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The ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. ACCA aims to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.


Now, more than ever, you need a global qualification.


An ACCA qualification will set you apart from your peers and show potential employers that you can hit the ground running.


Members are recognised to perform the Audit Function in the UK, Europe and other foreign countries.


You will gain skills and knowledge relevant to any business, giving you the choice of which type of accountancy role and organisation you want to work for.


An ACCA qualification provides you with both technical skills as well as a strong foundation in strategy, values, ethics and governance.

Choosing to study accounting with ACCA will provide you with skills and knowledge relevant to any business, which means you are free to choose which type of accountancy role and organisation you want to work for.

There is a strong focus on professional values, ethics and governance. This is essential because the profession is moving towards strengthened codes of conduct, regulation and legislation, which is why an ACCA qualification has an increased focus on professionalism and ethics in accounting.

ACCA have a worldwide reputation for excellence and our rigorous qualifications are recognised and respected across the globe. When you complete your qualification, you become part of our diverse body of more than 219,000 members and 527,000 students in 179 countries.

The top 100 accountancy firms tend to offer salary packages that are reflective of the country in which an employee is working, in line with factors such as living expenses.

In the UK, the average salary for an ACCA trainee is currently around £19,300 per annum, while an ACCA part-qualified can expect to earn £25,800 per annum. ACCA finalists are commanding an average salary of £30,700 a year.

ACCA qualified professionals can explore roles in many industries such as Audit and Assurance, Business Development, Business Restructuring, Commercial Finance, Compliance and Risk, Consultancy and Advisory, Corporate Finance, Cyber Security and Financial Services.

The quickest way to apply for ACCA is to complete your ACCA registration online here, including uploading all your supporting documentation and making an online payment. This is their recommended application method.

If there are reasons why you cannot upload supporting documentation and/or make an online payment then you can still apply by post by completing an online application and posting supporting documentation and payment.
To complete a partial online application you will need to:

  • Complete the relevant sections of the online ACCA registration form
  • Print the .pdf at the end of the online application process and attached supporting documentation and your payment
  • Post it to the ACCA, 2 Central Quay 89 Hydepark Street Glasgow G3 8BW UK by registered post

Don’t forget to allow adequate time for postal delivery services from your home country to the UK.
You should check with your local postal delivery service first, to find out about delivery times to the UK. Or, you can view the delivery times listed below. The timings we show are only a guide. ACCA cannot take responsibility for delays in the postal system.

The minimum entry requirements which are two A Levels and three GCSEs (or their equivalent). These need to be in five separate subjects including English and Mathematics. To check if your qualifications meet the minimum entry requirements, please read the minimum entry criteria document on the exemptions enquiry database.

Graduate Entry Route

If you have a relevant degree from a university accredited by ACCA, you may be eligible to claim exemption from certain exams. You can apply for exemption from a maximum of nine exams at the Fundamental Level of the ACCA qualification. Please note that no exemptions are awarded for any of the Professional Level exams.

Even if your qualifications are not from an accredited institution, you may still be eligible to claim some exemptions. Whether you can claim any exemptions will depend on how much of the syllabus you have already covered in your previous studies.

What if I don’t meet the minimum entry requirements?

You can still join ACCA to study accounting as a student, but you will need to start your studies with the FIA (Foundations in Accountancy).

When you have completed the Diploma in Accounting and Business at the Foundation Level, you can then transfer over to the ACCA qualification. You will be able to start your studies at Paper F4, because you can claim exemption from exams F1, F2 and F3 on the basis of completing the Diploma.


Navigating your ACCA journey with IBTC is easy as one, two, three.





We have three tailored study options, giving you the flexibility to choose what works for you.

At IBTC, we are in the business of enhancing careers and enriching lives. We do this by getting you to pass first time. As an IBTC student, you have the backing of an entire team dedicated to helping you attain your CGMA designation as quickly as possible. Our student support staff are on hand to assist you with daily admin tasks and queries. Your personal tutor, or ‘IBTC Hand-holder’, will ensure that you stay motivated and keep on track – every step of the way. Our skilled lecturers are ACCA experts, who will share their years of real world knowledge and experience with you you.

To top it all off, you get the added safety net of our Pass Assured Promise.

At IBTC, we sell passes, not promises. We know we can do this by guaranteeing you a pass. We have put various steps in place, which if followed, will ensure a first time pass. In fact we are so confident that you will pass that you can come back for free if you don’t.

Online Classes

Our ACCA Online Classes have monthly start dates and runs over a period of six to eight weeks. Students get both soft and hard copy study material as well as on demand recorded lecturers, unlimited tutor access, a student forum, question practice, mock exam and our Pass Assured Promise.

Home Study Online

This is a new product introduced by IBTC. Home Study Online takes Home Study to the next level. Providing you with the flexibility to study at your own pace, where and whenever you like, but with access to recorded lectures and online question practice. No longer do you have to miss out because you’re not in class. Home Study Online brings the lecturer to you. Combined with a structured study plan, personalised tutor support and the latest BPP hardcopy study material, your first time pass is simply a step away.

Home Study

Our Home Study option includes a comprehensive study plan as well as your hard copy material, question practice, mock exam and Pass Assured Promise. Despite studying at home students have direct contact with a tutor for support and assistance ensuring that you are not alone on your ACCA journey.

Our fees include all your material so there are no hidden costs. We also offer an interest free payment plan allowing students to pay off their studies months without incurring any extra costs.

IBTC is private skills development provider that has lodged an application to be registered as a private college with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), as per the Skills Development Act (SDA) of 1998.

IBTC is an accredited tuition provider with FASSET, the SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services, according to the Further Education and Training Colleges Act 16 of 2006.

IBTC is an accredited ACCA Learning Premium Partner and offers the following ACCA courses:

  • Certificate in Business Accounting (Certificate level) (SAQA ID 24418 / NQF 5)
  • Professional Qualification: Management Accounting (SAQA ID 35957 / NQF 6)
  • Professional Qualification: Chartered Management Accountant (SAQA ID 20400 / NQF 7)

Our campuses are located in Cape Town, Sandton and Pretoria. We also offer a variety of distance learning solutions.

If you already have some qualifications you may not have to take all of the exams in the ACCA Qualification or Foundations in Accountancy awards. These are called exemptions and mean that you will start your studies at the right level for your knowledge and skill.

You should apply for exemptions when you first register as a student with ACCA – you can do this by entering your qualification details during the application process, and our database will confirm any exemptions that may be available to you.

You must send official proof of any qualifications you already have or are studying for along with your registration form so that we can assess if you are eligible for exemptions, or send in copies (not originals) along with your registration form if applying by post
When your exemptions have been awarded, you will be issued with an exemption notification and an invoice. You will need to pay an exemption fee for each paper awarded. Exemption fees are charged at the early exam entry fee. Students are charged a one-off fee for each exemption awarded to cover administration costs.

The exemptions enquiry database details all exemptions that may be available on the basis of qualifications held by students. This includes exemptions awarded to accredited programmes and exemptions awarded using our exemption framework.

Please also see the exemptions guide under the student downloads tab. This provides a short step-by-step guide to checking what exemptions you may be eligible to claim.

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