The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

We`re the world`s most forward-thinking professional accountancy body. We believe that accountancy is vital for economies to grow and prosper, which is why we work all over the world to build the profession and make society fairer and more transparent. We have more than 208,000 fully qualified members and 503,000 students worldwide. They`re among the world’s best-qualified and most highly sought-after accountants - and they work in every sector you can imagine. Organisations know and trust our designation. We`re out there every day, connecting with businesses large and small, governments, educational establishments and opinion formers. We`re on top of emerging trends, legislation and legal requirements, helping to shape them. Because of all this, we’re able to create the innovative, strategic-thinking accountants our fast-changing world needs.

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The Adelphi 1-11 John Adam Street , London , WC2N 6AU United Kingdom
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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Banking & Finance / Insurance / Legal
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Our mission and values

Our mission
ACCA's mission is to be a global leader in the profession by:

  • providing opportunity and open access to people of ability wherever they are in the world
  • supporting and promoting the highest ethical, governance and professional standards
  • advancing the public interest.

Our core values
Since our inception, we have held a set of core values which still drive us today, giving ACCA its distinctive character and defining our approach to the global profession.

Opportunity
We provide opportunity, free from artificial barriers, to people around the world - whether our students, members or employees – and we support them in their careers.

Diversity
We respect and value difference, embracing diversity in our people and our output.

Innovation
We create new and unexpected possibilities, providing innovative solutions for the future.

Accountability
We accept individual and corporate responsibility for our actions, working together to deliver quality services and to promote the best interest of our stakeholders.

Integrity
We act ethically and work in the public interest, treating people fairly and honestly and we encourage the same from others.

We've built partnerships throughout our history - they’re central to our ability to deliver our qualifications and services internationally.

Through our global network, students can study for the ACCA Qualification all over the world.

We have 17 joint exam partnerships with national accountancy bodies around the world that allows their trainees to qualify using the ACCA Qualification structure. And we're working with accountancy bodies in Cyprus, Malawi, Botswana and Zambia to establish joint continuing professional development programmes.

We also have more than 80 global partnerships with accountancy bodies, universities and international donor communities.

Our partnerships allow our members to work internationally, complying with regulation in marketplaces worldwide.

Find out more about our partners.

Our reputation and recognition

We're leading the way in the accountancy profession. Our expertise is widely recognised, and our input and opinion is sought by governments, professional bodies, academic institutions, employers and the media, worldwide.

Our qualifications are the gold standard in accountancy, opening doors to highly respected, interesting work in any sector. And our professional ACCA Qualification has been officially benchmarked to Master's level. This means our members can benefit from academic credit, and sometimes even public funding, if they want to further their studies.

Employers know they can expect a high global standard from our professionals. We've had audit recognition in the UK since the 1930s and our partnerships allow our members to work internationally, complying with regulation in marketplaces worldwide. This makes them even more valuable to the businesses in which they, or their clients, work.

In 1974, we received our UK Royal Charter, recognising the excellent quality of our core qualification.

Because we're here, accountancy is a profession that works to the very highest standards and improves the societies where it's present.

What's more, because we're here, accountancy is a profession that anyone with drive and talent can join.

Delivering member value

Our members are trained to think critically and strategically. They are leaders in the organisations they work in all over the world, helping them to grow and prosper in an ethical, responsible way. They have the highest professional values and ethics that our brand reputation relies on. 

We invest in development programmes to keep our members at the top of their game. Those who carry the ACCA and FCCA designations share a commitment to behaving ethically and to maintaining their professional competence. Our research and insight makes sure they stay at the cutting edge of the profession. And we regulate our members, so employers know they’re working to internationally recognised standards.

Our qualifications

For members, our qualifications open doors to satisfying, strategic work all over the world. For employers, they're the hallmark of the strategic professionals they need to grow businesses and organisations.

At the heart of all the qualifications we offer is the ACCA Qualification. It delivers the cross-sector accounting and finance knowledge, skills and professional and ethical values needed in all organisations and every industry.

And because we know that flexibility is vital in the modern business world, we also add value with our suite of qualifications for the whole finance function. Developed by working closely with employers, they help to grow skills in specialist areas that businesses are looking for and need.  

Defining the future

We've created an international network including members, employers, academics and opinion formers. We tap into their insight and experience to identify and explore global trends and issues for business, economics, society and the profession as a whole. This allows us to create the accountant that our fast-changing world needs, and gives us insight that we share outside of our organisation.

Building our profession

We shape public policy, as well as demonstrating thought leadership in education, training and ethics. We work at local and national levels to share our insight and advice on proposed legislation. We also play an integral role in developing International Educational Standards.

We're present in key accounting forums like the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the Confederation of Asia Pacific Accountants (CAPA), the ASEAN Federation of Accountants (AFA), the Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens (FEE) and the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA).

Find out more about how we develop the profession (PDF, 3.9MB)

Adding value to society

The accountancy profession is crucial to keeping economies stable and helping them to develop.

We actively take the ACCA Qualification into areas of the world where it's needed for economic growth. We also work on a broad range of capacity-building projects to strengthen accountancy skills and infrastructure. We promote compliance with international standards across the world.

And we use our voice on both regional and global accounting forums to shape and strengthen our profession, now and for the future.

Protecting the public interest

At the heart of what we do is the belief that the accountancy profession can make the societies we live in fairer and more transparent. Through our collaborations with governments, employers, the international donor community and other bodies, we work together to boost trade, grow the investment climate, and make sure accountants all over the world are working to the same high international standards. 

Our partnerships

We've built partnerships throughout our history - they’re central to our ability to deliver our qualifications and services internationally.

Through our global network, students can study for the ACCA Qualification all over the world.

We have 16 joint exam partnerships with national accountancy bodies around the world that allows their trainees to qualify using the ACCA Qualification structure. And we're working with accountancy bodies in Cyprus, Malawi, Botswana and Zambia to establish joint continuing professional development programmes.

We also have more than 80 global partnerships with accountancy bodies, universities and international donor communities.

Our partnerships allow our members to work internationally, complying with regulation in marketplaces worldwide.