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ACA Training in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Anyone is eligible to study the ACA in Saudi Arabia , whether you are a school-leaver, a graduate, a member or affiliate of another professional body (such as ACCA, ICAI, ICAP, SOCPA).


Who are we?

ICAEW is the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Founded in 1880, we support more than 150,000 ICAEW Chartered Accountants in 155 countries. Our members have successfully completed our qualification, the ACA.

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The ACA qualification

The ACA equips you with in-depth knowledge across finance, accountancy and business and is recognised by employers around the world. Our members hold influential positions  across the globe.

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Join us from SOCPA

It is also possible for ICAEW members to become SOCPA members. In order to do this, you need to meet the eligibility requirements laid out in SOCPA's General Rules. For details on this, please contact Firdous Sait.

To join ICAEW from SOCPA please follow these steps:

  1. Register as an ICAEW student online. You will need to submit a copy of your SOCPA membership certificate translated into English by a certified translator and a one-off registration fee.
  2. Enter into a three-year training agreement with an authorised training employer.
  3. Pass 11 accountancy, finance and business exams. Tuition is available through ICAEW Partners in Learning.
  4. Complete all membership requirements and apply for ICAEW membership.
ICAEW Certificate in Finance Accounting and Business progression to the ACA qualification


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.

There are a number of entry routes to the ACA programme, ICAEW CFAB being a popular choice, and while the minimum academic entry requirement is two A-levels, or the international equivalent, you don’t need a background in business or finance.


average annual earnings of ICAEW members in the Middle East*

* Source: ICAEW salary survey 2015

The ACA qualification

In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 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 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia please contact Mohammad Ayoub.

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.

Read a breakdown of the costs

Join us from another professional body

As a student there are exemptions available for up to 12 of the 15 ACA exams and these can be claimed by applying for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL).

As a member of another professional accountancy body, you may be eligible to join us through one of our 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.