A globally recognised professional qualification
You can certainly count on the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). It runs the globally-recognised ACA qualification. Pass, and you become an Chartered Accountant. And that gives you a global passport for a career in finance.
It has had 130+ years of training and developing accountants. Founded in 1880, today’s 147,000 members of the ICAEW operate in more than 150 countries. Its robust qualification programmes, deep technical knowledge and the wide range of top jobs held by its members, means that it is one of the premier entry points into a global profession.
The chartered status is recognised globally a high standard of excellence. “Employers and students regard our qualification as the most challenging so only the best go for it,” says Mark Protherough, executive director of professional learning and development at the ICAEW, “it is the pinnacle.”
But history alone won’t keep it pre-eminent. Like so many other British professional institutes, it has to continue to lead the way with its qualifications and professional development. Apart from its stately home - Chartered Accountants Hall - in the City of London, the institute has offices in Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. In eastern and central Europe the ICAEW is actively helping local accountancy associations to promote best practice. For the past eight years, it has had a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants to award credits toward each other’s qualification. To this day, the ICAEW is the only international institute whose members gain any exemption from CICPA’s exams.