support it is easier for you to pass your exams.

Employability and placements

If you worry about finding a job when you finish your ACCA or consider getting work experience as the course demands, i.e. 3 years of relevant work experience to qualify as a professional accountant you should consider the college you choose for your studies. A good college is where you are exposed to a great network of employers and professionals (Friends, Seniors or Tutors). You should consider the choices you have and choose the best among them to get support and relevant experience as early in your career.

Some of the colleges in Nepal have a great pool of employers connected as partners and have signed MOUs with. These colleges have excellent job placement programs, assisting their students in making the transition from student to employee, and helping them find jobs after graduation. They go as far as providing campus placement and employability skills programs. These are the colleges you must choose because they do not only limit to giving quality education but also give you the best chance of progressing with your career

Apart from these, you could also enquire about financial aid, reputation, extra-curricular activities and location. You can check the college websites and other social media handles for various information. However, the above-mentioned factors are vital and you should carefully enquire, visit and compare them before you make your final college decision.