ACA Certificate

ACA Certificate will develop your accountancy skills and technical knowledge, so you continue to add value to your company. You’ll achieve a globally-recognised qualification (CFAB), and gain a deeper understanding of accountancy and finance, and how it relates on a wider business scale.

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This level consists of six exams that introduce the essentials of accountancy, finance, and businesses. The six exams also make up a standalone qualification: the ICAEW CFAB (ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business).

Entry requirements

If you’ve studied AAT, or studied a relevant degree at university (accountancy, economics, business), you can progress straight onto studying ACA. Some companies allow you to start ACA training depending on your previous experience.

If you're a graduate, you may be able to apply for up to eight paper credits (depending on your degree) so you could be exempt from the following ACA (ICAEW) exams:

  • Accounting
  • Assurance
  • Business Finance and Technology
  • Law
  • Management Information
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Business Strategy and Technology
  • Financial Management

If you're an AAT student who has completed the Intermediate and Technician Levels, you may be able to apply for credits for the following:

  • Accounting
  • Assurance
  • Business, Technology and Finance
  • Management Information
  • Principles of Taxation

Find out more about credits for prior learning launch.


You should check whether you're eligible on the ACA (ICAEW) website launch and apply for any exemptions before you start studying.

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Accounting (AC)


You’ll learn how to use double-entry accounting to record transactions, adjust financial records, and prepare non-complex financial statements.

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Assurance (AS)


You’ll learn about the assurance process and the principles of ethics. You’ll be able to explain the nature of internal controls, specify weaknesses, choose the appropriate methods of finding assurance evidence.

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Course overview

Timetables and study methods

Study methods available for this level

Live Online

The benefits of a traditional classroom but with the flexibility of an online environment. Live interactive classes at a scheduled time delivered by expert lecturers following the same exam focused material and structure as traditional classroom courses.

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Flexible online

You still get all the benefits of a classroom or Live Online course, but you can study when and where you want, and set your own goals. You’ll have access to online study materials with tutor support. The course includes practice questions, tutor-led videos, study materials and an integrated workbook.

Exams and sittings

Timings and working towards a sitting

At this level there are six exams and they are 90 minutes each. You can take them in any order. They are computer based exams so you can take them whenever you are ready. The exam pass mark is 55%.

You may be eligible for credit for some exams, if you’ve studied a relevant qualification or degree. Find out more about credits for prior learning.

How long does it take to pass?

Most students complete this level within 12 months, however this can vary depending on the study method you choose.

Study materials and delivery costs

You will receive printed and online study materials.

Materials included:

  • Kaplan workbook
    A workbook covering key areas of the syllabus, integrates with online content and provides question practice.

You will also need ICAEW materials that will need to be purchased separately.

ICAEW study manual

Examining body (ICAEW) manual of all technical content that could be examined.

ICAEW question bank

Examining body past exam questions that are set in class.

Delivery Costs

How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

Delivery fees are as follows:
Malaysia - 160RM
Rest of Asia/America - $47
All other countries - 25EUR

Our standard delivery times are:
Malaysia - 3 to 5 working days*
EU – 5 to 7 working days*
Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days*
*Subject to availability.

Delivery charges are applicable for this course, and will be shown during the online checkout process, before you complete your payment details.

Tutor support

We’ll support you every step of the way throughout your learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need quickly and easily.

Provided by our Academic Support team (our dedicated team of expert tutors):

  • LiveChat (instant feedback)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Online community (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)

Testing and mocks

We have a wealth of materials to help you revise for and pass your exams. All study options come with the following:

Online learning modules

MyKaplan interactive modules that guide you through each syllabus area.

Knowledge checks

10 multiple choice questions set on MyKaplan after an online learning module day during the Knowledge phase.

Consolidation Test

20 multiple choice questions set on MyKaplan after a number of online learning module days during the Knowledge phase.

Tricky topic tutorials

10-15 minute tutor debrief on challenging areas of the syllabus.

Mock exams

Mock exams mimic the real exams. They are taken during the Exam Preparation phase of the course and can be found on MyKaplan. You will receive automated feedback so you can focus on areas you found difficult or could improve.

MyKaplan: online learning environment

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MyKaplan is an online learning portal with practical resources to help you prepare for your exams.

Online features
  • View your online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
  • Contact a tutor directly using live chat or email
  • Complete tests and get instant feedback (Objective Tests)
  • Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • See instantly when your assessments have been marked (Case Study)
  • Access on mobile, tablet, computer or through the dedicated mobile app
  • Access to VideoBank - hundreds of tutor-led videos to help you get the most out of your course.

Access duration

Live Online

You will be able to access your content for six months from the last lesson date, with one three month free extension on request.

Flexible Learning

You will be able to access your content for 12 months from enrolment date.

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