Which is better? ACCA, CFA, or CPA.

As we know, the accounting industry often offers many opportunities to learn through different courses. According to your academic requirement, you can choose the best course. The financial industry is also beneficial to pursue in the present professional world along with accounting. Now you have a question of what to choose after graduation.

Let’s move right into choosing the best among ACCA, CFA, and CPA.

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants):

ACCA is one of the growing and leading international accountancy which is used to provide high standards of learning for the employees. It also provides required knowledge and skills in the areas of financial statements, business taxation, business, and management accounting.

CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst):

CFA is a professional credential offered to the finance and investment professionals by CFA institute. It has three different levels and has to clear all within 2.5 years (4 years is the average time). 

CPA (Certified Public Accountant):

The full form of CPA is Certified Public Accountant CPA is considered as one of the highest standard competencies in the accounting field across the world. The exam is offered by AICPA, the eligibility for the exam is to have a degree (B.Com) with PG. In some states, the criteria may change.






Offered by 


CFA Institute


Exam months

March, June, September, December 

June and December

January - February, March to April, July to August, October to November.

Exam Papers

Professional - 5 papers and Fundamental - 9 papers

Three levels.

Four levels.

Focuses on 

Management accounting, financial analysis, business analysis, and taxation.

Accounting, auditing, business environment concepts.

Hedge funds, Investment banking, and portfolio management.

Eligibility or 12th from Commerce.

4 years of work experience or graduation.

Post graduation.

Course fee

Approximately $1800



Time to complete

Between 6 months to 2 years.

2.5 years.

1.5 years.


Business valuation, 

Financial forensics, 

IT consulting, 

Personal financial planning.

Research Analyst, 


Financial Advisor, 

Chief Executive.

Business valuation, 

Financial forensics, 

IT consulting, 

Personal financial planning.

Average Salary in India

Rs. 8,25,000

Rs. 6,20,000

Rs. 8,24,000


Hope you get clarity in choosing your career path among ACCA, CFA, and CPA with the above analysis. Still, you have any queries; please feel free to comment in the section below. Happy Learning!

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  1. Rama Krishna

    Thanks for this comparison. Now, it's easy for us to choose the better one.

  2. Ashutosh

    Insightful comparison. thanks for sharing

  3. suma

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