FIA FAQ's

WHAT KIND OF WORK CAN I DO WITH THIS QUALIFICATION?

You could work in a variety of accounts-support roles including:

  • a junior accounts clerk/junior bookkeeper role in an small or medium-sized enterprise  

  • a range of junior accounting administration roles within an accounting department of a larger organisation or financial shared service centre.

WHAT'S INVOLVED?

To achieve the Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting you will need to register as a student on Foundations in Accountancy and complete:

  • two exams: Recording Financial Transactions (FA1) and Management Information (MA1)

  • a professionalism and ethics module called Foundations in Professionalism. 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE?

It's up to you as there is no time limit. You can sit the exams on demand as computer-based exams or choose to sit paper-based exams in June and December at one of our 380 exam centres around the world. You can complete Foundations in Professionalism before or after the exams. So you could complete this certificate in six months or less.

ARE MY ENGLISH AND MATHS SKILLS GOOD ENOUGH TO DO THE QUALIFICATION?

Check your English and maths skills to see if you're ready to study with ACCA by using our free self-check modules. Just click on the link in the Related links box on the right-hand side of this page.

CAN I MISS OUT SOME EXAMS IF I HAVE RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS?

Yes. Please visit our exemptions page (by clicking on the link in the See also box on the left-hand side of this page) to check what exemptions you may claim based on your previous qualifications.

CAN I GO ON TO DO OTHER ACCA QUALIFICATIONS?

We hope you will continue to study with ACCA and progress to the next level. You can go on to complete the Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting or the Diploma in Accounting and Business.

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