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.
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.
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 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.
ACCA and Oxford Brookes University have worked together to develop a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Accounting, which is available exclusively to ACCA students who wish to earn a degree while studying for the ACCA certification. Students in Brazil can obtain this degree through SHP Financial Training.
There are many benefits to completing the course, the main one being a degree and a professional accounting certification are a powerful combination of certifications to have, putting you in demand with employers and increasing your career prospects.
Enroll at Oxford Brookes University BEFORE you pass any of the Financial Reporting (FR), Auditing and Assurance (AA) or Financial Management (FM) exams.
Pass the ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business exams.
Distance research project. SHP Financial Training provides mentoring for the research project.
To be awarded the Oxford Brookes BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting you must:
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.
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:
There are three levels of certification that can be obtained on the journey to becoming ACCA qualified:
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.
Students may receive exemptions from some exams depending on their academic background, which will decrease the number of hours needed to complete the program.
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:
The course includes everything you need to pass the exam at no additional cost.
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).