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Chartered Accountants are highly qualified, in demand professionals who can analyse business and finance to provide innovative solutions to both organisations and individuals. A career as a Chartered Accountant opens up a world of exciting opportunities across every aspects of business and finance, on an international scale.

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Charted Accountant Job Overview:

Whilst anyone can call themselves an ‘accountant’, the title of ‘Chartered Accountant’ is one of the most internationally recognised and respected professions in the world. Chartered Accountant’s undertake a minimum of three years training, pass a series of examinations and are required to to undertake continued professional development to ensure legislative and regulatory standards are maintained.

There are many professional routes a Chartered Accountant can take, from working in public practice or industry to corporate finance or forensic accounting. Whatever path taken, a qualified Chartered Accountant will always possess an unrivalled ability to analyse, interpret and develop solutions across international business and commerce. Unsurprisingly, Chartered Accountants can often be found holding influential positions across government as well as business, from large multinational organisations to the most interesting and innovative startups, a Chartered Accountant is usually involved in the path to success.

Whether a Chartered Accountant is providing financial advice, auditing accounts or unravelling a complex tax situation, a Chartered Accountant is always maximise profitability on behalf of a client, employer or individual.

Charted Accountant Education / Qualification Requirements:

There are a number of different entry routes to becoming a Chartered Accountant. These include direct entry for school-leavers or university graduates or professional or pathway entry for experienced finance professionals or Chartered professionals. Therefore, whilst the required education levels will vary across the spectrum of accounting professionals, it is generally advised that achieving good A-Level results or a University degree will often help in being accepted on a training scheme.

Most trainee Chartered Accountants will look to qualify with one of the constituents of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB), the umbrella group of chartered accountancy bodies in Great Britain. The CCAB comprises the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) was a founding member of CCAB, but elected to leave 2011, however it still remains a respected professional body for Chartered Accountants within industry.

Each professional body has its own series of examinations and will usually require at least 3 years of professional, on-the-job training. After successfully completing training a newly qualified Chartered Accountant will be able to use distinguishing letters after their name, identifying them as member of one of the oldest and most respected professionals in the world.

Charted Accountant Salary:

A Chartered Accountants salary will be somewhat dependent on the location, sector, size and type of employer, however the average total compensation (salary, bonus and benefits) of a Chartered Accountants with three years post-qualification experience is £60,000. Salary levels can dramatically rise after the 5 years post qualified mark, with total compensation comfortable reaching into six figures.

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