ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

ACCA was founded in 1904 and is the fastest growing global body of professional accountants in the world, helping people across the globe to become successful finance professionals. ACCA is one of the most widely recognised international certifiers for finance and controlling professionals, with more than 200 thousand members and 500,000 students around the world.

What is the ACCA Qualification?

The ACCA qualification is a graduate program (taught in English) equivalent to a UK master’s degree and is recognised in 181 countries, including: United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Malaysia, Portugal, and Singapore. Students can also obtain a master’s degree from the University of London in addition to the ACCA qualification by completing an additional research project.

Professional and Academic Recognition

The ACCA qualification is a hard thing to achieve. Holders of the qualification are recognized in business for their technical proficiency. ACCA Members have privileged status in law and ACCA certifications are formally recognised by UK, European and other academic regulators and national accounting bodies.

ACCA is one of five internationally recognised accounting qualifications.

Under Section 389 of the UK Companies Act 1985, a person is not qualified for appointment as auditor of a company unless a member of:

(a) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW),
(b) the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS),
(c) the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA),
(d) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI).

Click here to see the UK qualification framework recognition.

The equivalent qualification in the United States is the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. Most States require the CPA to provide attestation (including auditing) opinions on financial statements.

Academically, the study required for achieving full ACCA qualification is assessed at 5,100 Notional Training Hours. The ACCA Advanced diploma in Accounting and Business is recognized by UK and European Academic Registration Boards as equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree (BSc.) and the ACCA Strategic Professional­­ Certificate is recognized as equivalent to a Master’s Degree (MSc.). Because ACCA receives academic as well as professional recognition, you can also obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Oxford Brookes University and a Master of Science degree from the University of London in synergy with your ACCA qualification.

The academic synergy and contractual partnership between ACCA and the universities greatly reduces the time and cost of obtaining these degrees. So, if you are thinking of studying for a Bachelor´s degree in accounting, or a Master’s degree, this programme could be perfect for you!

The programme

The programme contains 13 rigorous exams in the English language, divided into three successive levels, ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business, ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business, and ACCA Strategic Professional. The exams cover business and technology, performance management, financial reporting, business law, audit and assurance, taxation and financial management, and allow students to earn the Bachelor of Science (Hons) Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, as well as the Master of Science Professional Accountancy at the University of London, in addition to ACCA Qualification.

Target Audience

Finance and accounting professionals who aim to take leadership positions in large / multinational organisations. All types of business need professionals who understand finance and accounting, talented people who can help make the business a success. The ACCA Qualification provides the skills and knowledge relevant to any area, allowing you to choose your career direction.

ACCA Job Profiles
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SHP Financial Training is the only ACCA Gold Learning Partner in Brazil and offers online preparatory courses for ACCA exams. Classes are taught in English.


The best thing was to find SHP Financial Training in Brazil. They helped me with my registration and were always helpful with my questions. I am very excited to start my studies for ACCA, I am sure it will help me find the best job ever.” Xaiane Jaensen, ACCA student

Kieran McManus, Partner, Capital Markets, PwC Brasil, talks about the benefits of the ACCA programme:

ACCA Journey

There are three levels of certification that can be obtained on the journey to becoming ACCA qualified:

Course Duration

The total duration of the program, including all three levels, is 5,100 notional hours of learning, including hours of classroom learning, home study, on-the-job learning (professional experience), exam preparation time and exam time.

Exam Exemptions

Students may receive exemptions from some exams depending on their academic background, which will decrease the number of hours needed to complete the program.

ACCA Exemptions Calculator.

If you have an accounting or finance degree you should receive exemptions from the first 3 or 4 of the 13 exams. Graduates of degree courses accredited by ACCA may be eligible for additional exemptions as follows:

Teaching Methodology

  • Learn – interactive teaching classes focused on applying knowledge to exercises.
  • Practice – question and exam technique guidance.
  • Consolidate – progress tests and a practice exams with mentoring and debrief classes.

Resources and Support provided to students

The course includes everything you need to pass the exam at no additional cost.

  • Pass guarantee – we aim for you to pass the exam first time, but if you don’t, you will continue to have access to the resources and support until you pass.
  • Home Study Plan, an excel spreadsheet which should be used as a guide to navigate the study material that you have at your disposal and keep track of your progress. The file has several tabs and includes the pre-course work to be done before the course starts.
  • Question surgery by WhatsApp and in live classes.
  • Live mentoring classes.
  • On Demand Learning Lectures.
  • On Demand Practice Lectures.
  • Progress Tests throughout the course.
  • Bank of Questions.
  • Simulation exams.
  • Free ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business classes. If you are in the ACCA Advanced Diploma phase and you feel you need additional support with your English and/or basic technical knowledge (Business and Technology, Management Accounting and Financial Accounting), we offer the option to join our ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business classes at no additional cost.
  • Administrative Support with student registration (discounted exemption fees also provided), exam bookings, annual subscription, student renewal fees, other ACCA administration issues.
  • Student Welfare Officer.
  • Career guidance (offered to all students and alumni).
Where we are

Covid-19 Pandemic Update – our face-to-face classes are currently being replaced by live online classes until further notice. We would like to thank all of our students for their flexibility as we react to this new reality, it is much appreciated. Recordings are available in case students miss a class.

Location for face-to-face classes: FECAP University, Avenida da Liberdade, 532, São Paulo, SP – Brazil – CEP: 01502-001 or on site (in-company).

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