How to Become a Chartered Accountant

Becoming a chartered accountant opens a wide range of career opportunities. Chartered accountants find work in every sector of finance and business internationally and locally and are always in constant demand. Certified chartered accountants can find work most places in the world; there are British nationals working as accountants in Kent to as far afield as New Zealand, India and beyond.

To become a chartered accountant involves the following steps, although, this is not the only possible route into the business:

  • High School – Students aiming to become accountants should study at least one mathematics subject and economics (if offered). An English A level will also be beneficial.
  • University – Students often take an Accountancy & Finance degree which equips them with the necessary skill set to work within the accountancy field.
  • Work Placement – Many university accountancy degrees include a work placement module. If your degree did not, consider seeking either a paid or unpaid work experience position.
  • ACCA – The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants takes students further in their education. Some post graduate students may have exemptions from some of the ACCA exams, dependent on whether they studied aspects of them in their graduate degree.

Other routes into chartered accountancy include the direct route:

  • The school leaver direct route means that acountancy hopefuls can train to be a chartered accountant over a five year period while simultaneously working with an ICAS certified employer

Whichever route potential accountants choose to take, their studies will equip them with the know-how and skills essential to become a chartered accountant.




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