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ACA training in UAE

If you are based in UAE you can qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant whether you are a school-leaver, a graduate, a member or affiliate of another professional body (such as ACCA, ICAI, ICAP). 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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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.

ICAEW CFAB

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.

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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.

£193,700

average annual earnings of ICAEW members in the Middle East*

* Source: ICAEW salary survey 2015

The ACA qualification

In the UAE, you can begin your journey to qualifying as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant: from school from university; through the ICAEW Emiratisation Scholarship Scheme (IESS); or as a member of another professional body.

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?

The ACA consists of four essential elements: 

  1. three to five years practical work experience;
  2. professional development;
  3. ethics and professional scepticism; and
  4. 15 accountancy, finance and business modules.

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

Tuition providers

For information on tuition providers, examination centres, and ICAEW Authorised Training Employers (ATEs) in the UAE please contact cassie.metelko@icaew.com.

Credit for prior learning

If you are a member of another professional body or a university graduate you may be eligible for credits for prior learning that can count towards your ACA.

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Costs of studying the ACA

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

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Roshan Ramesh, Independent ACA Student

Roshan RameshIndependent ACA student

Location: Dubai, UAE

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.

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