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ACA training in Greece

Graduates, school leavers and those with other professional qualifications or experience (such as ACCA or SOEL) can study for the ACA in Greece. The minimum academic entry requirement for students is two A levels and three GCSEs or the international equivalent

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What is ICAEW?

ICAEW is the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. We were founded in 1880 and support more than 147,000 ICAEW Chartered Accountants in 155 countries around the world.

Our members work in organisations in every industry and are on the boards of 78% of FTSE 100 companies. Our ACA qualification is recognised internationally and required by many finance and accountancy firms.

What we do:

  • Ensure the highest professional standards.
  • Promote, develop and support ICAEW Chartered Accountants.
  • Share expertise to advance the accountancy and finance profession.

Tuition providers

A number of providers offer ACA tuition in a variety of delivery methods around the world and online.

Read a full list of ACA tuition providers

Costs of studying the ACA

There are a number of fees associated with completing the ACA and qualifying as a ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Read a breakdown of the costs 

How is the ACA structured?

Alongside the study routes offered in conjunction with SOEL - the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Greece - (see below), full ACA training is available in Greece.

This combines four essential elements: 

  1. exams,
  2. practical work experience,
  3. professional development and
  4. ethics and professional scepticism.

Together, these four elements give you the expertise and added-value skills that help define a chartered accountant. You must successfully complete all four elements to complete the ACA qualification and become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.


All exams are held in Greece. Exams must be pre-booked and details of the exam venue will be sent to you approximately two weeks before the examination date.

Credit for prior learning 

If you hold an accounting or business related degree or a professional accountancy qualification you may be eligible to exemption from some of the ACA exams.

SOEL members, for example, can claim credits for prior learning for 11 of the 15 ACA modules.

Individuals in the process of qualifying as SOEL members or via the SOEL-ACCA Joint Examination Scheme can also register as an ACA student and apply for credit for prior learning based on ACCA exemptions.

Check our credit directory to see if you can apply for credit for some of the exam modules.

Currently, credits awarded to students for ACA papers against SOEL or ACCA papers, are awarded free of charge.

Read more about applying for credits

SOEL membership for ICAEW ACA students

ACA students are not required to take the ACA Certificate Level Law and Principles of Taxation modules or the Professional Level Business Planning: Taxation and Tax Compliance modules.  Instead you would need to study and successfully complete the equivalent SOEL tax and law modules.

ACA students working in practice in Greece after graduating from university or higher technical institute, who want to achieve SOEL membership, may also be eligible for additional SOEL credits

Contact SOEL to find out more.


average annual earnings of ICAEW Chartered Accountants in Europe*

* Source: ICAEW salary survey 2015


ICAEW and SOEL have launched an Accredited Membership Programme (AMP) which enables students to study and qualify as ICAEW Chartered Accountants and become members of both bodies. The AMP allows students to study Greek tax and law instead of UK tax and law.

Existing SOEL members wanting to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant are exempt from completing the practical elements of the ACA qualification and can claim credits for prior learning covering 11 of the 15 exam modules.

Download SOEL-ACA brochure

More information

If you have any questions regarding your application, ICAEW’s student support helpline will be able to help you:

Student Support Team
+44 (0)1908 248 250


ICAEW is involved with events all over the world to share experiences of what a career in chartered accountancy offers and to provide advice on the different routes available to qualify.

Find an event near you

Are you a member of another professional body?

If you are a member of another professional accountancy body you may be able to join ICAEW through one of its reciprocal agreements.

Training internationally

If you want to train for the ACA in another country, you must ensure you are entitled to work in that country. It is your responsibility to understand what work visa you need and how to secure one. ICAEW cannot support you in this process, but your potential employer might be able to offer advice.