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ACA training in Malaysia

If you are based in Malaysia you can qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. Many students start their journey by studying the ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB), before going on to complete the ACA qualification.

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ICAEW CFAB is a globally-recognised qualification in finance, accounting and business. It is open to everyone and can be studied independently or via a tuition provider.

It is formed of six exam modules covering topics including assurance, law and tax. The exams can be completed in any order and are assessed via computer-based assessment at a local exam-centres. As you pass each module, ICAEW will send you a certificate of achievement.

ICAEW CFAB can be achieved in 12 months. Upon completion, you will receive your ICAEW CFAB qualification certificate. 

Read more about ICAEW CFAB

First steps to qualifying as a chartered accountant

The six exam modules which form ICAEW CFAB are also the Certificate Level exams of the ACA qualification.

After completing ICAEW CFAB you can register to study the ACA and complete the remaining nine ACA exams and additional ACA requirements to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

The ACA qualification

You can study the ACA as a university graduate. You need to have achieved at least a 2:1 in your bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an internationally recognised university. Excellent spoken and written English is also essential for applicants. If you have completed ICAEW CFAB you can progress on to the ACA, meaning you have fewer exams to sit as you have already completed the Certificate Level modules.

How is the ACA structured?

Full ACA training is available in Malaysia, combining 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.


Exams are held in Kuala Lumpur.

Credit for prior learning

Some students with an accounting or business related degree or a professional accountancy qualification may be eligible for exemption from some of the ICAEW exam modules.

  • Graduates who studied in Malaysia: Graduates in accountancy and related degrees from the University of Malaya and Multimedia University are eligible for certain credits.
  • Graduates who studied in the UK: Graduates from a range of UK university degree courses may be eligible for certain credits.
  • Graduates who studied in Australia: Graduates with degrees from Australian universities may also be eligible for certain credits depending on their study programme and if the degree is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia New Zealand (CANZ).

Check our credit directory to see your eligibility and how many credits you may be eligible to gain.

Read more about applying for credits


average annual earnings of ICAEW members in the Asia Pacific region*

* Source: ICAEW salary survey 2015

ASEAN students

If you are from one of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations it is possible to train to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in Malaysia.

ICAEW, TalentCorp Malaysia and Sunway-TES work with the following authorised training employers to give Malaysian and ASEAN students the opportunity to study and train for the ACA qualification in Malaysia:

  • BDO Malaysia
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Maybank
  • Petronas
  • PwC
  • Sunway Group
  • SJ Grant Thornton
  • UHY

Key recruitment periods:

  • February-April recruitment for employment starting in September; and
  • October/November recruitment for employment starting in January.

The Big Five firms in Malaysia hire approximately 120-150 ICAEW trainees each year, and ICAEW members hold senior and prominent positions at these firms.

More information

For more information on studying the ACA in Malaysia contact:

ICAEW Malaysia
+603 2171 6022

Alternatively, 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

Boon Hua Eyo

Boon Hua Eyo Audit Manager, AmBank (M) Berhad

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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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.