Choosing an Accountancy qualification
The visitors to the MA blog have search words CA vs CIMA, ICWAI vs CIMA, ACCA vs CA, CPA vs ACCA. It is just like chasing a squirrel.
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So I searched on the internet to analyse whether British Qualification is better than American counter. The idea was to analyse how much leverage an accounting qualification gives when you want to make your career globally.
As per ICAA (Australian Chartered Accountants) website,
Approved Overseas Accounting Bodies
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (the Institute) has reciprocity agreements with the following overseas accounting bodies:
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
- Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
- A legally constituted State Authority in the United States of America (the person having
CPA status) subject to appropriate service. Also having a Licence to Practice in the state of issue.
- The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants
- The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (members of the College of Chartered Accountants)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (admitted after 1, Jan 1996)
- The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (only members who have completed the HKICPA Qualifications Programme and trained under an Authorised Employer/Supervisor).
The partially recognised overseas accounting bodies are:
- Current members of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK)
- Current members of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK)**refer note
- Current members of The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA,UK)
- Current members of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
- Current members of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (membership obtained before January 1996)
** Note: The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK) and the Institute have a strategic alliance. Read the Institute Recognition Policy from CIMA members for further information.
The above information covers the major accounting bodies in the world. The question is which qualification should I pursue. You may try to find answers by raising the right questions:
- Where do I want to work ? Or in which country I would like to make my career ?
- Which qualification will allows me to practise in the country ?
- Which institute helps the members to further their career prospects in the industry ?
- Which institute has the most influence in the industry ?
- What you can contribute to the profession ?
- Which examination route is affordable ?
If you are not a resident of above countries, then you have decide whether you want to make your career abroad. The choice of pursuing the accounting qualification will depend on whether you want to work or practise locally. You have wide variety of choices to make.
Otherwise you should consider the pursuing accounting qualifications in following order:
It's your career. Make the right decision.... otherwise you will be chasing the squirrel the whole life.
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