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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):

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

ACCA vs CFA vs CPA:

 

ACCA

CFA

CPA

Offered by 

ACCA

CFA Institute

AICPA

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

B.com or 12th from Commerce.

4 years of work experience or graduation.

Post graduation.

Course fee

Approximately $1800

$2500

$3500

Time to complete

Between 6 months to 2 years.

2.5 years.

1.5 years.

Careers

Business valuation, 

Financial forensics, 

IT consulting, 

Personal financial planning.

Research Analyst, 

PortfolioManager, 

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

Conclusion:

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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Author Bio:

Anji Velagana is the Content Strategist at Simandhar Education and has 2 years of experience in content writing and blogging. He loves pursuing excellence through writing and has a passion for technology & educational content. Contact him on LinkedIn.

 

Comments

  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

    Nice Blog.... Thanks for Sharing.....

  4. GAURAV YADAV

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