Want to be a qualified accountant? There are different study routes to becoming an accountant. Students may follow the academic route (study for a degree in accounting/finance that will give you some exemptions from part of the professional examinations) or professional route (join one of the bodies and become student member). You can study full-time or part-time by correspondence, self study, or evening class at a college/university.

Following are some of the world's leading professional accountancy bodies:
  • AICPA, America - the largest professional association in North America.
  • ACCA, UK - the largest and fastest-growing international accounting body.
  • AIA, UK - a Recognised Qualifying Body (RQB) for company auditors under the Companies Act 1989.
  • CICA, Canada - incorporated in 1902 by an act of the Government of Canada.
  • CGA, Canada - the fastest growing and second largest professional accounting designation in Canada.
  • Chartered Institute of Cost & Management Accountants (CICMA) - the premier provider of Professional Training and Certification on Cost and Management Accounting in Nigeria.
  • CIMA UK - the world's largest management accounting institute.
  • CIPFA - with headquarters in Westminster, London, Robert Street.
  • CPA Australia - the largest professional accounting body in Australia.
  • German CPA Society (GCPAS)
  • Guild of Industrial,Commercial and Institutional Accountants, Canada (ICIA)
  • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • ICAA Australia - constituted by Royal Charter in 1928.
  • ICAEW, UK - the UK's premier accountancy body, and the largest in Europe.
  • ICAI, Ireland - a professional accountancy body in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • ICAI, India - the second largest accounting body in the whole world.
  • ICAS, Scotland, UK - the world's first professional body of accountants, receiving its Royal Charter in 1854.
  • ICMAP, Pakistan - established in 1951.
  • IFA, UK - the largest professional body of its type in the world.
  • International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) - founded in 1977.
  • MIA, Malaysia
  • NZICA, New Zealand
  • Ordre des Experts Comptables de Tunisie
  • Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
  • The Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA)
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America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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