Is ACCA recognized in India

The Smart Accountant's Path to Global Recognition

The size of the ACCA global family and network is astounding - 198,000 members in 181 countries. In addition, with around 486,000 additional students currently in various stages of certification, this number is expected to increase significantly in the coming years.

The reason the ACCA and other such accounting certifications have grown in popularity is because they provide holders with global access to employers. This is useful not only when someone wants to move abroad, but also when they decide to work for an international employer in a third country. What makes ACCA even more valuable is their focus on becoming a truly global standard, and their considerable efforts in that direction.

Here is a quick selection of what an ACCA owner can expect when working in just a few of the world's major economic regions.


The EU directives on the recognition of professional qualifications include the mutual recognition of professional qualifications that require a university degree or equivalent. This means that ACCA-certified accountants can work in all 28 EU member states as well as in other countries that have adopted these guidelines, in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Therefore, a holder of the ACCA certification can practice as an accountant in these countries and describe himself under the legally protected term “Chartered Certified Accountant”.

North America

The local CPA (Certified Public Accountant) designation is surprisingly the most popular in the United States. However, this does not mean that candidates with a CMA or ACCA certification cannot find work in North America. In fact, these certifications are the second and third most popular accounting qualifications found on finance-focused résumés in the United States. There are individuals with ACCA designations who work in many sectors in North America - accounting / finance, consulting, investment / corporate banking, M&A, asset management, and even IT and operations.

The US has a lot of specialized qualifications like a Certified Treasury Professional or Certificate in Credit Exam or a Certified Information Systems Auditor and dozens of others like these. Such certifications can be used to widen any skill or knowledge gap, but your basic ACCA certification would still serve you well.

middle East

Almost all European accreditations would find wide acceptance in most of the Middle East countries. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing regions for ACCA membership and a focus area. Many of the local qualifications, like the fairly new UAE Chartered Accountant, have been built in close partnership with ACCA.

Gulf Cooperation Council countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain are focused on increasing the economic contribution of the financial sector, which has resulted in quite a large demand for skilled finance and accounting professions.

Work all over the world

The ACCA is different from most other qualifications because it seeks to become a globally recognized standard in the profession. Its membership base is geographically diversified and its focus on certain key values ​​like ethics and corporate governance, in addition to technical courses, makes them even more valuable in today's risk averse world.

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